This week the students of UWC Atlantic College have had the opportunity to meet Richard Cox, an international artist who has been visiting the College since the 1980s.
Richard Cox is a Fine Art Artist who moved in Wales in 1975, he has a background in teaching and also worked for The Arts Council of Wales – running the Artists in Residence Programme in Wales, where he set up nearly 200 residencies in the UK and internationally. Over the last decade, Richard has had a series of solo exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including ‘Stepwells in Western India’ which has been shown in 14 galleries in the UK, India and America.
Richard also has very strong connections to Rajasthan, India. In 1993 he set up the Wales Rajasthan Visual Artists Exchange. During a five year period, 35 artists from Wales and Rajasthan worked together.
During the spring of 2007 Richard engaged in a research tour of Gujarat and Rajasthan visiting Stepwell sites, and three of the Jantar Mantar sites, documenting and recording images. Return visits to India each year since have extended his work and has added to and expanded the touring exhibition.
In addition to Richard’s photographic work from India, Richard has also worked with architectural influences from Japan, where he was an Artist in Residence in the Fine Art Department in Hijiyama University in 2003.
Lucy Male, the Head of Visual Arts explains how the students are the Art Department are truly grateful to Richard, “he has given talks to the students for years and has even met us in Cardiff for art exhibitions that he curated or taken part in.”
Lucy carried on to explain how it is excellent for UWC Atlantic College to have such an international and highly regarded artist in our midst, and how the students were very excited to hear him talk about his work.
Currently, some of the photographic prints on exhibition at St.Donats Gallery are also included in the "Illuminating India. 500 years of Science and Innovation" at the Science Museum in London.
Richard’s exhibition will be in the St. Donats Art Centre until Tuesday 26th October, so we urge all students and staff to go and visit his exhibition.