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


Student Award 2015

The Jane Phillips Award | Student Profile 2015
A Mission Gallery Offsite Exhibition @ The National Waterfront Museum

03 July – 26 July 2015

The Jane Phillips Award was set up in 2011 as a memorial to Jane Phillips (1957 – 2011) Mission Gallery’s first director. The Award is a legacy to Jane’s passion for mentoring and nurturing talent, consistently supporting young, emerging artists across the Visual and Applied Arts in Wales and beyond.

The Jane Phillips Award has been successful and is evolving, responding to the artistic community and forming new partnerships. We wish to develop and broaden the scope of the award by introducing two new exciting prizes, plus a year long programme of Residencies, including an international partnership, which will exist alongside the main award.

As part of this Award, we will support, on an annual basis, selected Art and Design graduates of UWTSD, Swansea and Carmarthen with a Student Prize. This will be in the form of an exhibition at our offsite space within the National Waterfront Museum, plus a separate Graduate Residency at the new Elysium Studios on High Street in Swansea. These will exist alongside and complement, the main Jane Phillips Exhibition Award.

Following a tour of degree shows we are pleased to announce the selected artists invited to showcase work within the Student Profile are:

Stine Aas Nundal

Rhiannon Ames

Thomas Deacon

Ciara Long

Catrin Jones

Rose Seymour

Caryl Mair Davies

A few words from the Jane Phillips Student Profile 2015 panel:

“This year the Jane Phillips Award spread its wings to involve Art and Design graduates from
Carmarthen campus of UWTSD, as well as Swansea. The task for us was not an easy one. We were presented with a strong field of graduates and many hours were spent in Swansea and Carmarthen debating the merits of the work of each graduate on show.

What we saw was an intensity of involvement in the act of making, combined with an obvious drive for sincerity of vision. We see in this work a starting point for a variety of careers in the visual arts and these artists have started well”

Keith Bayliss
Artist and Chair of The Jane Phillips Award

“It was a pleasure to be one of the judges on the panel for this year’s Jane Phillips Award Student Profile. The work was of such a high standard, it was very difficult to choose the winners. I would like to congratulate all the artists for their hard work, commitment and truly fantastic vision.

My late sister Jane was dedicated to the Mission Gallery’ success and it was an important focus for her. However, her life in the art world also involved supporting young, up-and-coming artists and I know Jane would have greatly enjoyed your work, and she would have taken real pleasure in offering support and guidance.

Thank you again”

Claire Phillips
Sister of Jane Phillips

To view the work of the Student Profile selected artists please click on the below links:

Jane Phillips Award Student Profile 2015 PDF

Gwobr Jane Phillips Proffil Graddedigion 2015 PDF

Aneta Kempa • Student Award 2014

Aneta Kempa is a Polish artist, who currently resides in Swansea. Graduating in July 2014 with a BA in Photography in the Arts from Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, Kempa is lens-based artist who is working with various photographic formats, audio and video. For last three year Kempa was engaged in an exploration of memory and passing of the time. Kempa’s recent work is based on her own grandmother’s dementia.

Artist Statement

Time. Before I can name it, it is gone. However, it is always present, although it dies each second. A timeless chronology. A mythical serpent still eating its tail.

Time passes and we are powerless; we pass and are passed at the same time. I look at photographs and I know that whatever I am looking at has already happened.
What is left is the awareness that this loss is the necessary condition under which photographs may be taken. Since I cannot even experience time authentically, is it possible to arrive at its physical image?
‘Do you remember me…?’ is a portrait of my grandmother. Memory remains were picked up from the ruins of dementia and elderly age. The remains turn into my personal dialogue, my quiet hope that maybe I am still somewhere out there in her memories. It is the request for myself that I never forget… Suddenly every detail becomes important: the movement of her hand, every glance, the fragility of the moment, which never will return.
Pictures become videos.
To remember everything she will forget in a moment. See the destruction of forgetfulness …
To see the world she is living in…


Blog about recent project:

Highly Commended 2014

The recipient of the Jane Phillips Award Student Prize was selected by Mission Gallery and the Jane Phillips Award Chairman. We would also like to draw attention to our Highly Commended candidates.


Shelby George

Shelby creates bespoke interior fabrics. Committed to the exploration of traditional textile techniques, her graduate collection is a mix of luxurious velvet, silk, and wool blends. The work draws from photographs of stone from her Grandfathers quarry and the Jurassic coast. Her chosen pallet is a combination of muted and rich colour, drawn from the natural qualities of stone. A layering of silkscreen processes communicates the textural nature of limestone, Cotswold stone and Indian slate. The use of devoré, flock, foiling, shibori and hand dyeing provides a unique combination of embellishment and manipulation, which both builds upon and strips down surfaces. This has provided her materials with tactile, translucent and texture rich qualities. She hopes to per sue a career in interiors and silk-screen.
Karen Tobin 2 - Image by Richard South

Karen Tobin 

Tobin is a recent fine art graduate of UWTSD Swansea. Her degree show work, entitled Remnant, is the culmination of 3 years of research into compatible metaphors for the human mind, specifically its deterioration or rehabilitation, following mental illness. The process of weaving lends itself to being interpreted in this way. Thoughts can be tangled and emotions can fray in similar ways to thread and fabric. Furthermore the word ‘remnant’ is included in this shared language. A remnant is a scrap of unused fabric, a fragment or leftover – the residue of something once far greater.

Photography by Richard South