Residencies & Opportunities for Swansea College of Art Students

Mission Gallery is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Jane Phillips Award Residencies for Art & Design Students at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. We are proud to be working with our partners at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and keen to shine a light on the high standard of work being produced by students across all disciplines and courses.

Art & Design Foundation Residencies Summer 2017.

The proposals submitted by Foundation students were of a typically high standard and three residencies have been awarded throughout Summer 2017. It was open to everyone studying on the Foundation Course at Swansea College of Art. This is the only Award & Residency that we are aware of, which offers a bridge and continuity between Foundation/Degree courses and we look forward to continuing with the residency into the future. The 2017 Recipients are;

Studio Residency: Ben Dawson
Based at Elysium Studios, in High Street, Swansea, this is fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in managing a studio for 6 weeks, before moving onto University or other study/work related focus. This unique opportunity provides complete freedom for a Foundation Student to produce, develop, explore, research, display their practice with complete freedom and support.

Collaborative Digital Residency: Rachael Orphan & Rebecca Mitchell

Digital Residency: Tegan James

These residencies will provide an online space within the Jane Phillips Award website to display and develop work, ideas and research, while offering support and promotion through our networks. Residencies will take place online between June-August 2017, with each selected artist(s) having 6 week residency.

Other Opportunities & Exhibitions in 2017

Mission Gallery and the Jane Phillips Award, will be offering other opportunities to Art & Design Students at UWTSD at all levels in 2017 including selection in our Graduate Showcase at Mission Gallery in August 2017; an offsite exhibition of student work across all disciplines at National Waterfront Museum curated by UWTSD Alumni Jason & Becky and a Graduate Residency in Autumn 2017, responding to our international region wide project, Ephemeral Coast.

Jane Phillips Award

The Jane Phillips Award was set up in memory of the late Jane Phillips (1957 – 2011) Mission Gallery’s first Director. Launched at Mission Gallery in 2011, the award is intended as a legacy to Jane’s passion for mentoring and nurturing talent, consistently supporting the professional artistic growth of emerging and early career artists across the Visual and Applied Arts in Wales and beyond in a variety of different ways. We have developed and broadened the scope of the award recently by introducing more initiatives to assist artists at all stages of their careers. This includes a yearlong programme of Residencies which support students and graduates of UWTSD as well as emerging/early – mid career artists. These exist alongside and complement, the Jane Phillips Exhibition Award; a Curatorial Award and an International Residency

Past winners of the Jane Phillips Award Art & Design Foundation Residencies were; Madeline Tomalin Reeves (2015); Molly Pickering and Keely Hohmann (2016).

“I was thrilled to accept the residency. I had just finished my art foundation and was starting my Degree in Fine Art and History of Art in September, in the summer break it is hard to keep being creative and productive so the opportunity to have a studio was fantastic. The residency has been the perfect opportunity for me to explore myself and my art further, I am very thankful to Mission Gallery for supporting me in my progression as an artist.  I think my time at the studio has been vital for learning and being surrounded by creative people in a creative space, I couldn’t ask for a better environment. I have enjoyed working in the space, meeting people and having the time to really be productive over my summer. It has been a brilliant opportunity that has helped me grow and progress.”

Madeline Tomalin-Reeves, Foundation Student 2014-15

Jane Phillips Award Artist in Residence June 2015

Quote from Foundation residency winners 2017:

Ben Dawson:

“ I am looking forward to having a physical space to continue my practice in painting large scale. The space will allow me to push the boundaries of my art in a new direction. It will give me an understanding of how to run my own studio in preparation for next year. The opportunity to work with the gallery and professional artists as mentors will be incredibly insightful and allow me to reflect on the future of my practice and career.”

Rachel Orphan:

“ I am looking forward to having a chance to continue experimenting and creating work alongside my fellow students. This exciting opportunity will allow me to leave a legacy in my home city before I continue on to University degree. We are one step closer to becoming professional artists and designers!”

Tegan James:

“ This will allow me to maintain a working link with the artistic community in Swansea. It is exciting to be able to create art through a new platform and allow you to potentially show work to a wider demographic.”

Rebecca Mitchell:

“ I am excited for the opportunity to work beyond an educational environment and grow my portfolio over the summer ready for University life”.

Quotes from Foundation team:

“As a team we are thrilled to be working with Mission Gallery again as part of our on-going collaborative relationship with the faculty. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to embark on their artistic careers before they embrace life at degree level. We look forward to seeing the work that develops from this and would like to take this opportunity to thank staff at Mission Gallery for selecting us to be part of this brilliant award.”

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