Mission Gallery
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Gloucester Place Maritime Quarter Swansea SA1 1TY

Mission Gallery is pleased to present a site specific installation by Wales based textile artist, Ainsley Hillard. Hillard will develop an installation of artworks inspired by the social and architectural history of the building exploring the interrelationships between people, memory and space. Mission Gallery, originally a seaman's chapel was first occupied in 1857. During the late 1900's the chapel was used as a reading room which seamen and local people could utilize to meet, read, chat and write letters. Hillard will create a series of hand-woven structures incorporating mediums such as photography and print that integrate structure and image. The images once woven into structural forms do not stop at the edges of the panels. They connect with one another and once installed allow an overlapping fabric. The movement of the audience through the space enables images to come forth and recede much like the passage of the thread that travels through the warp structure. In the gallery an audio installation emanates elusive sounds that can only be received in intervals as the audience moves through the space. The body becomes a vehicle of experience.