The Story of Gelert || How to make a tent

Architecture, Arnolfini, Art, Article, Artist, Arts, Bristol, Drawing, Events, Exhibition, Facebook, Nature, Painting, Performace, Performance, Performance art, YA Meeting

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.


Amsterdam: Cardboard or Coffeeshop?

Animation, Art, Artist, Arts, Events, Performance, Performance art, sculpture, Street Art, Theatre, Workshop

For two weeks now I haven’t been able to look at a discarded heap of cardboard without seeing some kind of lusus naturae piece itself together from the rubble and emerge as an animated being.

Interview: Lee Mc Donald

Art, Article, Artist, Arts, Bristol, Inspirational, Installation, Interview, Performance art, sculpture, Video


Lee Mc Donald is a Plymouth based artist who uses sound and movement to make kinetic, sonic and often public sculptures out of recycled or reclaimed objects. Describing his work as quasi scientific Lee’s practice is based in experimentation and testing. I first met Lee when he turned the courtyard of Baggator Community Centre in Easton into an art installation for the 2014 Bristol Biennial.

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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5Hz Arnolfini Opportunity

Art, Artist, Bristol, Performance art


Arnolfini have an exciting interactive opportunity for young people to take part in, that I thought I’d share with you all!

Arnolfini are looking for participants aged between 18-25 to take part in a three hour long workshop for a collaborative project by artist Emma Smith, based on the idea of creating an alternative evolution of voice for social bonding, with the aim of creating a language that makes us feel connected.

Participants need to be available on one of the following dates:

28th April 2.30pm – 5.30pm

6th May 11am-2pm

7th May 11am-2pm

11th June 2-5pm

12th June 2-5pm

Lots of us from Young Arnolfini are going to participating, and it would be great to see more young people there!

If you are interested in taking part in this opportunity please email Ellie Jeffs by 5pm Monday 14 April, confirming which workshop date you would like to attend.

Sunday Roundup

Bristol, Inspirational, Literature, Performace, Performance art, Photography, Poetry, Reflection, Roundup, Workshop


Found this really interesting article on whether a Private View is really necessary for an exhibition. What do you think?

Emma Blake Morsi

Had an amazing opportunity yesterday being the Storify editor for the Inspire Bristol 2013 Awards which was nothing short of inspirational, as you can imagine. As a result I have a couple things for you to check out:

Firstly – the Inspire Bristol 2013 Storify page

ii) keep an eye out for #Inspire13 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for any exciting updates, including peoples posts on their photos from the photo booth!

iii) why not check out my blog post on my perspective of the event as the Storify editor. After all, we both know you want to..

Enjoy and inspire!

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Baking Art?

Exhibition, Inspirational, Performance art, sculpture, Uncategorized

Check out this amazing post about the largest unicorn cake I have ever seen, all as part of National Baking Week, with donations of appreciation being made to Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, National Baking Week’s charity partner. It is the most incredible edible masterpiece I have ever seen! 


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?


‘Curating Performance’ workshop at the Arnolfini

Bristol, Performace, Performance art, Theatre, Video, Workshop

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th September 2013

This two-day workshop on curating performance at the Arnolfini comprised of lectures and artists’ talks considering themes such as the relationship between social spaces, aesthetic experience and the audience, as well as similarities between curator and dramaturge. The opportunities and limitations associated with contextualising time-conscious work and live art were also considered. Additionally, notions of staging, movement, image and body were pertinent tropes throughout.

Jamie Eastman, the Arnolfini’s curator of performance, introduced the workshop and set the scene by asking the burning and complex question of what is a curator. He suggested a curator was a mediator of live moments, someone who is concerned with the production and presentation of narratives, and whose role links to theatre. Another memorable moment from the introduction was Eastman’s suggestion that the context for live performances is highly important as each event is made up of narratives told in social spaces.

Anja Dorn, a curator and guest professor for curatorial theory and dramaturgy at the University of Design Karlsruhe, began the first session with her workshop entitled ‘Curating the Audience’. She offered the notion that the increasing numbers of performance programmes were largely due to consumer culture and attempts to engage with, and even be dictated by, a wider consumer audience. Due to this, performance art takes place in what is called social spaces. (This breakdown of boundaries between art and the public dates back to the 1960s where de-bordering art was taken into new accessible places). From this observation, Dorn was keen for us to discuss how far these social spaces enable aesthetic experience and what implications this powerful consumer culture has for curatorial decisions.