Art to rock your weekend

Seawall by Karen Stamper

Seawall by Karen Stamper

The Other Art Fair returns to Arnolfini in Bristol tomorrow, and I can’t wait! It offers up countless brilliant examples of the exceptional art being created, and I’ve met a few of my favourite artists there, including the wonderful Karen Stamper.

Look out for hand poke tattoo artist Sarah Lu aka Needle and Chopstick, screenings from Encounters Film Festival, plus interactive poetry feature ‘I, the Poet. You, the Poet’ by the Cole sisters, Biba and Laurie. There will also be masses of exceptional exhibiting artists. Don’t miss Rosario Galatioto, Evie Kitt, Alan McLeod, Grace Green, Richard Heys and so many others, along with Karen Stamper who will be there again with her vividly atmospheric collage work.

Not Ready To Tell by Karen Stamper

Not Ready To Tell by Karen Stamper

The Other Art Fair is at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA from 1st-3rd September 2017. The opening night is 5-9.30pm on Friday, with the show continuing from 10am till 6pm on Saturday and till 5pm on Sunday.

Find full details and buy your tickets here bristol.theotherartfair.com.

Tread gently…

Some Friday nights are for dancing in crowded clubs and bars, others are for attending contemplative art previews and letting your mind expand just a little bit…

Matti Braun sculptureLast Friday night was definitely the latter, with exhibition launches at Bristol’s Grant Bradley Gallery and the Arnolfini.

Matti Braun sculpture4The pics here show Matti Braun’s extraordinary stepping stones, created from a Douglas Fir tree that lived out its days at Westonbirt Arboretum, one of my favourite local spaces.

Matti Braun stepping stonesThere was something oddly calming about simply treading from circle to circle, inhaling the faint scent of sawn wood and watching reflections quiver on the water.

As far as I know, nobody fell in. Not that night, anyway…