GS Artists is an artists run gallery. It developed organically, originally an artist run space starting in the studio of artist Jane Simpson in 2014. Originally known as Galerie Simpson, it developed into GS Artists, which is run voluntarily by a group of directors, as a not for profit company.
Showing a wide range of artists, at every stage of every kind of career. With an underlying agenda of empowerment. The objective being breaking down actual and perceived barriers of the art world. Originally from Swansea, Jane spent 27 years based in London within the international art world. Enthused by the high standard, energy and freshness of the art scene in Wales, the move back home came easily.
In 2015, an intern scheme with Swansea School of Art was established, working with lecturer Craig Wood. This gives exhibition opportunities and constant mentoring, in exchange for help running the gallery. It’s less of a scheme and more like more an association or resource that has no time limit. 5 of the interns now form the backbone of directors of GS Artist
We also offer professional artists support with our Artist At Work Scheme. An open ended residency, with “no strings attached’, it acknowledges the difficulty for professional artists to experiment on a larger scale. Craig Wood, Rose Davies, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Joan Jones and Tim Davies have used the gallery as a studio to create new works.
The gallery focuses on longer term relationships to offer a real and really helpful set up, where young artists can put down roots and use the gallery as a resource for artistic development. GS Artists are a central part of the development headed by Coastal Housing which has created an ‘Urban Village’ to breathe life the High Street.
Our program has evolved to suit our audience. Primarily focusing on creating unexpectedly high quality exhibition, we are hugely passionate about our locality, in a recognised area of deprivation. Working with numerous partners we have focused on events via our 9to90 Creative Community initiative to reach those audiences that wouldn’t normally go into a gallery, via such opportunities as Open Submission Exhibitions, and Yoga for All classes.