Tomos Sparnon – Swansea College of Art’s first graduate of the Welsh medium Fine Art degree

11.07.2018

Tomos Sparnon is celebrating today as he graduates with a first class honours in Fine Art from Swansea College of Art at UWTSD.

Tomos Sparnon

With the support of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol – the National Welsh College - Tomos studied through the medium of Welsh and he is the first to graduate from the Welsh medium Fine Art degree from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art and the first to complete a dissertation through the medium of Welsh.

“I’m delighted! The journey of studying a Fine Art degree at Swansea College of Art is one that I’ll remember for ever”, Tomos said.

“I’ve learned so much; the lecturers have been an inspiration and so supportive. The facilities at the University are exceptional; it’s been great to study through the medium of Welsh. I’m really going to miss the University.

“In 2015 I won the Art Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod and that was a real honour and an amazing experience. Two years ago I won the main scholarship for art and design at the Urdd Eisteddfod and that was also fantastic experience to get such kind comments from experts in their respective felds. I’ve also had other successes since then. I won the open competition in Y Galeri, Caerphilly last year and that was excellent. I’ve been very lucky and feel humbled by the fact that I’ve had such success at such a young age.

“The human form is my main interest – it has always fascinated me and has remained my focus since school. In the past, I’ve concentrated on the male form as I felt that I could empathise and feel connected to it but recently, my work, especially my final show, has concentrated on the female form and that was a challenge – but it was great to have a series of work that responded to something that pushed me and challenged me. I did this in different forms – painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and film. I enjoy using different media to create work.

“The hope is to now create art work, continue to work day after day creating and I intend studying a MA degree in future but will take a few years out to think what sort of course but I’m very excited about the future.

Swansea College of Art lecture, Gwenllian Beynon, is extremely proud of Tomos’s achievements.

“I’m really proud to see Tomos graduate today – he’s exceptional,” said Gwenllian.

“He received support from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and has done everything through the medium of Welsh – at University and externally too. He is an amazing ambassador for the Arts too – not only for the University but for the Arts in Wales. Seeing someone as young as Tomos achieve so much shows that there is a future for the Arts in Welsh”.

"After I'd interviewed Tomos, I offered him a place as his portfolio was so fantastic and to see him develop as an artist during his time with us – and see the way in which he has challenged himself – has also been fantastic.”