Art in Hafan Y Coed gallery, University Hospital Llandough.

During my second year of study on BA Fine Art at Cardiff Metropolitan University, I put in an application to create a piece of work for University Hospital Llandough’s new gallery space in Hafan Y Coed – the new adult mental health unit.

My idea through application was accepted and I was able to put my plans into action over several months on my course.

Throughout the year, I had been exploring collagraph prints further, a technique which is made by collaging a plate with different textures, inking it up and then printing through a press. The textures are then transferred onto the paper along with natural embossment of the different materials.

With the overall theme prioritising health, my ideas revolved around the garden, allotments, fruit and veg, healthy eating etc. With a little research, visiting allotment gardens and being inspired by my ongoing love for Minimalism, I collated my information and ideas into a grid format replicating the organisation within a garden allotment.

I chose basic shapes to represent different types of fruit and vegetables and then explored different materials that could symbolise texture and details of that particular plant.

It eventually led to my 5-A-Day print. Each collagraph plate individually made and differing from the other four that has the same design. Here I am trying to represent the fact that no two plants are the same and even without the perfect shape they are good enough to eat. This idea targets the crazy madness of supermarkets not buying a plant because it’s a little bit wonky!


My 5-A-Day collagraph print is permanently on display within Hafan –Y-Coed along with many other great artists work.

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