The LitterArti is an up and coming arts organisation in Bristol who pioneer and lead the trodden path of recycling to deliver a series of challenging exhibitions and installations that just make you think twice about the infinite potential of recycling. Read my review of the first of the exhibits which happened in August at the Trinity Centre…
First and foremost, the Trinity Centre is an INCREDIBLE venue. The formidable facade is an incredible entrance to a venue which acts as a Community Centre near the Haymarket in central Bristol. Not only has it hosted two of my favourite gigs (one being Dot to Dot, which I wrote about here) but the original aspects of the church provide the perfect backdrop.
The exhibition was organised by a small team led by Annali Grimes, they embarked on the challenge of arranging the exhibition in just two weeks. LitterArti have received backing from Bristol City Council, Arts Council England and the Lottery Fund but this could only cover a small margin of costs for a successful event. The exhibition relied on the good will of a number of volunteers who gave up a number of hours to assist with either the organisation of the event or the putting up and taking down of artworks.
I supported Annali on any design tasks including the posters, name tags and anything else I could help with.
The exhibition took place in the Grafitti Room upstairs in the Trinity Centre and the Community garden outside. These sculptures are suspended in the trees and consist of plastic bottles and lids to create bird silhouettes.
The sculptures can be admired both from a distance and up close, the resourcefulness of using different waste products to create the desired bird shape is a successful attempt to challenge the way we see recycled waste. I love these close up shots as momentarily the shapes and textures of the plastic distracts you from the original found object.
Underneath these plastic sculptures, Sarah Jayne Edward’s wonderful willow sculptures suspend found objects within them like a cocoon. There fluidity of the willow reminds me of strands of hair, the multiple tones and shades have this fluidity and continuity that is aesthetically really pleasing. I love that this sculpture almost blends in with the natural environment outside and would love to see more of Sarah’s work on a large scale (I brought this to her attention on Saturday, and we decided she could no longer use her house as a studio as a consequence!).
Meanwhile back inside…
What I was exhibiting…
St Paul’s Carnival: The Afterbath
I was really excited to be exhibiting these photographs for the first time after taking these photos in July. After receiving nearly 600 views to my post about the aftermath or as I nicknamed it, ‘the afterbath’ of St Paul’s Carnival. In keeping to theme of the exhibition I used frames which I purchased from charity shops along Whiteladies Road.
The photographs create a dystopic world where food boxes and beer cans pollute deserted streets. The abundance of litter creates a sense of people been and gone which truly reflected the morning after the night before, where the night before involved a party of over 100,000 people. The aura of St Paul’s Carnival adds a unique and exciting contextual backdrop to these photographs, a small but powerful sub-community within Bristol which is often subject to criticism, assumptions and general negativity to the dismay of it’s residents. The photographs portray St Paul’s in a sympathetic way as it would any area which suddenly becomes heavily polluted as a result of a free party for it’s visitors.
These prints are up for sale, I can be contacted here for a price list
The exhibition had a steady flow of children coming to the show to get involved with workshops which taught kids the value of re-using old materials and making them into something great.
Incredible sculptures could be found everywhere around the exhibition, this reptile made out of metal scraps and bottle tops was mind blowingly beautiful.
A vodka bottle lid, a Sprite can and a bit of wire made this lovely standing sculpture.
There was a live workshop where a number of the guys pitched into some hard graft to create a mechanically operated owl. The practical skillset of the artists involved really reminded me of the potential of skills associated with carpentry, plumbing, building, plastering can easily be transferred and channeled into making art.
Here are a few pictures from the exhibition..
Thankyou SO much to FoodCycle for providing all of this lovely food. Incase you didn’t know what the FoodCycle do, they cycle to shops and local organisations that have agreed to pass on any food that they can no longer sell in the shop. As we all know, food doesn’t always goes off on the Best before date meaning there’s alot of food which is still perfectly edible that gets thrown out. The scale in which this happens is monumental, but FoodCycle is doing something to help.
By collecting food from these organisations, the volunteers at FoodCycle then transport (by bike, hence the name!) the produce over to their centre in Easton where they cook up a three course meal on Sunday for homeless or under-privileged individuals and families. I had a really great chat with Hattie who is a very dedicated Food-cyclist and helps manage other volunteers who help the transportation and distribution of this food.
Roasted vegetables from various shops in Easton as well as bread from a bakery on Gloucester Road, and it was all delicious.
Sarah Jayne Edwards (website here)
Katryn LaMiette – The Sofa Project (website here)