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…

Glass Work with Lisa Burkl

Raising the Bar Glass Work with Lisa Burkl 6th, 13th and 20th February Carmarthen, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Students The main focus of this master class was to explore different techniques used to transform the effect of light through different types of glass- thinking about how it either illuminates or dims the result. As…

Sculptural Fashion Objects with Anna Lewis

Raising the Bar Sculptural Fashion Objects with Anna Lewis 9th, 16th and 23rd January Carmarthen, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Students Anna begins by introducing her own work, which focus’ on the darker side of mythology- most notably the human/animal hybrid. Anna’s fashion pieces use this idea as a vehicle, to convey the notion of…

Tour of Swansea Galleries and Studios

Raising the Bar Tour of Swansea Galleries and Studios 5th December 2015 Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot  and Swansea Students Students were given a tour of the Espy International Photography Prize at Elysium Gallery, College Street, Swansea. They were introduced to the history of the gallery and the reasons behind the photography prize. Photographers entered from all…

Public Art Pavilion Designing with Phil Cheater

Raising the Bar Public Art Pavilion Designing with Phil Cheater 21st November 2015 Swansea Students  Artist Phil Cheater, who was previously a Fine Art student at Swansea College of Art, showed our Raising the Bar pupils a slideshow of art pavilions- demonstrating the impressive spaces that can be created with paper and card (and a little imagination!)…

Architectural master class with David Chambers 2015/16

Raising the Bar Architectural Master class with David Chambers 7th and 14th November 2015 Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot Students  David talked about his practice as an architect with Aberrant Architecture. He gave examples of the innovative approach to commissions as well as more traditional work they have done. The students viewed a slide show…

Photography with Eva Bartussek 2015/16

Raising the Bar Photography with Eva Bartussek 10th, 17th and 24th October 2015 Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Students Students were introduced to the current exhibition at Mission Gallery by Ryan Moule called Divisible Remainder. Eva helped students to interpret the exhibition giving them background about the photographic process and history of black and…

Art and Politics with Bella Kerr 2015/16

Raising the Bar Art and Politics with Bella Kerr 19th, 26th September and 3rd October 2015 Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Students Considering contemporary and historical examples of the expression of political ideas in art, including artists’ manifestos. Bella Kerr introduced her masterclass with some artist research covering the depth and breadth of what…