The Story of Gelert || How to make a tent

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Initially the group began with the idea of Welsh folk stories, which we were interested in because of the way that they are communicated. These stories were only passed by word of mouth, and have only been recorded in modern times.


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Buying fabric, and constructing the tent in Gallery 1, Arnolfini


The group explored these stories, becoming attached to ‘The story of Gelert’ and the Welsh language, mainly its translation and mistranslation into English and other languages. This lead us to explore translation, which became the centre of the project.

The group wanted to create a den or tent like space to present the story, as we felt that this was the perfect storytelling environment.

After we had decided on creating a tent space, we were given found footage of a family putting up a tent. This coincidence re-affirmed our tent concept, and became a really important part of the work.


The story of Gelert continues to be an integral part of the work and its creation.


Eden 4 Artist Lab Finishing Party

Art, Artist, Arts, Bristol, Drawing, Events, Exhibition, Launch, Painting

A few weeks ago I had the delight of attending Eden 4’s Artist Lab Finishing Party, and thought I would share some of the exciting work created during their week-long residency at Centrespace gallery.

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Rosie Dolton, Beckie Upton, Rachel Falber and Amy Higgins are four female artists from the south west who form the collective Eden 4.

Eden 4 aim to explore the darker symbolism behind fairy tales, myth and religion within their work, and it is evident in the work of Amy Higgins and Rachel Falber that they take inspiration from Greek mythology and Grimms’ fairy tales.

On the group’s website they write:

“We propose to make installations, drawings, sculpture and embroidery based on ideas which will challenge the viewers traditional ideas of ‘Happily ever after’.”

It is this variety of work, and the assortment of textures and materials used by the artists that create visual excitement within the space.

The work on paper is sometimes on scrap material or card, and sometimes on pristine watercolour paper. This is altered in Rosie Dolton’s textile work, which sometimes mimics a drawing, where the thread becomes the line of the pencil.

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Eden 4 run projects and workshops, and in this exhibition were able to invite the public to have an exclusive look at the artists’ workspace, to see how the work is made and the processes behind its production.

It is in the opportunity to look at artists creating art that the boundaries are broken between the gallery space (and resolved work) and the artist’s studio. Creation is undoubtedly the most important part of the artwork, but is left out of the gallery space, with artist’s studios and gallery spaces being almost polar opposites.

In each of the works presented in the space composition is an important aspect of them all. Each artist has made careful aesthetic judgements ranging from colour to how the work is arranged in the space.

The references the female body, sometimes spliced with animal parts or bird skulls that become new mythological creatures, are prominent, and become the most noticeable subject in the collection of work. The spliced animal drawings of Amy Higgins create a female Minotaur, which subverts the Greek Myth of the male Minotaur unnatural offspring of a woman and a beast.

Sometimes exploring the female body in their work, Rosie Dolton and Beckie Upton Both use text and incorporate slogans, borrowing the aesthetic of fashion magazines, using phrases such as lecherous which confronts the viewer and forces them to question the male gaze and the sexualised imagery seen in the media.

There are strong feminist undertones in every artist of Eden 4, which become more powerful when brought together as a collective.

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I hope you’re not hungry…

Art, Artist, Arts, Inspirational, Nature, Painting

…because I’m about to bridge the line between food and art!

I was amazed to stumble across the work of Hasan Kale who creates micro paintings on food!


Using Smarties, bread sticks, nuts and chocolate (to name a few) as his canvas, he works to the tiniest scale. Yet even though he is painting on only a few centimeters, he can still create art that’s awe-inspiring.

He uses a brush that’s so small it can paint these intricate details that you wouldn’t have realised it was possible to paint! You’ve got to wonder how much work goes into something so small…

And for some seconds?

Check out the work of Carl Warner, who creates what he calls “Foodscapes”


Entire scenes made completely out of food! I love how he uses things like broccoli to symbolise trees as it reminds me of when I was young and used to think of them as exactly that – little trees! I think its really clever what he’s done and its interesting looking at the scenes, trying to spot the different food he’s used to create his landscapes!

Time for lunch I think!

Thanks for reading,

rifeWhen: Wed 18th of June 2014

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Where: Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol, United Kingdom


Since February I’ve been part of Talent Lab, a Bristol-based group of 23 creatives formed by the collaboration of Watershed and award-winning creative agency, Latimer. We were commissioned by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council to shape an online platform for Bristol’s youth with an eagerness to create content for the youth by the youth. Thankfully this meant goodbye to all things stereotypically appeasing to us, the youth, like the horrid cliché that was the Go Places Do Things graffiti font. Bless their souls, they kind of tried.

Bristol Talent Lab

So where did we go from there? Rife, baby. Well, a nameless Rife magazine. We knew exactly what we wanted but it took much longer to finally figure out a name. How does ‘rife’ feel on your tongue? Kind of funny? It takes a few attempts getting used to it but it’s a grower. After months of hard work building up content by the core Rife team, as a digital phoenix our baby has risen out of the cliché ashes with some stories going viral and over 10,000 unique site views in less than a month …and we are not even officially launched yet!

With just over 24 hours to go before the Rife Live Launch excitement and anxiety seems to have dangerously merged.

But that’s not stopping us because Rife is yours – all you bloggers, vloggers, photographers, writers, budding journalists, aspiring editors, ranters, reviewers, tweeters, Facebook fanatics, Tumblr scrollers, filmmakers, comedians, storytellers, cartoonists, graphic designers or simply good at generating good ideas. With so much to offer on the night; from making your own gifs, telling us what Grinds Your Gears, pitching ideas for Rife to our team, networking with industry professionals (LatimerClockwise Media amongst others) and listening to acclaimed creator of The Hip Hop Shakespeare CompanyAkala; all we ask is that you RSVP to to confirm your place*.

AND if that’s still not exciting enough, through getting involved you can get media training, mentoring, access to equipment, industry links and profile. So even if you can’t make the 18th Rife magazine still wants you! Check out to find out how you can still get involved.

I hope I’ll be seeing you there – look out for the girl with the R-shaped earrings!


*doors open at 5:45 to those who have RSVP’d and by 5:50/55pm any unclaimed RSVP’d spaces are then opened up to the public with a first come first serve system.

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Body Language – The Saatchi Gallery

Exhibition, Installation, Painting, Photography, sculpture, Uncategorized


I spent the last weekend up in london and had a free day, so I did what I always do when I have a free day in London, I went to visit some galleries. I decided to start at the Saatci Gallery because I liked the look of their new exhibition, Body Language.

On arriving to the Saatchi I was annoyed by the usual things, having to pay for a guide, strange layout of the building etc… All was forgotten quickly though. The exhibition itself seems to centre on the ways people are portrayed and the ways in which we like to portray ourselves.


Going from gallery to gallery I was confronted by the eclectic mix of styles I have come to expect from the Saatchi Gallery; ranging from humorous sculptures to vibrant paintings and haunting wooden gravestones. The thing with what’s shown at the Saachi is that, at the same time as covering a massive spectrum of ideas and processes, it still manages to hold classic roots. Painting, sculpture and photography.

Starting in gallery one and slowly trying to make my way numerically though the exhibition spaces, however difficult it may be, I found that the exhibition started somewhat lacklustre. Walls of paintings on paintings in a loose style which try to grasp as much meaning as possible. However, there were some interesting images. I came upon the work of the Japanese painter Makiko Kudo. Surreal colourful landscapes with manga style characters painted into and across them. As I looked at the images it started to remind me of being a child and loosing myself in comics and video games. Creating a fantasy world in which you can be whoever you wish. Your image is yours to create.


I think for me the star of the show was the work of Denis Tarasov, a Russian photographer who takes images of gravestones with pictures of the deceased carved onto them. What I found so interesting about this is, when looking at each person you can get an idea of who they might have been, or at least who they wanted you to think they were. Clearly the people immortalised in expensive stones were of a certain wealth. Some graves boasted this with gold inlays and pictures of their cars and castles, and some played it down. A humble looking woman standing in front of a landscape doesn’t her wealth but rather her power as she appears taller than even mountains. All of these graves acted as a strange neo-egyptican burial tradition, leaving this world with all the things that you believe make you strong and impressive, on a plaque for everyone to see.

Tarasov’s work there was in the gallery with the installation work by Marianne Vitale which echos the photos as well as juxtaposing them. The wooden graves taken from lumberyards act as a physical memories of the factories or warehouses the wood was reclaimed from. The scarring, knocks and cuts across the timber show as battle scars and time marks from their previous lives. The humble wooden graves symbolising the previous jobs and lives offset the high quality prints of egotistical burial markers.

All in all I would say that I definitely enjoyed my visit to the Saatchi Gallery and want to thank the stewards for giving me invaluable insight to the work.

Thanks for reading.

Charlie CT

YA Exhibition at The Station

Station Exhibition – Perfectionism

Bristol, Exhibition, Painting, Roundup

Last week we were working in collaboration with The Station in Bristol. The Station invited us to curate and produce an exhibition of our choice in one of their rooms. The space was a really nice blank canvas for us to project our ideas onto. We had recently produced the second issue of our zine/small publication called YA and decided to use the subject of that, which is Perfection, as the starting point for our ideas. What we wanted to covey in the space was the thought that the ideas you have in your head are the perfection of what you want something to look like. We also wanted to physically react to the space we were given so we combined the two and tried to create as simply as possible but still retaining a bold aesthetic, something that showed our perfect ideas of how we would utilize the space. The exhibition will be on throughout December until the 4th of January.



I felt the exhibition was a great opportunity for us all to work on something together, and to produce this collaborative exhibition as a team. I really enjoyed the set up, especially the painting onto the walls – I think we managed to produce a really innovative and interesting exhibition, and to a certain degree we have to thank The Station for allowing us to paint onto their walls!

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I really enjoyed the entire process of putting on the exhibition from beginning to end. My favourite thing was meeting and having a blank space in which we could do (nearly) whatever we wanted. Being able to realize an idea and watch it change and grow was really cool. I want to thank the station for giving us the opportunity and I hope if you get the chance to go and see it then I hope you enjoy it. If you can’t make it, here are some images of us working:

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I think that the most interesting part of the exhibition was the contrast between what we had written and the space it was in. They were pretty much opposites! Our perfect space had “blacked out windows”, “diffused light” and “grey fabric” – none of which the station had. It was almost as though they were directions for how we could change the station into our perfect space

This was my first chance to experience the process of creating an exhibition. It was interesting watching it develop, and getting a chance to create parts of it! Looking at the finished exhibition was great because it showed all the work we put into it.


My absolute favourite part of working on this exhibition is that each member of YA seemed to step out of their comfort zones to work with words.

We are all more of a visual group, primarily made up of photographers, fine artists and graphic designers and not particularly sterling at writing. Or so we thought.

Except for some rushed coursework evaluations (usually after extensive alcohol consumption!), our individual practices and studies often don’t allow us time to be creative with writing, so this naturally makes us doubt our capabilities in it.

For this Perfectionism Exhibition we wanted to address the truth that imagination of something does not always translate into an accurate reality. To do this we wanted to use descriptions of our ideal exhibition spaces.

From the end result scrawled across the walls of The Station it seemed all we needed was a blank space and a little confidence in our own voices to show how assertive and expressive ideas could look.

We proved to ourselves that we may all be visual practitioners, but language can be visual too.

Wet paint on walls at The Station

‘And today we got to paint on the walls’

Bristol, Drawing, Exhibition, Painting

Yesterday began the install for our exhibition at The Station, entitled Perfectionism. I wouldn’t say that it was a dream of mine, but for a while I’ve had the desire to create something directly onto a wall. I can’t entirely put my finger on why I’ve wanted to do this, but I think it’s something to do with the fact that it feels naughty and feels like we’re breaking the rules.

So when someone’s idea for this exhibition was to paint words onto the wall how could I not jump at it to help out?!

So that’s what we’ve been doing so far, painting onto the walls. Surprisingly not too much mess has been made so far, and it’s looking like we will be all set to go ready for our opening at 5pm on Friday!

Also, here’s the Facebook event for our Private View, the more the merrier!

‘Spike Island is currently my favourite exhibition space’

Bristol, Drawing, Exhibition, Inspirational, Painting, Photography

Bristol’s very own Spike Island is featured among this weeks top 21 exhibitions.

David Batchelor is currently showing at Spike, and to quote his words from last week’s opening ‘Spike Island is currently my favourite exhibition space’.

His currently visually stimulating and exciting exhibition, Flatlands, features drawings, paintings and photographs, all exploring colour and it’s intensity and value.


Michael Cina

Drawing, Painting, Printing, Uncategorized

I was trying to think of something to write about for the blog, and decided to look through my vinyl collection to find something to listen to whilst undertaking the task. I find if I listen to music on the computer I will see a video and watch it and then get lost in the wonderful world of procrastination, where as if I listen to music from a different source it is harder to get distracted. Anyway, I was looking though my vinyl when I stopped to put on “Half Of Where You Live” by Gold Panda. This is one of my favorite albums not only for the music but also for the album art. It’s so intricate and interesting I decided I wanted to post something to do with this album art!

On further inspection I saw two names on one of the sleeves. “Designed by Michael Cina” and “Artwork by Andy Gilmore”. I want to focus on the first of these two, Michael Cina, and I will probably come back to do another post at some point on Andy Gilmore.

One basic Google search of Michael Cina and I found a treasure trove of colour, shape and beauty.

I don’t want to say too much about his work because I want you to make your own minds up about them. What I am going to say is that I really, really want some of his prints. Sadly they are out my price range, but my birthday is coming up soon… All jokes aside, please go and check out these amazing works for your self!

Thanks for reading!

Charlie CT

80pence is all you need

Bristol, Drawing, Exhibition, Painting, Performance art, Photography, Printing, sculpture

Where can you currently find a life sized wish bone, pickled onion knuckle dusters, an incense filled fish tank and a video based around KFC?

Bloomberg New Contemporaries is a touring exhibition, and this year it’s other venue is Spike Island in Bristol. The collection of 46 recent fine art graduates works features over 100 pieces and is split across two sites – there is just that much work! 8 Millennium Promenade (next to Pizza Express) has provided Spike’s offsite space for New Contemporaries and can be reached by the Bristol Cross Harbour Ferry for 80 pence.

New Contemporaries provides us with the first look at who might become big names in the art world in years to come. The diversity of the work selected is incredible. I am a Gallery Invigilator at both of Spike’s New Contemporaries venues, and having spent numerous hours with many of the works, there are many I still do not fully understand, yet that is beginning to not bother me.

Some of my favourite pieces strike a chord with me because of how they make me feel, rather than the knowledge or concepts behind them. I don’t fully understand them yet that doesn’t matter. What matters is the experience I gained from viewing and interacting with them, and focusing on why they are the pieces I chose to enthuse to others about.

So come along, and see which pieces grab your attention. Laugh at the ones you don’t understand and remember those ones that have the power to change how you feel.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries is at Spike Island until 10th November, when it will move to ICA until January 2014. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5pm.

What better way can you think to spend 80 pence?