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RWA Show – The Run Up

So, three weeks and a silly amount of photos later, here’s some shots that show some of how the whole RWA show came together. Not even going to attempt to put them in anything other than a gallery, but have put notes on them about what they are. WordPress is freestyling the order it puts them in too, but they’re all dated.

It was a blast watching it all happen, hope the photos are as fun to look at as they were to take.

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Dicy In Hermanos

Stumbled across this one the other day, dunno how it had been missed before. Anyway, it’s some work by Dicy in the back garden of Hermanos cafe bar kinda thing on the Triangle (on the side opposite Sainsburys).

Done in 2006, it’s not a big garden, so it’s not a huge amount of work, but sets the place off well. Here’s one wall…

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…with a bit closer on the main bit.

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And the wall on the other side.

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Thought Xenz might have been involved initially, with these shadowed butterflies, but apparently not, all Dicy’s own work.

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Worth checking out if you’re in the area for the RWA show when it opens in a couple of weeks. Not least because they do easily one of the best hot chocolates in Bristol, and that and a cappucino is only £2! Bonkers. The staff are friendly, the cocktails look pretty good too, and, if you’re as lucky as this blog is, you might even get to become an unwitting part of Jed Pitman’s 100,000 handshake challenge.

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Princes Trust Charity Auction

There’s an auction coming up in aid of the Prince’s Trust, with a new Banksy as its headline story (go check the BBC or whatever for that), but there’s some other interesting Bristol related pieces in there worth mentioning.

Nice Inkie piece, shame the lettering at the side’s been chopped off a bit in the photo. 

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Love this Mau Mau piece

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A very accessible Nick Walker work (rats, bombing, etc)

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This Flx piece (that was in the window of Guerilla Galleries a while back if memory serves) has come back round

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Finally this really interesting piece by Dicy, not seen him in this kind of style before

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Dicy even gets a quote in the press release on this one into the bargain.

Dicy, one of the stars of the exhibition, was supported by the youth charity when he was just starting out.

He said: “The Prince’s Trust gave me the confidence and backing to start my own design business when no-one else would. Now I’m incredibly proud to give something back, helping more young people reach their potential.”

The auction for the Prince’s Trust is actually part of three auctions going on at the same time, this one launching last week, as it says…

ArtCore is the first visual documentation of Acid House and the rave movement, featuring artworks from iconic clubs and raves including The End Club, Queer Nation, Raindance and Tribal Gathering.

and the now regular Dreweatts ‘urban art’ auction going on at the same time (the catalogue for which seems to be coming in for a bit of stick online at the moment). 

In addition, a Dicy and Will Barras print is going on sale for the auction as well. Tricky painting to get right apparently, but it’s all come out clean enough in the final print. 

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So, actually quite hard to work out what’s going on amongst all of this and when, but the sale itself is on the 26th Feb, and if you fancy figuring it all out then there’s more info at http://urbanart.dnfa.com

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Dicy Shares The Love…

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Valentine’s Day coming up pretty sharpish, and Dicy’s come up with a pretty cool idea to save you having to grab that last bunch of wilted flowers from the 24 hour Tesco. 

Inspired by a piece done for his good lady wife, he’s producing a series of hand painted originals, not that many of them, and putting them on sale for one day only on the Let Them Hang site, from this Friday to this Saturday. They’ll be in the post next Tuesday and with you by Thursday, ready to get framed and give to the one you love, or perhaps wish to love, on Saturday. 

Thing is, everyone’s a bit worried about money at the moment, so he’s sharing the love even more by keeping them south of £50, postage included too.

It’s called ‘You Steal My Heart’ and here’s some preview pics…

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Close up on the stencil.

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Please note, if giving this as a traditional anonymous valentine’s gift to someone you hope to get together with, remember to specify that whilst this picture may be signed by Dicy, it doesn’t mean he’s the one sending the anonymous gift. Nor is the title written on the bottom a personal message to the recipient from him. Else what started as a lovely valentine’s idea for his wife may end up backfiring on him badly. 

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Have got hold of some snaps of his studio alongside this as well, which provides a pretty interesting insight into what he’s up to at the moment. Always think more pics of people’s studios/workspaces/whatever would make interesting content for the blog, through the keyhole style perhaps. Should get on it.

More Belton than you can shake a stick at.

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Wonder what’s going on with the First Great Weston print at the back there…

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…and is that some sort of Dicy and Toasters collab piece in the background of this one too?

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12 Days Of Christmas Show – 2008!

So once again, the Steal from Work guys and a huge army of helpers have pulled off another huge show out of nothing in hardly any time. This post is going live as the doors to the show open, so people not there can see it too, but that said, the show was a couple of hours away from finished when these photos were taken, so whilst most of the organisers were of course relaxing having finished setting it all up in advance, there were still a few final tweaks to be made.

So these photos aren’t necessarily the final final thing, you’ll only see that there, and am not putting names with everything just yet, but this blog isn’t here so people can live life through the web, it’s here to encourage you to get out and see stuff for yourself, so get down there!

Incidentally, rumour has it that a load of free spray paint on card pieces will be being left round the area this evening too by an artist not in the show, so keep an eye out.

When you’re round there, you should also definitely go and check out the PRSC gallery at the Stokes Croft end of Jamaica Street. Photos on the blog tomorrow all being well, but it’s got some top work in it, and it’s all for auction, starting at just 99p.

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Children Of The Can – The Weekend’s Painting

Getting to this one a little late annoyingly, but can’t be helped. Was, by all accounts, freezing down there over the weekend when the painting was going on, but everyone seemed to have fun.

So, as mentioned before, to go with the launch of ‘Children of the Can‘, Felix pulled off a bit of a coup and got it arranged to paint the boards outside the current industrial museum redevelopment, boards people had been eying enviously since the Bristol Festival and before.

The piece as a whole is a timeline of Bristol Graf, from some of the first writers to some of the most recent ones, with some people painting (with a spray can at least) for the first time in ages.

Annoyingly, with all the boats now moored up, presumably for the winter, it’s hard to get a good view of the whole thing from across the river.

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Still though, starting from the far left as you look at it, it kinda builds up with some random pieces…

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…an initial Paris…

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…and accompanying Milk.

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This is sweet, done by Joe i guess.

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Not strictly keeping to the timeline, which should start here, Andy Council. Although the piece hints back to the early days of graf in a way doesn’t it.

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Next up Cheba with one of his Brunel characters.

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The man behind today’s events, Flx, with some top work.

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Inkie couldn’t make it down for the weekend, but should be getting his piece up later in the week.

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Back to the old skool, Source.

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Next to Kato writing ‘ASK’. What can it mean? You may well ask.

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Side by side, Turroe and Shimz, don’t see enough of their work round still.

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Closer on Turroe…

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…likewise Shimz, really like them both.

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First time Jody’s painted with a spray can for 18 years apparently. Damn shame, the man’s a legend (check his work in the Children of the Can book too for more).

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Lokey on fine form as ever, with a firm understanding of web marketing to boot!

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Teaoh next to…

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…Cheo, with Deed in the middle there.

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Unfortunate really that the first painting done on these boards a few months back was done right in the middle, as it breaks up the flow of the timeline a bit. Still though, 3rd Eye’s work’s tidy…

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…and kinda cool to see a bunch of random kids right in the middle of all this work.

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This one raised a smile, Pen and Boswell on typically dark form…

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…with a sign right by them titled ‘My Perfect Bristol’. Wonder if the placing was deliberate.

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Dicy made it down in the end, also writing ASK, with a reference in there to Poppa Acer too!

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Soker and Feek working together again…

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…love the names intertwined (though can’t confess to having spotted that initially…)

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Feek with the character again, All Suckers Krushed.

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Rounding it off, Ponk on the end.

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Next along another slot for Paris…

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And Milk next door (with a birthday shout to Acer, a whole lot of love going on).

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Sepr, Epok and Kaione put together a huge piece, only finished off yesterday. This is the left…

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…and this the right.

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Rowdy with what looks like some kinda wordsearch, love it.

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45RPM representing for the WHAT lot this weekend.

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Not entirely sure this was meant to be there, Song on a slot marked out for Seza.

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Good to see Magic, Voyder and 3Dom all getting out together at the same time on this one…

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…close up on Magic and Voyder…

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…with some top work by 3Dom at the other end.

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Haker doing his own thing a bit further down.

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And finally, rounding it off right at the end, a space put aside for the next next generation…

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…including Prankz, keener than mustard.

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All told, the length of board is bloody huge, runs right down to that crane at the end there, and this photo wasn’t even taken right from the other end.

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So, some bits still to be finished off, and a timeline to be added over the top of it all as well. It should all hopefully be there for a while, and there’s talk of more jams going on there at some point in the future. About bloody time, and all credit to Felix for sorting it out in amongst everything else that must be going on at the moment.

Go and check it all out, and once again, if you haven’t bought the book yet, then do!

(Props to Lokey for the guided tour for this post too!)

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Not Just Banksy Night

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So, back from the Not Just Banksy night up at UWE’s Frenchay Campus. Wicked night, loads going on, if a little a victim of social marketing. Facebook numbers don’t translate to real life that often sadly. Still though, top crowd in a tough location, take this down the centre and you’d be on a winner.

Got there a little later than expected, to find Nikill at work on the Weapon of Choice wall.

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A broader shot of the painting, Nikill, Boswell and Inkie from right to left, with the Art Tart in front of them. Weird.

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The Art Tart was drawing a picture of them all drawing a picture, painfully postmodern, but pretty darn funny, and not that bad a picture as it happens either.

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Inkie’s piece part way through.

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The evening was full of various other things, this was a showing of the ‘Tags to Riches’ documentary.

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Inkie and Boswell at work, Boswell’s piece was bonkers, a simple sketch turned into something seemingly so well planned. Skills.

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Lokey, Cheba and Nikill on their piece.

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Another interlude, Felix giving a talk about his book (now just weeks away). Top talk, fascinating historical take on the whole graf thing, and got into a proper debate at the end. Was amused to wander outside afterwards and hear students debating it – “Yeah, but graffiti’s just a necessary and inevitable symptom of our capitalist society”.

I kid you not.

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Nikill and Cheba getting towards the end of the collaborative piece.

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Inkie’s piece finished.

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Next to Boswell’s

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This was a nice touch, short biographies of various artists posted up around the venue, good idea.

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All the pieces finished, really good work, interesting to see what happens when people have more space and calm that at Weapon of Choice.

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The finished Art Tart piece of the pieces as well

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This piece was up in all its glory finally too, done for the fresher’s fair at UWE last year. Feek, Seza and Sickboy. Bloody huge it is.

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Feek’s side…

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…with Seza in the middle…

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…and Sickboy at the other end.

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So, wasn’t just the stuff in the evening in the bar, there’d been loads of painting going on outside during the day too.  Billy Stencils at this end…

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…next to a pretty good piece…

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and another here.

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Inkie’s piece out here was sick.

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Next to Cheba, Lokey and Nikill, this time with the spray paint and colour.

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More Billy Stencil and some work by a UWE student.

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Sepr had been here painting in the day too, shame he wasn’t there in the evening too.

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Ryda and Reaf there too which was as cool as it wasn’t on the bill.

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This was really tidy though. You know when you can sense from a piece that the people in it are really putting everything into it, well, got that from this one, a burner from a collective of UWE students.

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On the other hand, the Art Tart outside. It’s not up to this blog to claim that someone’s biting someone else’s work, least of all Nick Walkers.

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But there you are.

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Top night though, organisers had noticeably put a huge amount of work into planning and running it, and had brought in a really friendly crowd, so should be run again really, perhaps somewhere a little more accessible.

Would save a bus journey home with UWE Freshers throwing up all over bus seats for one.

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