A new website is about to be launched that will be an important educational tool in raising pupils and students’ awareness of the evolution of Art, - from the Neolithic Age to the present day.
Llinell Amser: Lle-Olion (www.llinell-amser.co.uk) is the result of research by lecturers at the University of Wales Trinity St David and partners. The project is funded and supported by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The website has been developed by Canolfan Peniarth.
Whilst the website has been created for educational purposes, and specifically through the medium of Welsh, it is an open resource to enable a broader audience to benefit from its contents. There are ten timelines and each one includes a series of images and text to explain the history and context of the item. There are links to other websites to encourage and enable the user to undertake further research.
The website will be launched at a conference on Wednesday 22 June in Swansea. Organised by the University of Wales Trinity St David and Cardiff Metropolitan University, with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol funding “From School to Degree: The Visual Arts” will bring together teachers, lecturers, artists and other representatives from the field of Art and Design. The event aims to emphasise the importance and highlight the opportunities that arise from continuing to study Art and Design through the medium of Welsh and the advantages in terms of employment and the industry. It will also be an opportunity to tackle some of the challenges in the field.
Gwenllian Beynon is Senior Lecturer in Art at the University of Wales Trinity St David under the auspices of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s staffing scheme. She says “There is a lack of Welsh medium Art and Design resources so Llinell Amser: Lle-Olion is extremely important. We look forward to showing the website for the first time at the conference – an event that will celebrate the current Welsh medium provision in our schools, Further Education Colleges and universities and will stimulate broader discussion around linking education and employment. The website is one part of the jigsaw and what better way to draw attention to and interest in Welsh medium Art and Design than through a highly visual and striking resource such as this!”.