elysiumgallery is an artist led, not for profit, social enterprise comprising of 83 studio spaces and a contemporary art gallery over 3 venues in Swansea City Centre, Wales, United Kingdom. elysium gallery currently provides 12 studios and an exhibition space at 16 College Street and 13 studios at 2 Mansel Street. The Orchard Street venue above Volcano Theatre is home to 35 studio spaces, the is this/this is test-bed space, communal library & research areas and a rolling artist residency programme on the 2nd floor. Whilst the first floor houses 21 studios aimed at artists setting up new businesses within the creative sector. We also run various offsite exhibitions and events both locally, nationally and internationally.
elysiumgallery seeks to foster a collaborative and participatory experience creating a vibrant and creative community in Swansea. We aim to create the framework for a world of ideas and inspiration which will feed into the regeneration of Swansea City centre.
elysiumgallery strives to provide support for emerging and established artists and art organisations as well as encouraging pride and participation in local visual and performing arts in an environment that promotes experimentation, freedom and appreciation in all creative practices. This helps to bridge the large gap between emerging and established artists, whilst continuing to strengthen, promote and sustain the vibrant Welsh arts scene.
The gallery is a curated space, programmed through directed curatorial and panel selection. The organisation has a main programme of events but leaves gaps in its calendar for impromptu events and exhibitions (see gallery hire section). The studios form an artistic community that enable the artists and elysiumgallery to provide a supportive network.
elysiumgallery is not for profit organisation and is not revenue funded by the Arts council of Wales. Revenue from hire of gallery and studio spaces directly funds our programme of activities and running costs.
elysium gallery was established in 2007, and is run by 3 directors; Jonathan Powell, Sarah Williams, Daniel Staveley and a dedicated core of volunteers.