Off for a run!

Claire Densham, Jane Phillips Award Committee member and sister to Jane Phillips:

“My late sister Jane Phillips passed away, 10 years ago. Jane was the first director of Mission Gallery, Swansea. To celebrate the Jane Phillips Award’s 10th anniversary the committee are organising an exhibition of previous winners. We want to raise money so the success of the award can continue. 

I shall be running in the Swansea Bay 10k on the 19th September, so wish me luck and please donate. Thank you ❤️”

If you would like to donate, please follow the link here

Thank you for your support.

Image: Geometric Canvas (Green), Jane Phillips

A few words…

As we celebrate 10 years since the launch of the Jane Phillips Award, here’s some words from members of Jane’s family, Claire and Rob Phillips.

Kindly filmed by Martin Williams.

The 2020 Graduates

The Jane Phillips Award and Mission Gallery are pleased to announce the final list for the 2020 Graduate Showcase!

These successful graduates have the opportunity to show an example of their work within Mission Gallery’s curated retail space from 30 September – 31 October 2020. Work will also be featured in a showreel at Mission Gallery, a downloadable brochure, online on both the Jane Phillips Award website and Mission Gallery’s website and social media.

The graduates are:

Apphia Ferguson: Carmarthen School of Art

Imogen Mills: Carmarthen School of Art

Jess Parry: Swansea College of Art UWTSD

Keziah Ferguson: Carmarthen School of Art

Mattie Amatt: Cardiff School of Art & Design

Zoe Noakes: Swansea College of Art UWTSD


Apphia Ferguson

Imogen Mills

Jess Parry

Keziah Ferguson

Mattie Amatt

Zoe Noakes

Graduate Showcase 2020

Each year, the Jane Phillips Award showcases a curated selection of graduate work from Wales and beyond. It has taken many forms – and this year is no different. 

It’s a challenging time for graduates and we take our hats off to you – be proud of what you have achieved and let us celebrate your talent!

We invite applications from 2020 graduates – from jewellery, ceramics, textiles, print, mixed media, glass; any craft related disciplines. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to show an example of their work within Mission Gallery’s curated retail space. Work will also feature in a showreel at Mission Gallery, a downloadable brochure, online on both the Jane Phillips Award website and Mission Gallery’s website and social media. 

Application Deadline: 5pm, Friday 14 August 2020

Showcase dates: 30 September – 31 October 2020



Additional Information:

There is no fee to apply and up to 6 graduates will be selected. Each successful applicant will be asked to create a short video piece to introduce themselves, their work and making processes (no more than 5 minutes).

£50 will also be awarded to each successful candidate to help with related costs.

Please send a short statement about you and your work (no more than 250 words), up to 8 high-res jpegs (with an item list including title, description, materials and measurements) and an up-to-date CV to Please include your contact details, university name and course.

All applicants will be notified whether successful by Friday 28 August 2020.

Successful candidates’ work will need to arrive at Mission Gallery from 15 – 18 September 2020.



To view the previous showcases brochures, please click on the links below:

2014 Graduate Showcase

2015 Graduate Showcase

2016 Graduate Showcase

2017 Graduate Showcase

2018 Graduate Showcase

Merged into Nature by Laurentina Miksiene

The day when all days felt like Sundays, we felt emptiness. All the connections with the world we lost in just in one day. At first we enjoyed the ‘’freedom’’… Finally, we had time for our families, we had time for a cup of coffee in the morning, we had time to talk or watch movies together, we had time for kids… 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10…. first you’re counting the days after the 20th day, it just doesn’t matter what day it is, what time it is. You don’t need to go sleep early because you don’t need to wake up early, to shower and rush somewhere…

Nature started to heal herself but how about humans. Sometimes I feel I’ve lost myself and I believe we all have a feeling that we have lost something we can not touch but can feel. All the connections with nature with other humans.

Only nature helped man endure the misfortunes of life and became support in daily life. The connection between man and nature can be found in literature, poetry, artworks, and photography. In my work, I sought the connection between man and nature. I was looking for a compromise between man and nature. That compromise is more uncomfortable than perfect. Through nature, we can see not only ourselves but also a reflection of our soul. Without this connection with nature, man mutates not only physically, psychologically, but also spiritually. In my series of photographs, I was looking for a spiritual connection between man and nature. A man comes from the earth and returns to it. The earth is the basic premise of our existence and its end. This vibrant, pulsating matter is open to both birth and death. A place where a clump can turn into life at any time, and life into a clump. Man is only a temporary particle of the earth cycle.

The photographs I printed on silk fabric to make them more flexible and weightless. I wanted to see the movement of fabric and structure of silk threads. The photographs look as though they are merged into the fabric like we are trying to merge into nature. It is like the fugitive testimony about man’s and nature’s compromise.



To view a short film by Laurentina, please click on the image below:



A project by Laurentina Miksiene

Modern society is surrounded by photographic images. The proliferation and ease of use of photography has made it an integral part of life, as a participant in society. Collection of photographic images in physical albums or on digital media – allowed people to archive their past. It has become a great human proof of past history that he can visually share with people close to him. Photography captures the visual reality and documents it – to capture what is real (visible). But what is that reality? What is her relationship to reality? How much truth lies in the image? The photographer must be responsible for presenting the situation in a fair and honest way, he can’t do manipulation of the technical image, but also can’t manipulate the emotional impact.

My portraits are not about how the object looks, rather it’s about how I feel he looks. I transfer onto the object my beliefs and vision but not my emotion. In art photography, some photographs are more suggestive and remain in the human memory, while others simply pass away, as in journalistic photography, some photographs simply represent an event and some convey emotion, mood, light. Photography has a dual function: it depicts the human exterior and describes his identity. To photograph my grandparents, I kept the vision for two years and only last summer I went to my country (Lithuania) and was able to do this.

Towards the end of the 20th century, Lithuanian photography experienced very important changes: some of the photography created at that time did not continue with previous Lithuanian photography traditions and generally did not match the usual criteria of photographic artistry. My favourite Lithuanian photographers are Antanas Sutkus and Vitas Luckus. Every time I  look at their photography I feel very emotional. I do not only see the photos I feel them. In photos with my grandparents, I was looking for natural emotion and to capture the photos with natural light. I wanted to show their relationship and loyalty, their love and their daily routine. I just had a feeling that I needed to do this for myself. To remember them like this. To remember their eyes, hair, wrinkles, hands, and voices. The photo where they are holding the hands of each other has been selected by Lensculture editors to be featured in the Portrait Awards 2020 Competition Gallery. Some of the photos were featured on Vogue Italia. I kept asking myself why it was so easy and natural to photograph my grandparents and landscape where I lived. And I think I found the answer – it is because of memories! I am connected to this place and these people. Most beautiful memories with grandparents, long conversations before going to sleep. I wanted not only to have digital memories of them I wanted to hear their voices so I recorded my grandmother singing. It is very important to me because we always sang together when I was a child. I still have a feeling that I haven’t finished the project and I plan to go back to Lithuania this year and take more photos. My grandmother will be 88 years old this summer and my grandfather will be 91; it is a solid age for them.

‘’In summary, we can say: The photographic image is a message without a code, it’s continuous. At the same time it is a connotative message, but not at the level of the message itself, but at the level of its production and reception. The photographic image is a sophisticated object selected, structured, built and produced according to professional standards – aesthetic, cultural or ideological.’’(Roland Barthes)

Images by Laurentina Miksiene

Penguin book covers

More to come soon

My final 3 book covers in one style. The style and construction I was inspired by is slightly visible here but mostly its a collage of hand drawings. Image traced images and shapes layered together creating my interpretation of a book  and what I felt.

Visible only defined by calculation and layers of scientific experiments .
Mix of biological, chemical, alien on the deserts of Arizona
That was my favorite one – not sure about this one now, did I take it to far from the original? The 4 square black pages represent the black characters of 4 friends. And one the weight of justice.

Underground world mixed with love, blood, time, and quantum mechanic calculations.

Finding my brand name and identity

This project is called “Me my self and I”. How do you see yourself? How do others perceive you? We all have our own self-portrait in our mind, but are others in tune with us? It’s important that others get the right message.

My name is spelt Grzegorz and no one from outside Poland is able to spell it correctly so I have crossed the “Z” here on the name to see how it looks.

Below is my strategy to develop end explore my ideas.

And some digital explorations of the name created with a strapline


“Go raw” will be

Natural Talent


The concept of talent is firmly engraved in our culture, we often see those great people archiving great things and we wish we could do what they do if only we were that talented.

But what if the people we idealise weren’t actually more talented than us. What if we were just as talented as them? I think an interesting person to look at is Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Because he is generally described as  the most talented street photographer we have ever had but he famously quoted  saying “your first 10.000 photographs are your worst” and that doesn’t seem like the words of someone that was born with a  natural talent, but rather someone that dedicates thousands and thousands of hours to master a discipline.  In 2007 a study was initiated,  which looked at there’s actually no such thing as a natural talent,  just hard work and dedication and making sure your effort is focused on the right areas.  Basically  intelligence  and skill are things we aren’t born with  but things we develop through practice and this is true across the board.

Apart from a few athletic examples where something like weight might be an advantage.

But it’s not what I’m talking about here so what does this mean? Well, firstly it means that you can achieve the same level of skill as the people you idealise,  all those film makers, artists, photographers, you can be as skilled as all those, as good as them. Secondly it means that everything you have already achieved is not by innate talent but through your own hard work and dedication. So well done you, don’t ever give up because you don’t think your talented enough.

We now know it’s not how ability works, embrace mistakes  because mistakes are discovering  gaps in your knowledge that you need to overcome  and you need to find the right resources  in order to help you overcome this. Traditionally  that would be teachers, lecturers and libraries but today we have the internet, we have the greatest resource that humanity ever had at our fingertips, we have phones in our pockets. So stop worrying about what you can’t do

 and just do it .

Beware of feeling comfortable, as soon as you start to feel comfortable, challenge yourself, change something,  try something new, learn to let go of old work, we all have our best work that we feel that is our best but try to better them,  try to forget about them.

And move forward, if you keep coming to old work  it means that you are not progressing.

Try to push yourself, build on what you have already done. Ask yourself questions, ask for feedback and critique on a regular basis, it can be difficult because it’s hard to hear it.

And it’s the critique that’s really gets you  but it’s probably the most important  because you know they are right,

take the temporary pain for the long term benefit.

You need to know what you’re doing wrong,  ignore haters and trolls on line. 

Learn to not be precious your work.

Learn to embrace the criticism and move forward.

always keep learning,  you have never learnt everything

because the world moves forward.

Looking for inspiration

Sometimes it’s a struggle, the hardest thing is to get up and do your stuff . You know what to do but you just want to do too many things at once, and have a great idea. But doing something is completely separate, I always have more important work to do than let my soul flow.

This image I created whilst thinking about blending some textures with iconic places in Swansea in a doible exposure . So I took a bunch and went for brunch to edit them on a mobile app while eating.

Flyer for exhibition. In Alex. Art 🏫 school created on a mobile using double exposure


Blending a portrait I’ve shot of one talented Student with a coloured painting of another one.

Here are some practice pieces with another beautiful student willing to pose.
Shot on 35mm film nikon d80 double exposure. Edited in snapseed


Intentional Camera Movement

It’s a great privilage to be one of the digital residency recipients for the Jane Phillips Award.

During these 3 months I will try new techniques in photography and explore Swansea . My first project will explore a technique called ICM – a technique and an artistic way of expression. Something I have enjoyed exploring recently .

The Mystery of an image. It forces my imagination to work.

A painting with a natural light and I love this.

I am inspired by Claud Monet, french painter .

I have focused on textures and colours seen within the landscape, creating one of a kind impressions of a forest in a longer exposed time frame.

Time is key here, as time is the only thing that is constant. You can’t stretch or squeeze it, only the perspective can change. So this is my perspective of a time, represented in a ICM photography style.


Graduate Showcase 2019

Exhibition at Mission Gallery, Swansea

17 August – 07 September 2019

Our picks of the 2019 graduate exhibitions; from degree shows across South Wales and New Designers. The Graduate Showcase is part of the Jane Phillips Award.


The selected artists are:

Alex Baitup, Carmarthen School of Art

Daisy Fay Ray, Carmarthen School of Art

Elin Hughes, Cardiff School of Art

Jacqs Scourfield, Swansea College of Art UWTSD

Katalina Caliendo, University of Hertfordshire

Kaya Cohen, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Keeley Shay, Swansea College of Art UWTSD

Lillemor Latham, Cardiff School of Art

Mark Dutton, Carmarthen School of Art

Niamh Duddy, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester

Rhiannon Gwyn, Cardiff School of Art

Siwan Medi Davies, Carmarthen School of Art

Selected artists for the […] space:

Ibrahim Maadani, Swansea College of Art UWTSD

Gabriel East, Plymouth College of Art

Chelsea Waites, Manchester School of Art

Jane Phillips Award Graduate Showcase 2019, Exhibiting Artists Images


Jane Phillips Award Graduate Showcase 2019, Exhibiting Artists Images


Jane Phillips Award Graduate Showcase 2019, Exhibiting Artists Images

Raising the Bar Residency 2019

For Raising the Bar participants at Mission Gallery | Based at Jane Phillips Award Studio in Orchard Street, Swansea | In partnership with Elysium Gallery

A fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in how to manage a studio for 4 weeks this summer, before moving onto University or preparing for  final year in College or Sixth Form. A chance to experience having an independent workspace away from home which can be used for a variety of purposes, such as: 

  1. Reading Lists & Summer Projects 
  2. Space to work
  3. Build Portfolio
  4. Exhibition 
  5. Curating 
  6. Networking
  7. Collaboration 

We are pleased to announce the winners as Joseff Rowlands and Gemma Yeomans – congratulations both!

Graduate Showcase 2019

We’re bringing you our picks of the 2019 graduate exhibitions; we’ll be searching degree shows across South Wales and New Designers to discover fresh talent. Part of the Jane Phillips Award.

Artists will be announced in July 2019.

Thibault Brunet: Public Lecture

Thibault Brunet will be giving a public lecture about his practice on Monday 18 March, 1pm – 2pm.

Brunet is currently undertaking a month-long artist in residency within the Photography Department at SCA, UWTSD as part of the Jane Philips Award International Residency Programme. Brunet’s work addresses the relationship between photography and the virtual, in a society that is increasingly on its way to being fully digitalised.

1pm – 2pm, Monday 18 March 2019
Reading Room, ALEX Design Exchange, UWTSD
Free Entry


The residency is being kindly supported by Swansea College of Art, UWTSD.


Image: Untitled by Thibault Brunet, part of the “Territoires Circonscrits” project

International Residency: Thibault Brunet

March 2019

Following a month long International Artist Residency, this exhibition will showcase the work developed by Paris based artist Thibault Brunet. French artist Thibault Brunet was born in 1982. He is represented by Galerie Binome in Paris and Galerie Heinzer Reszler in Lausanne.

His work plays with photography’s coded genres and questions the relationship with virtuality in a society where the world is on its way to being fully digitalised.

A graduate of the ENSBA Nîmes, Thibault has travelled through virtual worlds with his camera in pursuit of images, exhibiting at reGeneration2 (2011), Mois de la photo in Paris, Berlin and Vienna (2012) and at Talents Foam (2013). Thibault is part of the group project, France (s) Territoires Liquides the work of which was exhibited at the Biennale de Lyon in 2015 and at the BnF in 2017. His last project Territoires Circonscrits has been shown at the Centre Pompidou in 2017 and has been recently exhibited at the MBAL in Switzerland.

Image: Untitled, part of the “Territoires Circonscrits” project

Jane Phillips Award International Residency: Administered by Mission Gallery in partnership with Swansea College of Art, UWTSD & Elysium Gallery

For more information on Thibault Brunet’s practice, please click here

Ragnarok initial concept notes

sb1This is the opening shot to the episode, setting the location and mystery the episode will follow.

  1. Ext shot, hill with trees, panning down hill
  2. Follows straight from one, shot up river with buildings in the background, camera pans down into 3
  3. Camera pans down into final position
  4. Camera onto body lying on slab stones/concrete, hold for a few seconds, let music well up and smash cut into next frame



*All p/in/p videos fade in and out*

Half profile shots of the two leads of the episode (a police investigator and the leader/ sub-boss of the biker gang suspected of the murder. Beside each are small videos showing actions of the upcoming episode to give a brief insight to the characters.)

  1. Shot of character getting out of car and talking to colleague
  2. Shot of character arresting/interviewing someone
  3. Shot of character room clearing/searching for clues
  4. Shot of character in a bar with drink (maybe a smoke too)
  5. Shot of character preparing chain/knife/knuckle duster
  6. Shot of character flexing with leather/denim vest on



Main title card for the episode, pic 1 is independent, while 2 and 3 are together.

  1. Black background, title fades in, followed shortly by episode title
  2. Series title fades in as a snowstorm starts to pick up (going from upper left to lower right), flows into pic 3.
  3. White background with vignette around border, episode title fades in black letters (possibly with episode count underneath)

Winter is coming- project notes

I have a new project to complete for my university course, called ‘Winter is Coming.’

The aim of this project is to create an opening title for a fictional anthology series called ‘Winter is Coming,’  with each of us creating a basic outline for an episode and constructing the opening title sequence around that.

Below you will find some preliminary notes I made about the project.

Winter is Coming opening credits

  • Nordic/Gaelic/Welsh noir inspired
  • Typically from the perspective of the police (most commonly dealing with murder)
  • Sometimes deal with corruption of government
  • Slow burn tension and drama
  • Opening title to be 60-90 seconds long
  • Can either be an opening scene with credits or more traditional opening credits (like a montage)
  • Winter is Coming- anthology series style


Episode style/story notes-

  • Cops vs bikers (Ragnarök, name for Biker Gang)
  • Corrupt local government official funding bikers (either through drugs or weapons)
  • Police pick up the trail after a body is found, suspected be a gang killing
  • Bikers preparing for a war with other gangs


Opening credits content notes-

  • Opening shot of dead body central to plot
  • Majority of credits are a close up of the two leads (separately) faces, half on show, over a black background while short clips from the episode fade in and out beside them
  • Leads= lead investigator and biker gang leader
  • Clips showcase the characters personalities through actions (such as arrests for the cop and beating someone for the gang leader)
  • End of credits feature the series title (Winter is Coming) and the episode title (Ragnarök) as a subtitle.
  • Alternative: Main title comes up, a “snowstorm” covers it over in white and replaces it with Ragnarök.