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Posts Tagged ‘bristol’

Birth-day – a participatory drawing project by Sam Winston to commemorate births and deaths as they happen

Birth-day by Sam Winston is co-presented by Antlers Gallery and Mayfest Bristol as part of Bristol 2015 Lab.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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This exciting participatory drawing and storytelling project features artwork made up of large-scale drawings that commemorate the births and deaths that are happening across the world everyday. Birth-day is the brain child of artist Sam Winston, and is co-presented by Antlers Gallery and Mayfest for the Bristol 2015 Lab.

'By the time you’ve read this sentence three people have been born into the world.
By the time you’ve read this sentence two will have passed away.
By the time you’ve lived through this half-day there will be 183,600 more children on the planet.
And in the same twelve hours 77,760 people will have passed away.'


Members of the public will collaborate by drawing circles alongside the artist to remember people they know then register their names in writing on a separate board, building into large collective drawings. Sam Winston will be on hand to talk to people and guide them in their contribution to the project. Visitors can just turn up to contribute… read more

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New Music: Isolde introduces debut EP Seed Bud Bloom

New kid on the block, Isolde, introduces her debut EP, a dreamy collage of found sounds and surreal stories.

Written by Gemma Dietrich

Bristol based Isolde releases her debut EP Seed Bud Bloom this May. The talented woman behind the dreamy pop, toytronica is much more than your average singer-songwriter. Collecting and then […]

Slo Light: an interview with Neil Davidge

Acclaimed Bristol based producer Neil Davidge talks about the making of his debut album, featuring many wonderful collaborations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Neil Davidge by Gemma Cotterell. Bristol based producer Neil Davidge has worked with the likes of Sandie Shaw, Cate Le Bon, Karima Francis and many others to produce a stunning […]

Review of Vault at The Old Vic Tunnels: Don’t Stray From The Path and The Furies

Heritage Arts has programmed a three week run of new theatre in the latest part of The Old Vic Tunnels to be opened to the public. Here I review two very different shows from the opening night.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Wonder Club. All photography by Amelia Gregory. The dank brick arches beneath Waterloo have become something of a a destination du jour, thanks to The Old Vic‘s requisitioning of […]

An interview with Cat of Howkapow!

I had a chat with Cat, of Rog and Cat, of Howkapow: purveyors of all things bright and beautiful. We talk about how the husband-and-wife team started, how they deal with working with each other EVERY DAY, and how they select their unique ensemble of new creatives…

Written by Matt Bramford

Illustration by Gareth A Hopkins Amelia met a whole load of creatives during her recent ACOFI book tour – illustrators, designers and makers. It was at Soma in Bristol that […]

The ACOFI Book Tour: visiting The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh

I gave my talk at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh on Tuesday 17th May and there was a really wonderful turn out of inspiring local creatives... read on to find out how it went and for information on a very special offer.

Written by Amelia Gregory

On Tuesday I hit the second date of my ACOFI Book Tour, this time at the rather wonderful Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. I chat with super friendly bookshop guru Matthew […]

Announcing: The ACOFI Book Tour. Please join me as I visit some of the UK’s best design shops!

On Tues 10th May I set off on a tour of some of the UK's best art and design shops. I'll be book-ending the tour with 24 Hour Crits at the two London Tatty Devine shops, and I'll also be visiting The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Castor and Pollux in Brighton, Comma in Oxford and Soma Gallery in Bristol.

Written by Amelia Gregory

ACOFI at the Forward PR press day in March. WOO HOOO Grafik magazine have beaten me to an official announcement of dates for my ACOFI Book Tour. But here’s everything […]

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Music: Album Review, Lia Ices

From Brooklyn, New York, classically trained, graceful, haunting and magical. Her voice is an instrument that she uses to mesmerising affect. Lia Ices' album; Grown Unknown, is out now.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Avril Kelly If I lived alone in a dark stone castle, I would make it a priority to listen to Lia Ices. Her notes would float around the […]

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Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal – A Documentary by Naomi Smyth

An interview with the lady behind the camera, on the circus that occupies unused buildings around the city of Bristol and brings the community together through breathtaking artistic, sensory liberation! From small shows and squatting, to the enormous CarnyVille, and going 'legit'; the Invisible Circus are something else.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gemma Milly I’m reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen at the moment. It’s a book about the train travelling circus, set in prohibition era America. The story […]

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Live Music Review: The Unthanks; The Arnolfini, Bristol – March 21st

It was fitting that they transformed their faces to serious and focused, when the first notes were hit. They were deep in the hills of the North of England, singing of shutting the coal door, not in a dark, hot building by the Avon River.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Rob Fuzzard They are wearing dresses that look like fresh versions of the past. And their hair is worn long and embracing of its natural waves and kinks. […]

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Meet Nicholas Stevenson: the friendly songwriter and illustrator from the North Pole…

Splendid music, fantastical and dreamy illustrations - and the North Pole? Let's have a cup of tea and chat about this Nicholas.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gemma Milly Nicholas sent me his CD and tape, accompanied by a lovely letter about living and musing about in Bristol. One of my favourite pastimes – we […]

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Jena.Theo (by Helen)

Charcoals and creams dominated these urban looks - yet I managed to imagine them on a wild weather enduring ship.

Written by Helen Martin

Jena.Theo LFW A/W 2011, Illustration by Karina Yarv I was ushered in through the door by a geezer of a Londoner chap, straight through to a high heeled officious lady. […]

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Live Review: Smoke Fairies and Sea of Bees at The Fleece, Bristol

Smoke Fairies are all ethereal, moody blues/folk, whilst Californian, Sea of Bees' sound is sweet and wistful. A mighty mid-week treat to see them both play on one blustery night in February.

Written by Helen Martin

Smoke Fairies Illustration by Alice Potter The violinist comes on stage. He’s very tall and his tailcoat, wide tie and long hair and mostasche are how I consider a more […]

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Music Review: Francois and The Atlas Mountains

Ah Francois! A musical Frenchman with arts skills. His music is much like a French film; serious, yet comical, lighthearted but deep - and full of LOVE. Pow!

Written by Helen Martin

Francois Marry by Jenny Lloyd It’s not just because my cat is called Francois. This French musician is très bon. Francois Marry, aka Francois and The Atlas Mountains, is a […]

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Martha Tilston, A Musical Goddess

She grew up surrounded by folk legends, art, and theatre from England and Ireland. It all mixed up to create Martha: An earthy lady who sings like a heavenly bird and paints like a dream. She's touring in May, so do read on.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Gareth A Hopkins If you’re feeling a bit delicate and would quite like to be wafted by a soft feathery fan type device, as you contemplate, Martha Tilston […]

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Bellowhead Live Performance Review

On their first night of their November tour, I join the mighty Bellowhead for a charming evening of joy inducing hardcore folk.

Written by Helen Martin

On their first night of their November tour, I join the mighty Bellowhead for a charming evening of joy inducing hardcore folk.

Beautiful Freaks: an interview with ceramicist Sophie Woodrow

Bristolian ceramicist Sophie Woodrow makes hybrid porcelain figures that are as beguiling as they are bonkers.

Written by Ursula Glitch

Photograph by Ben Dowden. All photographs courtesy of Sophie Woodrow. Have you ever caught sight of something out of the corner of your eye and mistaken it for something quite […]

This Is The Kit: Wriggle Out the Restless – Album Review

Beautiful Bristol and Paris based band This is the Kit features the dulcet tones of Kate Stables. Luscious stuff.

Written by Helen Martin

I’ve always loved France, harbouring an intention to learn the French lingo for many years. I’m not being frivolous, I can assure you. I am able to testify to my […]

Festival Review: Aeon 2010

Devon's beautiful festival, Aeon, enjoyed its fifth year over the Bank Holiday weekend…

Written by Faye West

Sports Day, illustrated by Faye West After a hurried fish ‘n’ chip supper by the Quay near where I work on Friday evening, I enjoyed my hours’ journey to Shobrook […]

Squatting in the Community: Bristol’s Factory Reoccupied

A commitment to rent-free space for social projects gets the Factory in Bristol up and running.

Written by Amelia Wells

Who really owns land? This is a question I find myself asking more and more, recently. How can anyone own land? We’ve all seen Pocahontas (and if you haven’t, then […]