Photography students work with new Welsh musicians on BBC brief

Welsh band Melt, photographed by students Milan Nechvatal and Tegen Kimbley

USW photography students have documented some of the best new musicians in Wales as part of a new project between BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales. 

Led by Celia Jackson, senior lecturer in Photography, Horizons Cymru aims to build a bigger audience for Welsh music by promoting the work of 12 new artists through BBC platforms such as radio/ tv, online platforms and live events.

One such live event, the Sŵn 2015 music festival, provided an amazing opportunity for students to work with a range of industry professionals and photograph some of the artists involved in this year's festival such as Aled Rheon, Cut Ribbons, Hannah Grace, HMS Morris, Mellt, Dan Bettridge, Y Reu and Yr Eira. 

“This live brief really tested their capacity to find creative solutions and respond quickly to changing environments,” said Celia, who is who is keen to create and foster more industry connections in Cardiff for her students. 

Students worked with artists to create a range of new looks and took pictures in the studio and on location. 

The results were displayed at Clwb Ifor Bach for the launch of Sŵn and were well-received by the BBC and the artists alike.

“Our students' work will also be displayed at BBC headquarters in Cardiff and London, Maida Vale, so it was a really a fantastic project for them to be involved in,” said Celia.

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