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Julia Davis still from Ephemeral Coast at the Mission Gallery Image courtesy Julia Davis

The Mission Gallery, Swansea to 03 August2014

Ephemeral Coast is an international, 4-year curatorial research project led by Celina Jeffery (University of Ottawa,Canada), which was launched at Mission Gallery in Swansea during the summer of 2014. The exhibition as a whole seeks to,explore the changing cultures, geographies and ecologies of coastlines internationally and bring awareness to these fragile and temporal spaces through the affective practices of art making.

The first of these art projects/exhibitions is a collaboration with Mission Gallery in Swansea in June 2014, the second in Mauritius and the third in Alaska and the Arctic region of Western Canada. Other partners in coastal regions will also participate. The research project will culminate in 2017/8 in a large-scale exhibition ideally taking place in venues across Swansea Bay - including Carmarthen - with a large exhibition catalogue and symposium.

Artists in each of these locations have been selected to make and exhibit new work in response to the curatorial premise. In turn, academics and community members from a variety of universities including the University of Ottawa, University of Swansea and the University of Wolverhampton, have been invited to participate in programming around the show. They will then continue to create these links, to support the dialogue concerning the themes generated by the exhibitions.

The spirit of the exhibition, curated by Celina Jeffery, is that of collaboration, dialogue and partnership to develop focused exhibitions and discussions as well as increasing the outreach of the exhibition to wide and diverse audiences. A website will house all artworks and discussions generated by the exhibition.

The exhibition will encourage participation from both local audiences as well as international ones through the main website.

Ephemeral Coast is at The Mission Gallery, Swansea until 03 August 2014 (see for venue information). Featuring Julia Davis (Australia), Stefhan Caddick (Wales), Fern Thomas (Wales) & Gemma Copp (Wales)


For more information about this project www.missiongallery.co.uk There will be a review of this exhibition by Rory Duckhouse in issue 4 of CCQ Magazine, out August 2014