Glamorgan graduate competes in Sri Lanka TV competition

March 14, 2012

A University of Glamorgan design graduate can currently be seen competing on a major reality show on Sri Lankan television.

Luke Gillard, 23 from Bridgend secured a place amongst the UK contestants for Ideators, a Sri Lankan television show in the mould of The Apprentice shortly after graduating in 2011. He spent six weeks filming the show and experiencing life in Sri Lanka.

“I really enjoyed the competition and am so grateful to have taken part” said Luke, who graduated with a first class degree in Interior Design at the university’s Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries. “It was amazing working with people from such different backgrounds and having a go at such a range of different projects. Each task really challenged our skills and gave us the chance to expose our creativity to a range of huge, important brands, both Sri Lankan and global.”

Ideators is now in its third series, and was created by the British Council to recognise young entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and the UK by placing them in real-life business situations.

The show is currently being broadcast on Sri Lanka’s ITN channel, and enjoys an audience of over 16 million viewers. UK viewers can subscribe to watch the show on the Ideators YouTube Channel and find out more at the show’s Facebook page.

This series centres of Ideators centres on design, with the two teams of young entrepreneurs tackling challenges in a multitude of disciplines. “We were given tasks in almost every area of design you could imagine” explained Luke. “From interior and experiential design, to fashion and graphic design, through to furniture and product design – and all to impossibly tight deadlines; something that I hope comes across in the show!”

One or more team members are eliminated at the end of each of the twelve episodes, with the final competitor awarded the Ideators trophy and an internship at a leading company in the alternate country.

“It was also loads of fun putting my hand to designing things outside of my usual discipline and way out of my comfort zone” said Luke. “I have come out of the process feeling like I am now capable of having a go at anything, and would probably class myself as a multi-disciplinary designer rather than purely an interior designer.”

As well as taking part in the competition, Luke also found time to see more of the country. “I love Sri Lanka as a country and will definitely be returning at some point” said Luke. “Some of my personal highlights include visiting Sigiriya (the unofficial 8th wonder of the world), bottle feeding a baby orphaned elephant, and visiting a village doctor three days into my stay after a savage leech attack. All pretty surreal experiences, though admittedly for different reasons! Living in the Hilton for six weeks wasn’t too bad either!”

“Luke is a very talented young designer and we’re very proud of him for representing both the university and his country in the competition” said Gill Sandford, Deputy Dean at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries. “The fact that Luke has been able to compete across such a wide range of disciplines demonstrates that our design graduates are highly skilled and extremely versatile. I’m sure that Luke’s experience in Sri Lanka will open up all sorts of opportunities for him in the world of design, and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.”