Raising the Bar for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot

Raising the Baroffers students studying at further education the chance to gain a wider experience of the visual and applied arts. Alongside their current studies, they will experience several master classes held at Mission Gallery and Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. The students will expand their creative practice by enjoying access to outstanding facilities, processes and technical workshops.

Participants will be given the opportunity to work alongside professional artists and designers in a series of Saturday master classes, across a wide range of specialist Art and Design areas. Through this exploration Raising the Barhopes to support and encourage these young people, in becoming the artists and designers of our future.

Raising the Bar is available for more able and talented students in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot studying at Further Education level (BTEC, A & A/S Level).

Raising the Bar
AS/A Level


About the programme.

Taking place from October onwards, the programme includes five master class workshops led by professional Artists and Designers:

These may be in such areas as: Film & Animation, Photography, Drawing & Printmaking, Textile Design, Jewellery and Glass, Games design and VFX, Product Design and Automotive Design.

Working with professional facilities at Mission Gallery, Swansea College of Art UWTSD along with visiting other creative studios, galleries and colleges further afield.

There will also be invitations to special activities such as artist talks, seminars, mentoring sessions and careers days from some of the most exciting curators, artists and speakers in contemporary art. This is all centered on inspiring discussion and extending the participants future creative practice and careers.

The programme also includes study trips to cities such as Cardiff, Bristol and London. In years previously our participants visited Spike Island Open, Central Saint Martin’s Summer Exhibitions, as well as New Designers in London.

As afinal outcome, the students will exhibit the work created during the master classes as part of Mission Gallery’s exhibition programme. This is a great opportunity to experience the curation and execution of an exhibition within a professional gallery space.

All materials are provided. Each participant will receive a Raising the Barcertificate on completion that can be included in further education portfolios, as well as a Mission Gallery ‘Art Materials Kit’ to support them on their time throughout the programme and beyond.



Application Deadline: 29 September 2018
*Funding & Support available, contact gallery to learn more.
*Classes take place on Saturdays throughout the year, you will need to arrange your own transport, lunch and refreshments.
We will contact all applicants by September 30 to let them know of their success.

Megan Leigh • learning@missiongallery.co.uk
01792 652 016