Jane Phillips was Mission Gallery's Director from 2003-2011. She sadly passed away on 6th February 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Jane dedicated her life and career to Mission Gallery and worked on a voluntary basis for over 20 years as it's Gallery Co-ordinator.
After training as a painter at Central School of Art in the late Seventies, Jane returned to Swansea where she worked from her studio in Gloucester Place, opposite Mission Gallery. Jane's most prolific period was during the early eighties, soon after she graduated, when she produced large scale canvases. These colourful, abstract paintings, serve as a fitting tribute to, and celebration of, Jane's creativity and talent.
With the support of her family, friends and colleagues, Mission Gallery has organised an exhibition and a series of events. This includes a fundraising auction and launch of the Jane Phillips Award, which will support emerging artists and craftmakers, one of Jane's great passions.
"Jane's achievements and her success at Mission Gallery were considerable: her dedication and drive merged seamlessly with her informed artistic vision, her enthusiasm was infectious, always coloured by a warm sense of humour and her spirit, which fought for the rights of so many artists, came directly from her belief in art and her love of life".
Jenni Spencer Davies
Curator, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea
Jane Phillips 'Hurricane Charlie, 1986.
Photography by Amanda Roderick. Collection of Glynn Vivian Art Gallery & Museum.
Courtesy & copyright of The Family of the Artist.