Vale of Glamorgan
Mission Gallery is one of Wales' most unique arts venues showing the very best in the visual arts and craft in one of the most distinctive, and best adapted, spaces for the arts in Wales. Hosting a stimulating programme of contemporary visual art and craft, it successfully combines the historic and contemporary within its beautiful exhibition and gallery spaces. An independent art gallery in Swansea's vibrant Maritime Quarter, Mission Gallery is situated in a prime location; a part of Swansea designated as an area of regeneration and where there is a concentration of cultural activities supported by the City and County of Swansea.
Divided into two spaces, an Exhibition and a Craft Space, Mission Gallery is highly regarded in Wales and beyond. The Craft Space features a changing display of contemporary glass, ceramics, jewellery and textiles, specialising in a comprehensive selection of work by top designers/makers. The Exhibition Space hosts an exciting programme of contemporary visual art and craft featuring the work of established and emerging artists and makers, many with national and international profiles.
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
Open Bank Holidays
Sophie Woodrow | Maker in Focus
- 5 November 2013 — 12 January 2014 *on now
Sophie was drawn to working with clay from an early age. Born in Bristol in 1979, she graduated in 2001 from Falmouth College of Art with a BA in Studio Ceramics. Since then she has refined an intricate labour-intensive technique and a highly distinctive visual language. Each piece is hand-built, involving coiling, incising and impressing to create a delicately textured surface.
Her work has been informed by an interest in the Victorians as the first generation who chose to define nature in opposition to what is human. In a spirit of wild curiosity, tinged with fear, the Victorians idolised nature, ‘packaging’ it into highly romanticised, palatable works of art. Our modern-day understanding is very different, so that we now interpret much Victorian art as ‘unnatural’ or kitsch.
Pursuing an interest in natural history, Sophie has looked particularly at our continually shifting theories of evolution. Her work has been inspired by the enormous misinterpretations of geological evidence made by the Victorians, often with bluff self-confidence. She regards these misinterpretations as a game of Chinese whispers played over millennia.
Sophie’s sculptures are not visitors from other worlds, but the ‘might-have-beens’ of this world. She seeks to assemble creatures from the strange notions of what we define as ‘nature’ and of each other as people – as ‘other’.
- Any age
Anthony Shapland | the [...] space
- 12 November 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
Examining the thresholds of blandness and boredom, filmworks play out in times and spaces that are generally considered invisible or overlooked. An ongoing obsession has been the fabrication of 'real' moments within documented footage and an engagement with filmmaking itself - the scripting, editing and artificial nature of film. Recent works have looked at the role of the surrogate or stand-in character and the questionable role of the biographer.
Through my work, with its mixture of documentary and fiction, from periods of intense activity to long silences, I want to allow a space for contemplation. The line between truth and fiction is always blurred and viewing and reviewing film has heightened my awareness of the fictions created from these edited moments of reality. It is the analysis of unpredictable details and accidents that exposes infinite potential narratives. I look for significance in the everyday and seek to expand fleeting moments and interstices. Beginnings and full stops become part of a wider arena; they take centre stage and become the main event. It is in these moments we are held between expectation and the unknown. It is only by holding up a mirror to ourselves and the minutiae of our actions and interactions that we can even begin to develop a sense of empathy and understanding. Just as importantly it is only then that we begin to comprehend the space between us, the doubt that exists between what you know, and what I understand.
About | Anthony Shapland
Anthony Shapland lives and works in Cardiff. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include To Pay Respect To The Generosity of The Three-Minute Punk-Rock Song, CRATE, Margate, Memory Of A Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, The painting, Supercollider, Blackpool, LISTE - The Young Art Fair, Basel, Portrait (For a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon, Limoncello, London UK. He also writes for several art journals and founded g39 in 1998 where he currently curates.
- Any age
The Wonderful World of Rodney Peppe
- 16 November 2013 — 4 January 2014 *on now
This Ruthin Craft Centre Exhibition is opening a window on the world of one of Britain’s most charming and talented artists. Rodney Peppé’s Wonderful World is a million miles away from the technology driven hubbub of our modern lives. It will charm and delight adults and children alike.
The humorous and quintessentially British exhibits represent Peppé’s creative life; from his early days as a graphic designer in London’s 1960’s advertising world, through to a wealth of charming children’s books which he wrote and illustrated. Running concurrently throughout his visual and written work is his amazing collection of hand crafted models, toys and automata. This exhibition will focus on the Mice Series.
Curated by Barley Roscoe
Ruthin Craft Centre Publication:
'Rodney Peppé: The Wonderful World of Rodney Peppé'
A 72 page book featuring Peppé’s charming children’s books which he wrote and illustrated, his hand crafted models, toys and automata is published to coincide with this exhibition.
- Any age
- Especially for children
- Family friendly
Anne Gibbs | Maker in Focus
- 14 January — 23 February 2014
The main premise of Anne’s work is responding to collections and the placement of made and found objects. She makes small-scale three-dimensional works, mainly in the media of ceramics that are carefully selected to sit independently or within a group, sometimes amongst man-made or natural items.
Working as artist in residency at the Heatherwick studios, Aberystwyth Arts Centre in the summer of 2013, Anne explored the contrasting landscapes in and around the areas of Aberystwyth. This has been a major source of inspiration for her most recent body of work. She has documented images, collected natural materials and altered the findings to inform my ideas. These works are a visual recording of Anne’s surroundings and a personal interpretation of responding to a new environment.
"Having moved from printmaking to ceramics, Gibbs brings a particular sensibility to her work in clay and her combinations can also be compared to the elements of drawing, deconstructed and re-presented in three dimensions. Arranged on painted wooden bases and intended for cabinet display, each surreal yet poetic composition entails meticulous, prolonged consideration; selection and placement are everything."
-Dr Johanna Dahn, Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies in Art and Design,BathSchoolof Art and Design. 'earth' catalogue January 2012.
About | Anne Gibbs
Anne Gibbs lives and works in Cardiff. She studied Fine Art, specialising in printmaking (1994) and she undertook postgraduate courses in teacher training, PGCE (FE) (1999) and a master’s degree in Ceramics (2004) at the University of Wales Institute,Cardiff. Anne has worked as a freelance artist in many fields of art and design, working to public commissions, teaching and lecturing in schools, universities and communities throughout South Wales.
- Any age
Beca Beeby | Maker in Focus
- 25 February — 6 April 2014
Beca Beeby is based in South Wales and in 2009 began working with honeybees, which enabled her to experiment and discover ways to coerce these incredible creatures to build to her needs. Beekeeping is highly seasonal; it has taken time and patience allowing work at times to literally grow organically before Beca can continue with my part. This enabled her to produce work which portrays the intricate beauty of the comb inside a honeybee hive; the natural beauty resulting from organic growth and a need for economy and strength.
Beca’s work tends to sit precariously on that faint, wobbly line between ‘Art’ and ‘Craft’. My inspiration stems from many places: livestock and plant life found in my natural environment, particularly the tiny details and the curl of a new shoot, the structure of a seedpod and the hipbones of a dairy cow. Beca’s concerns over intensive farming and human impact on the environment also influence what she does. The work is not a direct interpretation of what she sees, more of an impression, a result of my own interpretation; it can imply a force, a pushing.
Having worked predominantly in cast iron and forged steel for the past sixteen years, more recent work has developed from considering a smaller scale, resulting in more delicate pieces built up in copper; graphite; porcelain.
- Any age
Vintage Christmas Workshop with Becky Adams
- 21 December 2013 10am-4pm
Join Becky in creating a selection of special Christmas ornaments from vintage fabrics, papers and haberdashery. Jolly robins, paper baubles and hand finished crackers are promised - perhaps even a partridge in a pear tree!
£25 | Age 16 +
All materials provided. Plus tea, coffee and Christmas treats!
Limited places, pre payment & booking essential.
Please inform us of any access requirements as the workshop is taking place on the first floor.
This year we would like to offer the Friends of Mission Gallery 20% off the workshop price, giving Friends the opportunity to take part for only £20. Friends of Mission Gallery is a rewarding way to contribute to the work of the gallery. For more information about 'Friends' benefits please visit: http://www.missiongallery.co.uk/join-mailing-list/.
To book a place please contact Emma Cartwright, our Learning & Participation Officer
01792 652016 email@example.com
£25 | £20 with Friends discount