First World War poems inspire Cymoedd learners


A group of talented learners from Coleg y Cymoedd took part in a local art exhibition, which was supported by the Royal Welsh and the Royal Comrades Association, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The ‘In the Course of Time’ exhibition was held at St Elvan’s Church, Aberdare for two weeks in November and displayed the work of over 40 local artists and craftsmen/women, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and other craftwork including quilting and fibre art.

The learners who are studying on the Level 2 Technical Diploma in Art & Design course at the Nantgarw campus produced a collection of artwork based on the Poetry of Patrick Jones.

Tutor Paul Lavagna said” Outcomes in this section of the exhibition have been produced by the learners, as interpretations to the lyrics of selected poems from Patrick Jones.

The learners listened and brainstormed the lyrics, then researched and developed ideas to produce outcomes that reflect their own interpretations of a poem, or parts of a poem and the meanings in them”.

Learner Rhonwen Powell, 18 from Tonyrefail was proud to have his work included in the exhibition, Rhonwen explained “When our tutor, Paul Lavagna asked us if we would like to put forward any of our work for this event I jumped at the chance, not only for the public to see and hopefully appreciate my work but I felt it was a worthy event to support.

A memorial concert featuring music from the Llwydcoed Brass Band and a book launch by local author and historian Geoffrey Evans were included in the programme of the exhibition.

One of the main organisers of the exhibition Christina Davies said “This exhibition has been a year in the planning and a definite buzz has built up with people really looking forward to seeing what local artists have come up with, it is great to see the student’s work which is so accomplished and vibrant”.

Learners who exhibited their art work included Sara Delaitre, Philip O Brien, Ffion Stanton, Molly Osbourne, Luke Belson, Rhiannon Rhodes, Rhonwen Powell.

First World War poems inspire Cymoedd learners



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