Category Archives: Andy Council

New Weapon Of Choice Magazine Out Now

…and it’s free to boot. With interviews with Andy Council, Acerone and lots of other goodness, have a wander over to the Weapon of Choice site to download yours now, or read it online indeed.

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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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Secret Wars Bristol – Saturday Night

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So, Secret Wars is rolling into town tomorrow night. It’s been an odd one this a bit, info on it’s been light on the ground until late in the day, and lots of people you’d think would have heard about it don’t seem to have done, so not sure how ‘graffy’ it’s going to be.

It’s at Blue Mountain on Saturday night though, and the info they’re putting out on Facebook promises a lot, so who knows?

Secret Wars has finally arrived in Bristol town. We wanted to do this right and give everyone in Bristol something to shout about.

The same rules apply, you know the format by now. 90 minutes on the clock, black edding pens, go big or go home….standard.

We’ve got a great line up, which will be announced closer to the time. So keep checking the site,

Richard Ashworth and Mark Anthony are dealing with the music supply on both floors of the Blue Mountain Club. There’s going to be a load of blank boards set up around the place for all you budding artists.

Remember, Secret Wars is launching a euro league in 2010 and we’re scouting for artists to represent Bristol. So this is your chance to get yourself and your work out there.

It’s a battle style format, as they say

The Secret Wars concept is a one on one art battle between two artists using black marker pens on a white [battle ground] board. The idea being to out draw and humiliate your opponents character/city/crew/logo

Representing London are Disco Teck and Mr Gauky, whilst representing Bristol are Andy Council and Lorenzo. Which in the context of the above seems a bit odd in a way, as at least one of those two would be the first to admit he’s not a battling writer.

That said, rather than a one off thing, it looks like the event’s going to be;

a showcase event (to) give artists and public an opportunity to understand the secret wars concept and find out about the Bristol team selection process.

So it’s not the main thing then, more something to get people knowing about and interested in the chance to apply to be in the Bristol team for the Secret Wars events coming up across Europe.

So, it’s Blue Mountain, there’s painting, music and a bar, and sounds like you can have a paint too if you fancy. Definitely worth wandering down to, not least for the sight of the ever illin’ Andy Council battling to burn someone else’s crew to a soundtrack of phat beats.

Worth getting in touch with them if you fancy representing Bristol across Europe too it seems.

Will be interested to see what happens on the night.


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Massive Mayfair Pop Up Show By Inkie

One of the things to look forward to this time of year, is small short run group shows and galleries popping up to bring a bit of festive cheer and make christmas shopping that little bit easier.

The one with the biggest line-up announced so far is coming up in a couple of weeks and being put together by the indomitable Inkie.

For those with screen readers, it’s running in Mayfair for a short time only, 8th to 12th of December, and the line up includes;

Goldie, Shoe, Inkie, Eine, She One, Mysterious Al, Sickboy, Insa, Zeus, Hush, MauMau, Kid Acne, Steff Plaetz, Shazer, Chu, Shok1, Xenz, RYCA, David Walker, China Mike, Part2ism, Ben Allen, Andy Council, Pure Evil, George Morton Clark, Milk, Dora and Don.

A biggy then, if you fancy getting in for the private view, email

There are a good few other shows coming up over the next month too here in Bristol, more on that soon…

As ever, this isn’t Inkie’s only thing coming up by a long way, here’s the man’s public calendar for the next few months…

Upcoming events:
Nov 26th: Assembly – Notting Hill
Dec 8th-13th: Group Show & Pop Up Shop – Mayfair
Dec 11th: Group Show – Friend & Co – Bristol
Feb 25th: Inkies Charity Auction Dinner @ The Paradise
March: Solo Show – Stockholm TBC
March: Sydney / Melbourne TBC
April: Solo Show – London
May: Solo Show @ Bristol-Lisboa Gallery – Lisbon
May: Solo Show – Tokyo

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Slight Return With A Few Shows

As happens occasionally, real life has got in the way of blogging. Sorry about that, doubly annoying as there’s lots of good stuff on at the moment.


First up, the Burning Candy show opens tonight down at the Emporium on Stokes Croft. Should be great, and alongside it, the building next to Metropolis on Cheltenham Road has just has a load of scaffolding and sheeting removed to reveal a huge Burning Candy production over the whole thing. Looks great, but can’t find any photos on the web as yet, so if someone happens to get some and wants to send them in, that would be very cool indeed.


If you fancy something on more of an arty tip this evening though, then Andy Council’s doing a talk about his work down at the Watershed tonight, which should be pretty darn interesting.


Looking ahead a bit further, Acer’s keeping on a roll, and has got a photography show organised at the Golden Lion further up the Gloucester Road with Okermedia.

It opens this Saturday (7th November) with free entry and music from saxaphonist James Morton (collaborator with peewee ellis and fred wesley of the JBs), so should be a top night all round.

More blogging soon. Promise. In the meantime, if anyone’s got stuff they want blogging, do send it on it.

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Weapon Of Choice Magazine Launch Party Tonight


It’s been online for a short while now, but tonight’s the formal launch party for Weapon of Choice magazine, a new venture from the good people at WOC. Here’s the chat…

Though the magazine has been in circulation and available online, we thought we’d host a little party at the WoC Gallery in celebration of launching this new Bristol arts magazine.

With live painting from some of the magazines featured artist’s such as ANDY COUNCIL, DYLAN SHIPLEY & LORENZO! And of course your chance to pick up your free copy of Issue 1

Issue 1 includes artwork from: SickBoy, Stanley Donwood, Lokey, Dylan Shipley, Soker, Turroe, Eko, JODY, DORA, 45rpm, Haka & many more…

ALSO interviews with Task Force, Epok & Sepr, Nikill AND… Design and WIN your own pair of Pumas

It’s just up the road from the new Friend and Co place too of course, so it’s party central down St Michael’s Hill/Park Row way this evening. If you want to have a read of the magazine online beforehand, then you can download a copy here.

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Get Dring Mobile – The Photos

Top night down at Paintworks last night for the Get Dring Mobile auction, some great live painting outside, great music and a whole lot of bidding for a great guy. Well, bidding for art to raise money for a great guy, Mike himself of course not being for sale.

It was interesting to see how the bidding went. Some pieces were an absolute steal, other went for far more than you would ever have thought. As a wise man put it last night, ‘a picture’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it’. Stencil work still seems to be very much in fashion with the buyerati, wonder how much longer that will last.

In total, the auction raised something like £24,500, before you count in the bar receipts, pieces that sold outside of the auction and all sorts. So well on the way to getting Mike’s car sorted then, awesome stuff.

There’s more to come still too, lots of pieces left to be sold on Ebay very soon, including a lovely Will Barras that lots of people were coveting last night, so keep an eye out.

Here’s some photos from it all then, the live painting as it went along, and the works inside the auction as well.

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Friend And Co Shows And News And That

Bit more event news for you, this time from the ever on form Friend and Co Gallery.

Tonight sees the opening of a new show by Russel ‘Gasface’ Maurice, 7:30pm opening, beer and merriment as usual!

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Then next week (Thursday 27th August), there’s another of their shows south of the river at the Spotted Cow in Bedminster. Last one was a cracker, and a really fun venue too, so well worth heading down to for a pint or two. Huge list of names for it too…

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Then, in early October, Bristol’s, and possibly the world’s, smallest art gallery comes to an end! Not that they’re closing, but that they’re off to a larger and more central venue, opening with a group show of Eine, Mr Jago, Mudwig, Will Barras and Xenz.


Nurse, the screens!

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Get Dring Mobile – The Auction

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You may have heard of this by now, but if not you should do. There’s a charity fundraising drive going on at the moment called ‘Get Dring Mobile’, which is aiming to raise enough money to sort the legendary Mike Dring of Art-el fame out with a a modified vehicle he can drive himself. For those as don’t know, here’s the backstory from the fundraising website;

Michael Dring was 23 years old when he broke his neck in a road traffic accident, resulting in paralysis from the upper chest down – medically he is classified as having a complete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) resulting in Tetraplegia (level C6).   Between April 2009 and April 2010, friends and family of Michael are attempting to raise money to put towards the purchase of an adapted car which will enable him to drive independently.

Being the kind of bloke he is, this isn’t just about Mike either;

Any additional funds raised over and above the amount needed will be either donated to Salisbury Spinal Unit or go towards a lasting legacy of this project.  Michael has been so inspired by this initiative that currently he is exploring the possibility of setting up an official charity in order to help other people regain any loss of independence due to SCI.  If Michael succeeds in setting up this charity any additional funds will go towards this charity which will assist others to afford hand controls or vehicle adaptations.

So, lots of stuff going on as a fundraiser, but one element of it, natch, is raising funds through grafurbanstreet art. A call was put out for people to donate pieces to a fundraising auction which has had a huge response, so they’re now going to be holding the thing down at Paintworks, viewing of the pieces on the 14th and 15th of October 2009, with the auction starting at 7pm on the 15th. Get down there early on the 15th though, as there’s going to be music and live painting from 4pm, with Inkie and Mr Jago just some of the names confirmed so far.

If you’ve got a piece you’d like to donate to the auction then there’s still plenty of time. The line up’s pretty special already.

Mr Jago
China Mike
Rourke Vandal
Will Barras
Levi C
James Baker
Angel 41
Dan Kitchener
Ripper 1331
Ill Joseph
Carrie Reichardt aka The Baroness
Nick Walker
Damon Ginandes
K Guy
Ben Allen
Brian Jones
Tom Hine
Guy Mckinley
Andy Council
Ria Hill
Pam Glew
Guy Denning
Mau Mau
Simon Riley
Agent Provocateur
Oliver Winconek
Jef Aersol
Crazy Jake
Ian Francis
Rene Gagnon
Dan Baldwin
Acer One

There’s loads of other fundraising stuff going on too, and this bit should be a great event for an extremely worthy cause. The only thing to work out now is how to stop Mike bidding on the pieces himself.

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Friend And Co Show At The Spotted Cow – Photos

Really good night down the Friend and Co show down the  Spotted Cow in Bedminster last night. Loads of people, lots of chat and a load of stuff to look at too. Loads sold as well apparently, which is interesting when everyone’s meant to be worrying about their money.

Here’s a gallery of most of the bits there.

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