Jane Phillips Award
Unfortunately this year has seen the incredibly sad passing of Mission Gallery Director Jane Phillips. The Swansea arts scene now has a huge gap that will be difficult to fill.
Her hard work, high standards and support were crucial to the development of many artists, and there are many of them who have a lot to thank her for including myself.
A fitting tribute to her life is of course the glorious Mission Gallery which is now one of the finest in Britain and currently is host to Live out Loud which runs until 29th August. This exhibition showcases Jane’s little known background as a painter and features a beautiful selection of the most colorful and vibrant paintings that light up the gallery space to dramatic and wonderful effect.
What is well known was Jane’s support for emerging artists and it was with this in mind that the Jane Phillips Award was born. The Award is a fitting legacy to Jane's passion for mentoring and nurturing talent and each year the Mission Gallery will provide support and mentoring for a chosen young artist.
Over 50 artists from Wales and beyond have donated work to be auctioned on Saturday 20th August in support of the Jane Phillips Award, with the Actress Helen Griffin as the guest Auctioneer for the day and hosted within the beautiful setting of the round Reading Room at Swansea Metropolitan University's Alexandra Road campus. This will be an unforgettable day and excellent opportunity to purchase work by established and emerging artists. Unsold work on the day will be available to purchase, all the work can currently be viewed at www.janephillipsaward.co.uk
I hope you all can make it to the show and auction and I’d like to take this opportunity to say
Thank you Jane X
Further information on Live out Loud and future Mission Gallery exhibitions can be found at www.missiongallery.co.uk
Director Elysium Gallery & Artawe: Arts Resource Swansea