Andy Holden at Spike Island (Bristol Arts Weekend!)

Last weekend saw individual artists, galleries and all manner of creative endeavours open their doors to the public.  It was a weekend designed to encourage public participation and dialogue between the cities artists and galleries - a lot of fun to be a part of! For me, it started with the Andy Holden Opening at … Continue reading Andy Holden at Spike Island (Bristol Arts Weekend!)

The City Of Briswool

Really fun Bristol project, check it out – and help out if you can!

Knit Stitch Sew

Regular readers will remember reading about an incredible woolly project being run in my town of Bristol, by art shop Paper Village called BrisWool.

The ambition was to re-create a model of Bristol and all it’s iconic landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain and the Balloon Festival entirely out of knit, crochet and needlefelt. The initial idea was  proposed by Alison Pigeon , a customer of Paper Village and has been led by artist Vicky Harrison, Director of Paper Village Arts  and has engaged people across the city.

Briswool-Clifton-Suspension-Bridge

Over 90 people across the city have been involved and has relied on mostly  on donations of wool and volunteer effort. 

Local film director, Matt Freeth is making City of BRISWOOL the film, a short insightful documentary about Bristol, it’s people, it’s sounds and knitting.

The model will be displayed in Paper Village at 200 North street…

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Success in Failure: Art in the City – Bristol Artist Talks

Simon and Tom Bloor A few days ago, I was lucky to attend a talk (hosted by Arnolfini), given by the artists Simon and Tom Bloor, two brothers (and identical twins) from Birmingham, on their recent work.  The Bloor brothers primarily deal with sculpture – on a large scale – often directly placed into the … Continue reading Success in Failure: Art in the City – Bristol Artist Talks

Is it Istanbul or Constantinople, or Spike Island?

Alt Üst: Cevdet Erek I was very excited to see Spike Island’s latest exhibition - Alt Üst, from the Istanbul based artist, Cevdet Erek.  This excitement was prompted by my recent trip to Turkey’s cultural capital; a bustling, pulsing, changeable and exhilarating city.  Arriving in Taksim square, navigating the hectic Istiklal street to my apartment, … Continue reading Is it Istanbul or Constantinople, or Spike Island?

This is all owned by you – Exploring Bristol Library

To celebrate 400 years of Bristol libraries, and to coincide with national libraries day, Bristol Central Library hosted a ‘behind the scenes’ tour at their beautiful building on College Green. Rusty Squid’s animatronic ‘Book Hive’ (discussed in previous post, ABC: Art, Books and Curious Cats) was still fluttering, shimmering and swarming in the entrance foyer, … Continue reading This is all owned by you – Exploring Bristol Library