Peoples Art Fair – Winter Edition
December 4 @ 6:00 PM - December 20 @ 6:00 PMFree
The People’s Art Fair is back!
In real life at the PRSC, online or both, lockdown depending.
In the bleak mid-winter with the cold nights drawing in, Bristol in lockdown, a global pandemic rolling through our communities, Brexit on the near horizon, economic collapse looming from every side and a tory government barely holding things together, those of us not out grouse shooting or visiting Barnard castle need to bring a little colour and magic back in our lives.
The People’s Art Fair Winter Edition brings together forty amazing artists, ready to dazzle you with their work. The closed doors of lockdown this year have hidden a frenetic world of quiet creativity, and these creations are now ready to spill out into the world. Featuring spray paint, collage, photography, cyanotype, stencils, bone china, metal work, dominoes, paper sculpture, acrylics, clay, lino cuts, illustration, screen print, glass painting, fairy lights, beeswax, biro ink and various weird trinkets found on the floor, as always the People’s Art Fair brings you a cornucopia of visual art to suit every taste and temperament.
The People’s Art Fair is a platform and celebration of local creativity, featuring established Bristol artists alongside bright young talent exhibiting for the first time, and with pieces celebrating everyday beauty; or exploring issues of race or gender; challenging power dynamics; or capturing a fantasy on canvas, this show is guaranteed to offer up something for everyone.
Artists: Alfa, Amy Vans, Annie Rose, Badgrl Ruru, Beautiful Things in Foreign Lands, Bev Milward, Britta Glass Art, Cassidy Grace, Charlotte Harris, Colin Moody, Dan Petley, Daniel Jones, Disphoria Art, DNT, Domino Project, Extempore Art, Gazu, Georgie, gHOSTbOY, Hola, Kat Hall, Kes Draws Fights, Klaudia Guzak , Lazulimoon, Lee Ellis, Lisa Furness, Lisa Travers, Lyndsay Grant-Muller, Maryem Meddeb, Mez, Mr Sleven, Object…, Octopus Odyssey, Oshii, Phil Constable, Raluca Bobis, Rocio E Bucheli, Stella Macarthur, Stokes Croft China, Zamzam, Zed in the Clouds, Zlyzab and more.
NB – If we are allowed:
– we will have a physical exhibition opening 6pm-9pm on Friday Dec 4
– The Space, PRSC, 17-35 Jamaica Street, BS2 8JP
– we will attempt to open every day 12-6pm Dec 5 to Dec 20
– at least one late opening Thursday
– Domino painting workshops will be scheduled
– a prints and cards shop will be set up.
– Details and updates will be released on this page as the law is known.
Artists L to R, Rocio E Bucheli, Lisa Travers, Phil Constable, Bev Milward, Object…
Meet The Artists
Annie is an artist from Bristol, UK. she loves spending her time drawing and painting, mostly naked people and plants. Her work mainly explores vulnerability, and the quiet confidence which comes with being intimate with yourself. Looking at these moments of reflection that we all have, and bringing them to life with vibrant colour and strong lines.
Ru’s Nudes, known as @badgrl.ruru on social media sites, is a campaign to promote the realistic, honest and destigmatised representation of womxn’s bodies in art form, to reflect the forms of art they truly are. It began as a body positivity and empowerment movement which has grown and developed into an angry fight against the impermissibility of female sexuality and the policing of womxn’s bodies. This was sparked by both the policing of my artwork by instagram and the overwhelmingly positive response to my pieces of art. I drew a link between the reaction to the content I was creating and the current political context and contemporary debates such as around womxn’s rights, transgender rights and abortion law. Clearly, this is a conversation that needs to be had.
Brittany has just moved into one of the PRSC artist studios. She makes street art and reverse glass painting and gilding with gold leaf.
Street photographer Colin Moody is driven by a passion for community, humanity and creativity. Based in Hotwells he sets out daily to capture vibrant street photography and create photo journals of life in and around Bristol. His photography has appeared in feature films, tv programmes, journals, national and regional newspapers and magazines, and in two books celebrating local culture.
Disphoria is a local artist specialising in fantastical biro drawings and colourful paintings filled with symbolic motifs and everyday situations. He describes his unique visual style as Mythic Realism.
DNT is a veteran Bristol street artist who’s work explores the paradoxes of 21st century life using varied media including stencils, papier mache, chess pieces, ink and paper. His artistic influences are as varied as his techniques ranging from, to comic book art to Art Deco.
I’m Gazu, an illustrator, artworker, and graphic designer mostly interested in people in my visual arts. I’m self taught in portraits and life drawing. In 2018 I have become interested in motion art. I’m currently studying animation course at UWE Bristol.
Spotted at the debut People’s Art Fair last Feb selling Tesco Basics Valentines Cards, and more recently rumoured to be behind the ‘Do Not Bang On Glass Or Feed The Animals’ stickers that appeared on some PRSC face visors, street artist gHOSTbOY is known for complex multi layer stencil art, and the subversive wit that flavours all his creative interventions.
Lockdown lino cuts from Lee Ellis. Lee Ellis is a British multi-media artist based in Bristol. His insatiable desire to create brings him to embrace different artistic mediums, from printmaking to drawing and painting. From humans to animals, Lee never fails to depict the inner turmoil of his characters.
Art photographer, specialising in squatted communities, empty man-made scenes, and forgotten places.
Wiltshire-based photographer, poet, consumptive Victorian werewolf in a bloodstained antique lace dress
Mr.Sleven is a sentient bean, helming from the never realms of middle earth (also know as the East Midlands). From an early age he’s been scrawling images on any form canvas he can get his grubby paint stained paws on. His canvasses and street work are heavily influenced by a long list of introverted musings to extensively long to mention.
Object… is a mixed media artist, who’s work encompases tiny altered collage books, and large-scale murals. Found ideas, images and objects are combined with original elements, to create new narratives and expressions. They try in their work to combine the personal with the political, and intuition with the cerebral…
Phil Constable is an artist and printmaker. Empty high-rise flats, a path in the woods and family photographs, all serve as subjects that comment on the economic and structural climate, reflecting the changing surrounding landscape. Layering images via screen print, utilising half-tone photography, symbols, mark making with gold and silver gilding on various surfaces including paper, board, and glass. Work expands from site-specific installations in New York to moving image light installations in London.
He currently lives in Cheshire and works in his studio that was previously a medical practice.
My work includes oil and encaustic paintings. In contrast I also make scrolls that are ink drawings on rice paper. I am a Colombian British artist. In my work there is a confrontation of cultures and this is what I celebrate with art and faith, with imaginary landscapes and figures that comes from nature.
In my work you will be able to perceive a contrast of colours in the paintings and a monochrome style in the scrolls, so you can decide what to pick according to you taste. The scrolls can be seen as as new interpretation and approach to oriental works. They are large enough to bring a tranquil atmosphere to any space. Also Small encaustic paintings.
Zamzam (Zz) is a Bristol-based artist with a background creating murals, sets, signs and Illustration. Her work explores her love for nature, movement, mythology and the otherworldly – through striking and playful fantastical styles.
Vibrant, abstract paintings in acrylic on canvas. I work very spontaneously, regularly changing my palette and experimenting with different processes. I use acrylic paint and sometimes mixed media to create a rich surface texture with many layers, using pattern and contrast to add depth and to lead the eye across the canvas. Colour is paramount, with many different techniques contributing to my creative process.
I have been working in a form of encaustic collage since December 2019. I enjoy the way that detail can be built up quickly using paper and coloured wax.
I work on boards found on the streets, using spray paint, images found in old books, beeswax, coloured wax and oil pastels exploring various techniques. Some boards are blank to start with others have existing paint and textures which I incorporate. I enjoy fashioning an idea or a fantasy out of objects that already exist.
During the restrictions of the Covid-19 lockdown it has been an invaluable means of expression. Over time I hope, like my ceramics, they will build to become a narrative of this unprecedented time in all of our lives.
Photographer Cassidy Grace will be showcasing black & white documentary photography, focusing on some political issues that people in the UK have faced over the last 5 years.
* FIRST CHANCE TO SEE *
Charlotte is a new young talet, spotted by PRSC during a graffiti skills couse with Creative Youth Network, and invited to bring something new to this exhibition. Her artwork above combines poetry, painting and stencil techniques, to explore an emotional response to the virus. We expect great things from this young lady.
Dan makes paintings and other objects to be displayed or worn as relics, exploring the theme of art pieces as objects with divine power by playfully meditating on their devolved roles as public and private property.
A collaborative domino painting project brought to you by the people behind the Brick project, and the recent Moon Temple revamp.
My art is expressive unplanned and intuitive which explores themes such as belonging and identity, what it means to be human.
Using the concepts such as the feeling of being an alien, the thoughts of the vast cosmos, nature and our place within the universe or a lone wolf (plus they’re fun to paint), I paint textured colourful energetic acrylic paintings.
I love the physicality of painting and it being its own form of communication to better understand myself and others, connecting to community where ever possible
Georgie is an artist and maker with an interesting eye, interesting self and something to say about life. Known for her bold, political and colourful prints and beautiful large- scale murals, she is out making art in the world. There, her love of creating is combined with a joy for performing that shines through everything she touches. With representation at the Westbank in London, It’s All 2 Much Gallery and Upfest Galleries in Bristol, her work is a force to be reckoned with. Screen prints are her most recent expression of choice and she is known for works of satire and humour. She is keen to share these observations on life, love and politics.
Using a variety of media, such as paint and sculpture, my work often focuses on the theme of nature and my surroundings. Based in Bristol, I have put on exhibitions as part of the group ‘Aliens of the Art World’, as well as working at a Bristol Pride event doing live painting for the Bitch Please! Group.
* FIRST CHANCE TO SEE *
Kay is a new young talent, spotted by PRSC during a graffiti skills course with Creative Youth Network, and invited to create something fresh for this exhibition. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Residing as a maker and thinker in Bristol, UK, and working under the name Lazulimoon, Lola Ives utilizes creative arts as a way to explore the world around her, to find a common ground to present the ideas which she forms to others. Art is a powerful language that she is continuously learning to communicate with. To do so, Lola works with the following disciplines; public art installation, creative writing, collage, drawing, performance, and mixed media textiles sculpture. Lola’s current practice is focused conceptually on exploring the transformation of the Earth and humanity through a variety of projects. Lola’s intention is to create visual and poetic tools that encourage the viewer or participant to think deeply about the current shift in consciousness taking place. Aiming to harness the power of thought, imagination, and manifestation to inspire and create personal, collective, and planetary transformation.
Lisa Travers is a neurodiverse mixed media artist based in Bristol. Her works are heavily influenced by pattern and geometry and predominantly made from materials destined for landfill. They explore issues relevant to Lisa’s life such as feminism, health, social and environmental issues. Her three-dimensional collages resemble kaleidoscopes, her current obsession. These multi layered pieces are all painstakingly hand cut using optical surgery scissors and knives.
These are one-off Cyanotypes that capture the detail of natural forms collected and stuffed up my sleeves on my morning jogs along the Thames and Severn Canal.
The process involves placing objects on sensitised paper in the sun, some exposures range from twenty minutes to three days. Each one varies depending on the intensity and angle of the sun on the sky.
Scientist, Sir John Herschel, originally pioneered the process in 1842, to reproduce diagrams and later went on to inspire Anna Atkins in recording her botanical forms.
Artist, workshop leader and community activist, Mark uses clay, fabric, paper paint and whatever other materials take his fancy to create wonderfully textured works of art.
I paint in all sorts of mediums oil ink acrylic… In an expressionist style I guess. But I’m just playing around with styles at the moment, using wood and things I find on the streets.
Octopus Odyssey is a linguist and multi-disciplinary artist based in Bristol. Her work spans between visual arts, audio installations, and physical theatre/clowning performances. Common themes amongst her work include; mental health, art as an explorative and healing tool, as well as social and environmental activism.
Oshii works with painting and collage techniques to produce bright, bold canvases. His striking work explores urgent social themes such as race, fatherhood and prejudice.
Raluca Bobis is an artist inspired by the texture, shapes and colors of nature, transforming them into surreal illustrations and sculptures.
A Bristol based artist working on paintings, costume and set design, Stella is one of a number of artists joining the People’s Art Fair for the first time.
My name is Zed in the Clouds, I’m a multi-disciplinary artist working in a lot of different mediums. I specialise in murals but I also do a lot of illustrative/design-led projects alongside making and selling my own work. My influences are eclectic to say the least but I would definitely consider hip-hop culture to be the most significant source of inspiration for my work/visual language. I also love old school cartoons/comics Like Asterix, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. I am available for commissioned work in a variety of formats so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have an idea you would like me to bring to life!