Residencies & Ones to Watch

Foundation Residencies & Ones to Watch

Digital Residencies 2018

The Jane Phillips Award Digital Residency offers support and promotion for artists, providing online space through its website to develop work, ideas and display new artwork.

It can feature images/documentation of objects, photographs, textiles, art, creative writing, sculpture, oral history, and archival materials. Artists whose practices include performance, sculpture, film, video, new media, video, sonic art, live works and cross-disciplinary practices.

This residency presents an opportunity to an artist/s working with exclusively online practices or who make work using digital processes, wishing to exploring the boundaries of art and technology and the interactions between digital, online spaces and/or their physical materiality.

The selected artists are:

Alex Brooks: 01 July – 30 September 2018

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Ink scan 6, Alex Brooks

Nathan Mason: 01 October – 31 December 2018

Studio Residencies 2018

Based at the Jane Phillips Award Studio at Elysium Orchard Street Studios, Swansea | In partnership with Elysium Gallery & Studios

An month long opportunity to gain valuable experience in how to manage a studio before moving onto University. A unique opportunity for the selected artists, allowing them complete freedom to display and explore their creativity, ability and imagination in their own space.

The selected artists are:

Izabella Bristow Casey: 31 August – 28 September 2018

Izabella Bristow Casey


Emily Elias: 28 September – 26 October 2018

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Emily Elias

Emily is a young artist exploring the relationship between film and performance art; using media as a means for visual discussion, provoke thought and convey a feeling through immersing her audience into a visual experience. Emily’s ideas are catalysed by a rich theological knowledge, while her work address’ philosophical ideas head on, she is concerned to communicate these through a universal language, while still open to the interpretation of the audience. As she seeks to understand how ethical structures relate to and influence society.

Emily’s most recent work encompasses the values of the Chaos Theory, defined as “The property of a complex system who’s behaviour is so unpredictable as to appear random owing to great sensitivity small changes in conditions”. Endings create space for new beginnings, the Sun must set in order to rise again, chaos is a series of finite events that lead to an infinite measure of time. Exploring Jewish mysticism, biblical stories of creation and the philosophy of choice; the media, projected from a perspective of awe and wonder of the natural world, the work concludes to the notion that,  chaos provides the conditions in which we live our lives, that we create the chaos.

Ones to Watch 2018

New to 2018. The Jane Phillips Award’s aim is to mentor, nurture and support the professional artistic growth of emerging and early career artists across the Visual and Applied Arts. The award will keep in contact with the artists selected as part of ‘Ones to Watch’, keeping an eye on how their work develops in future.

The selected artists are:

Billy Trick

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Billy Trick

A suggestion of movement. Like bodies of mass ever so slightly slipping and shifting, unveiling the layers beneath. Creating new lines where a colour begins and ends that lie to the viewer at first glance.


Jasmine Newton



Matt Collier: Artist in Residence Outcomes

Matthew graduated from Swansea, UWTSD in the summer of 2017 with a First Class Honours BA Degree in Music Technology. Working predominately with audio field recordings and found sound objects in the creation of sonic compositions, he also employs novel approaches to utilising technology in sound based live performances and installations.

As a result of having worked for many years facilitating rhythm-based activities primarily with children on the Autistic spectrum, his evolving practice explores the territories of interaction, sensory perception and atypical states of consciousness. Current topics of fascination include Acoustic Archaeology and Acoustic Architecture, the Neo-Confucian principle of Li with its focus on dynamic forms in nature, the neurobiological impact of rhythm entrainment, and the intriguing phenomena of Apophenia and Audio Pareidolia.

Matt was the first Sonic Art practitioner to receive a Jane Phillips Award Residency. The residency took place from 01 November – 10 January 2018 and the outcomes can be seen at Mission Gallery’s ‘the […] space’ until 11 February 2018.

For more information on Matt’s work in the […] space, please click here


Brett Swenson has arrived!

2017 JPA International Residency recipient.

Brett Swenson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, who will be supported by the Glass Department at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD during his stay here in Swansea. He has previously been awarded residencies from Residency Unlimited and Urban Glass, both New York 2016 and ‘RAMDOM Assosciation’s Investigation on the Extreme Land: DEFAULT, Italy, 2015.

Brett will be based both at the Jane Phillips Award studio at Elysium Orchard Street Studios as well as at the Glass Department at Swansea College of Art UWTSD.

For more information on Brett’s practice, please click here



R- aising personal awareness of the historical links in my local area through my educational investigation, incorporating historic walks and visits. 

E- ncouraging my personal artistic development, research and recording methods. 

S- upplying me with a new platform to record and display my findings. 

I– nvestigating various themes allowing me to appreciate Brecon as a town through its beauty and character. 

D- eveloping skills which will be used for my degree and to further my abilities. 

E- xhibition planning, collaborating and curation opportunity, allowing me to understand the basic requirements and skills required for the task. 

N- iche work and appreciating the art of others.

C- hallenges! – and knowing when to stop, review and re-evaluate. 

Y- ou, thank you to all and everyone who has guided me, supported and provided me with information and imparted their knowledge to further my findings. To all who have watched the project develop and finally to the Mission Gallery and the ‘Jane Phillips’ residency for providing me with this opportunity and encouraging my thirst for creating. Thank YOU! 

‘Characters of Brecon’ (2 of 2)

Rough notes – possible experiments

My original thought of recording Brecon’s characters, its environment and ‘a year in the life of’ by visiting many locations making records through photography, video, discussion attempting to incorporate many mediums of record taking was diverted one afternoon whilst walking up ‘Castle Street’ and capturing an image of a couple sitting on a bench on the Castle bridge (see map below sourced from google maps).

Having discussed the reason for the photograph with the people captured in the shot and the willingness of the couple to take part in the record I made the judgment that I would attempt to repeat the image structure with differing personalities that I may find using the facility, thus recording a similar image within the same environment.

This will be recorded throughout the year and I aim to capture a variety of Brecon’s personalities and hope that the images will represent the changing seasons through the body language and mis-en-scene (e.g. environment/ clothing).

Note to myself: I need to ensure I gain the permission to post images within this project. I will be creating small cards to ensure I have documentation stating they are happy with this as well as providing them with knowledge as to the purpose of the photograph whilst also possibly encouraging them to view the blog and witness the projects’ development.

After collaborating with my peers, in the recent ‘Open studios’ exhibition, where we recorded a series of time periods using film cameras I have chosen to complete this experiment using only this medium as I feel that this is capturing a single, unique frame in time that can never be recreated due to its spontaneity. The duplication of the captured picture frame and communication with new models ensures that each picture is a new experience, never to be repeated due to the differing time scales and mis-en-scene.

I hope to visit this location as often as I can throughout the year at varying seasons and times throughout the day therefore, capturing everyday moments of the characters of Brecon.


Post and Postcards

In this post I will be further examining my practise by looking at my fascination with post and postcards. In previous posts I have looked at other tools I use in my work such as Labels and Instagram 

I have always loved getting post! I sign up for as many catalogues as I can to feed my obsession. I wrote to the Queen when I was 11 and was overwhelmed by the beautiful gold stationery that housed the response. Furthermore, every Christmas I receive a parcel that excites me more than any other. It is from a friend in Japan. It amazes me how different the stationary is, the parcel is packaged, and the postal service labels are. Recently, I have been sorting through my massive postcard collection and have found that 148 x 105 mm or 5.8 x 4.1 inches (the standard size of a postcard) is perfect for so many things. Below, I will show some examples of postcards from my collection and postal experiments I have been trying.


I was introduced to the book “The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects” and the work of W. Reginald Bray during my foundation course. I read and began trying out some of his experiments for myself as a personal project.

W. Reginald Bray

“In 1898, Bray purchased a copy of the Post Office Guide, and began to study the regulations published quarterly by the British postal authorities. He discovered that the smallest item one could post was a bee, and the largest, an elephant. Intrigued, he decided to experiment with sending ordinary and strange objects through the post unwrapped, including a turnip, abowler hat, a bicycle pump, shirt cuffs, seaweed, a clothes brush, even a rabbit’s skull. He eventually posted his Irish terrier and himself (not together), earning him the name “The Human Letter.” He also mailed cards to challenging addressessome in the form of picture puzzles, others sent to ambiguous recipients at hard to reach destinationsall in the name of testing the deductive powers of the beleaguered postman.”

Examples of some of my successfully posted and yet unposted work can be found below.


I think I will continue to enjoy taking inspiration from Bray’s work. A few weeks ago, I discovered an artist who has a similar passion for testing the postal service. Examples of Harriet Russell’s work can be found below along with a surprisingly  successful piece I created in Russell’s style and sent to Beckie. I am already planning my next challenge.




Postcards are the best form of affordable art! When I visit an exhibition that I especially love it is great to buy a postcard as a memento. I am slowly building up an ‘inspiration hoard’ to bring to university with me. This will mostly be made up of postcards from my favourite exhibitions. Below is an example of a book of postcards I bought at a recent Rembrandt exhibition and a postcard Beckie sent me when she went to the RA Summer Exhibition. I will send Beckie and other artist friends postcards I think will inspire them from exhibitions I see this year. It’s a fun way to keep in touch!




Over the years my family and I have been sent many postcards from friends and family who are on their holidays. Memorably from a 97 year old friend who recently made me very jealous with a postcard from the Northern Lights! We also continue to send holiday postcards ourselves. Some people wonder what the point is when we can easily send photos over the internet and often arrive home before the postcards. In one particularly memorable case my Aunty Gwyn received a postcard from a trip we went on to Rome a year after we posted it because of the notoriously slow Italian postal service. For reasons of nostalgia and the opportunity to have a handwritten note to show you are remembered by a loved one is reason enough to not let the holiday postcard die out. There are also some fun varieties to try out! When I was in Hungary this summer to test some fun variations I sent Beckie and my family a variety of different postcards:

the giant postcard (An A4 image that baffled the Hungarian postal workers and also doubled as a lovely souvenir as it can be easily displayed.)

the digital postcard ( A postcard created with the app Postsnap that allows you to use your own photos (as a photographer I love this!). It is then printed and sent. A lovely idea to make the postcard even more personal.)

the postcard coaster (Another souvenir/postcard. A beautiful illustrated coaster that can be addressed on the back.) Images below.


I love freebies! Some of my favourite postcards are those I have got for free. Examples are below.

No. 5

Probably inspired by the above, I created a range of postcards recently for some Christmas events my church was hosting. They are the perfect size for an eye-catching advert! The front and backs of three of these postcards are shown below.

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And finally, I would like to take the chance to reflect on mine and Beckie’s postal adventure! I have had such a lot of fun creating and receiving postcards. It has challenged me to be creative in so many ways. Our project was inspired by the work of artists Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec but has become so much more than just a ‘dear data’ experiment. Beckie’s infographic postcards (which can be found on this blog) have taught me so much about her. I am going to use them as inspiration for my infographic work. I hope we can continue to send each other postcards and stay in touch as we start our degrees. Below are some of the postcards and letters I sent to Beckie.

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Characters of Brecon (2 of 2) and Exhibition Records 

Below is a glimpse of my rough notes taken during a meeting with Ben Dawson, Rachel Orphan and Beckie Mitchell discussing a collaboration for a recent exhibition.

Ben Dawson’s studio wall – initial inspiration


Below are a selection of images taken during the preparation stages for the open studios.

Photo Credit: Ben Dawson
Photo Credit: Ben Dawson
Photo Credit: Ben Dawson
Photo Credit: Ben Dawson

As you may have seen from my notebook, the four of us chose to experiment with the idea or recording everything we touch within a day and comparing our findings. Below is my complete list…

Photo Credit: Ben Dawson

Residency – future outcome 


Below are some influential references and my intention for this investigation’s outcome. As you will see below I have chosen to respond to the theme of the ‘BEAUTY OF BRECON’, by attempting to create a historically accurate recreation of the medieval town walls through an abstract approach of a ephemeral installation. Below are a few fragments from my notebook highlighting my intentions and the project’s purpose. I hope this will be a piece which will create intrigue resulting in viewer participation thus encouraging the viewer to follow the line whilst subconsciously educating them in the ancient landmark alongside appreciating Brecon’s surrounding beauty.

Above are a selection of my mood board references (source- pinterest).


Locating the medieval town wall

Locating the standing place for the complete medieval town wall

I  decided to begin my research at the local library’s historical records section. There I found a wide variety of maps, however, they were all drawn up after the medieval period therefore had a limiting benefit for this specific study.

Therefore, I chose to revisit some of the books I had previously analysed. Again there was little documentation regarding this specialised topic.

My next visit was to a  local bookshop, where I was lucky enough to find the below information and map, this provided me with a glimpse of the historic wall.

After finding the above map, I contacted ‘Brecknock Museum’ ( requesting an opportunity to view some of their historic collections.

Below are my findings from the visit: 

The above maps are dated from 1834 and 1934. These were the oldest records the museum had, although very interesting they were unable to identify a clear route of where the walls once stood. The maps were designed after the Civil War when most of the medieval build had been dismantled.  However, this trip was very educating and allowed me to understand the structure of the town more geographically.

I would like to thank the ‘Brecknock Museum’ for allowing me the opportunity to analyse these sources and for taking the time to meet with me and discuss my investigation. Thank you to all of the staff who assisted me, I have gained so much more knowledge from your guidance. 

On departure from the museum I was provided with a local historians contact and recommended to email them to see if they would have any additional information to progress my project.

Below is a copy of the sent email…

To (Contacts name)

My name is Tegan James. I am currently working on a residency (Jane Phillips Award) with the Mission Gallery, Swansea which I am using as a platform for investigating into Brecon towns history and characters. I have chosen, after much research, to focus on the mapping of the original old town walls. 
I have visited the museum, library and local information centres regarding where the walls once stood and I’m finding it difficult to find resources to identify exactly where the settlement was built. 

I was wondering if you knew anything about this specific feature in history and if you would be happy sharing this information with me to further my project which will also improve the accuracy of my work. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Grateful Thanks

Tegan James 

Below: Brecon Town Map sourced from the ‘Guildhall’ wall in the centre of the town.

As you can see this is the clearest and most up to date map I have found which suggests where the medieval build once stood. Although this source has indicated the build it hasn’t provided me with an accurate, detailed route. Whilst happily awaiting a response from the above email I have chosen to walk this route to try and determine a course.

Locating the historic Brecon town wall remains

Useful information links regarding the traces of the medieval structure;

Below are two extremely helpful articles which have allowed me to locate the remains of the walls.

After becoming aware of where the site of the wall ruins remain,  I have recorded  8 locations where I believe the medieval structure once stood. However, I am intrigued to learn where the wall would have run during the medieval period.

Light On Brecon – Section 1 of 2 (Beauty of Brecon)

The archive below has been extremely influential during the beginning stages of my project, it has allowed me to dive into the past and relocate and appreciate the towns architecture and traditions. This book has highlighted my lack of awareness regarding the local town history and locations of historic sights.

After reading the book and analysing the imagery I have chosen to specialise this section of my project to one particular influential landmark.

  • The old railway
  • The Canals
  • The town walls

Brecon Town History Research 

Online source’s used within my research; (If interested in the local canals).


Another useful source: Brecon Library’s local history exhibition.

Documenting Devon

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Recently, I spent the day at Strete Gate Beach with my family while on holiday in Devon. I decided to document this day in a variety of different ways. I was unable to get blank postcards so I decided to use envelopes as my starting point. I was challenged by a lack of materials and stimuli. Therefore, it was a fun challenge! Below are the outcomes and the challenges I set myself.


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  1. Beach textures collected and adhered to the envelope
  2. Beach smudges (sun cream/charcoal etc.) and soaked in the sea
  3. Beach smudges (sun cream/charcoal etc.) and soaked in the sea
  4. Portraits of myself and my sister, by myself and my sister (continuous line/blind drawn etc.)
  5. Handdrawn map of surroundings (Inspired by “From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association”)
  6. Journey bumps and bends (put pen to paper and see what happens!)
  7. Journey bumps and bends (put pen to paper and see what happens!)
  8. A collection of beach objects to create a mini beach in an envelope (one of these is making its way to Beckie in the post! We will see how it survives.)
  9. Continuous writing for 2 minutes
  10. Blind drawn picture of my dog Rocky


I think my favourite outcome of these mini exercises was the pen journeys. They really reflect the uneven and unexpected pleasure of driving in the countryside. Furthermore, looking at them now they look almost like coastlines. And we were travelling to a beach! They are a loose form of map. I think I could continue to use this practice to record a range of journeys. It might also be interesting to layer a more formal representation of the journey over the top (eg. traced off google maps).


JPA Graduate Showcase

12 August – 03 September 2017

“Supporting excellence, nurturing development and pushing the boundaries of Visual & Applied Art, Design and the Moving Image”

Following the success of the Graduate Showcase and Jane Phillips Award Student Profile, Mission Gallery and the Jane Phillips Award are now working in partnership, merging both strands.

Mission Gallery has developed a reputation for dynamic and distinctive programming, to present excellence across the visual arts, applied arts and craft, from across Walesand beyond. For this Graduate Profile, work will be selected from various degree shows around the UK and New Designers, which will include art, craft, design, still and moving image, encompassing both programming strands; Maker in Focus and the […] space.

Its aim is to focus on artists, makers and designers who have showcased excellence within their specialised field; highlighting those that are pushing the boundaries of traditional concepts and ideas, blurring the lines between disciplines and celebrating art and craft in all its forms.

The selected graduates are:

Anna Bruce | Elin Angharad Evans | Emily Jane Bruce | Julie Hutton | Polly Dixon | Calum Heath | Chloe Allen | Olivia M Healy | Tuesday Logan | Emma Bates


To download the Graduate Showcase pdf in English, please click here

To download the Graduate Showcase pdf in Welsh, please click here


Adaptation | Addasiad


Adaptation | Curated by Jason&Becky

Offsite at National Waterfront Museum – Jane Phillips Award 2017

05 August – 29 October 2017

Adaptation: A response to Ephemeral Coast by Swansea College of Art, UWTSD Students. Curated by Jason & Becky.

‘In times of change we adapt. Working in synergy with the landscape and available materials to provide shelter and sustenance. As tides rise and structure is lost to the ocean, temporality becomes an ever-present necessity. The concrete past gives way to the ephemeral present and transient future’. 

The Jane Phillips Award is this year working in response to Ephemeral Coast’s region wide collaborative project with Mission Gallery.  The Curatorial & Exhibition Awards 2017 have been awarded collectively to the students of Swansea College of Art, UWTSD to work alongside the recipients of the Curatorial Award, Jason & Becky and is in partnership with  Mission Gallery, Elysium Gallery, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea College of Art UWTSD & University of Ottawa.

Featuring selected Art & Design Foundation, BA & MA Students across all disciplines, at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. Curated by Swansea based collaborative artists, Jason & Becky.


In a continuation from my post on labels, I will be examining another area of my practice…


Instagram is a social media platform where users share images and short videos with their followers. There are around 500 million active users. It is therefore a perfect place for businesses, artists and influencers to access a global (often millennial) audience. However, with an average of 95 million photos and videos being uploaded every day, the curation of content has never been more important.

How I use Instagram now

Date Started: 18/07/15

Date Now: 08/08/17

Number of days used: 752

Post Regularity : post on average every 3.9 days

Followers: 271

Following: 1,207



Findings: I post on a wide variety of subjects and this does lead to a lack of professionalism and continuity on my feed. I post far more often when I am away from home. Therefore, I need to go to more effort to create beautiful images while at home. I feel that my art/design work is lost amongst other images, of my dog for example. I don’t want to lose the fun in posting so I think a separate more design focussed account is what I need. I will keep my personal account active too.

Inspiration and Ideas

Flat Lays

I would love to experiment with taking some flat lays. I first started thinking about this at the Natural History Museum in Oxford (I discuss this trip more in this post). I was taking images of exhibits in cases from above and finding the combination of objects and drawings very aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, the camera angle seemed an effective one for taking a clean, shadow free image.  Flat lays are images that are taken from above and are often of beautifully curated objects. They are popular on Instagram among fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Experimenting with this would fuse two of my interests: photography and objects. It would be a great way to photograph the tools I use in my work and my favourite things. Below are some inspirational images.


Mood Board

I have always enjoyed collage as an art form and being asked to create a mood board at the start of a project is a dream! I have been looking for some more unusual Instagram layouts and came across the fashion designer Roberi Parra. His feed when looked at as a whole resembles a mood board. It is a well curated collage of images and text. This sort of layout appeals to me in several ways Firstly, because it would ensure that there was a lot of thought put into each post. Despite the mood board effect only being visible when you view his entire page, each post is still beautiful. Secondly, as we begin to digitalise everything, creating a tactile and physical mood board before uploading it to Instagram would ensure I still have a physical connection to my work.


Time Lapse and Work in Progress

Inspired especially by printmaker Aftyn Shah I thought it would be good to try and include more of my work in progress. This is not something I have considered doing before but it would give my followers more of an insight into my practice. Furthermore, it would mean I could use my feed to look at how work has progressed. Shah is also very good at including objects (such as plants and tools) around her work in images that don’t detract but complemeant. I would like to also take inspiration from this.

A bold colour scheme

One of the best ways to catch a person’s eye and to inject some joy into the world in my opinion is through colour! I am hoping to develop a bold colour scheme for my new design feed perhaps using some turquoise and pink (one of my favourite colour combinations). Art Director Andoni Beristain has an Instagram feed that makes me happy to look at. It is cohesive and professional but also joyful! It is important to inject a bit of personality into any platform that is showing your work.


That’s all for now. I will post again once I have started to implement some of the above ideas.


It has been a busy few weeks! I have just returned from Budapest and am starting to gather the photos/ephemera/drawings I collected and have made on this trip. I thought I would share some of the most interesting pieces with you here.


Budapest has a wealth of beautiful architecture. I took so many pictures of it all! I also did the below blind drawing. I am planning to do some more from the photos I took as I am pleased with how this one came out. Blind drawing has allowed me to enjoy drawing again. It is a loose and fun way of recording what you see. It often leads to an interesting abstraction of your subject. I highly recommend it. I was also able to pick up a couple of postcards to add to my inspiration hoard (which I am creating to take to university with me). The one below is by the illustrator Agnes Bogar.


I was very pleased with the souvenirs I was able to pick up on this trip. I was looking for something more authentic and truly Hungarian. I found in a bookshop and in a market several old Hungarian passports. Aesthetically they appeal to me in several ways. Firstly, they are full of old stamps, labels and handwritten sections! The vintage photos make them so personal. Finally, this could be the beginning of a new collection for me. I am going to have fun translating them and using them as inspiration for my work.


Mapping was something I planned to do a lot of on holiday. In reality, I had little time for this with all of the touristing we did. I did however, pick up postcards by several Hungarian artists who explore mapping in their work, below is one of my favourites. It is by the artist who goes by the name Urban Sidewalker. It was a struggle to choose which of the beautiful postcards to bring home. I hope the postcards I collected will continue to inspire my work in the future and remind me of my wonderful trip.


Once I got home I was able to design my own postcard in response to the artwork and architecture I saw. I hope to produce more soon. I find the postcard the perfect size and shape for everything! It has become a motif in my work. There will be a blog post in the future all about postcards.






Recording my findings 

As you will have previously read on this blog, I am investigating the town of Brecon, a historic town rich with history which I am hoping to uncover and highlight. I also  hope this opportunity will  improve my knowledge on the old market town giving me greater appreciation of the area I grew up in with a new perspective.

If you are interested in following the project develop, I will be using this blog as my main hub to upload all my findings.

In addition to recording my investigation, I am also developing and storing my findings within a personal sketchbook as an alternative recording method. Pages will feature throughout the residency.

Above: Location of Brecon (Sourced from google images)

Initial Ideas

Beauty of Brecon –  Discovering the various factors Brecon has to offer. All information sourced from local information centre. 
Mapping the local area
Mapping my routes around Brecon over a series of days (each colour represents a different day).

2017 | Exhibition & Curatorial Award

5 August – 29 October 2017
@ Colonnade Gallery, National Waterfront Museum
Adaptation: A response to Ephemeral Coast by Swansea College of Art, UWTSD Students. Curated by Jason & Becky.

‘In times of change we adapt. Working in synergy with the landscape and available materials to provide shelter and sustenance. As tides rise and structure is lost to the ocean, temporality becomes an ever-present necessity. The concrete past gives way to the ephemeral present and transient future’. 

The Jane Phillips Award is this year working in response to Ephemeral Coast’s region wide collaborative project with Mission Gallery.  The Curatorial & Exhibition Awards 2017 have been awarded collectively to the students of Swansea College of Art, UWTSD to work alongside the recipients of the Curatorial Award, Jason & Becky and is in partnership with  Mission Gallery, Elysium Gallery, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea College of Art UWTSD & University of Ottawa.

Featuring selected Art & Design Foundation, BA & MA Students across all disciplines, at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. Curated by Swansea based collaborative artists, Jason & Becky.


On the 15th July there will be an Open Studios event at Elysium Studios to coincide with the Troublemakers High St Festival that weekend. 

Tegan, Beckie and I have been invited to join Ben (winner of the studio residency) to produce work for his space. We will be displaying our own work as well as certain collaborative projects we have devised. 

We have set ourselves the following collaborative tasks: 

Inspired by a mini project we were given when we travelled to Amsterdam with our foundation course, we will all be taking a photo on disposable/film cameras every day at 3pm. We will then write/draw/document something on a post it note to accompany each image. This will be a fun way to see what we are all up to from now until the exhibition. 

We will be using the final few shots on our cameras to take 4 images that represent the following 4 concepts: 





We will also be undertaking a challenge on one day to write a list of everything we touch. This will become a study of the objects we come into contact with. The 4 most interesting things will be photographed on our cameras. 

Below is an image of the space where we will be exhibiting. We hope you can all join us ! 


I am going on holiday!


Tomorrow I start my journey to Budapest, Hungary. I am hoping to document this trip for my residency in a variety of ways.

Firstly, I am going to take inspiration from the a book I recently purchased called “From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association”. This book is, as the title suggests, a collection of hand drawn maps. I have included some of my favourites below. I hope to produce some hand drawn maps that show various places I visit while on my travels.


Secondly , I plan to continue to take inspiration from the work of Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec and their Dear Data project. Beckie outlined the project in a previous post. I will use inforgraphics to record what I see and experience while I am away. I will take inspiration from some of the categories that Lupi and Posavec used such as clocks, laughter and indecision.


Also, I am hoping to work on drawing techniques that I have been introduced to this year on my foundation. These include continuous line and blind drawing. Below are some images I have found for inspiration of architectural continuous line drawings.


As well as these individual challenges I will be working on several collaborative projects with my fellow recipients of the Jane Phillips Award Ben, Beckie and Tegan. More to follow on this !



Jane Phillips Residency – An Introduction to my Investigation and Initial Thoughts

 Hello, my name is Tegan James.

I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work in an online creative environment where I can learn, communicate and network with fellow artists. The experience described by current residents sounds engaging and diverse, something I am excited to experience first-hand and become a part of. I hope this opportunity will allow me to develop my artistic skills and I am eager to begin my investigation which I hope will benefit my artistic learning as well as continue to contribute to my local and artistic community. I am keen to record my findings online as it will allow the opportunity to develop my work through an alternative therefore, accessing a wider audience. I am also interested to see the results found from the relationship of social media and my investigation and how these technologies alter and enhance any findings.

As an aspiring Production Designer I have a passion for creating experiences for viewers as well as working with alternative and unique concepts. I use themes for my work as a base and often create alterative interpretations. My passion is creating statements and for my work to have multipurpose, engaging to the eye but with a political, social or historic underlying tone. My work is used to educate my viewers about a certain message as well as myself.

 Moving to a new environment whilst studying my foundation with ‘UWTSD’ has been beneficial and encouraging on both an educational and personal level. Thus, meaning I believe I have grown as an artist and a young adult and am hugely appreciative to have been awarded this residency enabling me to continue widening and building upon that experience. Relocating to Swansea to study for the previous academic year was stimulating as I was able to discover a wonderful city and artistic community. What the foundation has allowed me to appreciate is how to ‘open my eyes’ to everything from the smallest to the largest aspects of the environment. My concept of art has developed and matured as I have been able to approach tasks using all my senses and appreciate art is no longer confined within preconceived ideologies. I have gained the confidence to make errors but to see these as positives and learn from these and even incorporate them to improve my work. I have found there are no mistakes, these obstacles just further my awareness. Since returning to my home, within the Brecon Beacons, this experience has provided me with an altered appreciation of what I grew up amongst but did not recognise fully. I now better appreciate the diversity, community and strong opportunity for artistic and historic awareness and development.

  ‘Light on Brecon’ – Capturing the community!

When researching initial ideas for this residency I became aware of a local project advertised through ‘F.Y.I Brecon’, which stated that the local community are running a project to encourage Breconians to engage with town activities and record these events through various mediums. “The concept of Light on Brecon is to have local people and volunteers take a range of pictures and art work of Brecon town throughout the year up to April 2018,… to show off Brecon at its best and show the great buildings, people, businesses, and events that this town has” (Sourced from advertisement flyer).

As explained above I have become more appreciative of my surroundings and this project I believe will provide an opportunity for me to discover more about my town using an artistic approach.

I will be loosely following these three themes to capture the spirit of Brecon whilst also educating myself and hopefully any viewers in local history and the area.  

          Aims for my Investigation:

To investigate into the town history and community through research and local resources (e.g. museums, library and people) in order to extend my knowledge and to seek inspiration through my findings.

To experience the town through the eyes of another citizen – what does Brecon mean to others? – ‘A Day in the life? … Social Art.

Learn how the town could improve and develop.

Showcase what the area has to offer.

Capture Reality – Heavily influenced by old photos of pastimes (By attempting to experience and get involved with all town events).

Encourage all demographics to engage with my project and create artworks incorporating Breconians – capturing reality and encouraging art participation within the town.

Work with various mediums, especially photography and social media (as an educating tool, advertisement which can reach wider demographic).

Create work which has the potential to encourage tourism.

Incorporate local community groups and artists.

Begin by experimenting with various ideas in order to help develop my works purpose. 

I hope this opportunity pursuing further creativity, through this digital experience, will allow me further opportunity to use the skills I will discover to enhance my independent learning which I will be able to incorporate in my next educational venture. 



Before I begin to work on anything new, I want to examine my practice. The tools I regularly use give an insight into this. Today I am looking at….



I like to begin with looking at the definitions of words at the beginning of a project.

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 19.55.10When looking at the word “label” I found the synonyms most interesting: 






All of these objects are ephemera. They are only meant to be used for/are only useful for short amount of time. Stamps/tickets/labels etc. can be both very mundane in design and can be beautifully crafted. Perhaps the latter is in order for print based objects to compete with the digital sphere. This is where my interest lies.

I collect ephemera. Tickets from journeys I have been on and experience I have had, stamps from all over the world, leaflets and catalogues with a design aesthetic I like and postcards etc. Often the ephemera I keep has a sentimental value. This has made me wonder …Does the fact we can touch it mean it has a greater affect on us ? Taking boarding cards for planes as an example. I would definitely keep the official traditional card tickets and probably keep the flimsy paper version you print at home. But would I save and store the digital variety that are becoming ever more popular? What will the effect be on our society as we begin to digitalise everything? Will we lead less cluttered and more environmentally friendly lives ? Or will we create an unsentimental generation who are only capable of communicating in the digital sphere? (Funny writing that on a blog) Something to think about…


Anyway, back to my love affair with the label…

The label is so important that I included my label maker  (a very exciting recent purchase) on a list of 40 things that inspire me most. My ephemeral exhibition project looked at collecting and organisation. From the beginning of the project I was looking at how people arrange their collections and in order to make links between the 40/40 (objects that inspire my work) I designed a label asking certain questions of the pieces. Once all the objects had been labelled I was able to create infographics to determine certain questions I had about my collection.


The labels I added brought my sketchbook work from the 2D into the 3D and introduced an element of interactivity. The idea of synthesising the dimmensions became an important element in the final outcome. As this year has progressed, I have realised despite having graphic elements to my work I do not want to reject the 3D for traditional 2D graphic design. The label has become a symbol of where my practice currently lies.

On a recent trip to the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum the curation drew my attention more than the pieces themselves. The various handwritten labels used to document pieces enhanced the work. They connected the viewer with the curators and the collector. The labels dated from 1880 to 1980 and were each unique and seem to be purpose made for the pieces. I bought a postcard showing the variety of labels and documented several of them in my sketchbook.


After this, I began to think about how artists and galleries label works in an unobtrusive manner. Perhaps it is time we ventured from the the black and white printed cards. I found the way that this was done at the UWTSD Artist in Residence Exhibition especially interesting. C190E583-B786-4A6F-8915-457CBE920D85

The label, the old fashioned hashtag, connects objects/images/art work and relays vital information. A label is a design challenge. It must deliver information clearly but also be aesthetically pleasing and not detract from what it is labelling.

Some ideas for the future…

  • challenge myself to redesign the mundane ephemera
  • look at how the “non-art” parts of an exhibition are curated
  • Leave a label trail around places I visit
  • Collect some beautiful ephemera and create an Instagram feed to appreciate it
  • Design and make labels for next year’s work
  • Research how touch affects feeling of sentimentality and nostalgia




Our Project

Inspired by artists Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, Rachel and I will be communicating through postcards as well as relevant objects or inventive ways in which we can share. These will be a mixture of recording ourselves, as well as the space and culture around us.

“Dear Data” ( is a year long project in which Lupi and Posavec collected weekly data and represented this in a hand-drawn post-card. As the post-cards would travel between America and Britain, they described this process as being: “a type of ‘slow data’ transmission”. They learned from collecting weekly data to live in the present, to be more aware of their surroundings and their behaviours.

Unlike ‘Dear Data’ Rachel and I will be choosing our own topics to write and document instead of having a weekly subject. This will cause us both to learn more about each other however personal or distant.

As Rachel will be travelling throughout the Summer, her postcards will be focusing on the settings surrounding the different places and people. However, this Summer I will be at home working and spending time with family and friends which may result in some local day trips. Due to this, I would like to look at myself personally and look at my every day lifestyle. By recording mundane tasks I will hopefully learn traits and quirks about myself. These can then be depicted in a variety of visual formats, I would like to include my passion for both tonal drawing and sewing if possible throughout this project.

The attached photo are some examples of Lupi and Posavec’s postcards from their Dear Data project. Both would present the hand drawn representation of their collected data on one side, with an explanation and a key to understanding the diagram on the other.