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Just Us - Independent Living Skills students open exhibition of work

In January 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, as part of its 4Site Secondary School programme, began a ten-week project with a group of students from the Independent Living Skills (ILS) department at Gower College Swansea.

Based at Gower College Swansea’s Tycoch campus, the ILS department offers a range of courses that are tailored to students with specialist learning needs.

The focus of the exhibition 'Just Us' is on the work that the students created over the course of the project and is based on the theme of self identity. The aim was to capture snapshots of their own individual lives and personalities.

To help them achieve this, the group has been working closely with artist Anna Barratt and the Learning team at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Although the students are not full time art students, they have successfully demonstrated their ability to produce interesting and meaningful contemporary artwork.

The exhibition opens at 1pm in the White Room at Swansea Grand Theatre on Tuesday 24 March. It will be open to the public 10am - 5pm until Friday 27 March.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery launched a dedicated 4Site Secondary School programme back in January 2014. The aim of the programme is to provide pupils and teachers with an informal and exciting introduction to our city art gallery through the contemporary and historical exhibitions, the Gallery collection, and sharing the history of the Gallery and its founder, Richard Glynn Vivian.

The programme is delivered by professional contemporary practitioners from all disciplines including painting, music, drama and sculpture. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s 4Site Secondary School programme has evolved and we now work closely with selected comprehensive schools on specific projects.

The students at Gower College Swansea, like other school groups, had a term to complete a project of their choice with an artist. The Gallery works in partnership and consultation with the teachers and students to provide high quality outcomes for all who participate.

Prior to the Gallery’s re-opening we are looking to evolve and further develop our Secondary Schools programme, therefore if you have an idea for a project please feel free to contact us for a discussion.

If you are interested in the scheme and would like further information or an initial discussion please contact Charlotte Thomas by telephone on 01792 516900, or email


Notes to Editors:

1. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is part of the City and County of Swansea and is supported by a grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

2. Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3QJ.

Thanks to Glynn Vivian Gallery for this press release.