This year, the Art Foundation course in Bangor is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and some of our alumni have kindly agreed to share with us their memories of their time at Coleg Menai.

Bedwyr Williams, Artist

Bedwyr Williams is a Welsh artist whose work combines installation and stand-up comedy. He often draws upon the quirky banalities of his own autobiographic existence to develop his sculptures and performances, and his work merges art and life with a comedic twist that is both sympathetic and relational.

Bedwyr studied the Art Foundation course at Coleg Menai before attending St. Martin's School of Art in London and Ateliers, Arnhem.

I'm an artist who exhibits nationally and internationally and I live and work in North Wales. I represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and in 2016 exhibited at the Barbican Centre in London.

The art foundation in Bangor was important for me because unlike secondary school, where art is often considered a kind of nonsense subject, I was in a place for the first time where art was taken deadly seriously. It was like a boot camp, a boot camp that taught me resilience and tenacity and the importance of thinking visually in a country (Wales) where music and poetry are the big guys hogging the cultural jacuzzi. 

I think everyone in North Wales should do the foundation course at Coleg Menai (especially planning officers).

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