Cardiff Metropolitan University recently showcased its purpose-built £14 million School of Art and Design building as part of ‘Open Doors’.
Organised by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Open Doors offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’ culture and history.
Cardiff School of Art and Design welcomed a number of visitors to a unique behind-the-scenes look at its new base in Llandaff which is home to 1,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The visitors viewed this year’s Masters and Inc Space shows – which showcased the work of graduating Masters students from: MA Art & Design; MA Ceramics; Master of Fine Art; and MSc Advanced Product Design.
The Inc Space show highlighted the work created by recent graduates who have taken advantage of the School’s incubation unit, ‘Inc. Space’, which provides an opportunity to spend an additional year with the School to launch their own business or a sustainable career as a practicing artist or designer.
In addition to the shows, the Open Doors tour looked behind the scenes at the School’s highly successful MIT-accredited FabLab. Short for ‘fabrication laboratory’, this facility is linked to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology network of global FabLabs, and is equipped with technologies for 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl plotting, electronics and programing. The Cardiff FabLab recently hit the headlines with the production of a low-cost prosthetic hand which it 3D printed for a five-year-old Cardiff school boy.
Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design, Professor Olwen Moseley said:
“We were delighted to take part in this year’s Llandaff Open Doors and host a tour of our new home.
“As a working School of Art and Design it’s hugely important that local community members and visitors alike get to see our range of facilities and get a better understanding of the high-quality teaching and research that is carried out here every day.”