g39 is an artist-run gallery and creative community for the visual arts in Wales, a bridge between artists and audiences. At the heart of g39’s activities is its relationship with artists. From exhibition to work placements to informal gatherings, initiating peer introductions or realising the most ambitious of solo exhibitions – across this spectrum of relationships our aim is to encourage and enable every person whose ambition it is to pursue a visual art practice.


3 - 27 March 2021

Kelly Best, Jennifer Taylor,
Ian Watson, Fern Thomas.

The studio.
Time in the studio.
I need more time in the studio.
I need to make work.
I’m in work.
I need to make it work.
My work is the work.

Nonsequences was an exhibition that had everything the last year could throw at it. Postponed, almost cancelled, re-scheduled. It marked the delayed last-part of the g39 Fellowship with new work and ideas in progress from Kelly Best, Ian Watson, Fern Thomas and Jennifer Taylor.

Sometimes the line between the gallery and the studio is fixed. Some venues still operate as though a preview is the equivalent of curtain-up on the first night of a stage performance. The gallery is cleaned and swept and re-touched and smells of paint. The stage is set and everything is just-so. It is the big reveal.

All of the rehearsals have been pointing toward this moment. Practices, tests and decisions. A paring back of that which is unnecessary, of the things that might be the wrong kind of confusing. Negotiations, compromises, changes in direction and limitations of budget, of space, of time bring to the stage whatever it is that has been made. By this point it should have its own curatorial narrative, or anecdote. It should make sense. It must be coherent.

But what do we do if there is no show but just the rehearsal? What if the show is always postponed? What of the proposal that never gets commissioned? What if there is no audience, or the work doesn’t work? What about those directions changed, those dead ends where things got stuck facing the wall? What of those things that happened along the way? Ideas that grew old, or too complex or fell flat or popped like balloons.

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g39 Fellowship THREE

1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022

Rebecca Jagoe, Aled Simons,
Alice Briggs, Philippa Brown
and Tom Cardew.

g39 are pleased to announce the third group of the g39 Fellowship programme 2021-22.

Following an open call and selection process we are happy to welcome Rebecca Jagoe (Trellech, Monmouth), Aled Simons (Swansea), Alice Briggs (Aberystwyth), Philippa Brown (Cardiff) and Tom Cardew (Brecon).

The artists will take part in a structured programme of studio practice and self-directed research at g39 over a period of two years with financial support. The programme is unique in Wales and complements the ongoing support g39 offers artists in Wales.

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When we're open again (!) the warp Library is open, a de-instututional resource for all. The collection mainly houses artist books, arts-related reference books, zines and pamphlets. These span from the socio-political to the experimental, from 60s avant-garde retrospectives to contemporary exhibition publications; and hopefully everything in between. This in an ever-developing, growing collection.


Really pleased to be hosting SURVEY II in 2021, and to be working with @jerwoodarts and @sitegallery again. A great line up of artists from Wales, Angharad Williams, Tako Taal and our own Cinzia Mutigli alongside brilliant artists Saelia Aparicio, Tereza Červeňová, Sadé Mica, Rebecca Moss, Katarzyna Perlak, Shenece Oretha and Nicolaas Van de Lande.

Image: Tako Taal, Residue, 2018. Grand Union Birmingham: photo - Patrick Dandy

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