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Neath artist wins ‘Y Stiwdio Grefftau’ prize with Eisteddfod sculpture

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The winner of the second programme of S4C’s television series ‘Y Stiwdio Grefftau’ is Tomos Sparnon from Neath.

Tomos graduated from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art with a BA degree in Fine Art in 2018. The brief for the program was set by the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which was to create a sculpture that celebrated past and future Eisteddfodau. The winning sculpture would be displayed on the Eisteddfod maes, starting with the Tregaron Eisteddfod, in 2021.

The competitors were given four weeks to create the work. The sculpture created by Tomos is a walking figure. The figure looks back at past Eisteddfodau but also walks forward with hope of future ones. Clay and straw were used to create the sculpture to reflect the agricultural area of ​​Tregaron but also because we associate straw and mud with the Eisteddfod! The sculpture was placed on wheels, not only because the festival moves each year, but to show that the Eisteddfod never stands still and always moves on. The sculpture will change over time as parts of the clay falls off, and will therefore be different at each Eisteddfod. This was something Tomos wanted to convey as the Eisteddfod is never the same, and each one is different.

In response to the announcement, Tomos said: “It was a privilege to be selected to take part in ‘Y Stiwdio Grefftau’ and I was delighted when I heard the brief and found out I would be creating the sculpture for the National Eisteddfod. I was excited at the thought of all the possibilities. I did the research, drawing and clay study in my studio at home but the sculpture itself was created in my grandmother’s garage. It was a challenge at times – especially as we were in lockdown, and getting hold of materials wasn’t easy!”

Tomos says the comments made by Betsan Moses (the Eisteddfod’s Chief Executive) and Ann Catrin Evans (a sculptor and the programme’s expert) have been a great boost to his sculpture work. He added:

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“Hearing Betsan Moses state that this sculpture ‘spoke to her’ meant a lot. Exhibiting at the National Eisteddfod, which is such an amazing organisation, will be an honour. I went to my first Eisteddfod when I was a year old and I’ve attended regularly since then. I have worked as a guide at Y Lle Celf and I had the privilege of exhibiting some of my paintings there at the Llanrwst Eisteddfod in 2019. To have my sculpture displayed on the Eisteddfod maes will be the icing on the cake.”

Tomos’ prize winning sculpture (Image: UWTSD)

Former staff and tutors at Swansea College of Art were delighted to hear the news. Gwenllian Beynon, Senior Lecturer in Art and co-ordinator of the Welsh language at Swansea College of Art, noted:

“This is great news. It is wonderful to see our graduates succeed within the contemporary art scene in Wales. Tomos is a very talented individual and it was a pleasure to have him here at UWTSD. Huge congratulations to him on appearing on the Studio Grefftau programme and for winning the prize of course. ”

Professor Sue Williams from Swansea College of Art added: “Tomos is a great example of a how a visual artist works – with integrity, passion and commitment. Tomos is certainly one of Wales’ future artists to look out for and all os us at the Fine Art department in Swansea congratulate him on winning.”


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Missing 16 year-old girl may have travelled to Neath by train say Police

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing 16-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Witney.

Courtney Lancaster was last seen at 6.50pm on Friday (8 October) at an address in the town and concern is growing for her welfare.

Courtney is a white girl, around 5ft 2ins tall with a stocky build.

She currently has pink hair which is tied up on top of her head, although the image Police have provided does not show this hair colour.

Courtney is also known to frequent Oxford and Iffley Village and is known to like water and water fountains.

It is believed that Courtney may be in Swindon or Neath, South Wales, and could have also been in Faringdon in recent days.

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It is possible she could be using the train network.

Investigating officer PC Cameron Morgan, based at Witney police station, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for Courtney’s welfare, and I would appeal to anybody who knows of her whereabouts to please get in touch with police.

“You can do so by calling 101, quoting reference number 43210454280.

“I would also appeal directly to Courtney, if you see this message. Please get in touch with the police. You are not in any trouble, but we are concerned for you and want to know that you are safe.”

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Appeal launched to find missing 14 year-old boy

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Gwent and South Wales Police forces have issued a joint appeal to find missing 14 year-old Iestyn Fullalove.

Iestyn was last seen almost a week ago on Thursday 30 September in Abergavenny at around 2pm.

He is described as white, of slim build, around 5’ 7” tall and has brown hair.

Iestyn was last seen wearing navy blue jogging bottoms, a grey hoodie, a black bodywarmer and white trainers, with a black bag worn across the chest.

He has links to the Caerphilly, Monmouth and Neath areas.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 2100344156.

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Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Iestyn is also urged to get in contact to confirm he is safe and well.

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Family tribute to 60 year-old biker who died in Port Talbot collision

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A 60-year-old man who died following a road traffic collision around 4.45pm on Friday (1 October) has been named as Paul Watkins from Sandfields.

Paul’s family have paid the following tribute following their tragic loss.

Paul Watkins (Image: family photo)

“Paul “Walter” Watkins was a devoted family man and leaves behind his partner Suzanne Rose, his children Rebecca, Robert, Olivia and Ava, his parents Heather and Dennis, his brother Garry and sister Karen, his 3 grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

“He was a much loved and respected motorcycle mechanic, and lifelong keen motorcyclist.

“He was a loyal and trusted employee of Mount Motorcycles where he worked for several years.

“Paul was 60 years old and born in Neath, he was bought up in the Skewen area where he was well known. Paul moved to the Sandfields area where he lived with his partner and two children.

“He has been described by friends as being inspirational and a legend, he was the best bike mechanic and friend you could ever wish for.

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“He will forever be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. There are no words to describe the loss our family are currently feeling and dealing with.”

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate the collision which occurred between the Afan Way and Baglan Energy Park roundabouts on the A4241 Port Talbot.

The road was closed for several hours following the incident.

Officers investigating the collision are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of the collision to contact South Wales Police online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference: 2100345582.

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