grad show.


pART of Pontypridd Art Trail 2021


7th-9th May


The pART of Pontypridd Art Trail is an annual exhibition by the latest graduates from the BA(Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts course at the University of South Wales, Treforest Campus, in partnership with local organisations, initiatives, businesses, venues and sites in Pontypridd. The Art Trail is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the wonderful place and people of Pontypridd who directly inspire the artwork created.

As the Community Artists, Participatory Artists and Socially Engaged Arts Practitioners of the future, we will be translating our artwork into something which actively encourages participation with the public. The exhibition will not only showcases our work, but will also provide a collection of resources and activities for the people of Ponty to enjoy.


We consider accessibility and inclusivity at the heart of our practice, so the exhibition content can range from street art, outdoor sculpture, textiles, painting and photography, to videos with captions, soundscapes, flip books / zines, activity sheets, creative wellbeing packages, guided meditation, recipes and even more! It is the most current and relevant way for us to showcase our community-focused, creative skills, providing us with important tools and experience for future practice, with perhaps an even wider potential reach than a traditional Graduate Art Exhibition.

We hope you will note this date in your diaries and join us as we launch into our new careers in Art and Wellbeing.

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Click on the play button to hear a brief overview of the project.

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meet this years' exhibitors:









Sammie Hutt











Rachel Sweeney

Louise Westgarth

my final artwork.

What keeps your wheels turning? - Upcycled installation, 2021

This meditative installation was inspired by answers to the question ‘what keeps your wheels turning during hard times in life?’. Whether this was related to the pandemic or not, I wanted to hear from the people of Pontypridd about what keeps them going when the going gets tough.

I had a lovely mixture of responses, including some poems from participants of the local group ‘Breathing Space’. I have created a meditation to accompany the installation and some audio clips are included in this including one of the poems.

Each car wheel alloy holds a different affirmation based on the ideas that appeared in the question responses. The tops of the alloys are decorated with symbols as shown on the key provided. These symbols aim to represent the core of the question responses.

Many thanks to all of the contributors to this project and special thanks to Calum Conaghan for the meditation music and to the members of ‘Breathing Space’.

Track 1 - Audio Description
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Track 2 - Meditation
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