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Gower College Swansea brightens up community in partnership with local company and councillors

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Gower College Swansea has recently funded the painting of three telecom boxes near their campuses, two at Sketty Green and one at Tycoch.

The project, in partnership with local Councillors Mike Day and Cheryl Philpott, aims to improve the community feeling around the campuses. The work was carried out by Ffion Nolwenn, a past student of the College from local company, Fresh Creative Co.

“We are very proud to have funded the painting of telecoms boxes,” says Deputy Principal of Gower College Swansea, Nick Brazil. “Ffion, who also worked with our Visual Arts learners earlier in the year, has executed the designs brilliantly.”

The work is based on different elements of the College and local surroundings. Tycoch’s features a geometric design incorporating the colours of Gower College Swansea’s logo. One box at Sketty Green displays a painting of Sketty Hall Business School through the trees on the front and cherry blossoms on the back. The other features oak leaves, acorns and a squirrel, reflecting the name and distinctive features of the area – Derwen Fawr (large oak).

“I really enjoyed working with the themes given to me,” says Ffion. “Colour plays an important role in my work, and when I can, I like to tie in the seasons – hence the Autumn theme of the oak design.

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“The box opposite the Tycoch campus was inspired by the colour scheme of the logo. I wanted the colours to pop and be the main feature, which is why I chose a geometric design.

“The Sketty Hall design was inspired by my walks through Singleton Park, seeing the hall peeping through the trees. The cherry blossom on the back was a nod to the tree that used to stand in Sketty Green. The lady who lives opposite wanted a little memory of that tree.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working in the Sketty area. I have met many lovely locals and it is a joy being able to bring more colour to the streets,” she says.

“We’ve all been through a difficult time recently, so it’s lovely to see the area brightened up by such wonderful painting!” says Councillor Mike Day. “Everyone has been blown away by Ffion’s work and skill. And we are all grateful to Gower College Swansea for their sponsorship. It’s a real demonstration of the College’s commitment to the community of Sketty. And Ffion’s work is a shining example of how the College helps to develop the talents and skills people have.”

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