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.


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. |

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

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.

Madeline Tomalin Reeves • Education Residency

Madeline Tomalin Reeves in the studio
Madeline Tomalin Reeves in the studio
01/07/15 – 16/08/15 | Madeline Tomalin Reeves: Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Swansea College of Art, UWTSD

“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.

Karen Tobin • Cardiff Contemporary Residency

Home | 8 & 9 November 2014

Home is the documentation of a series of walks undertaken by the artist in various cities throughout the UK presented as an installation in Mission Gallery. Tobin internally maps each city, making use of the quirks in the city’s architecture to help her to record her journey and successfully navigate each place. The walks are part of a familiarisation process, a way of ‘learning’ the city.

Visiting and revisiting these cities imbues each one with feelings of nostalgia. Having lived in Ireland all her life before moving to the UK 4 years ago, Home represents the artist’s desire to recreate a sense of belonging to a place. During her residency Tobin plotted her journeys on maps using the key points that have helped her identify the city.

Hannah Wells • Graduate Residency

01 July – 15 September 2013

Hannah Wells recently graduated from Swansea Metroplitan’s BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design course.

As a conceptual applied artist and maker my practice conveys a recurring theme of collective obsessiveness. Juxtaposition, absence and presence are all key terms which constantly questioned within my work through a language of materials.

Passionate on the theme of drawing, I use this as a fundamental tool to explore, discuss and translate such objects using a variety of mediums. Primarily, I focus on introducing line and mark making with the use of observational drawing. This enables me to highlight concerns of shape, silhouette and shadow within my sketches. I am additionally excited by surface and texture.

Not only interested in the objects, my work challenges the boundary of each individual form as personal development pushes to change the context of its original function. This forms a change, a transformation, something new and something inquisitive for the viewer to enquire upon.

Additionally, I have an enthusiasm for making and exploring new methods and techniques. Working predominately in mix media, on a small scale, using a collection of remnants and fragments I will reproduce by means of joining, binding and grouping. 

Hannah Wells, 2013