Nantlle Valley History



Welsh Ministers honour young artists ~ 16-06-2005

Lowri Fretwell from Penygroes - a final-year Art student from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has won the honour of exhibiting her work at the Welsh Assembly Government offices of the First Minister Rhodri Morgan and the Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport, Alun Pugh.

The winning artwork was selected for the annual Assembly Prize Awards from the UWIC Art and Design Degree Shows 2005, as part of the Cardiff Design Festival 2005.

The Welsh Language and Sports Award was won by BA (Hons) Fine Art: Printmaking student Lowri Fretwell, aged 22, from Penygroes for her series of print work based on her family history and experiences.

Lowri Fretwell from Pen-y-Groes Image: Lowri with her winning artwork.

With strong themes of domestic life and femininity, Lowri’s work includes pieces on her grandfather going to fight in World War Two and how her grandmother had to carry on with her life while he was away. Lowri has used screen printing and mixed media including romantic wartime letters and photographs from her grandfather to her grandmother, and family memorabilia in her work.

"I’m honoured to have won the award and to have my work on show at the Welsh Assembly", said Lowri.

"The final year has been difficult, but this is a great reward and I’m pleased the Minister liked my work enough to select it to be displayed in his office", she added.

Source: University of Wales Institute, Cardiff | External link: Opens in a new window

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