Winning the Jane Phillips Residency Award – Owain Sparnon

When I first heard of the Jane Phillips award, and the residency in Elysium Studios, I wasn’t sure whether to apply or not. I thoroughly enjoyed my Raising the Bar workshops and learnt a lot of skills during the sessions, but having a studio of my own, for six weeks, was something totally different. What…

Jason and Becky Reprise

Jason and Becky 25th March 2017 All Groups Jason and Becky meet the group on the steps of the Alex building and remain there into the beginning of the Masterclass, it’s Swansea’s first hot day in a long while, so everyone basks in the light while Jason and Becky softly talk about ideas, lives and…

Freshwest Design MasterClass

Freshwest MasterClass 4th March 2017 Simon introduces both himself and Laura to the group of participants. They are all sitting on a bench floating in the space. The usual tables and seats of the Mission’s education space have been pushed to the outskirts, leaving a large floor space. Simon uses one of the computer screens…

Studio Practice Day with Kat Ridgeway

Saturday 28th January 2017 Kat Ridgeway settles the group of students who have arrived at Mission Gallery’s education space. They begin to look through all the work they have brought with them with hot drinks. Kat helps the conversation to flow naturally, casually talking with certain members of the group, looking through their work and…

Product Design & 3D Printing (with Dr Ross Head)

Saturday 7th January 2017 Ross and Dan work for a project called Cerebra that is based within the University. Cerebra supports the design of products made for children with various disabilities. Ross introduces the 3D Printer and Dan brings it to life with a demonstration of its operation. It starts to print a model that…

Studio Practice Day (with Tim Stokes)

Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Carmarthen Groups 10th December 2016 Participants from all three Raising the Bar groups arrived at the Alex Design Exchange and were welcomed by Tim Stokes. They were introduced to the Art & Design Foundation Studios a long with a short tour of the spaces and it’s facilities. Tim discussed the idea…

Lisa Burkl Glass MasterClass

Saturday 12th November 2016 Lisa introduces Raising the Bar to the glass department and explains the activities for the day. Every student has 3 glass squares and will learn 3 techniques for each. The first is to be lightly sandblasted. Using different materials such as lace or masking tape the students stick and wrap the…

Bella Kerr MasterClass

MasterClass with Swansea Group 1st October 2016 Bella Kerr instructed the students to begin a design towards making their own collections. A way of documenting, recording and keeping interesting found objects and ideas. This creative and constructed filing and book system will continue with the participants through their journey on Raising the Bar. “Different shapes, sizes and textures…

Jason & Becky MasterClass

‘Viscositecture is the physical respresentation of a period of research into the effects of architecture on our ‘viscose existence’ in the space it creates. The translation of physical, psychological and emotional maps into new forms of connected spaces that develop over time, altering the viewer’s experiential relationship.’ –  Jason & Becky In response to the…

Alice Mckenna Jones JPA studio residency

Alice Mckenna Jones was a previous Raising the Bar student, and was selected for the Jane Phillips Award studio residency in Elysium Studios. This is an opportunity that Mission Gallery- with Elysium and The Jane Phillips Award, present to an individual at the end of the Raising the Bar programme each year. This student often…