One of Wales’ most respected art and design educational institutions opened its doors to the public this week (Tuesday 12 June) with the official opening of Coleg Menai’s Art and Design Summer Exhibition.
The annual exhibition showcases student work from the college's art and design department in a transformed Parc Menai campus at Bangor.
The exhibition, which is open until 19 June, doubles up as the college's annual art awards.
Llanrwst artist Cara Davies, 20, received the Peter Prendergast prize that is presented to the artist who receives the most votes from tutors and students at Coleg Menai.
Also amongst the winners was Mirain Ffion Griffiths, 19, from Nefyn, who received the Outstanding Achievement Award for her fine art and paintings.
Featuring the work of 120 students, the exhibition is an opportunity to see some exceptional work from sculpture and fine art to photography and from fashion to jewellery.
The show was officially opened by former Coleg Menai art and design tutor, Dylan Hughes, who is now Chief Executive of TV production company Cwmni Da: “It’s a privilege to witness the high quality work on display here. It’s very emotional for me because I was part of the original staff of this department in the early 80s but things have moved on quite a bit from then.
“When I wanted to go and study art the nearest facility to me was Liverpool so having these facilities in North Wales is fantastic for the creative industries.”
Dafydd Evans, Coleg Menai principal added: “The work on display is second to none. I’m proud of how the art department has established itself as one of the UK’s finest creative educational institutions, it has an excellent reputation and many past students have gone on to have successful careers.”
One of Wales’ most respected art and design educational institutions opened its....