We opened the doors of our brand new STEAM Academy to students at the beginning of September. This state-of-the-art development is an exciting new building to accommodate teaching, learning and support facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Our STEAM Academy is located on our Pencoed Campus – directions can be found here.
We are holding an Open Event on Saturday 18 September, 10.30am – 1pm, for the community of Bridgend and further afield to come and explore the fantastic facilities and resources that the building has to offer.
If you’re thinking of studying with us this September, it’s not too late to find out about our courses and staff will be on hand to provide advice and guidance.
Tours of our 8500sqm site will be running during the event where you can see our impressive facilities, as well as enjoy some of the entertainment taking place. Guests will be able to view some of the original Paul Peter Piech prints currently on display in the central exhibition space. Refreshments will also be available.
The Academy is more than just an educational establishment. The development offers many benefits to the local community, including evening and weekend adult learning as well as café facilities for public use. Our 200-seat multi-purpose auditorium and conference facilities can support businesses in the local and wider community.
To enable us to plan for the right number of guests, please let us know if you plan on joining us by completing the short registration form below. We look forward to welcoming you.
The Paul Peter Piech Exhibition
(1920 – 1996) Artist and Painter
Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996) was a humanitarian, a propagandist and a prolific printmaker who used his artwork to express his political opinions and also his love of literature, poetry and music.
Piech studied at the Copper Union College of Art, New York. In 1937, he went to work as a graphic artist at Dorlands Advertising Agency. During the Second World War he was posted to Cardiff with the United States Eighth Army Air Force. He made a name for himself in Cardiff, painting images of glamorous blondes on the front of aircrafts.
In the 1960s, Piech set up his own press, the Taurus Press. Over the next decade, he developed his own expressive linocut lettering. His own images were printed alongside the words of politicians and activists.
From 1968, Piech worked freelance as a graphic artist but also taught in art schools including Chelsea, the London College of Printing and Leicester. Piech was a workaholic; he even worked on Christmas Day. He was a man who communicated his anger about man’s inhumanity to man into creative work with a disturbing social message.
In the latter part of his life, after relocating to Porthcawl, Piech started incorporating Welsh language and culture into his iconic work which is still displayed and celebrated across the world.
How the collection came to Bridgend College
In the 1990s, an Access Centre for young people with severe physical and learning difficulties was established within the College with the aim of ensuring access to the curriculum through using Assistive Technology. Piech visited the centre, having been invited by Peter Foley who was then Head of Basic Skills. Piech was so impressed with the students being able to have these opportunities he donated this collection to the College.
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