Notes from Wales Issue 1: Autumn 2014 - Page 21

Curator Zosia Krasnowolska points out that people in Poland generally consider themselves to be central Europeans, while Lithuanians see themselves as being from the Baltic states. She is interested in how these perceptions of identity are formed and distorted. The exhibition title is a play on words, meaning literally ‘from the outside’ - yet Est also translates to ‘east’ in Italian and the exhibition originated in Naples in Italy. Although the future of The Kickplate Gallery is currently uncertain, it is a beacon for contemporary art in the valleys of south Wales and enjoys strong backing from renowned Welsh artist John Selway, as well as vocal support from residents and local councils. The gallery offers genuine opportunities to view international work in a friendly, welcoming context. In one guise or another it must surely continue. Internationalism, sustainability, Swansea Following the gallery’s recent collaboration with Colony 14 in Cardigan, Jonathan and his troops are currently organising the BEEP international prize for contemporary painting in Wales (biennial exhibition of painting). BEEP first took place in 2012 at Swansea’s Volcano Theatre, a venue well outside the traditional white cube, with a studio-oriented aesthetic and the backs of paintings in full view. The prize provokes new dialogue about the nature of contemporary painting in Wales and contrasts with the prevalence of the Pembroke landscape tradition. The second BEEP exhibition will be held in two locations, at Elysium Gallery