Closed Mondays, Open Bank Holidays - Admission Free
Last updated: 2012-01-16
2009 Belinda Berger
2009 Christine Jones
2009 Sean Gordon
2009 Sue Binns
Potters at this Gallery
Helen Beard, Belinda Berger, Sue Binns, Bryony Burn, Lowri Davies, Jill Fanshawe Kato, Michelle Freemantle, Robert Goldsmith, Richard Goodwin-Jones, Virginia Graham, Frank Hamer, Janet Hamer, Lisa Katzenstein, Walter Keeler, Chris Keenan, Sara Moorhouse, David Pantling, Vivienne Ross, Hanne Rysgaard, Dominic Skinner, Soop, Craig Underhill, We make pots
About the Gallery
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.
Mission Gallery aims to be ambitious, innovative and distinctive in the presentation of contemporary visual art and craft, presenting a wide ranging programme of exhibitions, talks and events, offering opportunities to artists across all visual arts media. Designed to stimulate and provoke, to entertain and educate, the exhibition programme can and does, take risks by showing both artists who have not exhibited before and by challenging established artists to work in new ways. Mission Gallery has established an exhibition programme based on excellence and breaking down the boundaries that exist between artistic disciplines. The divisions between fine art and craft and between old and new media are considered unimportant and are frequently blurred.
Mission Gallery understands the necessity of continuing to keep and develop creative relationships with new and established artists and makers. Its unique history from inception, as an artist and maker led exhibition space, and developing its use as a broad arts and community venue continues to inform and underpin its present-day philosophy. Mission Gallery is supported by The Arts Council of Wales.
Mission Gallery's History
Mission Gallery is a Grade II Listed building and began its life as St Nicholas Church, a non-denominational Seaman's Mission, built in 1886 by Benjamin Bucknall. Regarded as an important part of the community even then, it offered moral and spiritual guidance to seamen and the local community. The building opened as an art gallery in 1977 called Swansea Arts Workshop, an initiative managed by a group of artists as part of the Association of Artists & Designers in Wales (AADW). Run entirely on a voluntary basis, they took over the lease in 1977 and transformed the interior into an exhibition space with workshops. Since 1992 it has been an independent gallery, adopting the name Mission Gallery in 1998. The building's history and memories it contains have proved to be a fascinating source of inspiration for those artists who have exhibited at Mission Gallery, with many of them creating powerful and thought provoking site specific work.