beep (biennial exhibition of painting) is Wales' only large scale contemporary international painting exhibition, bringing painting out of traditional gallery spaces and into unused retail spaces in Swansea City centre.)
Following on from beep2012: Through Tomorrows Eyes, this year’s theme is ‘A Portrait of the Artist as...’ and will feature the work of 48 artists from around the globe. There were over 200 submissions to the exhibition; the artists were asked to veer away from traditional portraiture and explore how they see themselves as an artist or what events or places made them the person they are today... fact or fiction, it was up to them. The exhibitors were chosen by celebrated Welsh artist and writer Iwan Bala and Ruth Cayford the Visual Arts manager for Cardiff County Council.
Two Swansea art galleries provide the awards; elysium gallery sponsor the Main Prize whilst Mission Gallery provide the People’s Choice and are also managing the beep2014 Children’s Painting Prize running at the same time as the main exhibition. There will also be various workshops and artist activities throughout the show.
This year beep2014 forms part of Wales’ Dylan Thomas 100th Birthday Celebrations and the exhibition will take place in the sprawling former Iceland Supermarket on Swansea High Street. The building was recently purchased and renovated by Coastal Housing Group as part of its strategy for the regeneration of High Street and is set to become a new artistic hub for the community.
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