Abstract lines

First page of a new mini sketch book I just bought to keep on me at all times when I’m out and about. I like to doodle and this is just an example of the kind of thin I like to do – free form drawing with no conscious conection to anything. Just shapes and lines.  IMG_4021

Jane Phillips Award 2018: Edward Rhys Jones ‘the […] space ‘

In partnership with Swansea College of Art UWTSD.

Edward Jones is an Artist and Designer working from Swansea and Bristol. Driven by a fascination with modes of representation, simulation and mediation, Edward Jones believes that there is something integral to the material qualities of glass, that can be drawn upon to interrogate our increasingly mediated construction of reality.

Further to an understanding of Edward Jones’ practice are three major concerns:

– Firstly, the seemingly instinctive human drive to represent, replicate and reproduce – in greater and greater, similitude – existing aspects of the physical world.

– Secondly, the relationship between these representations and their origin; or more specifically, the threshold where our lived, physical, temporally unfolding reality meets with an increasingly manipulated, mediated, re-presented, version of that reality.

– And thirdly how these mediated experiences of representations feed back into, and affect our experience of our lived physical reality.

Edward will showcase the outcomes of his Summer residency at ALEX building, Swansea College of Art UWTSD, in the […] space from 13 October – 17 November 2018.

Axis 2017 Digital print.180cm x 320cm

Buffer the World 2018 Digital projection, Semi opaque vinyl. Size Variable.


Compound Axis 2017 Glass cube, four digital projectors, multiple live news feeds, direct drive turntable. Size variable.


Digital Borderlands (Clone Stamp Tool) 2018 Double sided mirror, your digital images of the artwork. 180cm x 200cm




Dry Finish

Dry Blue and White jug pour

This how the Blue and white jug pour turned out after it had dried (which took at least two days considering the thickness of the paint) Since I re-used a canvas from a previous pour this pour features some cracking and interesting textures.

Experiments with Acrylic Paint

Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting quite messy with acrylic paint. After trying my hand at some Acrylic pouring. The process involes layering paint in a cup or jug and pouring or quickly flipping the paint onto a surface and thentilting the surface to allow the paint to flow over the surface rusulting in some really lovely shapes and patterns.

Here is a link to some experiments I’ve been doing at home.

For this a type of pour I used an old builders trowl I found at my mothers house which worked pretty well to drag the paint across.I used a little water and PVA glue to get the paint to the right consistency.






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.

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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’ (http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/museums/visit-your-local-museum/brecknock-museum-art-gallery/) 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; 







http://history.powys.org.uk/school1/brecon/canal.shtml (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).