The past week I continued to work towards a few graphic design projects to include in my zine. In full, the zine is now 12 pages which I am planning to get printed and distributed very soon. This is my first time creating a full product and I am extremely grateful for the use of this blog to promote my work.

The zine lends itself to a scrapbook aesthetic, with the taped down pressed flowers and somewhat diary entries. I believe this adds to the childlike innocence I am trying to convey. I wanted to make an analogous theme throughout the zine, with each page incorporating organically smooth shapes and twisting lines. The idea was to create a fluid motion which brings the viewers’ eyes to all corners of the spread, and seamlessly transports them overleaf.

Have a flick through the E-zine here.


This week I began to develop a series of mock pages for a zine. I pulled influences from 2000s styled advertising and retro computer games because that was my first experience of graphic design growing up. My initial thoughts on colour palettes was pastel pinks and vibrant blues. I wanted to create an iridescent title and I experimented with a myriad of different coloured gradients until I found an effect I was pleased with.

The main concept and story behind the zine is how I have become addicted to romanticising the past. For me, it’s easy to paint my childhood in such a glowing brush that I find it difficult to appreciate current life in the same light. With each major life change, I am forever believing that those were the good old days, without giving value to the present. With these graphics and words in my zine, I am attempting to fall back in love with my current life, rather than only enjoying the moments when they become memories. Forever looking back is no way to live life.

Have a flick through the digital copy of first pages in the zine.

More to come soon.


My name is Ramona White, and I have just finished my Art and Design foundation diploma at Gower College Swansea. I am extremely grateful for the use of the Jane Phillips Award blog, and I’m delighted to be the first from GCS to do so.


I have always been fascinated by the feeling of nostalgia. A thought of the past floats through your head, instantly filling your heart with warmth while it simultaneously begins to feel suffocated. It’s as though the rose-tinted glasses allow you to fall in love with the past but the bittersweet tinge of reality could burn a hole straight through you. To me, it’s a beautiful and confusing concoction of heart retching aching and carefree love, two emotions which are painfully strong, pulling your heart in two completely different directions. When feeling nostalgic, I never know whether I want to live in the bliss of the memories or to cry forever at the thought of them never repeating themselves.

This photoshoot revolved around the idea of nature and childhood nostalgia.

While growing up, I had a relatively small garden, but it was gracefully packed with overgrown nature. Long grass and wildflowers sprouting between concrete slabs, making a plethora of miniature ecosystems. As a child I would leap face first into this personal landscape. I have always been drawn to nature, compelled by something within me to reach out and adventure into interesting landscapes hidden within the cities I have lived. My inner child yearns to be fully surrounded by wildlife, which is where the inspiration for this series’ look stemmed from.

The makeup, modelling and photography was all done by me, allowing me to have complete creative control over the outcomes. The dried flowers I have displayed on my face were picked from my garden and pressed by myself. The flowers are still aesthetically beautiful and delicate but will eventually become completely stale and lifeless. The knowledge that something will never fully return to its earlier qualities once removed from its original home; that is where the pain originates from in nostalgia.

Digital Residency | Gower College

The Jane Phillips Award has over the last few years offered Digital Residencies to Foundation students at Swansea College of Art UWTSD.

Following the success of this programme, Jane Phillips Award have invited Gower College Swansea to select a graduating student to take over the Jane Phillips Award blog for 3 weeks; posting about their work, practices, results and ideas.

This first residency will take place from 28 July – 18 August 2021.

The selected graduate for this opportunity is Ramona White – we look forward to seeing what’s produced!

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!

Soleil Noir by Thibault Brunet

Exhibition Dates: On until 01 June 2019 @ Mission Gallery, Swansea.

From the start a photographer of virtual worlds, Thibault Brunet is also very fond of landscape. He experiments with imaging tools he borrows from advanced engineering technology invented for military purposes – and brings them into photography. By doing so, he diverts their civilian applications, whether from the field of video game (landscape studies in GTA), geo-tracking with Global Positioning System (photographic mission via Google Earth), or the field of urbanism and industry (modeling of the French coastline through 3D scan or remote sensing laser).

Disrupting the modes of representation, his images take viewers by surprise. There is various forms of disorientation: fusion of the real and the virtual, medium ambiguity, blurring of photography and drawing, or photography and sculpture as in his last creation, Ault. He tackles the question of landscape representation and reveals his ability to renew this genre within the photographic medium. Our selection confronts recent and exclusive pieces – the Ault and Soleil noir series- with more historic and institutional works: the last available editions of Vice City series (collection of the Musée de l’Elysée), the Typologie du virtuel series (2015 Biennale of Lyon, collection of the FMAC, 2016 FIAC revelation, «Paysage français, une aventure photographique» retrospective exhibition, BnF 2017), and the Territoires circonscrits series («Mutations-Créations / Imprimer le monde» exhibition, Centre Pompidou, 2017, FRAC Occitanie collection).

Ault, a duo of sculptures that results from the stratification of thousands of images, is still in production thanks to the patronage of Mécénat du Cercle cité in Luxembourg. These photographic rocks with one spine sculpted to convey sand stone were first exhibited at FIAC 2019.

Thibault Brunet is drawing the material of his next series entitled Soleil noir from the rushes of the videos he shot with a remote sensing laser, especially during the Etants données residency in the United States, supported by the FACE and Aperture foundations. This spring, the artist will experiment printing them on various mediums in the framework of the Jane Phillips Award International Residency, in the United Kingdom, of which he is the last laureate. His white UV ink-glass prints on black are like contemporary ambrotypes. Our selection will also include exclusive pieces from the Territoires circonscrits series. These 3D-modeled images literally blow up the photographic framework.



My work plays with the genres of photographic representation, within the virtual spaces of a world that is digitizing in all its dimensions. For several years, I traveled with a camera in these recreated worlds, in search of images. The series produced in video games borrowed from the registers of the urban landscape, journalism and war reporting. I then turned to the typology, with a piece from Google Earth, at the invitation of France (s) Territory Liquid. I have recently chosen a new approach and am now working on three-dimensional digitalisation of real space, thanks to partnerships with Leica Geosystem and Parrot.

The shooting material

The tools I use to make my images are state-of-the-art, made available to me by the firm Leica Geosystems. This equipment records space and renders it in a cloud of linear points. As rendering is closer to drawing than photography, this technique blurs the codes of representation. The landscape / subject is no longer bounded by the horizon or frame, but extends in a circle around the camera, it fades as it moves away from the lens, leaving a circle blind to its location. The universe thus obtained seems to emanate from the heart of a black hole. If in the real world the sun shines on the visible, here it is the tool that filters the reality and reflects a world that our mental abilities, anchored in the perspectivist scheme of the Renaissance, perceive as distorted or fantastic.

About Soleil Noir

With Soleil Noir, I propose another way of looking at the world: a transmutation of landscape via Lidar laser. This device has a synesthetic perception. It captures light, both infrared and ultraviolet. This information the device translates into images, which disturbingly resemble analog negatives.

This method of recording our environment is neither analogic, nor mimetic – it does not represent the visible surface of things. It presents scientific data we can use to understand the world. The intelligibility of nature therefore depends on machines.

In that sense, the images of the Soleil Noir series evoke 19th century spiritualist photography, which supposedly captured real ghostly apparitions on camera. And more precisely, here the artist proposes “Tophographie Spirite” (spiritualist topography); images showing more than mere landscapes, but rather the intuition of another dimension, a radiance, a strange vibration that goes beyond the surface of things.


About AULT

From one thousand dots to thousands of pages, AULT is hardly a book and already a sculpture; a beautiful and mad project continued by Thibault Brunet and produced by Mille Cailloux Editions.

Located in the Somme department, AULT is first a cliff, an edge, a piece of French coastline. Equipped with a Lidar remote sensing radar provided by Leica Geosystem, Thibault Brunet captured its reliefs and transferred them onto his book-sculpture. The spine of AULT is sculpted like a arved stone, the surface reveals the asperities of the rock. The combination of thousands of images thus become like the stratums of a sedimentary rock.

The immensity of AULT is condensed in this volume. Over three thousands views make up this bound sculpture. From dips to ridges, we progress through the dark ink of imperceptible images, hypnotized by the details of a landscape that has suddenly lost all its cold minerality.



Studio Residency 2: Adam Charlton

My name is Adam. I am 19 and was born and raised here in Swansea.

I’m currently in a period of exploration, exploring different ways to illustrate complex feelings and states in ways that are appealing to look at and easy to understand.

In my last project, I wanted to incorporate mindfulness and connectedness into my drawing by breaking down the boundaries between “self” and “environment”.

I like to combine drawing what I physically see with the things I don’t see such as emotional connections.

I will be studying Illustration at UWTSD Swansea next year and hope to continue developing my style and technique and explore new concepts.

Studio Residency 1: Ryan Hughes


Studio Residency 1: 01 June – 31 July 2019

Hi I’m Ryan, I’m 19 and I’m going on to study illustration at UAL next year.

The work that I have created attempts to identify 10 key areas where men are dominant and how they are dominant in those areas. Men have many issues with themselves and with other people and carry on to uphold traditional ideals of what a man should be. Generally, men need to change for the better and by opening up conversations on this topic we can start doing that.


Foundation Residencies 2019

Mission Gallery is pleased to announce the 2019 Jane Phillips Award Residencies for Art & Design Students at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. We are proud to be working with our partners at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and keen to shine a light on the high standard of work being produced by students across all disciplines.

The successful recipients are:

Studio Residencies:

01 June – 31 July 2019: Ryan Hughes

01 September – 31 October 2019: Adam Charlton

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

Digital Residencies:

01 September – 30 November 2019: Grzegorz Zalewski

01 February – 30 April 2020: Laurentina Miksiene

These residencies will provide an online space within the Jane Phillips Award website to display and develop work, ideas and research, while offering support and promotion through our networks.

Residency recipients selected by Rhian Wyn Stone, Senior Programme Assistant at Mission Gallery, Swansea and a member of the Jane Phillips Award committee.


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

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

Billy Trick 1
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


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

Brett Swenson | JPA International Residency

2 • 30 OCT 2017

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

Residencies & Opportunities for Swansea College of Art Students

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

Art & Design Foundation Residencies Summer 2017.

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

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

Collaborative Digital Residency: Rachael Orphan & Rebecca Mitchell

Digital Residency: Tegan James

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

Other Opportunities & Exhibitions in 2017

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

Jane Phillips Award

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

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

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

Madeline Tomalin-Reeves, Foundation Student 2014-15

Jane Phillips Award Artist in Residence June 2015

Quote from Foundation residency winners 2017:

Ben Dawson:

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

Rachel Orphan:

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

Tegan James:

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

Rebecca Mitchell:

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

Quotes from Foundation team:

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

Beep Residency: In Partnership with the Beep Painting Prize

01 December 2016 – 28 February 2017

The Jane Phillips Award is a memorial to Jane Phillips (1957 – 2011) Mission Gallery’s first Director. Launched at Mission Gallery in 2011, the award is intended as a legacy to Jane’s passion for mentoring and nurturing talent, consistently supporting emerging and early career artists across the Visual and Applied Arts in Wales and beyond in a variety of different ways.

As part of the Award, a Graduate Residency is offered where a selected artist will have the opportunity to make use of the Jane Phillips Award Studio at Elysium High Street studios. For this year’s opportunity we have partnered with the BEEP Painting Prize, to offer a painter from either Swansea College of Art or Carmarthen School of Art & Design this opportunity, with the winner selected by both Jonathan Powell, founder of Beep and the Director of Elysium Gallery, Swansea and the Jane Phillips Award Committee.

We are happy to announce the recipient as Phoebe Phillips, a Fine Art: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking graduate from Carmarthen School of Art & Design. Along with the residency, Phoebe will also receive a £250 bursary from the Jane Phillips Award to help with travel costs, as well as use of the Is This/This Is space within Elysium High Street studios, during the last few weeks of the residency.





Foundation Residency

For Swansea College of Art Foundation Art & Design Students | Based at the Jane Phillips Award Studio in High Street, Swansea | In partnership with Elysium Gallery

This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience in how to manage a studio for 6 weeks 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 successful candidates announced at the Foundation Art & Design Private View on May 20th 2016:

Keely Hohmann: Artist in residence from 1st June – 15 July 2016

Molly Pickering: Artist in Residence from 16th July – 31st August 2016

Catrin Llwyd • Curatorial Residency

03 March – 29 May 2016

As part of the wider residency activity, Louise Hobson invited artist Catrin Llwyd to take on our Jane Phillips Award Studio in Elysium Studios for March 2016, supporting Catrin to explore the production, presentation and development of new work.

Catrin’s art practice explores the everyday spaces and objects within our environment. She explores the unseen, the everyday and the mundane. The works are drawn from memory and pre-existing imagery, including photographs, video stills and images from social media, and contemporary and historical events. Interested in the potential of painting and how this medium can change a viewers perception of a space, she re-appropriates found imagery to create new, simplified  objects. Her work is a continuous development where many of the paintings and objects are created using previous works, allowing for an ever-changing dialogue.

cargocollective.com/catrinllwyd | louisehobson.co.uk

Harry Gammer-Flitcroft • Graduate Residency

The 2015 recipient of the Jane Phillips Award Graduate Residency is Harry Gammer-Flitcroft, a Photography Graduate from Swansea College of Art, UWTSD.

Harry’s work explores the mechanics of systems that are often overlooked in favour of their result. Recent topics have ranged from dissecting the photographic industry, to looking at the physical sights of the sub-marine communication cables, as well as looking at the banal processes of dealing with death.

This residency will culminate in a Mission Gallery Offsite exhibition at the National Waterfront Museum from 06 February – 13 March 2016.

Helen Dennis • International Residency

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Residency Unlimited Residency is Helen Dennis, a Brooklyn based Artist who will be based in Elysium’s High Street Studio during February 2016.

Originally from the UK, Helen Dennis moved to New York City in 2002 to study her MFA at Hunter College. Prior to that she studied her BA in Fine Art with honours at the University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury, UK. She has since gone on to create public art works commissioned by the Downtown Alliance of New York, The LAB Gallery for Installation Art, NoLongerEmpty and the DUMBO Arts Festival. Helen’s artwork can also be found in public collections notably of Tiffany & Co. and Avon Inc. She has been a Creative Capital Strategic Planning Fellow at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Helen also participated in the Immigrant Artist Program at New York Foundation for the Arts as a mentor to visiting artists. Helen has shown her work in various exhibitions worldwide and in the US with the support of the Queens Museum, Queens Council of the Arts, Kent County Council and South East Arts UK. Helen has participated in international art residencies with organizations in Beijing, Cyprus, Reykjavik with the Icelandic Arts Association and Caldera Arts in Oregon.

Light, architecture, and urban environments are the focus of Helen’s work. Using alternative photographic processes she creates large installations that are a fusion of drawing and photography. Using layers of drawings on translucent paper she morphs the light into the imagery created; extending the moment in time at which a photograph is created. This process in her art practice focuses on light and it’s role as an integral element within the artwork.

Beyond light, the subject of Helen’s artwork is architecture and the ephemeral qualities of urban environments; shaped by their inhabitants, they present a constant state of flux and kinetic energy. The photo medium appears dominated by drawing; emphasizing the fine lines and understated and seemingly impossible geometric structures that depict the tension and weight of the environment. On close inspection the drawings are abstract and a mass of mangled lines. However when viewed as a whole they read as detailed architectural renderings, which depict the movement and energy found in urban environments.

Helen Dennis

For more information on Helen’s practice please click here

To find out more about Residency Unlimited please click here


Graduate Residency: Harry Gammer-Flitcroft

“I am currently in the process of examining notions of the societal panopticon. I think this topic is especially pertinent in our current post Snowden leak and terror threatened society. Whilst still interacting with spaces, such as the GCHQ and MI6 sites from the point of an outsider, this is a subject that is much harder to physically record, because of its subversive nature. As such I am experimenting with how to visualise a psychological effect through appropriation of images, implying fictional narratives and creating objects based on my perception of these concealed networks. I am not sure what form this work will end up taking, but I am engaged in pushing my practise into a looser more intuitive way of working.”

Harry Gammer-Flitcroft

Jonathan Arndell • Swansea International Festival Residency

In partnership with Mission Gallery, Elysium Gallery and Swansea College of Art, Foundation Art & Design.

During the Swansea International Festival in October 2015; a two week city-wide celebration of music from great orchestras, soloists, operas and ensembles, and a centrepiece of the city’s cultural calendar since 1948, Mission Gallery in partnership with Swansea International Festival was pleased to offer a selected artist a one month residency. Inspired by Swansea International Festival’s diverse programme, the artist was invited to form a response.The 2015 selected artist was Jonathan Arndell. Full access was granted to all concerts and performances during Swansea International Festival (2-17 October 2015) and the opportunity to receive mentoring and critical feedback by Mission Gallery and Swansea International Festival’s Directors, as well as the use of the Jane Phillips Award studio at Elysium High Street Studios.

The attached picture demonstrates Jonathan’s use of found objects to explore ideas around abandonment and the consequent gradual disintegration of human-made environments and artefacts. His work as an architect has involved the re-invention of old buildings for new uses.  In the process, he has often had to explore buildings that have been empty for many years.  Jonathan is fascinated by what people have chosen to leave behind when vacating these spaces.

In this residency, he will take this aspect of his practice as an architect and use it to examine the nature of barriers to the appreciation of ‘high art’.  Why it is so difficult to engage a greater cross-section of our community in the festival?

In April 2016, he will show the outcomes of this residency at Mission Gallery through its digital programming strand the […] space and the National Waterfront Museum’s Colonnade Gallery.

Education Residency

Madeline Tomalin Reeves in the studio

01 July – 16 August 2015

Madeline Tomalin Reeves: Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Swansea College of Art, UWTSD

Madeline Tomalin Reeves in the studio

“I was thrilled to accept the residency I was given by mission gallery through the Jane Phillips Award. I had just finished my art foundation and was starting my Degree in Fine Art and History of Art in September, in the summer break it is hard to keep being creative and productive so the opportunity to have a studio was fantastic.

The studio was a space I could both think and make, with no pressure of outcomes it was purely a time for me to explore my subject further, and that is exactly what it has allowed me to do.

I have recently been working with the medium of video but I wanted to get back into painting. I had three canvas’ with work I had done a few years back in which I thought didn’t express who I am as an artist, I took these pieces and worked back into them. I am really interested in the concept of how an artist interacts with a canvas and how every mark that artist makes is completely individual to them. Like Bruce Nauman I want to use my art as ‘ an extension of my own body’ so I spent a number of days in the studio filming myself paint, intrigued to see how I interact with a painting and, how the measurements of my body can provide a scale that maps and documents my interaction with the piece. I am also very interested in the subconscious gestures we make when working, e.g the spreading of a hand over an unknown texture or the gentle step we take back to  gaze at our work, to quote Bruce Nauman again, ‘ The process of the work is as important as the work itself’ and this is what I explored in my time at my residency.

Throughout my stay at the studio, I had time to question myself as an artist, how I produce work, how I explore concepts, who inspires me, what inspires me, what I want to say through my art, I had time to stop and think.

The residency has been the perfect opportunity for me to explore myself and my art further, I am very thankful for mission gallery for supporting me in my progression as an artist.  I think my time at the studio has been vital for learning and being surrounded by creative people in a creative space, I couldn’t ask for a better environment. I have enjoyed working in the space, meeting people and having the time to really be productive over my summer. It has been a brilliant opportunity that has helped me grow and progress.”

Madeline Tomalin-Reeves

Tamara Dellutri • Writers Residency

01 May – 30 June 2015

If there is something that makes Freud’s psychoanalysis extraordinary to me it is its rigorous upside-down logic. Its profound disdain towards the immediately evident, ordered, coherent. Its unapologetic disregard of what is displayed with grace. When it comes to subjectivity, psychoanalysis’ rather ingenious curiosity finds clarity in those little moments that oscillate from play to catastrophe. What repeats to boredom, what belongs to the order of the comic, the detail that does not fit, the shameful—the odd. If Freud’s idea of the unconscious and later Jacques Lacan re-elaboration of the concept introduced us to something epistemologically new, is this suspicion-as-method to think ourselves and the world we live in.

I think of writing with Freud’s invention on the horizon: writing as an invitation to think from within the fracture of meaning, from within which does not make sense. Writing as a form of giving no meaning a place, which in turn, is a form of coming to terms with the limit of knowledge and the impossibility of a fully reconciled society. Writing as the encounter of something un-knowable and un-curable at the core of the human: writing as a ‘making’ born from that discovery, born from that disappointment.

About | Tamara Dellutri

Tamara was born in Argentina and has lived in Swansea for the past ten years. She studied Philosophy, Music and Visual Arts and is currently training as a Psychoanalyst at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London. She is interested in critical writing, particularly on themes that account for the subject’s struggle in contemporary culture. Tamara is interested in Political Theory, the Arts and the clinic of Psychoanalysis. The Jane Phillips Writer in Residency Award is a brilliant opportunity —‘a room of one’s own’—that Tamara is very pleased to inhabit. At the moment Tamara is writing an essay on Materialism, Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics.

Louise Hobson • Curatorial Residency

30 March – 30 April 2015

We are delighted to reveal that the 2015 recipient of the Jane Phillips Curatorial Residency is Cardiff based artist Louise Hobson. Louise will be based at Elysium Gallery’s fantastic new studios in High Street, Swansea. She will also receive a Travel & Research Bursary, which will enable her to undertake a month long Curatorial Residency with our partners Residency Unlimited in New York.

About | Louise Hobson

Louise’s practice exists between a curatorial practice and an artist’s practice, using a cross-disciplinary approach to create propositions for new patterns of exchange.  The work exists through varied environments – from a curated reading room, to communal eating, a walk, printed materials, photographs, or conversation.  She is interested in the idea of the amateur and through her research she may take on the practice of librarian, architect, carpenter, host, historian, town planner, and curator.

The Jane Phillips Curatorial Residency has come at a really valuable time for Louise, a time when she is trying to establish what the work is – where and how her practice exists.  She is approaching the studio as a laboratory; a space to learn, test ideas and take risks. Using A Pattern Language, a book about design, building and architecture, Louise is beginning by considering the exhibition ‘room’ and how we can use ‘patterns’ to use, adopt and reconfigure the space to create a new set of propositions.

Based in Cardiff, Louise Hobson graduated in photography from the Univeristy of Wales, Newport in 2012. She currently works freelance as an independent producer, artist’s assistant and coordinator for a visual arts festival.  Recent creative projects include a curated reading room at The ‘Stute as part of Cardiff Contemporary 2014, The Wall, a readerand Breakfast Club with Warp, g39.