Monday, May 28, 2012

Bread & Roses

Abbi Torrance: Formation 3
aka The Artist Taxi Driver

Curated by  
Julie McCalden

Friday 1st June
Preview:  6pm – late

Saturday 2nd June
Group critique: 2pm

Exhibition continues: 
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd June, 12-6pm

Art, as a shifter of perceptions, is a terrain which can change how we think about ourselves and the world. As such, it is a potential catalyst for producing social change. An encounter with artwork that is unusual, surprising or delivered in atypical ways can disrupt our customary behaviours, allowing us to see and think differently. Bread & Roses attempts to operate in this arena, opening up a space in which something new can take place. The works have been chosen for this catalytic potentiality, however unquantifiable. In accepting this immeasurability, the project remains about possibility.

Many of the works share a subtle political undercurrent, underlying the desire to see the world differently in order to change it. 
The show takes its name from a poem penned in 1911 by James Oppenheim, but commonly attributed to a Massachusetts textile strike in 1912 where it was used as a slogan by the women strikers – we want bread but we want roses too. In a world characterised by a sense of inevitability, this exhibition seeks to unravel common sense notions to reveal other possibilities beyond the limits of our imagination.

Part of the Bristol Biennial Community Arts Festival

Monday, May 14, 2012

What you see is what you see

Dave Morgan-Davies

Thursday 17th May
Preview: 6-9pm

Exhibition continues:
Friday 18th – Sunday 27th May
12 – 6pm Thursday - Sunday

An exhibition of ‘quiet photography’
curated by Louise Copping

This solo exhibition includes a stunning range of work and is the first public showing of Dave Morgan-Davies’s new collection.

Dave Morgan-Davies’s work focuses on landscape and the built environment.  His photographs and moving images are meditations on the character and poetry of particular places and moments.

The work retains a unique 'aura' revealing the beauty and mystery of rural landscapes. Location, light and composition are key to capturing a sense of place, with time of day and climatic conditions often having a powerful impact on the work.

By alluding to human activity and through the use of a distinctive chromatic range the work invites contemplation.  It responds with subtlety showing that if one looks, an emotional connection can be found in a place, perhaps any place.

And some of the comments heard over the weekend -

'A beautiful exhibition, clean pure and spare' ... 'Impressive, original and atmospheric'....              

'Love the darkness'....    'A moving show'....      'Flawlessly executed'....                                    

'Excellent inspiring work.  Great food for thought'.... 

'Pushing a new way to perceive landscape'

The Bristol Festival of Photography is a biennial event celebrating photography in all its forms. The event runs from 3-31st May 2012 throughout Bristol.  For more info visit: