CASW Student Award 2018


CASW Student Awards

CASW awards each year a prize of £1,500 to a higher degree student attending a fine art course at a university in Wales. The intention is to give some financial support to a deserving student that will enable them to complete their course and provide some initial transition from graduation into professional practice.   

CASW Student Award 2018

The CASW Student Award for 2018 was awarded jointly to Heriette Heimdal and Edward Jones

Henriette Heimdal

Henriette’s practice is concerned with psycho geographical ideas in the urban and natural landscape. Inspired by the writings of Walter Benjamin on the Flaneur, Henriette wanders from place to place, following the attractions of the terrain. Sometimes looking for something unattainable. Perhaps a way out, or a new way of seeing.

Whilst her background lays in photography, during her master’s she deconstructed the characteristics of photography, and looked at how photographs are traces of reality. Using a GPS whilst visiting various cities in Europe, Henriette traced her journeys, creating routes on a map. The traced lines were recreated in three-dimensional metal sculptures and exhibited in Swansea for the graduate show in January 2018, and later in Newtown for Oriel Davies Open in June.

Knowing she would receive the prize from the Contemporary Art Society of Wales, it enabled her to travel to Indonesia in March to search for new inputs and inspiration. When she visited Borneo, she was invited to speak at a secondary school about her education and arts practice.

Being a white, female solo traveller in a country like Indonesia made her feel alienated. A type of estrangement she had never experienced before. And it is this subject that she is currently exploring in the photographic series she has been working on since the trip.

The CASW submission is entitled  ‘attractions of the terrain’. Henriette said that when she is walking she follows her desire so if I find an intriguing path in the woods, or a narrow little alleyway I will go there and see where it leads to. The end of the path will take me somewhere else, and the alleyway might have a street in the end. I also let people I meet decide where I should go. When I was travelling I used an app called Couch-surfing, where I posted about my trip to different countries. Then people living in those countries would contact me, and I would plan my trip according to where they live.

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Edward Jones

Edward is an Artist and Designer working from Swansea and Bristol. Driven by a fascination with modes of representation, simulation and mediation, he believes that there is something integral to the material qualities of glass, that can be drawn upon to interrogate our increasingly mediated construction of reality.

Further to an understanding of Edward Jones’ practice, are three major concerns:

– Firstly, the seemingly instinctive human drive to represent, replicate and reproduce – in greater and greater, similitude – existing aspects of the physical world.

– Secondly, the relationship between these representations and their origin; or more specifically, the threshold where our lived, physical, temporally unfolding reality meets with an increasingly manipulated, mediated, re-presented, version of that reality.

– And thirdly how these mediated experiences of representations feed back into, and affect our experience of our lived physical reality.

In 2018 Edward graduated with Distinction from the MA Glass: Contemporary Dialogues course at Swansea College of Art. During his time there he was the recipient of both the 2018 Jane Philips Award as well as the 2018 Contemporary Art Society of Wales Student Award. In addition, Edward won the competition to produce a hanging artwork for the new University of Wales Trinity Saint David, SA1 campus at Swansea waterfront. Since graduating Edward has taken up a lecturing post in Architectural Glass Design and has had his sculpture, Digital Borderlands (Clone Stamp Tool) selected for inclusion in Cornelia Parkers room at this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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CASW Student Award 2017

CASW awards each year a prize of £1,500 to a higher degree student attending a fine art course at a university in Wales. The intention is to give some financial support to a deserving student that will enable them to complete their course and provide some initial transition from graduation into professional practice.   

The recipient of the CASW Student Award for 2017 was Sarah Holyfield. Sarah originally studied the science of zoology developing a career in teaching. A lifelong interest in art led her as a mature student to undertake a degree n fine art at Bangor University graduating with first class honours in 2014. Continuing with the MA programme she has this year been awarded an MA in fine art with distinction.

Throughout her studies Sarah has been interested in the boundaries between science and art. Sarahs work is eclectic in terms of both media and ideas. She uses traditional materials like clay and stitching but also photography, video, sound and digital production. Similarly, she has a wide rang of conceptual interests, from asemic writing that looks legible but makes no sense, through to exploring ideas such as virtual reality and virtual money. In her own words Sarah asserts ….

‘Our recent experience of elections and socials media have shown a huge growth in ‘echo chambers’, and ‘fake news’ – how do we know what is real’