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Ruth Murray - The Croft, 2014 Ruth Murray - The Croft, 2014

Beep (Bi ennial 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.

The exhibition was conceived by artist and Elysium Gallery Co-director Jonathan Powell out of a desire to bring a regular series of grandeur International contemporary painting exhibitions to Wales.

Following on from Beep 2012: Through Tomorrows Eyes, this year s theme isA 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 s 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.

Preview: Friday 10 October 7pm ,free exhibition continues until Sunday 9 November

Opening times: Weds - Sun 12 5pm

Venue: The Old Iceland Building, 27-29 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NU

www.beepwales.co.uk

Artists: Jacqueline Alkema | Hannah Blight Anderson | Tom Banks | Tim Le Breuilly | Janet Brown | Andrew Butler | Ije Amanda Carr | Jason Cartwright | Barry Charlton | Joss Cole | Richard Cox | Barrie J Davies | David Rees Davies | Cornelius Delaney | Shaun Featherstone | Yvonne Yiwen Feng | Arina Gordienko | Alastair Gordon | Lucja Grodzicia | Penny Hallas | Clare Harding | Bernard Heslin | Marc Heaton | Jill Iffe | Shelley Irish | Jaqueline Jones | Sally Jones | Priscilia Kheng | Ankur Kumar | Scott Mackenzie | Enzo Marra | Victoria Malcolm| Eilish McCann | Richard Monahan | Anne Moses | Ruth Murray | Aidan Myers | Paul Newman | Tom Pitt | Adam Rees | Andre Stitt | Ann Suganami | Michael Szpakowski Kate Walters |Lee Williams | Nicola Williams | Kay Bainbridge Wilkinson | Steve Wright

Image 1: Ruth Murray - The Croft, 2014