Swansea International Festival Residency

Art & Design Foundation | Group Residency

In partnership with Swansea International Festival

01 October – 30 November 2016



Jenny Alderton, Tony Alexander, Chloe Brown, Kay Byrne, Dee, Adele Gerke, Jen Graham, Simon Jones, Jane Pagler, Charlotte Pendrick-Case, Roberto Pierri, Owen Rees, Carmen San-Miguel, Jude Sked, Michelle Smith, Tracey Walmsley

We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to selected Art & Design Foundation students at Swansea College of Art UWTSD to develop work at our residency space during October and November 2016. It will be a chance to experience, engage and respond to Swansea International Festival, a two-week city-wide celebration of music. The outcomes of the residency will be exhibited at both Mission Gallery and our partners, the National Waterfront Museum, in February 2017.


Swansea International Festival 2015

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.

During his residency, he took this aspect and used it to examine the nature of barriers to the appreciation of ‘high art’.  Why is it so difficult to engage a greater cross-section of our community in the festival?

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