Swansea College of Art and Elysium Gallery are hosting a week-long exhibition, previewing Friday, October 4, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Swansea becoming a city and the role its artists have played during this time.
50Fifty showcases 50 artists who either studied or taught at Swansea College of Art from the last half century. Curated by two current students of Swansea College of Art, Alicia Hughes and Alice Oliver, 50Fifty will be spread across three venues in Swansea’s City Centre, all of which are hugely important to the Swansea Art scene.
The chosen artists and artworks explore the impact that Swansea has had on them, whether the artists were born and raised in Swansea, or moved to the city to be a part of Swansea College of Art. 50Fifty helps to celebrate this exciting mixture of artists who have been inspired by our city.
Alicia Hughes who is studying BA Photojournalism and Alice Oliver who’s studying BA Photography in the Arts were awarded an internship from Swansea College of Art and Elysium Gallery to curate this special exhibition to celebrate Swansea’s 50th Anniversary. Together they have carefully selected fifty artists who have either studied or taught at SCA in the past 50 years. Alumni from 1969 to 2019.
Alicia said: “I am grateful to have been offered this internship, it has been a great opportunity to broaden my skills. I feel privileged to work with Elysium Gallery & Jonathan Powell to curate an exhibition that celebrates the last 50 years of my University. Being able to bring all of these artists together is really nice, it’s great to see how individual each piece is.”
Alice said: “Being awarded this internship has been a great honour and I am extremely grateful to be able to celebrate SCA and Swansea as a city whilst working with Elysium Gallery. Curating 50Fifty, alongside Alicia, has taught me invaluable lessons and given me great experience of working beyond my degree.”
Jonathan Powell, Director elysium gallery said: “I moved to Swansea in 2001 to study at SCA without a clue what I was going to do. Swansea has this wonderful chaotic nature of constantly changing, aspiring to be better with a can-do attitude. It is this that has contributed to what I think is the most vibrant arts community in Wales. I’m proud to be a part of it….and it is still evolving!”
Caroline Thraves, Swansea College of Art Academic Director, Art and Media said: “Swansea College of Art is proud to be celebrating 50 years of Swansea becoming a City. Our graduates are highly creative individuals who help to make Swansea the cultural and creative hotbed it is where grass roots art is thriving. The 50Fifty exhibition showcases the exceptional talents of 50 artists from 50 years of Swansea College of Art.”
- College Street Art Gallery, 16 College St, Swansea, SA1 5BH
- Swansea College of Art, Dynevor Pl, De-La Beche St, Swansea SA1 3EU
- Elysium Gallery, Gallery 3, 210 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1PE.
Preview: Friday 4th October
- 4pm at Swansea College of Art, Dynevor Campus 6-8pm at 16 College St Gallery
- 6pm – late at elysium gallery, 210 High St
Exhibition continues until Saturday 12th October (except elysium gallery, continues until 9th Nov)
Galleries open: Tues – Sat 12 – 5pm (except elysium gallery, open until 7pm)