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
Ingrid Murphy | the [...] space
- 14 January — 16 March 2014 *on now
Ingrid’s own research and practice deals with the synergies between traditional skills and new technologies. She explores how both the application and ideology of new technologies can influence the ways in which we conceive, produce and perceive the crafted object. In 2010 she was a recipient of the Creative Wales award for individual practice.
Ingrid currently works with historical ceramic artefacts and uses augmented reality, 3D scanning and 3D printing as well as traditional ceramic processes to both physically and digitally hack these artefacts, Ingrid’s work attempts to animate the inanimate, and provide the viewer with a different experience of the familiar, to do this, she plunders ceramic history to make new and interesting contemporary narratives, that also speak of traditional craft values.
About | Ingrid Murphy
Ingrid Murphy was born in Co. Cork, Ireland and has lived and worked in the UK since 1990.
Ingrid is a practicing ceramic artist and educator whose work is exhibited and published internationally. Having worked in Art & Design education for over 20 years, Ingrid is passionate about teaching, and has spoken at many national and international conferences on innovative practice in teaching and learning.
From 2007 – 2013 Ingrid was Head of Ceramics at Cardiff Metropolitan University, which is one of Europe’s largest and long established ceramic departments. Influenced by her own research in 2011 Ingrid developed a curriculum for trans-discipline making, which specifically explores the combination of traditional skills and new technology and she now leads the new Artist, Designer: Maker subject area within the university. In 2013 Ingrid was awarded the University’s student – led Teaching Fellowship for Innovation.
As well as living and working in the UK, Ingrid works and teaches in the La Perdrix Studio, Dordogne France. Since 2007 Ingrid and her husband Johnny have developed La Perdrix as a hub for creativity. Here they have developed a series of experimental workshops, residencies and exhibitions to support and enhance artistic creativity both for the local community and international artists.
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Claire Curneen | To this I put my name
- 18 January — 16 March 2014 *on now
This Mission Gallery & Ruthin Craft Centre Touring Exhibition is the result of a Creative Wales Ambassador Award given by the Arts Council of Wales in 2011/2012.
Curneen’s work is filled with Christian iconography influenced by her Irish Roman Catholic upbringing; saints, martyrs, and relics. Often the figures convey a charged moment of suffering which is juxtaposed by their peaceful, sometimes eerie, expression; an expression of their devotion. As Prof. Elizabeth Moignard describes in her essay, “there is also, as others have suggested, a sense that they have come out on the other side of their ordeal, and are demonstrating survival, the value of their suffering as indicated by the gilt blood, and the capacity to look away from it”: a sense that continues to present itself in her new work.
From February 2012, Curneen investigated the vast collections at Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland in Dublin which houses the Decorative Arts & History Collection guided by then curator Dr. Audrey Whitty. Discovering objects hidden away in the reserve collections, ranging from 17th/18th century Japanese porcelain to 19th century Irish Belleek, to Yuan Dynasty Chinese celadon and a late Qing Dynasty Chinese soft-paste grotto. The Corleck Head and the Gaignieres Fonthill Vase, 14th century Yuan Dynasty, presented Curneen with the notions of the travelled object and the construction. Taking these notions with her, Curneen then spent six months resident in Mission Gallery drawing and observing the exhibition space, always keeping Mission Gallery, an old sea-man’s chapel, in her thoughts.
The exhibition opens with a private viewing at 3pm Saturday 18th January and continues until the 16th March. The exhibition then tours to Ruthin Craft Centre from 12th April until 29th June 2014. Mission Gallery will host a Ceramics Seminar on 1st February with ceramicists Claire Curneen, Anne Gibbs and Ingrid Murphy chaired by Catherine Roche, artist, writer and lecturer.
To accompany the exhibition there is a publication with essays by Dr. Audrey Whitty, Curator of European and Asian Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, formerly Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Teleri Lloyd Jones, Assistant Editor at Crafts Magazine, Crafts Council, Leslie Ferrin, curator and a founder of Ferrin Gallery, Massachusetts, USA and Prof. Elizabeth Moignard, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at University of Glasgow.
About Claire Curneen
Curneen is a senior lecturer at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Originally from Ireland, she studied at Cork, Belfast and Cardiff.
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Erin Rickard | the [...] space
- 18 February — 9 March 2014 *on now
Mission Gallery presents a selection of new artworks produced during a partnership residency between Mission Gallery and Gower College. The title ‘A Blue Process’ is taken from the central piece, a new short film performed, filmed and edited by Erin Rickard.
Ritual is at the core of her recent artworks, exploring the rite of passage, and the transitional moments we encounter when passing from one status to another. These moments suspended in time offer no resolution; instead they provoke consideration and the importance of a journey. Symbolism is deeply rooted within our human desire and need to understand life, for this reason it plays an important role withinErin’s practice.
About | Erin Rickard
Erin Rickard is a visual artist from north Devon who ventured across the Bristol Channel to live and work in South Wales. Alongside her artist practice she has worked as a coordinator, filmmaker, curator and in 2013 founded IlfraExpo, a multi-disciplinary arts festival based in southwest England. Throughout March 2014 Erin will be Artist in Residence at Pentagoon Academies in Belgium further exploring the concepts present within ‘the […] space | A Blue Process’.
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Beca Beeby | Maker in Focus
- 25 February — 6 April 2014 *on now
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.
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Co-respondents | MA Contemporary Dialogues
- 22 — 30 March 2014
Private View: 7pm - 9pm Friday 21 March 2014
Ever since Plato, the ‘dialogue’ between teacher and student has been at the centre of education and knowledge from the student who sat and worked alongside a Master painter in renaissance times right through to the modern art school, staffed as it is by professional artists, whose task it is to pass on knowledge and challenges to a new generation.
The professional art lecturer, of course, is also involved in an ongoing and crucial dialogue of that between professional practice and pedagogy, a veritable tightrope, but with the right tensions built-in it can enable both student and teacher to flourish. The present MA has the affix Contemporary Dialogues written into its award titles and that is what we hope to show in this exhibition.
The four pathway leaders have each been paired with a student to install in Mission Gallery four manifestations of these dialogues that speak in a multi-modal tongue over four medium specific aspects; Fine Art, Photography, Textiles and an overarching Visual Communication. The master/student arrangement still flourishes in the latter day polis; it is how the two parties co-respond to each other that is crucial in both the pursuit of excellence and progress.
Curated by Angela Maddock and Catrin Webster
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