Beep Wales International Painting Prize: This must be the place I never wanted to leave
Dates: August 5th – September 3rd
Location: Swansea College of Art, Dynevor Campus, De-la-Beche Road, Swansea, SA1 3EU
Dates: 7th October – 5th November
Location: Undegun, Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1SG
Beep (Biennial exhibition of painting) is Wales’s only large-scale contemporary international painting exhibition taking place at different venues every two years. 2016 will see the main Beep2016 exhibition tour from Swansea to Wrexham and include satellite exhibitions, events and residencies in and around Swansea, Wrexham and Cardiff.
This year’s theme aims to explore notions of perception, memory and belonging grounded in a place, space or time in the medium of paint.
The realisation of this ‘place’ evokes abstract perceptions. Psychological impressions, physical memory, re-imagined and reconstituted fragments develop from deep felt multi-sensory experiences.
Investigation into ‘the place I never wanted to leave’ (and may have left, by will or necessity) should offer a profound awareness of the elusive nature of objective reality. Longing for another place and time suggests a longing to restore totality of being.
In the same way a smell, a sound or a sight momentarily transport us to the centre of an experience in place, so can the image. Beep 2016 is seeking artists’ submissions in response to these ideas, reconstructing their own ‘modes of transportation’.
The exhibitions will take place in two large venues in Swansea & Wrexham. The exhibition artists will be selected by elysiumgallery, Swansea and the judges will be artist Shani Rhys James MBE and Jonathan Watkins, Director Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Main Prize: £1000, solo exhibition with elysiumgallery in 2017 & participation in group show at Arcade Cardiff Gallery in Nov/Dec 2016. Peoples Prize: £200 & & participation in group show at Arcade Cardiff Gallery in Nov/Dec 2016
See www.beepwales.co.uk for further information on how to enter