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About Mission Gallery

Mission Gallery is one of the most inspiring spaces in Wales for the contemporary arts. A unique, architecturally beautiful space, the building is a rich resource for the local and wider community providing artists at all levels and experience, opportunities to display and make work while developing our audiences enjoyment, understanding and knowledge of art.

Founded by artists in 1977 as ‘Swansea Arts Workshop Gallery’, Mission Gallery has since developed a national and international reputation for presenting dynamic and distinctive programming. Boasting a proud forty year history of delivery and a strong reputation for supporting and nurturing artists, Mission Gallery has taken artistic risks; showing ambitious, diverse work by established and emerging artists across all disciplines, from Wales and beyond. Mission Gallery has a thriving Learning and Participation Programme aimed at all ages and abilities, building strong and meaningful cultural partnerships within artistic and education institutions.

Mission Gallery is proud of the important collaborations, projects and exchanges developed with cultural organisations in New York and Venice, building our international work through programming, partnerships and residencies​

Housed in a Grade II listed building in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter, Mission Gallery began its existence as a voluntary artist run body, evolving into a professional organisation funded by Arts Council of Wales in 2003. Governed by a voluntary board of directors, the management, programming and running is maintained by a small and dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Mission Gallery has a long track record of successfully forging meaningful and sustainable partnerships across the city, in particular with Swansea College of Art who are key partners



Our Opening Hours

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm 
Closed Sundays & Mondays. Closed Bank Holidays. Free Admission


Getting to us

Mission Gallery is located on Swansea Marina near the City Centre. We are a 15 minute walk from Swansea High Street train station and a 10 minute walk from Swansea's central bus station. The nearest pay and display car parks are situated behind Mission Gallery in the Pumphouse and also in Somerset Place, a 5 minute walk. Parking spaces are also available in Gloucester Place, however, use of the Park and Ride system on Fabian Way, is a good alternative due to limited parking.



Access is by one-step entry from pavement level through to our main entrance. There is level access throughout the gallery spaces. A wheelchair ramp is also available on request.


Group Visits

We welcome schools, colleges and other groups and can arrange gallery talks to support your visit. Please contact us beforehand and we will do all we can to make your visit a success.


Large Format & Welsh

Mission Gallery can provide information in large format or Welsh. If you require other formats or languages, please ask and we will do our best to fulfill your request.



Our History



St Nicholas Church, a non-denominational Seaman's Mission built by Benjamin Bucknall.



Swansea Arts Workshop opened to the public as anArtGallery, including exhibition and workshop space. It was run by volunteers as part of the Association of Artists & Designers (AADW).


Swansea Arts Workshop became an independent gallery.


Swansea Arts Workshop adopted the name Mission Gallery.Promoted as a Crafts Council Selected Gallery.



Becomes a revenue client of the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) receiving core funding for its exhibition programme, plus the first two salaried posts in its history



Constituted as a not-for-profit organisation.



Mission Gallery receives an uplift in its core funding from the ACW



Acquisition of 1st floor of St. Nicholas' Church. A 30 year lease is signed with City & County of Swansea for the whole building.



ACW funding for the remedial repair and development of the 1st floor into a dedicated education space.


2013 - 2014

Mission Gallery undergoes a Feasibility Study funded by ACW to explore the possibility of a Major Capital Redevelopment




Mission Gallery receives significant ACW funding for two major projects; our flagship, cross county education programme, Criw Celf West and a National Touring Exhibition The Language of Clay. Both projects now guaranteed until 2019.



Important collaborations, projects and exchanges developed with cultural organisations in New York and Venice, building Mission Gallery’s international work work through programming, partnerships and residencies​.



Mission is 40! Mission Gallery celebrates its 40th birthday with an exhibition and fundraiser with our Staff, Board, Volunteers, Friends, Partners and Artists.

Seen and Unseen

Seen and UnseenIngrid Murphy

02 Feb - 23 Mar 2019

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Thibault Brunet

Thibault BrunetJane Phillips Award

06 Apr - 01 Jun 2019

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