To mentor, nurture and support the professional artistic growth of young, emerging artists across the Visual and Applied Arts

 The Jane Phillips Award is a memorial to Jane Phillips (1957 - 2011) Mission Gallery's first Director.

Launched at Mission Gallery on 5th August 2011 by Nathalie Camus, the then Senior Applied Arts Officer at the Arts Council of Wales, the award is intended as a legacy to Jane's passion for mentoring and nurturing talent, consistently supporting young, emerging and early career artists across the Visual and Applied Arts in Wales and beyond.

It has significantly supported two artists since November 2011; Laura Edmunds (2011/12) and Laura Reeves (2013/14). This has been in the form of a 6 month studio residency and mentoring; a £1000 bursary and an Artists Profile at Mission Gallery.

The Jane Phillips Award is now changing.....

The Award has been successful and is evolving, responding to its environment and forming new partnerships. We wish to develop and broaden the scope of the award by introducing two new exciting prizes, plus a year long programme of Residencies, which will exist alongside the main award, 

We will support, on an annual basis, two Art and Design graduates of UWTSD with a Student Prize. This will be in the form of an exhibition at our partnership organisation National Waterfront Museum, plus a Graduate Residency at the new Elysium Studios on High Street in Swansea.

In addition to this, a Travel & Research Grant will shortly be announced, alongside a Curatorial Residency. These will complement the main Jane Phillips Exhibition Award which continues to be biennial and is announced later this year, with a solo exhibition at Mission Gallery and Materials bursary.

The Jane Phillips Award is administered by Mission Gallery.



Laura Edmunds | Jane Phillips Award 2011

Laura Edmunds was the recipient of the inaugural Jane Phillips Award in October 2011. Her 6 month residency ran from 1st November 2011 to 30th April 2012.

Mission Gallery profiled Lauras work in its Maker in Focus showcase from 2nd June - 1st July 2012 and Laura gave a special talk to Friends and Patrons of the Jane Phillips Award.

The Jane Phillips Award was awarded to me at a time that is crucial to my professional and creative development. It is easy to lose focus and concentration upon leaving university, and I felt that I was able to continue the practical and theoretical work that I had spent 3 years developing, as well as the new ideas that were coming into play as I worked by myself for the first time. The Jane Phillips Award bridged the gap between university life and the beginning of a career; and so it was an invaluable opportunity. It was an insight into the career that lies ahead of me; at times challenging but always rewarding.



Laura Reeves | Jane Phillips Award 2013

Artist Sean Edwards, who nominated Laura, writes that, 'Laura Reeves is one of the most exciting young practitioners that I have found working in Wales today. She has a commitment not only to her own practice but also to the visual arts in Wales, actively contributing and engaging to debate. The quality, consistency and thoroughness of all that Laura does is without question'.

Laura Reeves grew up in the South West and moved to Cardiff to study Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design. After graduating in 2012 she won the Eisteddfod Young Artist Scholarship. An avid collector of amateur found photographs, her practice is rooted in the archiving and selection of the images she gathers. In particular, there is a focus on the 35mm slide but also a large collection of a range of formats of found images. Using these photographic archives, Laura begins a highly research based investigation into her source material. Using the information she finds, she pieces together lost histories and stories. These investigations often lead to research trips influenced by the location of the original images.