UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art to showcase Wales’s only large-scale contemporary international painting touring show


UWTSD is proud to announce it will play a leading role in showcasing Wales’s only large-scale contemporary international painting exhibition. 

Painters who enter Beep (Biennial Exhibition of Painting) and are successful in being selected, will have their work shown in the main Beep touring exhibition, which tours from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, to Wrexham and Cardiff this autumn. The touring show will include satellite exhibitions, events and residences.

The winner of the Beep International Painting Prize 2016 will be given £1000 and a solo exhibition with elysiumgallery, Swansea in 2017/18. In addition, the Beep People’s Prize 2016 winner will be announced at the end of the Wrexham exhibition and will receive £200.

Unusually for competitions of this kind, entry is free in the first instance. After the selection process, those chosen will be asked to pay a £25 exhibition fee which will feed directly back into the set up and prize costs.

This year’s Beep theme is “this must be the place I never wanted to leave…”. The aim is for entrants to explore notions of perception, memory and belonging grounded in a place, space or time in the medium of paint. 

Beep International Painting Prize 2016 is open to artists from all over the world at any stage in their careers. Entries are accepted by email or by post. There are two selection processes: firstly Beep and elysiumgallery will choose the artists for the Beep 2016 exhibition and then a separate panel of judges will choose a winner that will be announced at the opening night at the Swansea venue.

This year the exhibition will be curated by artist and elysiumgallery director Jonathan Powell with the winner being chosen by a panel of judges including award winning painter Shani Rhys-James and Jonathan Watkins, curator of the Ikon gallery in Birmingham. The main exhibition will take place at the Swansea College of Art in August before travelling up to Undegun art space in Wrexham throughout October. A smaller version of the exhibition will then take place at ArcadeCardiff.

In addition to The Beep International Painting Prize 2016, the Beep People’s Prize 2016 will be chosen by the visitors to the exhibition and will be announced at the end of the final stage of the touring exhibition.

Beepstarted life in 2012. It was conceived by artist and elysiumgallery director Jonathan Powell out of a desire to bring a regular series of grander contemporary painting exhibitions to Wales that address serious subject matters. It celebrates contemporary painting, embracing the best and most vital work being created today. 

The exhibition has previously attracted artists and visitors to the city from all around the world. In 2014 legendary artist Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk visited the exhibition which was won by Welsh artist Lee Williams.

Beep aims to bring to Wales the best contemporary painting from across the globe, highlighting excellence in content, aesthetic, technique and materials used.

“elysiumgallery & Beep International Painting Prize promote the work of local and global artists by providing a solid platform here in Wales from which they can anchor themselves and provide a comprehensive national and

international network to increase their exposure,” said Jonathan Powell.  

“University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art has been an incredibly important part in its success with Dr Robert Newell being one of Beeps first judges in 2012 and now of course being one of the main partners for this year’s exhibition. I was a full time student at Swansea College of Art for my BA and MA in 2001-2005 & 2010 - 2012 and lecturers Robert Newell, Paul Jeff, Howard Riley and Catrin Webster were a source of endless encouragement and mentor-ship which enabled me to progress as a painter and in turn contribute to the Swansea Cultural scene in a city which is always changing and is never boring.”

Anyone wishing to enter the prize should visit www.beepwales.co.uk for submission guidelines. The deadline for entries is June 18 2016.

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An interview with the last Beep International Painting Prize winner, Lee Williams, is available on request.