Jane Phillips award winner
Textile artist Laura Edmunds has just been announced winner of the Mission Gallery’s first Jane Phillips Award and begins her residency at the gallery this month
The award was set up this summer in memory of Jane Phillips (1957-2011) who was director of the Mission Gallery in Swansea. As gallery director Phillips was particularly interested in nurturing young talented makers, and this new award continues her work with emerging artists (applicants need to be between 18-30 years old and living in Wales). As well as £1000 cash prize for materials and equipment, each winner will be given a six-month residency at the gallery, professional development support and mentoring, the programme ending with an exhibition at the gallery – a great leg-up for any young artist.
Prize-winner Laura Edmunds graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University this summer and is now based in Cardiff where she is working on textiles and their relation to the human body. She’s particularly interested in how the body marks textiles – leaving traces of skin, hair or nail clippings on the fabric creating in the process what she calls ‘singularly beautiful relics of a person and a time’.