Another Threenine exhibition down at the Severnshed, this time Cheo and Soker putting something together together. Should be tidy, and interesting to see the Severnshed coming back into use as a graf exhibition venue too, given its history an all…
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Not a lot of people know, but Bower Ashton campus of UWE has a fair old history in the world of Bristol graffiti. Lots of well known writers have passed through its doors over the last few years, in fact for some it’s the reason they came to Bristol in the first place. Well, if not the reason, then perhaps the justification…
Just one example of it, courtesy of Neil, the back wall of the bar there painted by Sickboy back in 2000 or so. Early as you like.
So, from the good people that brought you the ‘Not Just Banksy’ event a while back, and co-inciding with Fresher’s Week, a large paint jam’s been organised down there for next Tuesday (22nd September). Here’s the chat;
Bower Ashton Paint Jam
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
12:00 – 5pm ish
FLX – SEPR – LOKEY – SOKER
Iria – Kitt – Zier – Tribe One – Stove – Jedi One – Goe – Midas
And some surprise guests
Turntable Tuesday DJs in the bar.
Wouldn’t be a student event if it wasn’t being organised through Facebook, so check it out for more over there. If you want to see some of what happened at the last one, auntie beeb has some footage here. Otherwise head down to Kennel Lodge Road at the bottom of Ashton Court a week today.
It’s the Bristol Festival next weekend, promising to be as good as last years, and this time without the doubters. One change from last year though, whilst there’s going to be loads of painted boards up around the site, the council aren’t letting them paint them on site. Tagging on the floor last time apparently, even though none of the taggers were people who were painting the boards, so hard to see how it’s connected really.
Real shame that, there was a great atmosphere down there in the week running up to the festival, everyone hanging out and painting together created something really special. Still though, not to be beaten, the boards are being painted down in the south of the city as people have time. Meant to get down there last weekend but spectacularly failed, so thankfully Jon Davey‘s been down for some snaps…
…and another of his panoramas.
All looking good from the photos, and if this blog were Huggy Bear, word on the street is that there are some other pretty spectacular pieces already done as well. Look forward to seeing them…
When Children of the Can came out, the massive length of boards in front of the industrial museum development were finally painted, having sat there unpainted for too long. That was a while back now though, so last weekend they got a fresh coat of paint from more of Bristol’s great and good. All done in conjunction with the museum, who are going to have a bit of a display about it when it finally opens to boot.
Some really nice work done, of all sorts of styles, and the usual ‘queuing to take photos’ thing going on earlier today. Here’s some results…
Thanks to Jer Forceone for the detail on some of the names!
Lakota was a really big club back in the day, so many huge events there, and billed on a national level with Cream, Turnmills, etc. Despite one or two biggies now and again (the Banksy Museum Show afterparty was there a few months back, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and all), it’s not been what it was for a few years now, and it came close to being pulled down for yet more of the ‘luxury executive flats’ that this city so clearly needs.
Seems that’s still a possibility, but it’s on the backburner now, as there’s a new lease in place for a couple more years. So, given what it used to be, the owners have decided to do the place up, put in brand new toilets, rip out the stage, and get a tidy new paint job to go over the flaking Paris and Eco work that was there (and had lasted 10 years or so to be fair).
So, the weekend saw a massive new work going up on it, Cheo getting his bit done on Friday, then Flx, Soker, Jody, Sepr, Epok and 3Dom coming down Saturday onwards.
It’s still not done now, there’s talk of more people being lined up to come along, and there may be some tidying to do here and there. But here’s a bit of a gallery of the weekend’s painting (and the one bit of graf they’ve left inside the now repainted club, a couple of old Ghostboy stencils).
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.
Carrie Reichardt aka The Baroness
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.
So, Upfest today then, that odd egalitarian mix of people painting, from people fairly new to basic stenciling to some of the biggest names, certainly in Bristol, over the last 20 years or more.
Was a fun day, tons going on, and there will be photos from it all over the web anyway. In some places the only people not painting were those taking photos of people painting. So, this blog just concentrated on Bristol related people, and in some of the less popular spots a bit too. One of the good things about this year was the number of different places to paint, from the Tobacco Factory itself, to a disused garage nearby, to a pub and some boards put up alongside the new cut, complete with occasional steam train.
Here’s some of what went on (if you click on the picture twice you get biggerness)
Some work’s not finished yet (there was still a load of unpainted board by the river towards the end of the day for one), and some pieces are well worth going back to get finished photos for. Possibly more soon then…