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Tanya Morel creates a world of wry melancholy and tattooed women

The eagle-eyed art aficionados of the south west and beyond will have recognised the presence of a somewhat insolent looking woman popping up hither and thither. The image in question is that Greedy Gwen, who’s been at the National Original Print Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London in September 2014; the RWA show in Bristol, and has now made her way to the cover of Ma Bain‘s latest album.

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Making Art, Making Sense – Art exhibition by deafblind artists in Bristol

Untitled by Michelle Willis
Untitled by Michelle Willis

Making Art, Making Sense an exhibition of artworks by deafblind artists is taking place at the Royal West Academy in Bristol from 7th – 14th August.

Organised by Sense, the national deafblind charity, Making Art, Making Sense will showcase the work of 30 artists from across the South West region, London and Birmingham. The artists experiment with a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, textiles, sensory photography and performance.

Steve Le Fevre, the BBC Radio Bristol presenter, who will be opening the exhibition, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the work of the deafblind artists, and hopefully raise a bit more awareness of the great support Sense gives in changing lives through the arts and creativity.

Making Art, Making Sense has been designed to be fully accessible and the venue will offer audiences the chance to physically engage with the artworks. The multi-sensory and tactile creations will invite visitors to explore art through touch and gain insight into the experiences of deafblind people, who often use touch to communicate and make sense of the world around them.

Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, Nic Vogelpoel, who curated the exhibition, said: “Accessing arts and cultural experiences can be a real challenge for so many of the deafblind population. The theme of the exhibition is making art to make sense, and for many deafblind people, the process of making and sharing art is an opportunity to express emotion, dreams and imaginings in a public way and share in the cultural life of their communities.”

A series of events, talks and activities will complement the exhibition and the artists will be on-site throughout the week to discuss their work, give sensory tours and run workshops.

Making art, Making Sense runs 7-14 August, Mon-Fri 10-5pm at the Royal West Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX. Admission is free.

Digital prints and a scanner-photographic fantasy world

Jan O'Highway's Dinosaur and the Moon
Jan O’Highway will be exhibiting digital prints in the foyer of Bristol City Hall at the Beyond Sustainability, part of the Schumacher Lectures on Saturday, June 15, which has given us the opportunity to show off some of her work.

Above is a scanner-photographic fantasy world of toys and plants, made during a Residency at the Botanic Garden of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari, 2012

See more of her images, and check out her site

Watershed announces shortlist for the £30,000 Playable City Award 2013

The City You Dream of Project
The City You Dream of Project, shortliested for the Playable City Award

The £30,000 Playable City Award was launched by Bristol’s Watershed October this year to challenge artists from all over the world to bring together creative technologies, art and play to surprise and engage audiences by bringing a sense of wonder into public spaces.

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Clem So’s Tracing the Intangible exhibition at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

Clem So

Clem So, whose work featured on the cover of our ArtsCulture magazine, is having a solo show at the Centrespace Gallery, Bristol. The exhibition, Tracing the Intangible, is a one-man show on the artist’s identity, and opens on Wednesday, February 2 – Chinese New Year.

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