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.
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ATB: Collective Misunderstandings
- 16 January — 8 February 2015 *on now
On the occasion of the anniversary of Thomas More's 'Utopia' from 1515, the Copenhagen-based group ATB will critically examine the history of utopian thinking as a method of open process rather than a fixed place. Using this method, which places community at its core, they will be present at or around the Mission Gallery throughout the exhibition period in order to highlight the necessity of physical presence in everyday utopias.
ATB is a multidisciplinary collective with as diverse origins as Germany, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania, Chile and Wales and with a common interest in collectivity, urban space, performance, the politics of art and its emancipatory potential.
Away - Julie Arkell
- 14 February — 12 April 2015
Compelling and naïve, papier-mache people and creatures are hand-built and adorned with found objects, knitted accessories and a dose of British humour.
The tale of Julie Arkell’s exhibition – the Away that follows Home of 10 years ago – is one of order, regime and classification. It won’t look that way, of course. It will look as magical and spry as ever her work does. But behind it all was a self-imposed making process that kept her going through mourning the death of her mother (which happened at the end of 2011) and manifested the cycles of grief Arkell experienced, in real and tangible form.
For the main body of this exhibition Arkell made 100 ‘creatures’, one a week. From the first creature, a small timid thing, to the last creature – more robust and opinionated, striding off – they make a fabulous narrative set. Arkell knew she would make 100 from the start. She has a thing for numbers and the number 100 seemed just right.
Right Now! curated by Paul Emmanuel & Craig Wood
- 25 April — 7 June 2015
Taking its title from the opening lines of the Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK, Right Now! is an exhibition which brings together again a group of Goldsmith's graduates who, in 1988, presented a show titled Current at the Mission Gallery.
The invitation from Mission Gallery to revisit this event is not just a review of sorts. Right Now! looks at the trajectories of lives from one fixed point, that of an historic art exhibition. Right Now! is a snap shot in time. It is a framework in which to examine the legacy of a definitive period in British Contemporary Art. The focus is on the lives of the people involved and the directions in which they have travelled.