About Beep

What is Beep?


Supports imaginative and vibrant practice in contemporary painting.

Celebrates contemporary painting by bringing to Wales some of the best work from across the globe.

Will highlight excellence in content, aesthetics, technique and materials used.

Will raise awareness of the broader context of painting, whether in traditional format or testing new media in relation to painting

Beep began in 2012 and takes place every 2 years:

Bi – ennial exhibition of painting = Beep.

There will be two prizes in two categories making up the beep awards.

The main prize winner will receive £1000 and a solo exhibition with elysiumgallery, whilst the People’s Prize winner will receive £200.

The Main Prize will be chosen by two judges, both professional and respected artists and arts organisers. The winner will be announced on the opening night of the exhibition.

The People’s Prize will be chosen by the visitors to the exhibition and will be announced at the end of the exhibition in Wrexham

Beep is a not-for-profit enterprise and entry is open to all. Beep2016 is FREE to enter, if you are chosen as one of the exhibiting artists’ there will then be a £25 application fee. The income generated feeds directly back into the setup of the exhibitions and the Main Prize.

Alongside the main exhibitions there will be a series of related painting events, exhibitions and residencies. (See programme for full list of activities)

Beep was conceived by artist and elysiumgallery Director Jonathan Powell out of a desire to bring a regular series of grandeur contemporary painting exhibitions to Wales. The seeds of this idea were first sewn during Overview, elysiumgallery’s highly successful first main exhibition of painting in 2008. This was an open show curated by Jonathan at elysiumgallery’s first premises in 2008 which included work by 60 artists / painters in a relatively small space. The idea was further cemented with the 2010 exhibition After the End which presented works by 80 artists over three floors in a sprawling disused building in the center of Swansea.

The exhibition attracted a great deal of interest and debate with over 500 people in attendance on the opening night, and many more through the doors across the viewing period. The success of these two events pointed towards the need for an ambitious celebration of contemporary painting which culminated in the successful launch of Beep 2012: Through Tomorrows Eyes. Other selected curated exhibitions include Sublinear: Perspectives on Drawing, 2011, Disruption, 2011, What are they building down there? 2013, From Here & There: Drawings from Colorado & UK, 2014. Jonathan has exhibited extensively across the UK including his solo exhibition of paintings at The Mission Gallery, Swansea which took place during August / September 2014.

elysiumgallery is an artist led, self-sustaining enterprise comprising of artist studios and a contemporary art gallery over three locations in Swansea City Centre, Wales, United Kingdom. They support 13 artists’ studios and a gallery space at 16 College Street, Swansea, 13 studios at 2 Mansel Street, Swansea and a further 38 studio spaces, the IS THIS/THIS IS… project space and rolling residency programme at 27-29 High Street, Swansea.

elysiumgallery promotes the work of artists by providing a solid platform from which they can anchor themselves and provide a comprehensive national and international network to increase their exposure.

elysiumgallery strives to provide support for emerging and established artists and art organisations as well as encouraging pride and participation in local visual and performing arts in an environment that promotes experimentation, freedom and appreciation in all creative practices. This helps to bridge the large gap between emerging and established artists, whilst continuing to strengthen, promote and sustain the vibrant Welsh arts scene.

The gallery is a curated space, programmed through directed curatorial and panel selection. The organisation has a main programme of events but leaves gaps in its calendar for impromptu events and exhibitions. The studios form an artistic community that enable the artists and Elysium Gallery to support each other.

elysiumgallery was established in 2007 as an artist led, not-for-profit social enterprise and is run by three directors; Jonathan Powell, Sarah Williams, Daniel Staveley and a dedicated support group of volunteers.

This exhibition is an excellent opportunity for young and inspiring artist to show their work. However, we don’t only focus on new artists. Establish artists are the core of our organization.

However, we want to offer an equal chance to everyone who wants to display their work to a broader audience. You will be part of a significant event that takes place every two years in Wales. This year’s theme is to present the motives and the events that shaped you as an artist.

Visit www.elysiumgallery.com for further information on elysiumgallery, its exhibitions and other opportunities.