UWTSD Swansea College of Art’s Professor Sue Williams to judge BEEP 2018


UWTSD is delighted to note that Swansea College of Art Professor Sue Williams will judge this year’s Beep (the Biennial exhibition of painting) 2018, together with Andre Stitt.

Painters from all over the world will converge on Swansea this August for Beep, The citywide Festival of Contemporary national and International Painting which culminates with an international painting prize. It has grown since 2012 into the UK’s only citywide festival of contemporary painting.

In addition to the main Beep Painting Prize which will feature approximately 50 artists from around the world at Swansea College of Art, the biennial will feature exhibitions, events and residences across Swansea City Centre. Venues include elysium gallery & Studios, Mission Gallery, Glynn Vivian, Galerie Simpson, Volcano Theatre, Grand Theatre and Cinema & Co. There will also be other painting related activities dotted around the city which will be announced closer to the time.

Professor Williams is a prominent international artist with a recognised body of work and an exhibition history of both solo and group shows on five continents. Sue is Professor of Fine Art in Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is one of Wales’ leading contemporary female artists. She is recognised for portraying the ‘stuff of life’ and dysfunctional human communication through drawing and painting installations. Extending her visual language treatment of these subjects has led her into collaborations with other artforms such as performance installations and film. The work is raw and accomplished; strong, charged and challenging in its links to contemporary lives and the sexualisation of Western society.

Professor Williams said: “Being asked to be a judge just made me smile. I consider painting to be as valuable now as it ever was. It is an exciting medium and a great source of inspiration for both the artist and the observer and has both integrity and power. It is reassuring to know that with all the challenges of contemporary society towards the visual arts there are still many who stand for painting and I look forward to spending time engaged in looking at the work. I will definitely be searching for that authentic moment captured in paint and one that reveals a particular engaging perspective.”

Andre Stitt has been working almost exclusively as a performance and interdisciplinary artist from 1980-2008. He has gained an international reputation for cutting edge, provocative and politically challenging work. A predominate theme in his artistic output was that of communities and their dissolution often relating to trauma, conflict and art as a redemptive proposition. His ‘live’ performance and installation works were presented at major museums, galleries and sites specific throughout the world.

Andre said: “Having exhibited previously in BEEP I and delighted and honoured to be asked to select work for this years’ biennale. BEEP is becoming increasingly important amongst a very small handful of open painting competitions. It also represents an independent approach that sets it apart from the big open exhibitions such as the John Moores. This allows for another identity to emerge focusing on the exciting tensions and current discourse within contemporary painting. Based in Swansea and creating focus for Wales within a larger global network it reveals location outside of dominant art market centres as being vital and important for both emerging and established painters. I love it because it’s not tied to a major institution and is organised by artists for artists with all the authority and oppositional tensions that allows.”

Caroline Thraves Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts at Swansea College of Art (UWTSD) said: “We are thrilled to be hosting Beep again at Swansea College of Art. Hosting such wonderful work is always a pleasure and supports the long tradition of painting that we have here on the Fine Art course at Swansea College of Art.”

The 2018 Beep Painting Prize is now open for submissions. It is free to enter. Visit the website www.beeppainting.com for further information.

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