I had a fantastic day out with my brother’s family at the Explore Center in Bristol. It’s so interactive and playful, and the observatory show was great, I finally can name some of the stars! I brought my camera and photographed some quite strange things during my visit; views in mirrors and through microscopes. Button-pressing, long exposure in the fiber optic lights, virtual volleyball and a face in a machine.
Wow I had a great night out last night. Carny Ville is a ‘circus theatre extravaganza’ and I was on of the lucky ones who could manage to get a ticket for the sold out show. The Invisible Circus and Art Space Life Space have transformed the Old Fire Station for the last time to create what feels like a circus village and reminded me of visiting Universal Studios when I was little.
There were 350 performers and apparently only 1000 tickets were on sale. All kinds of things were going on; tours of the police cells, Portrait photography, tightrope action, amazing live music played from a prison cell in the sky, silly dancing, a sit-down theatre, Carny Ville shops, everything… It was a real experience, I want to go again! They have just announced another weekend’s dates – the 2nd and 3rd October. the tickets are not yet sold out, but will be, so move fast! Book tickets here
Oh and everyone was in fabulous fancy dress. I felt like I was in a time warp.
In their words: “The spectacle inhabits every aspect and environ of the site with interactive installations and performances ongoing through out the evening from dizzying high wire walkers across the gaping yard space to twisted sideshows, huge Fire spectacles and flame breathing lamp posts alongside an army of deranged walkabout characters who inhabit this bizarre other world.”
Here are some pictures from Barfoot and Duggan’s exhibition preparation. We’re displaying the lists hung from thread from the tall ceilings of Centrespace Gallery, Bristol. And also inside a canopy. There are articles on the walls and displayed on plinths; letters from list donors (including letters of ‘no donation’ from the Queen, Prince Charles and Armando Iannucci.) We will be asking for list donations throughout the week of the exhibition, to add to the show.
‘There’s More to Life Than Lists’ is going to be a featured exhibition in the ‘Spotlight’ section of the October issue of A-N Magazine. How exciting! I’m predicting lots of people through the doors of Centrespace!
I went to the Supertoys exhibition at Arnolfini for the second time this Friday with my family. There is a workshop where you can take apart old toys and make them into hybrid new ones. Amazing. Crab-Girl is mine and Dino-Scull is my nephew Ben’s.
Finally, i have decided to get a studio! This may not look like much, but once i lay some white lino flooring down, put some shelves up and get my stuff in there, it will be just the kind of space I need! This is so exciting! It’s in Stokes Croft Studios, right in the center of it all. Shared with lovely people too. I move in tomorrow!
I am working on the things I’m going to sell at Carboot Circus. So much to make, and it’s limitless – I can make as much or as little as I like. Feeling like this is not the thing i want to be making, but knowing that it’s not far off.
The aesthetic is simple, but i am keeping to the three important elements of the things I make;
- Accumulation obsession
- Color importance
- Labour intensity
So that’s good! Thinking about studiospaces – There are possibilities of finding a free one here in Bristol, run down buildings and disused basements. If i had the space, i would make the big, messy and scary things.
Last night was the Knees Up at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, they were raising money towards a community arts center. It was fantastic, so nice to be out in the City with nice company and lots of friendly people. Amazing music by Kasai Masai (Listen to ‘Yumbiana’)
“You will feel the music oozing through your veins, pumping a rhythmic African beat through your body. Hence, the audience find themselves on their feet, moving toward the dance floor on an uncontrollable shaking of their hips.”
That happened, it’s true! I don’t remember the last time that i was in an atmospheric location stuffed with people all dancing together and loving the music. It was ace!
I wrote my new years resolutions early last night. Today was the first day of the rest of my life, and it feels good. up at 07.30, spent an hour writing in my diary and visualising the day ahead. Then i went to THE GYM and loved it, and this afternoon i walked for an hour around Gloucester/Cheltenham road taking in everything and really enjoying myself.
I met a nice lady called Lucy today, and infact i met another Lucy, and mistook her for the Lucy i was meeting. We met to swap shopping lists and things to do lists and had a lovely chat. She mentioned morning pages which is something i have forgotten about. Think i’ll start doing that.
AND my commitment to being an artist is obviously working because today, unlike ever before, i recieved TWO invitations to be exhibited. How great is that! I have lots of work to do and it’s exciting.
So the first creative venture i went on since moving to Bristol was to paint a mural on someone’s garden wall. It felt great to be back into it, and I am so pleased with how it looks. I’m thinking that this may be the start of something – i would love to continue painting murals. it’s not quite the ‘real’ stuff – as in the things i was doing during my degree, but that’s OK, it’s nice to be simple and just focus on aesthetics, which is a big focus of my work really. There is more to come – i was taking a few pictures on my tripod, so i am thinking of making a little animation of the process.