Space Invaders Bristol: An Exhibition From Another Dimension

We’re in the midst of an invasion! An artist take-over of two shop units at The Arcade in Bristol’s city centre.  It’s a coup, a creative revolution, an innovative initiative to bring art to the public in unusual places (and leave those spaces in a better condition afterwards.)  Resident artists Beki Wills, Max Dorey, Richard Hewis and Cat Rock from Puppet Place have transformed units 12 and 26 into pop up galleries; exhibiting artworks including illustration, fine art, modelmaking and puppetry.  Over the next few weeks until Nov 03, passers-by can see some amazing window installations at unit 26 or drop into unit 12 to view or purchase prints, postcards and even original pieces by the contributing artists.  Entry to all exhibitions and events is FREE.

Artwork: Beki Wills

From Oct 24 to Nov 03, the current exhibition will be transformed and a host of additional activities are planned that will turn the space upside down a reveal a spookier side to the exhibition.  The exhibition spaces will feature the following events: 

Disphoria: Mike Stuart    
24 Oct – 03 Nov, FREE 
Mike’s earliest artistic influences were comic art, the Beano, 2000AD and Asterix. He also loved discovering the work of Druillet and Moebius in Metal Hurlant magazine. Childhood visits to National Trust properties and the books on the shelves at home gave him an early taste for classical and neo-classical art, and as a teenager, the iconoclasm of punk rock was a big influence that opened up new ways of looking at the world.

Artwork: Mike Stuart

The Art of Mark Hollis
24 Oct – 03 Nov, FREE
Mark Hollis’ method allows a process of using his own scanned images of earlier prepared paintings, Found, and Digital Photographs. Many of the image structures used are a result from walks in Bristol, Dartford, Thamesmead, Avonmouth and Essex.

Artwork: Mark Hollis

Puppet Place: Uncanny Valley – Bringing The Inanimate To Life
21 – 27 Oct, FREE
Puppet Place is the UK’s hub for puppetry and animation. Our building, Unit 18, is full of brilliant artists and creatives working in puppetry, animation, film, visual arts, theatre, outdoor arts and creative technologies.  This exhibition presents a collection of puppets and other works made onsite by three of our resident companies: Green Ginger, Pickled Image, and Muddy Duck.

Puppets: Green Ginger Theatre

AfterLife Drawing Class
28 Oct – 03 Nov, FREE
Life drawing with a deadly twist. AfterLife Drawing present seasonal horror themed life drawing events in Bristol creating original characters, costumes, make-up and sets to give you a life drawing experience like no other (no nudity.)

Reanimation: Spine-Tingling Shorts
Oct 31 (evening), Nov 02 (day). FREE
Our programme of animated short films, perfect for fans of the freakish.  Featuring works from Puppet Place resident artists, associate artists and local independent filmmakers, this bag of visual tricks and treats will keep you up this Halloween.  With screenings for adults only (15+) on Halloween (31st Oct) and Day of the Dead special (02 Nov) for families (12A – parental guidance), there’s something spectacularly spooky for everyone.

‘MiLK HaRE’, Dir. Emma Windsor

Further events and activities are planned for Halloween, so keep an eye on the Space Invaders Bristol Facebook page and Puppet Place’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news.

About The Resident Artists

A long time fan of trawling car boot sales, flea markets and charity shops for forlorn, faded and overlooked pieces of artwork, Richard gives these once loved pictures a second lease of life. He is unsure whether his additions enhance the original canvas or not, but what is guaranteed is that the process of reappropriation in his collection ‘Inappropriate Reappropriation’ is incredibly enjoyable for both the artist and the viewer.

Artwork: Richard Hewis

Beki Wills is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on paintings and ink drawings of complex, industrial organic juxtapositions. Her work is always in a state of flux, growing and shaping as she works, and never in a state of completion. Through her work she explores the nature of patterns and randomness within nature and humans desire and natures impulse to bring order to chaos. Her new collection, ‘No, Not Yet’ forms a new body of ongoing work.

Artwork: Beki Wills

Cat Rock’s artwork began when her Pappy gave her five hundred unwanted tiles. 

Being a hoarder of many unwanted things she decided to try to give these tiles a new lease of life and began painting them; experimenting with colour and pouring techniques. What started as an experiment quickly became a passion. ‘Vascular Bundle’ is the biggest piece she’s attempted to date, presented on a recycled piece of acetate, displayed in a recycled wooden frame. 

Artwork: Kappa Kappa Art

Max Dorey is a multi award nominated theatre designer who works across the UK.  His designs have earned Off West End award nominations for ‘Best Set Design’ nine times, including Finalist for his design for ‘Talk Radio’ in 2018, and most recently for his design for “Chasing Bono” at Soho Theatre.  Max also makes models, sculpture and illustrates.  His working project ‘Dreamy Ox’ uses waste materials which he reassembles in new and surprising ways.

Artwork: Max Dorey

Keep an eye on the Space Invaders Bristol Facebook page and Puppet Place’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and events information. Exhibition runs until 03 Nov 2019 at Units 12 & 26, The Arcade, Broadmead, Bristol.

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