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Artwork on show for 70th anniversary of maritime disaster

The worst maritime disaster of modern times in Wales is being marked as part of an exhibition of artwork by school children from Swansea.


The pieces created by pupils from three city schools can now be found in the Civic Centre's main foyer.

April 23 will see the 70th anniversary of the day the SS Samtampa and the Mumbles lifeboat Edward Prince of Wales were dashed on the rocks at Sker Point near Porthcawl in hurricane-force conditions.

There were 47 fatalities, 39 from the ship and eight volunteer crew of the lifeboat.

Pupils from YGG Llwynderw, Cila and Gendros primary schools worked with Swansea Print Workshop to learn about the disaster and produce artwork during the spring term.

Experienced outreach artist, Nina Morgan, assisted by Lynne Bebb of Swansea Council's Arts in Education Team, worked with youngsters from the schools to explore different themes. As well as the SS Samtampa Disaster they also looked at castles and robots.

Pupils used iPads and traditional drawing techniques to develop original pieces that were adapted for screen printing using the facilities at Swansea Print Workshop. Pupils then made prints of their drawings, the majority of which are now on display.

Swansea Print Workshop is a fine art printmaking studio run by a group of artists. It is a not-for-profit organisation and a hub for fine art printmaking in South Wales.

The schools were supported with a teacher's pack which included information on techniques, ways of displaying artwork and entrepreneurial ideas.

The exhibition is on show at the Civic Centre until May 9.

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