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.
Glyn Price, Youth Engagement Advisor for Gwynedd Council
Glyn works with young people as an artist, a tutor and a facilitator.
Many moments have stayed with me since my Foundation days, especially the first day when we were staying in the old school in Rhyd Ddu, during a landscape field trip. We had been out sketching all day and, at the end of that day, we were all asked to place our sketchbooks on the floor in the middle of the room. Up stepped the lecturer, Peter Prendergast, and he looked at the sketchbooks and picked up mine. What he said to me that day is for me to cherish and remember, but it was at that exact moment that I started to believe that I could make something of my art. I remember how he made me feel as an 18 year old, full of hope.
I have been very lucky to continue with my painting practice, selling work over the years and collaborating with inspirational individuals. I have also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many young people on many creative projects over the years, realising the importance of giving others the opportunity to express themselves and to flourish as individuals. The foundation course environment, tutors and fellow students gave me the confidence to pursue my goals and passions in life. Quite simply the most important and inspirational period of my educational life. Diolch.
You can see some of Glyn's work at: www.facebook.com/GlynPriceArt or on Instagram @glynprice
For more information on our courses in Art and Design, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/art