How to Apply

Developing creative practice across the Visual and Applied Arts 2017 – 2018 

Portfolio is a project developed by the Mission Gallery and funded by the Arts Council of Wales. It seeks to offer the young talented people of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, aged between 13 and 16, the opportunity to gain further experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the visual and creative arts.

Successful applicants will work alongside professional artists and designers in a series of master classes covering various specialist Art and Design areas. Portfolio’s ethos is to encourage and extend creative interests, and give young people an understanding of where this could lead them in the future. Participants will get the chance to use facilities at both Mission Gallery and UWTSD Swansea College of Art, where they will engage in diverse creative processes along with technical workshops.

The programme includes:

Five master classes led by Professional Artists and Designers

These may be from areas including:

Film & Animation, Photography, Drawing & Printmaking, Textile Design, Jewellery and Glass, Games design and VFX, Product Design and Automotive Design

Visits to a diverse range of exhibitions at Mission Gallery and other Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol based galleries as well as viewing artist studios, and other creative spaces and industries.

A careers day from some of the most exciting curators, artists and speakers; helping the students to understand what the future of working in the arts may entail.

A high profile exhibition of the work created during the master classes, as part of the Mission Gallery programme. For many this may be their first professional show.

All students will be given an ‘Art Kit’ as well as a Portfolio certificate upon completion of the programme, as a record for their future education portfolios.

Young people or their parents are able to apply to us independently, and teachers are able to make group applications, recommending up to 10 talented pupils from their classes.

How to apply:

Submit 5 images of your work that you feel demonstrates your artistic ability.

Also a statement explaining why and what you love about art and design (100 words min).

Please include your contact details; name, age, address, email and telephone number. Plus the school you attend and art teacher.

Please send your application by post or email to

The Portfolio master classes will take place on Saturdays throughout the year and you will need to arrange your own transport lunch and refreshments.

There is an Annual fee of £40 (Please contact us if there is any difficulty with this)

If you have any questions, please email or phone Mission Gallery: or

We will contact all applicants during to let them know of their success!