Monthly Archives: November 2009

More Christmas Shows…

Remember when it was just 12 days of xmas putting on a show for christmas? Things have come a long way in the last couple of years, here’s a couple more shows coming up, in addition to the Inkie and Weapon of Choice shows blogged last week.

First up, the ever reliable Art-El crew along with some fine art bods, doing something a bit further away from the grafstreeturban side of things than usual, but a big line up and an interesting new venue should make this one worth wandering along to this Friday night.

Picton Mews is off Picton Street down towards the Thali/Bells Diner part of it, where this used to be if memory serves.

Here’s the chat…

Art-el & Tunnadine Fine Art present ‘Advent’

Advent aims to provide a visual seasonal treat and bring an end to the period of expectant waiting, brightening up the festive season with a unique exhibition of new ideas and visual delights.

This show will bring you work from a wave of the galleries newer artists who present an aesthetic of visually challenging work, ranging from classic figurative portraiture to the grimy and still developing genre of the street. Although this show will be far removed from the usual urban/street art crew they are both primarily associated.

Selected from each gallery is a mix of local, international and national artists from as far afield as the USA, Portugal and Swansea!
High Renaissance, Fran, ill joseph, Joshua Barber, Leanne Ellis, Motorboy, Pedro Matos, Ria Hill, Simon Riley and Tom Hine.
The period of expectant waiting and preparation will cease and commence simultaneously at 7 p.m. on Friday 4th December at the newly discovered and delightful ‘2° Degrees Gallery’, a new creative space situated in Montpelier, in the heart of Bristol’s creative quarter.

2 Degrees Gallery, 2 Picton Mews (right off of Picton Street), Montpelier BS6 5PB
Preview will be on Friday 4th December 6.30pm until 10pm.
Then open from the 5th to the 20th December
(Wed to Sun 11am until 7pm)

The day before, this Thursday, there’s a shorter show opening down at Hamilton House on Stokes Croft, from 1LoveArt. On from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th December, the whole thing then moves down to The Lanes down by Bridewell from the 12th December to the 12th Jaunary. Definitely ‘Urban’ art this one, if that’s your kind of thing, although there are a few writers in there amongst the stencils.

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Petro Show Video

Going to back date the photos from the Petro show at some point, so they’re on here as a record.

If you want a potted view of the whole show though, printing for it and painting at both Friend and Co Galleries, then check out this video, kindly sent over by Mr 45RPM.

Explains what all the shoe polish was about too…

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Wild Dayz Book By Beezer

More on this soon, but just a quick heads up. Just in case there’s not already enough going on on the 11th December, there’s a launch of a new book at the City Museum up by the Triangle.

It’s by Beezer, who was around the Bristol scene in the 1980’s, and had the good sense to take photos of everything whilst he was at it. Saw an annotated copy of the book a few weeks back, and it really is well done, tons of photos from around Bristol, Wild Bunch parties, St Pauls Carnival and even Glastonbury Festival.

The launch at the museum should be interesting, there’s a book signing, a showing of a specially commissioned film about the scene by Steve Haley. Looks like the museum’s started spending the money it said it was going to on ‘graffiti art’ a short while back, as two big new commissioned works by Inkie and Ian Dark are going to be on display too.

Being the museum, it’s an RSVP sort of affair, so email linda.bryant AT by Wednesday the 9th to go along.

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Sepr, Epok, Sepr, Out And About

Hoorah for a break in the sodding rain this weekend, and the chance to go and get some more photos. There’s not a lot of painting going on in this weather, but Sepr’s been sticking with it.

Here’s something from him and Epok down on Albert Park Place in Montpelier, an area that’s off the beaten track for this sort of thing a bit, but is well worth checking out.

Here’s a joiner by the man himself. Click for enlargementsomeness.

That one’s a couple of weeks old now, but this one’s more recent. Three days work, constantly dodging rain showers, but it’s turned out really well for it.

Bit closer on a sentiment we can all agree with.

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Secret Wars Bristol – The Result

So Secret Wars down at Blue Mountain last night. Bristol won with Andy Council monsters taking down Lorenzo’s St Stephen’s Tower, whilst the London lot took the piss out of Bristol as a place obsessed with Banksy and taking photos of graf. Touché.

The work’s top quality on both sides, but the London view of Bristol really raised a smile here certainly. What can they be trying to say about us bunch of shutterbug neeks…

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Stokes Croft China And Paint Experiment

When the flyer and the email for this came around, it looked like the sort of thing that might be a bit far out of the scope of the blog, despite it being put on by the PRSC folks.

As it turned out though, the Stokes Croft China show, which opened at the PRSC shop on Jamaica Street on Friday night, is actually pretty interesting.

Chris Chalkley of PRSC’s background is in the china and pottery trade, so it’s a natural progression for Stokes Croft China to be launched, a range of china and crockery items, all printed with different things related to the graf and arty goings on around Stokes Croft.

Here’s some of what’s there.

A huge load of ‘I love’ mugs…

With some familiar names.

Lots of other mugs too with images of work from around Stokes Croft over the last few years. Here’s some Dan ones…

…and this one, one of this blog’s personal Stokes Croft favourites from the last few years.

It’s not just mugs, why not treat yourself to a new, erm, toilet?

Or perhaps a Boswell plate?

The whole show’s properly presented, in display cabinets bought from Royal Worcester when it had a closing sale from a factory no less.

Here’s the logos…

…had thought thought put into them, a crown with ‘SCC’ for Stokes Croft China above.

It’s an interesting take on the work going on round Stokes Croft, and on until Christmas Eve, so have a wander down and judge for yourself if they’re fit to use the crown.

Incidentally, next weekend, there’s another ‘paint experiement’ going on. Must be 18 months or so ago now that Jamaica Street has a load of boards on it in front of the hostel with small pieces painted by lots of different folk. There’s going to be another one on the 5th and 6th December, here’s the idea.

Boards, canvas and other surfaces of various sizes will be provided and attached to the P.R.S.C’s Jamaica Street fence in Stokes Croft. Some painting materials will also be available – though contributions will be welcome – and anyone will be free to make an artwork on the 5th and 6th of December, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

After that, the works will remain on the Jamaica Street wall until sold, and as gaps appear, new boards will go up for painting.

So, if you’re looking for somewhere for a quick paint, wander down…

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Threenine On The Case

Spotted this on the Threenine blog the other day, someone’s managed to get the ‘Drawing the line’ video up on Youtube. For those that don’t know it, here’s Threenine’s take on it…

Drawing the line is an old documentary shown on the BBC documenting the police bust otherwise known as Operation Anderson which took place on the 20th March 1989 in which the homes of 72 suspected Graffiti writers were raided including that of the Barton Hill youth worker John Nation. The raids took place in Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff and at the time it was the biggest anti-graffiti operation in the history of British policing.

Have a wander over to their blog to check it out.

At the same time, worth mentioning that those chaps are getting in the Christmas spirit as well, and there’s a free copy of the excellent ‘Art and Sound of the Bristol Underground’ book for people as spend enough with them for the next couple of weeks. More detail on it here…

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