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
- 23 January — 13 March 2016 *on now
Captured Moments is a study of refracted light. The lit glass pieces catch shadows as they fall. Precision polished glass is housed in an intricately designed installation. This offers viewers seemingly transient impressions, of light through glass. Rhian captures these shifting effects and gives us the chance to appreciate, question and enjoy what we’re seeing.
Exploring glass’s inherent ability to transmit and absorb light, Captured Moments presents a series of individual pieces capturing shadows and refracting light. The primary elements and focus of Rhian's process, involves translating and developing personal observations of silent, transient moments
the play of light and shadow within architectural spaces or a reflection projected on to a pane of glass. Incorporating photographic research, drawing and expanding further she captures these fleeting moments and uses them as a basis to develop into a body of work.
Recent gold medal winner for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod 2015, Rhian’s work explores the inter-relationship of glass and light. Her investigation into the properties of glass is leading her to discern a broader design potential.
- Any age
I'd Rather Be An Architect
- 19 March — 10 April 2016
In March 2015 Louise Hobson was selected as the recipient of the Jane Phillips Award Curatorial Residency, a new opportunity within the Jane Phillips Award that supports early career curatorial development. The residency offered Louise a studio space at Elysium Studios for a month’s research and development
a £500 travel award for overseas research
and a period of three weeks in Mission Gallery’s programming to curate an exhibition.
Within this framework Louise secured funding to travel to New York and act on an invitation from our partners Residency Unlimited, undertaking a month long curatorial residency, and further funding to develop a new exhibition with artists working in and outside of Wales, supported by mentoring from Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects.
Louise sees her role as initiator, approaching the exhibition as a space constructed over time through a cumulative process of collaboration – a layering of conversations, ideas and systems - inviting artists with an open proposition of the gallery space and three weeks. This invitation began with thoughts on temporary and mobile architectures, space and exchange, but in being open to the potential of collaboration, this exhibition could come to exist as many things.
- Any age
Slipping the Trail
- 16 April — 5 June 2016
“I want to acknowledge the tradition of slipware whilst at the same time attempt to revitalise and reinvigorate it for the present".
Mission Gallery is delighted to receive this touring exhibition - a collaboration between the Ceramic Collection and Archive at Aberystwyth Universityand Philip Eglin, one of the major ceramicists in the UK.
Over the course of the project Eglin visited the collection and made drawings and photographs of key pieces. Eglin has always been a borrower, responding to things he loves in the world around him. Great paintings, old pots, children’s drawings or plastic bottles – all become sources of inspiration and flash points to set the artist’s eye on a new trajectory. He enjoys working with museum collections and in Aberystwyth, he quickly identified the collection of nineteenth century slipware, much of it from Buckley in North Wales, as a potential for a new body of work.
- Any age
Vale of Glamorgan