elysium gallery and Beep Painting Biennial are proud to be partnering up with the Freeman Artist Residency (FAR).
FAR is an artist residency program based in Charlottesville, Virginia, providing studio space, material stipend, end-of-residency exhibition and mentorship to painters at a formative stage of their careers. Founded in September 2020 by Welsh visual artist & UVa Assistant Professor of Studio Art Neal Rock, FAR is named after Welsh painter and educator Michael Freeman, who mentored Rock during his formative years in South Wales. Freeman’s teaching, funded by WEA Cymru (Workers’ Education Association Wales), impacted communities whose access to the visual arts were restricted by the socio-economic conditions of their time. FAR honors Freeman’s life and work by offering the gift of time & space to artists at an early stage of their careers. FAR’s mission is aligned with the founding values of WEA Cymru – facilitating cultural access and equity – by giving priority to BIPoC, LGBTQ+ & first-generation college graduate artists.
To kick off the partnership we recently secured funding from Wales Arts International for two emerging Welsh painters – Dylan Williams and Lucia Jones who have spent November 2023 in Charlottesville making work resulting in an exhibition at Visible Records Gallery. in March 2024 two US artists Vibha Vijay and Virginia Gibson will travel to Swansea and take up residence in the elysium gallery studios.
All the residency artists will feature at an exhibition at the end of 2024 as part of the Beep Painting Biennial.
Image: Dylan Williams, Henry Skerritt, Lucia Jones and Neal Rock at the recent Preview at Visible Records Gallery in Charlottesville, USA.