Art Central opens ‘Drawing the Line’ exhibition


Published 16 June 2015


On Thursday 11 June, the Council’s art gallery, Art Central, hosted the official opening of ‘Drawing the Line’, an exhibition by Cardiff and the Vale College Art and Design students.


Cardiff and Vale college Art Central exhibitionGuests were welcomed to the gallery by Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, who was vastly impressed with the high level of skill and calibre demonstrated by the students in their work, and spoke of the value of having such a wonderful gallery in the Vale of Glamorgan, and how it provides a stepping stone for upcoming artists.


Cllr Burnett said: “We are glad to be supporting new artists who will be heading towards further education or a career in the arts, with the potential of becoming part of the creative industries in Wales.”


The introductions were made by the Head of Art and Design, Myra Thomas, who went on to give a moving speech about the origins of the college’s art department, which she helped to initiate and develop more than  sixteen years ago.


Myra passed over to Jane Hutt AM, who has been an advocate for the art and design courses at the college for the sixteen years. Jane Hutt spoke of how delighted she was to once again be welcomed back to officially open the students’ end of year show. She spoke about Art Central, commenting on how it has become an integral part of the community and is frequently referred to as the best gallery in South Wales. Jane Hutt was once again, impressed with the quality of work on show, praising the College for producing students who can ‘think outside the box’ and how this vision and creative thinking will benefit the students in every aspect of their lives pre and post education, not only from an art and design perspective but on a much broader scale, throughout their lives and future careers.


Kay Martin, CAVC Vice Principal spoke of the good work that Myra and her creative team had achieved over the years, and thanked the families of the students for their ongoing support. Commenting on their pending results she wished students the very best for the future.


The College work closely with the Vale of Glamorgan’s Arts Development Team and Gallery Manager to enable the students to show their work in a professional environment; most of whom are showing their work for the first time in a gallery setting. It is a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience installing an exhibition, enhancing their portfolio as they head off in pursuit of further education or a career.


The exhibition will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, until 20 June. Entrance to the gallery is free. For further information about the exhibition and gallery programme, visit