‘Sky Arts Landscape Artist 2018’ – competition

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Give it a go and enter the ‘Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018’- competition.

We’ve had some very successful participants in the past, such as Tom Voyce and Kim Whitby.

If you would like to check out their work, visit their websites:

Good luck!

‘Visual Theology 1: Transformative Looking Between the Visual Arts and Christian Doctrine (1850– Now)’


Professor John Harvey will be keynote speaker at ‘Visual Theology 1: Transformative Looking Between the Visual Arts and Christian Doctrine (1850– Now)’, 19-20 October 2018, The Palace, Chichester, Sussex

For more information: http://www.visualtheology.org.uk

‘Crossed Paths’ – an exhibition by Miranda Whall, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, 21/04-13/06/2018


Miranda Whall, Crossed Paths, 2017, Photo by Hannah Mann

Miranda Whall is the director of Creative Arts and lecturer in Creative Arts, fine art, film and media. She came to Aberystwyth in 2006 after working as a freelance artist and teaching at various universities in Fine Art. She studied at UWIC, Cardiff, Emily Carr, Vancouver, Royal Academy Schools, London and Goldsmiths University London. She is a practicing and exhibiting international artist. She was recently awarded the Arts Council Major Creative Arts Award for her project Passage; a multi platform, multi screen installation premiered at ICIA, Bath University 2015.

Read all about this exhibition and Miranda’s projects here:



‘Kyffin Williams – Celebrating a Centenary’ at Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni, Anglesey and ‘Kyffin Williams: Behind the Frame’ at the National Library

Snowdon, the Traeth and Frightened Horse, Kyffin Williams. Aberystwyth University School of Art Museum and Galleries © Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales. Photo credit: Aberystwyth University School of Art Museum and Galleries (Souce: ART UK)

It is the centenary of the birth of Welsh artist Kyffin Williams (1918-2006) this year, and the National Library of Wales here in Aberystwyth and Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni, Anglesey, are celebrating the occasion with special exhibitions. The School of Art has  loaned Oriel Ynys Môn an early painting by Williams for the show. Snowdon, the Traeth and Frightened Horse (1948) usually ‘lives’ on the wall above our building’s main staircase and has been one of my favourite works of the School of Art collections ever since I arrived here as a student in 2011. Looking up at the empty space that its temporary removal has left behind feels rather painful, but it is good to know that others, who might not have the opportunity to come and visit us here in Aber, will have the chance to see it up in Anglesey now.    Continue reading

‘MA & Other Postgraduates’- exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery, 19/02/-17/03/2018



School of Art PhD student Anastasia Wildig and recent postgraduate Eleanor West are taking part in the current ‘MA 7 Other Postgraduates 2018’ exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery. Maybe you spotted that Anastasia’s painting was also chosen for the exhibition poster!

Images of the private view on the 19th February 2018 (photos curtesy of Eleanor West):

(Click on the images to enlarge them.)

If you would like to see more of Anastasia’s and Eleanor’s works, have a look at the following websites:



Please click here for more information about the exhibition.


Aberystwyth University alumnus reaches the semi-final of Landscape Artist of the Year


An Aberystwyth University Fine Art graduate is competing in the semi-final of Landscape Artist of the Year, which airs tonight (Wednesday 29 November) on Sky Arts at 8pm.

Tom Voyce graduated with first class honours from the School of Art in 2012, and went on to complete a Masters in Fine Art in 2014.

Tom was one of 48 professional and amateur artists to reach the televised heats of the competition.

The sixth and final heat of the series, screened on Sky Arts channel on Wednesday 22 November, saw Tom pitted against three other amateur artists and four professional artists. The heat took place on the tidal island of Worm’s Head on the Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, where the contenders had four hours to capture the coastal scene on canvas.

Tonight’s semi-final, filmed at Castle Farm in Kent, sees the semi-finalists capturing the scene of the lavender fields that cover 90 acres of land.

Tom, who is also an art and design teacher at Cheslyn Hay Community High School, commented: “I can definitely say that I enjoyed my time in Aber, and especially at the School of Art. I had fantastic tutors that helped me develop and grow, both within my practice and as a person. It absolutely set me up for afterwards.

“After completing my Masters, I was fortunate enough to work at the School of Art as a technician. This allowed me to make full use of the department anytime, and also to gain valuable experience teaching at HE level. This enabled me to go as a visiting lecturer to Huangwei University in Zhumadian, China – a wonderful experience that prepared me to enter the world of teaching.”

Dr June Forster, tutor at Aberystwyth School of Art, said: “Tom took his inspiration from the local landscape and would return time and time again to a location, scrutinising the seasonal shifts in colour and mood and seeking unusual compositions. He understood the importance of researching the techniques of his favourite artists and of continually drawing from observation.

“Always eager to join in extra classes throughout his time at the School of Art, on one memorable occasion he accompanied first-year painters to a stormy, rain-driven Borth and produced a wonderfully atmospheric study, in his shirtsleeves, while everyone else sought shelter! Watching him at work on TV, it is great to see Tom working so enthusiastically and with the same love of paint he showed as an undergraduate.”

Hundreds of entries were received for the 2017 Landscape Artist of the Year competition, which highlights artistic talent from every corner of Britain and Ireland, and how the British countryside has inspired past and present generations of artists.

The winning artist will receive a £10,000 commission to paint the panorama from Firefly, the Jamaican home of celebrated playwright and artist, Sir Noël Coward, and £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art.

Last year’s Landscape Artist of the Year competition saw another Aberystwyth alumnus, Kim Whitby, reaching the final of the competition.

Have a look at Tom’s work here: https://tom-voyce.com