A Narrative: Drawings, Paintings and Prints
A solo exhibition of work by
Chloé Regan MA RCA
An exhibition of Chloé’s observational drawings, paintings and prints, which are curated together to present an imaginative narrative reflecting on a place, person, their posessions and their life.
Friday 2nd Dec PV 5-8
Saturday- Sunday 4th Dec 11-6.
All work is for sale.
Chloé applies her drawing and reportage illustration to a range of commercial and academic projects. She draws almost exclusively on location, creating autonomous art works and images selected to form narratives that explore people and their lives.
She is a member of the Reportager research group at the University of the West of England Bristol. Her current exhibition ‘Ways of Seeing: Drawings’ for the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath and interrogate the theme of drawing as visual thinking. The exhibition runs from October 2016- February 2017.
After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Chloé has been Senior Lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth, and a Visiting Lecturer in Illustration, Drawing and Graphic Design at several universities and institutions, including the London College of Fashion. She is currently Foundation Art and Design Course Leader at the Bristol School of Art, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
Chloé also works collaboratively with INK Illustration, which was co-founded with two other Royal College of Art graduates. Clients of INK include the Victoria & Albert Museum, Topshop, Free Word Centre and the Natural History Museum.
Twitter : chloe__regan
Please note The Cloakrooms will not be open to the public
DR MEAKER / IMMIX MEDIA FILM
Bristol music producer Dr Meaker and Immix Media Film company will be occupying the Edwardian bathroom to shoot a new music video. The theme of the video will be a visual representation of the insecurity of post-relationship breakdown and the fears of finding oneself alone.
Dr Meaker is a producer living and working in Easton. He describes his musical sound as “splicing dirt with soul”. He also fronts a live act which have toured the UK and Europe and have played prestigious events such as Glastonbury Festival and BBC Radio 1’s live lounge at Maidavale Studios. Dr Meaker’s second album ‘Dirt & Soul’ was released in July 2016 and reached No. 3 in the iTunes electronics chart. Clive Meaker, who is working with French / Bristol vocalist Jade Hibou for this composition said “I am very excited to be working on new music with new artists and to be working with Immix Media, it feels like a great meeting of minds”
Immix Media are a Bristol based film company. Consisting of 3 university friends (UWE) they have started their own production company, working from their creative premises in Bedminster. They have recently won 2 prestigious awards (Royal photographic society & Royal television award) for their short films. George Lewis of Immix said “we are ecstatic to be working with legendary music producer Dr Meaker and it will be great to realise the visual artistic potential of his new music.
‘Edwardian Britain has often been described as a golden sunlit afternoon…in fact, modern Britain was born during the reign of Edward VII, when politics, science, literature and the arts were turned upside down’
Scratching The Veneer is a site-specific group exhibition located in the unique venue of the Grade I listed Edwardian Ladies cloakroom.
This eclectic exhibition integrates political, social, cultural and historical narratives to reveal the darker elements of Edwardian society and evoke connections with society today.
The featured artists form a dialogue with the space using themes identified by the curator such as Edwardian class distinction, social hierarchy, sexual relations, sanitation and toxic beauty.
The Edwardian Cloakroom-Ladies Side
17th November-22nd November 2016
Private View: Thursday 17th November: 6.30pm-9.00pm
Opening times: Thurs-Sat: 12pm-6pm, Sun: 12pm-4.pm, Mon: 12pm-6pm,Tues: 11am-1pm
Poppy Clover, Fiona Costelloe, Rose Chittenden, Heather Griffin, Sam Morgan, Ellie Shipley, Phil Toy, Toby Rainbird-Webb
Curated by Fiona Costelloe
Curatorial Assistant: Rebecca Hilton
Credit to Bisch Basch Bosch Designs for visual publicity
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1792456677638789/
Fiona Costelloe is a conceptually driven curator whose interests lie in forming exhibitions that explore the social, cultural and historic context of their location.
Curatorial projects include ‘Fusion’ (2014/2015)- a unique collaboration between Bath Spa University and the Royal United Hospital. This culminated in an exhibition formed of thirty diverse works and an event programme at the RUH. ‘Fusion’ was highly commended in the ‘Arts & Health South West Prize, 2016’. ‘Rebuild-Repurpose’-was a multidisciplinary art exhibition and events programme realised jointly at Bath’s St James Wine Vaults (December 2015). Most recently ‘Out Of The Archive’ was an exhibition based on Bath Georgian period archives curated for Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2016. This took place at Bath Central Library (May/June 2016.)
Fiona will be starting an MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins in January 2017 with the view to pursuing a curatorial career in the cultural sector.
Amanda’s work explores the continuum between the past and the present. Her work is often preoccupied with record making, surface contact and the narratives of objects and materials. Amanda says:
Coda (…) gestures toward our desire for permanence, order and conclusion – however, what history tells us is often more fluid, chaotic and unpredictable.’
Building on her exploration of the possibilities of clay, drawing and sculpture, Amanda’s new work refers to both autobiographical, imaginative and archival sources to convey themes of conflict, frailty and loss.
Amanda is a multi-disciplinary artist with her practice at BV Studios in Bristol. Her work is concerned with our proximity to the past and is often explored through both imaginary and archival sources.
She has developed projects with international collections such as the Natural History Museum, Bodleian Library and the National Trust.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an RWA Artist Network Member. Her work has been published in Ceramic Review in 2016 and she is due to embark on a ceramic residency in Japan in March 2017.
Website and links
Join Sophie Sherwoodd for her first solo photographic show in the Edwardian Cloakrooms, where she will showcase her latest body of work; nighttime photographs of found objects taken in and around Stokes Croft.
Opening night is the 14th 7-9pm
Exhibition runs 15th – 20th September
You are warmly invited to a group exhibition of illustration, painting and photography. Join us on our opening evening Friday 9th September 5.30-8pm. Open Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th / 11am-5pm.
Please note that we are no longer open on Monday
A place where beauty and death collide with nostalgia and borderline insanity…
Come revel with monsters of the macabre in an exhibition playing on supernatural fears and otherworldly desires, as Charlie Tuesday Gates takes over the toilets with taxidermy during Bristol Biennale
D.I.Y Taxidermy workshops running throughout the week.
– Short artist bio
Charlie Tuesday Gates has a reputation for unique and challenging sculpture, video and performance art that confronts, questions and challenges issues of morality, ethics and the very nature of controversy itself.
Gates creates surreal assemblage sculpture out of the things she finds and collects – including the dead, transforming them into emotive and provocative pieces.
By twisting the natural with artificial, creatures become characters and lives once lost are brought back in strange, imaginary creations. Inner worlds and external realities are manifested in macabre and absurd vignettes that provoke disgust, fear, hilarity and a sense of the tragic
Her artwork has appeared in MUSEUM ARKHEM Amsterdam, THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM London, seen on the cover of DESIGN WEEK, inside HUFFINGTON POST, TIME OUT, THE INDEPENDENT, NOTION, VICE, BIZARRE MAGAZINE, MIXMAG, CLASH MAGAZINE, THE NEW CURRENT, BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, S.T.V, ….
She has worked with DIESEL, BBC FILM, FILM LONDON, THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY, SECRET CINEMA, SECRET GARDEN, LOST LECTURES and many more.
Her fashion brand Mind Like Magpie has been commissioned for Beyonce, Elton John and seen on the holy head of Cara Delevinge.
Gates graduated with a degree in sculpture from Camberwell Collage of Arts in 2008 and had been living and working as an artist in London until moving to Bristol in 2016
– Website/social media links
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✖ sat 13/8 // 5-10pm
✖ sun 14/8 // 11am-6pm
✖ mon 15/8 // 11am-6pm
The Edwardian Cloakroom will be playing host to a group photography exhibition from the 13th to 15th of August, showcasing work from up-and-coming young local photographers.
✖ Tiktian Chan
✖ James Clark // http://jmsclark.tumblr.com/
✖ Will Darwin
✖ Rob Hayes // https://500px.com/robnjhayes
✖ Sonja Kuzmics // http://muellundblumen.tumblr.com/
✖ Alice Larence // https://www.flickr.com/photos/59748663@N03/
✖ George Margelis // https://unansweredphotographs.tumblr.com/
✖ Odysseas Pappas // http://tuskphoto.tumblr.com/
✖ Ella Ryan-Atkin // http://wessendenhead.tumblr.com/
✖ Ali Scott // http://cargocollective.com/ali-scott
✖ Sophie Thiele // http://iimagesource.tumblr.com/
colourspace is a group exhibition of sculptural and installation artworks exploring the measurement of colour and light. While responding to the idiosyncratic setting of The Edwardian Cloakroom in differing ways, these works approach colour from technical, commercial and cultural perspectives to collectively develop a dialogue regarding this core aspect of visual language.
Friday 29th July – Monday 1st August; 11am – 6pm
For further information, please visit:
For more details about each of the artists involved, please visit their websites:
Unentitled is an ongoing exploration of constraint and restraint, both physical and psychological. We are interested in how circumstances and histories restrict opportunity and how that is felt and manifested physically. The Edwardian Cloakrooms present a fascinating aesthetic space in which to work but we are also interested in the nature of the spaces as public utilities but with private purposes, sometimes purely functional and at others acting as a licit/illicit meeting place, or an escape from the street.
The installation in the Cloakrooms responds to the site, with a strong contract between the Ladies and Gentlemen’s cloakrooms. In the Ladies a thought provoking film featuring a lone dancer is projected whilst in the Gentlemen’s visitors are invited to channel their angst by constructing and moving through a dense constraining web of elastic.
Artist Barbara Dougan and choreographer Darren Ellis have been working together since 2012. They received Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding and a New Collaborations bursary from a-n in 2013 to pursue their research, working with dancer Hannah Kidd (Mark Bruce Dracula & The Odyssey, Richard Alston Dance Company etc.). Their work has been shown at The Place in London, Metal in Peterborough and at The Minories in Colchester.
We have set up a Facebook event:
Private View: Thursday July 14 6 – 8.30pm.
Open: Friday July 15 to Monday July 18. Times: 11 – 6.00pm
Viewing the Edwardian Cloakrooms can be seen as a dialogue between the “Spectacle” of an archaic structure and that of its previous role as a “Non-Space”. In its time the cloakroom was a space for the unconnected, where semi-controlled physiological functions met socially prescribed behaviour. Norman uses these intersections to generate a borderland where ideas of alienation, depersonalisation, spurious unwritten systems that confer privileges and restrictions are explored thus allowing a sense of otherness to give free rein to the viewer’s imagination.
The artist uses sound, text, found objects and performance to elaborate and play with these notions.
Thomas Mann’s novel: The Magic Mountain and Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things have informed the exhibition and have provided the show with a loose platform of underpinning ideas.
Norman has spent his entire life in Bristol. He spent his early life on the grounds of a now defunct Bristol psychiatric hospital, followed by a career in the medical profession for over three decades. He is unusual in that he has come to the arts late in life having graduated at the University of West of England in Art and Visual Culture in June 2015. His associations with the various establishments that he has encountered over his life have played a significant role in his engagement with the institutional notions underpinning the Edwardian Cloakrooms.
Recent biographical information and images of his practice can be found on:
In his new show at The Edwardian Cloakrooms, courtesy of Bristol City Council, David Foord presents a fresh look at nationalism within the private and public imagination. Encompassing a wide array of work, from a painted standing structure to prints and smaller works on walls, this show will not be one to miss over the busy Harbour Festival weekend.
Private View: 14th July 7pm
Open daily from 15th – 18th July, 10am – 6pm
David Foord is an artist based in Bristol.
The Bristol Hum is a free mini-festival that brings together some of the finest local acts in experimental and drone music, and merges them together with talented and creative filmmakers. Making best use of this acoustically strange and unique space, drone collective SALTINGS invite you to drop in to the Edwardian Cloakroom between the 6th-10th July and feast your eyes and ears upon the cream of Bristol’s avant-garde music and film scene.
Featured artists include:
Dead Space Chamber Music
Matthew Grigg & Rebecca Sneddon
Matthew Grigg & Mark Langford
Pearly Gates & Duswunder
Run Logan Run
Tina Hitchens & Ben Trinkle
& more TBA!
SALTINGS is a Bristol-based music collective formed in 2015, specialising in improvisatory, electronic, ambient and drone music. Founded by Andrew Cooke (live programming and synths) and Caitlin Alais Callahan (double bass), they formed as a live duo off the back of Andrew’s self-released eponymous album, in order to perform at Theaster Gates’ Sanctum installation in Bristol in 2015. Since then they have added a further member, Liz Muir (cello), played numerous gigs to critical acclaim, and have many exciting plans to collaborate with other musicians and filmmakers in the works.
[VACANT] / [ENGAGED]
[ENGAGED] is a three day exhibition celebrating live creativity and collaboration. The aim is to transform the disused toilets into a lively and social space; we hope to regenerate the once transient environment of public toilets and encourage those passing through to ‘leave their mark’ (!)
In an age colonised by smart phones and where public spaces are increasingly homogenized; [ENGAGED] seeks to practice an alternative. We invite the public to participate in the transformation of the space through expression and play.
[ENGAGED] has been organised and curated by Lauren Hill and Lois McKendrick. The event combines work from local artists, designers and makers with DIY blank spaces and workshops; a space for collaboration, connection and change!
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 30th June 17:00.
OPEN: Friday 1st July – Sunday 3rd July. 10-17:00
More information can be found here:
Public Space – Private Women
A collaborative installation exploring the public presence of Edwardian women
Building upon previous collaborations, Bethe Bronson and Laura Marker will be working in a grade I listed Edwardian ladies toilet, creating a projection-based installation in response to this unique venue. The history of this unusual building complements Bronson and Marker’s investigations into changing societal attitudes and expectations placed upon women during the Edwardian era.
Public toilets are unusual in that they act as a public/private space. Working closely with the design and architecture of the ladies side of the Edwardian Cloakroom, Bronson and Marker will set up a series of projected installations that explore this public space and it’s role in the private lives of Edwardian women.
The more widespread provision of women’s public toilets during the Edwardian era showed an increased assumption that women were having more of a presence in the public sphere. Increased public facilities for women can be seen as marking a change in freedoms and aspirations for Edwardian women, an era that despite many restrictions, saw an opening of opportunities within educational, professional, political, and recreational arenas.
Bethe Bronson (Wimbledon College of Art MA 2013) is a mixed media artist living and working in London. Her work references concepts frequently associated with photography such as presence, absence, and the course of time. She is particularly interested in the identity and representation of women and mothers throughout photographic history to present day.
She has exhibited throughout the UK, US and Dubai, select exhibitions include: Art Dubai, Fringe Arts Bath, Red Gallery – London, Dissenter’s Crypt – Kensal Green Cemetery, London “Future Map”, SPACE – London Charlie Dutton Gallery – London, “Moving Image South”, HMV Curzon – Wimbledon.
Laura Marker (Wimbledon College of Art MA 2012) produces work that is informed and influenced by the historical development of optical technologies in various time periods; past present and future. Technologies such as microscopes, projectors, and cameras hold dual associations with scientific observation and truth on the one hand, and trickery, fraud and illusion on the other.
Previous work has taken the form of projected works, digital photomontage and installations that integrate small elements of film. She has previously exhibited across the UK in exhibitions that include “Debut”, Brewery Tap Gallery, Folkestone, “The New Georgians”, Orleans House Gallery, London, Art Lacuna Prize (shortlisted artist). Art Lacuna, London.
- participating in the knowledge of something private or secret
- private; assigned to private uses.
- belonging or pertaining to some particular person
- secret, concealed, hidden, or secluded.
- acting or done in secret
Lou Baker, Nicola Pearce and Maura Zukina present an exhibition of public and private stuff. Come on in – it’s a weird and wonderful world.
Our Space is an exhibition exploring how we respond to, connect to and interpret the word and the concept of ‘space’. Made up of moving image and visual works, artists will collaborate to create work that responds to the Edwardian Cloakrooms. South West based artist and curator of ‘Our Space’ Bethan Highgate-Betts will be joined by artist James Mccoll and First Line Theatre.
Artist bio: Bethan is a freelance artist and writer based in the South West. Since graduating Falmouth University in 2013 she has gone on to create a successful creative career, working in film, performance and installation.
Friday/Saturday 12pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm
Social Media: @beth_yeah & @FirstLineTheatr
ConcealedRevealed is a collaborative installation by artists Kathryn Owen and Laura Wilkinson, which brings together Laura’s interest in social history and Kathryn’s minimalistic style.
Drawing on themes of concealment and revealment, the installation becomes a place of reflection and curiosity echoing the Edwardian past, bringing this into the present day. Through the use of found objects, imagery, embellishment and sound, the space acts as a place where the intangible becomes tangible.
The cloakroom is a space of concealment, which could provide a means or place of hiding. Revealing details from the past unites two contrasting concepts, by giving small glimpses into hidden corners.
For more information on the artists and their practice please visit:
The Natural History show is an illustration and print making exhibition by the Print&Ink Collective. The show is inspired by the collections of flora and fauna collated by the Victorians and Edwardians during the expansion and exploration of the British Empire. Print&Ink Collective are using various print making methods to create their own twist on illustrations depicting the wondrous animals and plants that can be found around the world.
Sanitise (Bleach my Bones)
A solo exhibition by Mary Trapp
PV – June 8th 6-9pm
Open Daily 9th– 14th June 10am – 6pm (Sun 12 – 4pm)
Sanitise (Bleach my Bones) is a site-specific installation featuring text, drawing and sculptural forms based on research into purification rituals both physical and spiritual. From the ancient Cherokee tribe’s ritual of Going to Water to the modern day Obsessive Compulsive Disorders the human desire to cleanse the body and soul is a timeless pursuit.
For this exhibition Trapp has created new works that tap into both personal and collective histories, exploring the need to cleanse as a reaction to the body in the state of crisis and of healing. Activating the energy of the space, forms will occupy the Gentleman’s side of the Cloakroom caught in the act of cleansing either themselves or their surroundings.
Mary Trapp is a Cornwall based artist; her practice incorporates paint, drawing, text and the making and altering of objects. Through the use of domestic materials she disrupts our reading of the familiar, creating moments of both bliss and repulsion. Concerned with conflicting sensations the body experiences her work explores how we, as humans, simultaneously inhabit somatic, cerebral and spiritual space.
The human body is a microcosm of dualities; it creates, yet is itself created; it acts, yet is acted upon; influences yet is influenced, teaches yet is taught, fuels, processes and transports while reaping the very same treatment in return. In ‘Fluid and Bone’, another paired aspect of the human body is explored; that of being both the artist and the artist’s muse.
Photography, oil and charcoal are combined in the unique and historic setting of The Edwardian Cloakroom to complete a comprehensive study of the human body, the single organic form we all know well. It is this familiarity that allows, and indeed provokes, artist Betsy Herbert to work with varying degrees of abstraction in her depictions, so that at best only the scarcest outline or segment is suggested on canvas. For this reason, the work is subtle, enigmatic, and somewhat elusive – and all the more alluring for it. The body is depicted as it is in real life – both peaceful and hostile, composed and distressed, vulnerable and audacious – while being rendered by Herbert at all times with a delicacy and sensitivity of approach that grants the highest degree of aesthetic satisfaction.
As both a full-time Neuroscience student at the University of Bristol and enduring artist and photographer, Betsy Herbert is herself an inborn duality. Growing up in Cambridge, UK, she moved to Bristol this academic year to pursue her studies. Previous and ongoing work can be found at
“Art, like nature enriches lives. It has the power to inspire and inform people about the natural wonders of the world which, if neglected and abused will leave an irreparable gap in the ecosystems that support all forms of life as we know it.”
Founded in 2015, the idea behind Rewild.Life is to raise awareness for endangered wildlife and conservation through art and design. Come join us and see how this concept is transforming into beautiful works of art, intriguing design and engaging installations. We will be showcasing art created, curated and commissioned by Rewild.Life, from an eclectic range of local and national artists.
See you there and become part of our Rewild.Life story!
Chris and Helena
Kelsey Stewart, Owain Astles, Nathalie Perthuisot
StudioSpace (Bristol University Department of Theatre, Film, and Television)
Sex and the Edwardian Cloakroom
Art, Installation and Performance
The “Edwardian Cloakroom” is a disused public lavatory. Almost by definition, these places are emphatically gendered. You are a man or a woman, or more specifically a lady or a gentleman. Presumably others went elsewhere. But this gendering was certainly compromised from the start; secret other purposes; disguises; cottaging. How can we continue to subvert the wall between the “ladies” and the “gents”?
In this exhibition we will, through performance, 2D art and installation, play with concepts of gender and sex, and ask questions. How do we transcend our own stereotypes? What compromises (if any) do we have to undergo in order to approach the “other”? We will be having fun, making discoveries and making a video.
Bog Standard is an installation encouraging collaboration between different sets of people. For the last weekend of April we will be transforming the Edwardian Cloakroom into one giant musical instrument, for anyone to come along and play the building. In small groups you will enter the main room and begin creating sounds. Any noise you make will be recorded, looped and played back to you. These layers of sound will build up, you can; stamp, flick, kick, shout, bash, twist, rub, run, brush, rattle, hit and pet anything in the room to create as many different noises as you wish. In the room you will also find a range of tools to help you create a wide range of different sounds. You can make a simple beat, or keep building up the sounds to create a technical tune. The acoustics of the ladies side promise for some very interesting results. Together will others you will be able to explore the musical possibilities of the Edwardian Cloakroom.
Jack Waghorn and Nathan Wood are two recent Graphic Design graduates from Bristol, both with an emphasis towards multidisciplinary process, social engagement and performance. They recently performed at Over & Under, an exhibition at the Control Room exploring Bristol’s 43 bridges.
“Spend my lunch break in a hundred-year-old public toilet? You must be taking the piss…”
…of course we aren’t. Join our takeover of public (Heli)convenience The Edwardian Cloakroom this April.
We will be exhibiting contributor art work and photography throughout, all submitted by students. We’re also planning a series of events and workshops, including: life drawing, FILTH zine launch party, lunch poems, plant holder workshop and music performances.
Catherine Anyango and Julie Hill
29th January – 3rd February 2016
Private View 28 Jan 2016 6–9pm
Performance/interventions devised by Julie Hill and performed by Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres, 7 pm and at regular intervals over the exhibition.
Open daily 12–6pm or by appointment
Following on from their 2012 exhibition Crying Out Loud, Ladies Room is the second in a series of collaborative exhibitions by artists Julie Hill and Catherine Anyango. Together their complementary works in materials such as ceramics, cosmetics and mirrors use the context of the Edwardian Cloakroom as a mise-en-scene setting, drawing attention to feminine experience as independent, both spatially and intellectually, from the Gents. The exhibition will be accompanied by a linked performance, film screening and talk.
Julie Hill will create a series of linked works using cosmetics, smoke and mirrors to imagine a feminine language formed from collected messages written by women in horror. For example, in Polanski’s Repulsion in scenes of descending madness, Carol is seen scrawling an imaginary script onto glass panels. Or, in Argento’s Deep Red a victim attempts to write a dying message in the condensation from billowing steam. The work continues ongoing research into feminine tropes in horror films and how female protagonists are often the first to perceive a latent threat or horror. This ties into generally held notions that women (along with the young and the insane) are more in touch with their psyches and able to access supernatural knowledge or realms. The work also references the French feminist idea of ‘écriture féminine’ or ‘women’s writing’ (as originated by Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva in the 1970s). The narrative will emerge from smoke and travel across objects, performance and interventions in the gallery and beyond. There will be a screening of one of the films on which the work is based.
Catherine Anyango’s work is a reaction to research into abortion and the Edwardian working class women. A woman had few rights and her identity under the 1834 Poor Law was bound up tightly with that of her family: ‘with regard to the treatment of women … in this Report, the single independent woman is nowhere mentioned. The wife is throughout treated exactly as is the child, it is assumed that she follows her husband…’* Abortion, though illegal, was widespread, and a way in which women exercised control. Being illegal, however, it was often performed manually by other women with crochet hooks or knitting needles or with the use of abortifacient herbs. Catherine’s installation Silent Companion uses a dummy board (a historic household decoration, popular from the 17–19th Century, of a painted cut out wooden figure), to reflect on the widespread practice of Edwardian abortion in a gentle and contemplative way. The dummy board will represent a woman knitting in the cloakroom amongst tiles hand painted with abortifacient herbs. Knitting is both a feminine act and references the use of needles in the procedures.
I love to smell the flowers but I can’t
Kim Taylor and Laura Porter
PV 5th January 2016
Open Daily 6th-12th January 10am-5pm
In a space that was once functional, Taylor and Porter explore the intention and purpose of environment and material, playing and testing their properties in the form of sculpture and installation that encompasses and parallels the unusual and eerie setting of the Edwardian Cloakroom. Working with subject matters of the self and The Other, Taylor and Porter’s practice often comes together to create disconnected figurative studies, juxtaposing, and enhancing one another’s individual interests, whilst merging in a monochromatic world of the not-quite-living.
Taylor and Porter have been working side-by-side since meeting at Middlesex University. Havingboth left London with 1st class degrees in fine art, Kim came to Bristol to work with Studio Upstairs and exhibited in Arts Trail and OPEN Studio Upstairs. Laura had a solo exhibition in Eastbourne’s Curious Gallery, and was part of the Collyer Bristow Graduate Award in London, and the Bentliff Art Prize in Maidstone. Last winter, they both completed an art residency in a listed building in Tottenham, and have been exploring unusual, disused spaces ever since.
A Collaboration of two exhibitions:
Close to the Edge…I look to my cat and my courage returns
Charlotte Miller and Carly Etherington
PV- 8th December 7.30pm
Open Daily- 9th-15th December 10am-6pm
‘I look to my cat and my courage returns.’ Charles Bukowski.
The cats of Bristol have united, for this exhibition which celebrates their many differences.
As an artist I enjoy exploring the strange and ridiculous. The relationships between people and their cats can appear strange from the outside, and ridiculous from the inside. That strangeness is the focus of the pieces I am showing this week.
I am an artist who makes work in Theatre, Dance, Paint and Poetry.
I currently live and work in Bristol and have a studio at the 123space.
My website is: www.carlyetherington.co.uk
On the edge.
At the Edwardian cloakrooms Charlotte Miller asks you to come join her on a journey into the unknown, through natural landscapes, challenging mountain passes of the Himalayas, and to experience through her musings and photography the beautiful kind eyes of the tribal people she met throughout Asia. A spiritual connection with nature is the overriding theme, through a series of installations and mandalas.
For any enquiries please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find more of my work here:
Art, poetry, photography, film and installation: https://charlottemillerart.wordpress.com/
Travel writing and musings:
Charlotte Miller is interested in making links to the environments around her and how these can be challenged, changed or brought together in a community sense. Although she works with many media including film, photography, installation, and painting/drawing vibrancy can be seen running through the works often with links to nature or people.
Bristol Post Diverts Collective
PV- 27th November 2015 6-9pm
Open daily 28th November- 1st December 2015 10am-6pm
Chequered histories: artist’s biographies.
Robyn Burt and Jiang Dai’s piece is a collaborative reaction to materials and colours in the cloakroom and just as much about the space as it is about working together as friends and artists.
Jonathan Hooper’s portraits are of famous British icons and from old Edwardian themed poster designs and styles. His inspiration comes from Shepard Fairey, Henri de Toulouse and his own acrylic methods
Seema Shrenk’s work is a series of Balloon dogs made with Balloons and Mod Roc and painted with acrylic colours. Seema likes animals, especially her dogs. The inspiration for this work came from the Artist Jeff Koons and the animator (creator of Gromit) Nick Park.
Jane Speedy works making marks on surfaces: painting, printing and drawing. This large vibrantly coloured piece is a celebration of the lives of the gay men who met in this cloakroom/cottage.
Kim Sullivan’s artistic concerns are mainly the human figure and the transient nature of its presence, perception and time. Here, representing the memories of fleeting human traces imprinted in this space.
Joanna Williams’ work combines the beauty of the ordinary and everyday with darker elements of unease and the unseen using video, rust and smoke drawings.
Sally Coulden’s theme is light, inspired by Edwardian inventor Thomas Edison. Sally is in pursuit of ‘Framing Infinity’ by creating an ethereal feel to the exhibition space with imagery and lighting.
Sofia Mesa Giner’s sculpture work reflects her passion and interest in society’s disposable culture.
The Art Troupe
PV- 19th November 6-9pm
Open daily 20th- 25th
Monday- Saturday 10am-6pm
The exhibition will be kicking off with a circus themed performance evening for the private view draped in the glitz and glamour of circus splendour. Then the exhibition will be open for the duration of the week while hosting workshops!
The Art Troupe is a diverse group of people so come along for a truly unique week of workshops, exhibition and circus based fun!
Final artist list for private view/ exhibition/ workshops to be announced!
Curated by Emily Krainc
Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/945618665513439/
PV- 12th November 6-8pm
Open daily- 13th-18th November 11am-4pm
An Exhibition by Bath-based artist Leah Crews, featuring work from Bath Artist Printmakers. Taking inspiration from the unique setting of the Edwardian Cloakrooms, Bath Time explores imagery relating to bathing and cleanliness through the ages.
Leah Crews works in linocut, a type of relief print. In a series of prints created specifically for this exhibition, she explores advertising of soap and other products from the early 1900s.
http://www.leah crews.com @LeahCrews1
Bath Artist Printmakers are a cooperative of around 30 artists who share a printmaking workshop in Larkhall, Bath. Established over 30 years ago, they have members of all ages, working in a variety of print techniques including etching, aquatint, drypoint, relief and monoprint.
By Esther Cooper- Gittins
PV 5th November 7-9pm
Open Daily 6th-10th November 10am-6pm
“marks can be found hidden in the liminal spaces between
comfort + unease
microscopic + infinite
containment + flux
omission + exposure
borders are obeyed
borders are transgressed
there is a potential for existence beyond visible confines
quiet struggles occur between two points”
PV 23rd October 7 – 10 pm
Open Sat 24th and Sun 25th 10am- 6pm
In the formation of the crystal we see a tndency to life…however the crystal has only one manifestation of life, namely its formation.
In Parameter Settemsdal examines the nature of form and matter in its elemental state.
A jelly crystal contains a mineral drawing; a fluid object continuously adapts to its surrounding environment. The crystalline solidity of the definite is replaced by something soft, transient and pliable. Subject to the same transfigurations that underlie organic form, sculpture becomes a vital process, suggesting the perpetual change underlying matter.
By Sarah Carden
15th-20th October 2015
Open daily 11am-4pm
What is the event?
SWAP SHOP is a community project that invites you to bring your old, worn, unwanted clothes and swap them for something new. Simple. Now here’s the twist. Each hanger is accompanied by a label that reveals the story of the item it holds. In order to swap your clothes, you have to tell the story of your item too. No story, no swap. That’s the rules.
The story listed could be one of the following:
How you came to own this item
A memory / experience you have from wearing it
A person / place that it reminds you of
Or another story that you would like to tell.
You will be given a token for each piece of clothing you donate. One token can be redeemed for one item from the shop.
At the end of the event, all items and their stories will be anonymously documented and made into a small publication that will be available in the weeks following the event. If you do not wish your story to be in the publication, please let us know when you donate. Following this, the remaining clothes will be donated to St. Peters’ Hospice charity shop, a local charity aiming to improve the quality of living for adults with life limiting illnesses. For more information please go to: http://www.stpetershospice.org.uk/about/
Who is the artist?
Sarah Carden is a designer currently living and working in Bristol. An illustration graduate from the University of Brighton, Sarah is inspired by people, our language, our stories and how these form our relationships. Her work usually takes the form of photography, print or film, but she has recently taken on the challenge of organising art related events. If you would like to see more of her work, collaborate or simply say hello contact her at email@example.com
Twitter : @swapshopbristol
Instagram : @swapshopbristol
By Rosie Dolton
7th – 13th October 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Private view 7th October
7pm – 9pm
Rosie Dolton has always been interested in using processes typically associated with femininity such as sewing, embroidery and cross stitch. Through her work she aims to challenge traditional notions of gender and often references imagery which is generally targeted towards the male gaze. She uses sewing as a form of drawing, the end result becoming something engaging, tactile and intricate.
Hidden is an exhibition focusing on the overlooked and ordinary. It includes pieces from Dolton’s on-going series of textile ‘drawings’ exploring nature, the organic, and grotesque as well as some new work inspired directly by the Edwardian Cloakroom depicting animals and objects usually found in urban or unsavoury environments. Often not framing her work Dolton believes in the importance of showing her processes leaving raw edges of fabric and trailing threads down the wall transforming her work into something almost sculptural.
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By Caitlin Shepherd
5th – 12th September 2015
Open daily from 1pm – 6pm
Preview 5th September 2015
7pm – 9pm
In an abandoned building, full of other peoples’ histories, you are invited to listen to a wireless intimate sound scape. Part-social documentary, part-poetry, part-psychedelic music scape, Sanctuary charts the stories of four people exploring their own relationships with the concept and experience of Sanctuary.
The interactive, multi-sensory experience starts every hour on the hour during exhibition times, lasts for approximately 50 minutes, and is for six – eight people at a time – echoing the intimacy of the project.
Previous audiences describe their experiences below:
‘I’ve been meaning to email you for a while because Sanctuary really stood out for me as an important experience. I found the soundscape really raw – it has stuck with me and been very thought-provoking.’
‘The wind blowing the white fabric across my legs as I looked up into the trees. Returning to the stories that I’d heard earlier in the year and imagining the scenes that they painted in my imagination: the wasteland where lovers meet described in the poem; the open sea; the desert.’
‘It made me feel calm. I seem to remember that prompted me to almost cry. It left me wanting to hear more.’
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By Michelle Dash
12th – 17th August 2015
An exhibition/installation, including paintings and sculpture, related to the idea of the mirror as a symbol of the threshold or portal between two realms. My work reflects an ongoing interest in the theme of identity and the interplay between our conscious and unconscious selves. Themes of transformation and disguise; what’s hidden or revealed; the self, the other and the ‘shadow’, all reflect my interest in medieval art, myths and fairy tales. Hence the images often suggest a story, or psychological drama, drawing the viewer into engaging with possible identities and narratives.
Papergirl Bristol: The Exhibition!
By Papergirl Bristol
1st – 6th August 2015
Papergirl is an art project, founded in Berlin, which in the style of American paperboys, distributes rolled art pieces by bicycle for free. Art is collected, exhibited, and then distributed on bicycles for free, helping artists gain more exposure in their city.
Papergirl Bristol is in it’s 3rd year in 2015, and under new management. Come along to say hi and do some drawing or create stuff with us anytime during the exhibition; materials will be provided!
We’re also looking for people who would like to get involved with the project in the future, so please drop us a line if you’re interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out videos from Papergirl Bristol: The Exhibition:
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A group exhibition
23rd – 29th July 2015
Leaf House is a group exhibition of containers for plants. Each artist has approached the task of making a container in their own way using a range of different materials from pottery to 3D printing. Participating artists include illustrators, painters, musicians and children from Bristol’s own Let’s Make Art.
Life, Love, Death and Dissension
by Ali Cackett, Ruth Gavenlock and Joe Gavenlock
14th – 21st July
We are three individuals exhibiting photographs, drawings and textiles all being shown for the first time. Ali and Ruth have both spent many years working on the front line supporting families, the unemployed, children and young people and individuals with a variety of mental, physical and social issues. Both have used art as a way of coping with the effects of dealing with distress and trauma on a day to day basis.
Ruth, in particular, has found the effect on clients of the recent cuts to welfare and the punitive benefit system especially hard to deal with and in order to cope with this has created a series of cushions and wall hangings expressing her anger and frustration. It was this or risk her own mental well being. Ali works intensely with charcoal and graphite to produce densely worked evocations of familiar and loved local landscapes along with portraits of family both living and recently lost, thus Ali has also used her art to deal with the pain of bereavement.
Joe Gavenlock is a Bristol based artist who is currently experimenting in a variety of mediums, including moving image, photography and audio. His photography, shot using traditional 35mm film, is a subjective exploration of the world around him. Favouring authentic methods and embracing flaws in the traditional process, his work is often distorted, with unrevealed meaning and subject matter. The audience is encouraged to find their own meaning from the work and the artist holds no responsibility for thoughts conceived after viewing, however, a virile imagination is encouraged.
For further information email: email@example.com
The Art Green House Exhibition
by The Art Green House
3rd – 5th July 2015
The Art Green House Collective is a collaboration of visual artists showcasing their work in the Edwardian Cloakroom. You will see a combination of Fibre Arts, Painting with Print and Stitch Illustrations.
It is an ongoing project showcasing a variety of artists with the underlying ethos of thinking green. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events and updates.
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Beauty and the Beast
By Nikki Allford and Esmé Clutterbuck
27th – 29th June 2015
Artists Nikki Allford and Esmé Clutterbuck are both concerned with ideas of Beauty in this exhibition of installations, drawings and photographs. The Edwardian Cloakroom with its atmosphere of melancholy, past splendour and its connection to the human body makes the venue a fitting context for this work.
Nikki Allford’s installations are made through the accumulation of lines and tape. Simple linear substances form into images, suggesting growth and the layering of memories. Time consuming repetitive actions and obsessional attention to detail can result in the formation of a work. This could be viewed as abstract or as hinting at other qualities – flowing like water; reminiscent of animals, pelts or fur, the innards of the body. Nikki works with found materials, her ideas often form in her initial response to the materials themselves and spaces they are shown in.
Esmé Clutterbuck’s drawings explore the fascinating otherness of hair. As a cultural phenomenon hair has a certain power and once separated from the body it has the ability to be both beautiful and repellent. In her drawings hair may look like or mimic other substances – water, plants or undergrowth. Esmé is interested in the way hair appears in fairy tales and myths, often hinting at female archetypes. Her work draws on the history of drawing but her interest is to use this in a way that feels contemporary and connects to her own concerns.
Andy Roberts Retrospective
by Sophie Sherwood
12th – 19th June 2015
Our friend Andy, a great guy that you really should have gotten to know. He was an incredibly talented songwriter, guitarist, singer, artist and writer, and will hopefully continue to get the respect he deserves.
This is a retrospective of the life’s work of Andy Roberts, who died suddenly in 2005. In this exhibition you should hope to find: illustrations, zines, books, photographs, stripy t-shirts, listening booths, music, and lots of little unexpected things. There will be performances by his friends on Saturday 13th for the official opening day.
by Hannah Green
6th – 10th June 2015
Step in to a world of illumination and beauty.
An installation created for all to experience and enjoy.
This installation transforms the space giving the viewer a sense of child-like wonder as they experience the overlooked and unseen in the natural world.
It acts like a portal, a chance to escape the everyday life and be immersed in the dandelion seed in a way you’d never imagine.
My aim is to present the viewer with the compelling beauty in a weed, something that elegantly disperses its delicate seeds, relying on soft blows of the wind to preserve its unique form for all to see.
Behind Open Doors – ‘Temple of Convenience’
by Gwendolyn Scott
12th – 17th May 2015
Theatre maker Gwendolyn Scott leads a team of collaborators in the making of a performance influenced by the Edwardian Cloakrooms. Starting the residency with no plans or ideas, the team will be influenced by the atmospheres, acoustics and imaginings they have as they play within the gallery walls.
You are invited to influence the process. Drop by with a story, draw a picture of a ghost you think you see there, challenge us to include your favourite rock song. Pop in or join us online throughout the week.
The week concludes in final performance shown every hour.
‘Temple of Convenience’ will be an immersive journey where you will be led through an exploration of every corner of the Edwardian cloakrooms where the walls drip with stories and the doors open to unexpected experiences.
Exhibition (Part two: the study rooms)
by Rebecca Russell
5th – 7th May 2015
Exhibition (Part two: the study rooms) is Rebecca Russell’s first solo exhibition. Currently in her final year and soon to graduate, her practice involves creating site specific installations that attempt to deconstruct and reconstruct the architecture of the space they are presented within. Her installations are usually temporary; after they are installed they are destroyed or elements go on to form a new work, therefore documentation becomes an important aspect of Rebecca’s practice.
Exhibition is a three part exhibition, consisting of part one: the bedroom, part two: the study rooms and part three: the living room which will be shown at her degree show in June. These three sites exist as a whole and independent of each other; whilst simultaneously referencing the site before the one you are within and exploring the characters and the architecture of the house in Joanna Hogg’s film Exhibition.
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CLOAK by Jodie Marks and FLIGHT by Sarah Connolly
20th – 23rd March
CLOAK by Jodie Marks
“A hint of public lesbian loving broke the monotony for me. I made a pot of tea for myself and read the news in the Bristol Evening World.” From Ladies Mile by Victoria Hughes – a public toilet attendant in Bristol from 1929-1962 (Bristol: Abson Books, 1977)
The Ladies Edwardian Cloakroom on Park Row is set back from the street, behind tall green bushes, along a winding path. One enters through a porch doorway, down a dark-wood paneled corridor, past the attendant’s room, into a toilet cubicle. This labial entrance sits in contrast to the Gentleman’s equivalent next door: a stark protuberance fully exposed on the corner of the street.
As a place where private acts are played out in public (and not always the ones expected), the public toilet is both a site of revelation and concealment; a liminal space where public and private blur.
Cloak is an installation that draws upon the context of the female public toilet as a site of hidden activities. A series of pixelated images are propped up and drawn into soft focus by frosted Perspex sheets. Pools of wire and bare bulbs throw light onto the subjects. Suggesting intimacy through distance and exploring the act of looking, the installation questions the viewer’s relationship with the screen. However, we are not alone: the attendant’s room is inhabited again – is there someone to bear witness to the various acts concealed and revealed within this space?
FLIGHT by Sarah Connolly
Sarah’s current work focuses on urban meditations and everyday spectacles often overlooked in city life, exploring the physical, Bristol environment through urban nature, chance and luck.
A ubiquitous presence in the city, pigeons are seen as filthy, ‘rats with wings’ and the ‘common’ face of nature in the city, and yet they are responsible for moments of huge beauty in the skies. People travel to the Somerset Levels to film the murmuration of starlings as a grand spectacle, but pigeons offer an everyday equivalent: individual birds come together to wheel and turn above the city in specific places, at seemingly random times, before settling as a flock. It is a beautiful pattern, easily overlooked.
Through these wheels, Sarah explored Bristol: a psychogeographic navigation of the city, seeking out the places where they regularly happened, and then waited to try and capture them using the ‘wrong’ equipment – a cheap ‘point and shoot’ film camera. Each shot needed to be manually wound on, so the photographs of a wheel appear broken up and stuttered. The act of sitting still in the city, observing and waiting, became meditative, leading to conversations, friendships, and new insights into the local environment. The element of chance and luck was important – the days she stayed in a spot and saw nothing until she put her camera away, to the days she could only see flocks in the distance – making the successful shots all the more precious.
A pop up shop selling handmade recycled art
by artist Julianne Davis
12th-17th March 2015
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‘Our Many Selves’
by Dominic Grant & Paula Whatman
6th – 8th March 2015
If a person falls over and dies in a forest and no one is around to hear, should it still be ‘liked’ on face-book?
Our Many Selves takes the intensely private yet public site of the Edwardian Cloakroom as a starting point for an exploration of how we see ourselves, our public selves and our private selves.
In an age in which a generation continually redefines its ‘digital self’, through the use of hidden sound and projected image the work asks questions of identity that transcend time and place.
Our Many Selves is a Whispering Gallery production.
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Sounding the city: call for participation
This call is seeking participants for a two part event, which explores the sonic fabric of Bristol. The first part is a workshop which will use field recordings to guide and document an urban walk. The second is an exhibition incorporating the recordings gathered during the workshop.
The call is open to anyone with an interest in, but not necessarily any previous knowledge of, collecting and documenting sounds of the city. The aim is to explore Bristol’s sensory environment, with a focus on the audible, and to experiment with both visual and auditory mediums as a way of documenting these sensory experiences.
This is an opportunity to gain experience of field recording, and exhibit some work as part of a sound art installation at The Edwardian Cloakrooms, 14-16 August 2014.
The workshop is open to five participants and will take place in Bristol on 24th June 2014. The workshop is free but interested participants need to respond with a summary (approx. 100 words) about yourself and about your interest in this event, to Nina.Williams@bristol.ac.uk by 10th June 2014.
A collection of Photography and Illustration
by Stephanie Third and Adrian Dutt
2nd -12th August
Both artists will be displaying a collection of new and old works in this beautiful listed building on Park Row. The show runs for two weeks and all work will be available to buy. The private view will be held on August 1st – expect booze & music from Silver Waves and much more.
an exhibition by Victoria Farrance, Catherine Chambers and Ben Jenner
25th – 31st July
An exhibition of drawings, prints,installations and sculptures created by three up and coming Bristol based artists who graduated from UWE in 2012 studying Drawing and Applied Arts. In their works each artist has a strong consideration for appearances, how we perceive each other and ourselves, and our public and private identities.
The Edwardian cloakrooms provide an ideal location for this, a space that was open to the public when they need somewhere private.
All three artist’s work in this show have an autobiographical premise:
Victoria’s work investigates her obsession with her figure, translating this using various printmaking methods onto paper. Consideration has gone into the display of these pieces; each female nude clutching at their excess body bits will be hung in female toilet cubicles, reflecting the traditionally private subject matter.
Ben’s work concerns notions of identity and the figure in a predominantly print based format, his intention has been to experiment using the body as both a subject matter and a tool for printmaking. The ongoing project has taken shape in both two and three dimensional printing, exploring both traditional printing and experimenting with casting replicas of body parts.
Two collections of work by Catherine are on display; the first of personal works made in 2012 documenting poignant moments concerning mortality and the state of being, using intricate pencil drawings as a medium to cope. The second are new works exploring the world of transvestism; the privacy of ‘transforming’ and the excitement of public display and designing another identity.
For more information on their individual works please go to:
catherinechambers.co.uk facebook.com/CatherineChambersArtist @CChambersArt
Walk-in Wardrobe Fashion Fundraiser
by Bristol Textile Recyclers
17th – 23rd July 2014
After the success of their first sale, Bristol Textile Recyclers (BTR Ltd) is having its 2nd fashion fundraiser at the Edwardian Cloakrooms on Park Row. Grab yourself a bargain and upgrade your wardrobe in sustainable style with our second hand clothing as well as upcycled garments from Kecks Clothing. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Victim Support, a national charity with offices in Bristol. Victim Support gives support to those who have been affected by crime. For more information, please visit their website: www.victimsupport.org.uk.
BTR Ltd is a family run business with over 40 years’ experience in the recycling industry and are experts at the recycling of clothing, shoes, handbags and belts. We work closely with charities, schools, and community groups, helping them fundraise through recycling by organising clothes drives and sales as well as placing clothes recycling bins for both indoor and outdoor use so members of the public can recycle year round.
by Hannah Blight Anderson & Nathan Taylor
11th – 16th July
‘It’s Just A Game’
by Marisa Jimenez
23rd June -7th July
In this exhibition she will include work that is very delicate and soft. The principal concept that she wants to share is the power of the erotism. Showing women’s portraits and illustrations. A view from innocence poses until the most sensual stare. She always tries to connect attraction with innocence and melancholy characters of women, but at the same time showing how strong and powerful it can be. She has only one muse, it is the woman. There is an undiscovered mystery inside woman’s body and that is what intrigues her. The mystery women can captivate with a direct stare, that sometimes it is very intimidated. Because of all of that she thought to create a whole set of playing cards. She thinks there is always a concept of elegance and sensuality in a playing cards set and she wanted to make a fusion of these two. “It’s just a game” could be a metaphor about women’s control on the erotic game just by her body. She use a mixed technique: first she starts drawing, then she paints it with watercolors and after this work, she transfers it to digital support and she uses Photoshop to do some final details. She is currently living in Bristol, working as freelancer illustrator designer.
Artists bio: Marisa Jiménez studied of Fine Arts, at Granada University, Spain. The principal subjects were sculpture, drawing and painting; but she has acquired knowledge about illustration, photography and costume design.
by Catherine Chambers
12th – 22nd June
This exhibition of drawings looks at discarded or forgotten items; decaying and disconnected from theirintended purpose. With curiosity and a different way of seeing, the objects are re-examined with innocence, able to assume new identities and cherished as treasure.
The Edwardian Cloakroom reflects this; it is a discarded location, left to deteriorate, now rediscovered, and treasured more than when it fulfilled its role as a public toilet.
A series of oil bar and pencil drawings by Bristol based artist Catherine Chambers.
Trove (n): 1 a collection of objects2 treasure-trove
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video by Marissa Kusnadi
‘Bristol Saint Vintage, 2nd Birthday and Pop Up Shop’
by Linda Bennett, owner of Bristol Saint Vintage
28th May – 7th June 2014
For the third installment at the Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol Saint Vintage celebrates their 2nd Birthday with a very special Vintage Pop Up Shop and you’re all invited!
BSV will be supplying the usual mix of one off, hand picked vintage clothing, accessories and home-wares for your shopping pleasure!
As well as hand crafted vintage inspired artwork and cards, for the first time ever, there will be an exclusive capsule collection of Bristol Saint Vintage’s own unique re-worked and up-cycled vintage pieces in the form of crop tops, skirts and co-ords.
You can read a lovely little blog post by local bloggers onefoundseven about the BSV pop up shop http://onefoundseven.com/2014/05/31/bristol-saint-vintage-at-the-edwardian-cloakroom/
by Schoolboy’s Death Trio, trinity of art, music and verse
3rd- 15th May
Coinciding with the release of their debut EP, Schoolboy’s Death Trio will be transforming the Edwardian Cloakroom into the setting for a boundary crossing show of music, art and verse. Playing the roles of The Banker, War, Peace and The Media, the group will explore such taboo themes as death and the process of dying, power, and control. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the performance using their voice and various percussion instruments. The Trio’s aim is to promote independent thought together with unity in the community and hope to reach a new audience by presenting the work in this unusual location.
You can view the full programme of events, with all the guests involved here https://www.flickr.com/photos/schoolboysdeathtrio/13867386073/in/set-72157643990712845/
FFI: www.schoolboysdeath.com videos of previous performances can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolboysdeathtrio/videos Contact: Andrew Neil Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org
a collaboration between eight artists from Bath Spa Fine Art
25th April – 1st May
8 artists, 1 space
Having not seen the space, the artists will encounter and react to the space on the day of set up. There will be a performative aspect to the exhibition as the public will be able to watch how the students use the space as inspiration & see the creative process in the making of the works, from initial idea to realisation. The making of the works happens over one day.
The show is a chance for the artists themselves to understand their own working processes and practices as well as the others around them, to finalise their ideas before they take their work to London and to involve the public, making their art accessible.
‘Betty Rae Vintage Pop Up Shop’
by Eve McDonald, owner of Betty Rae Vintage
12th – 18th April
Betty Rae Vintage have an extra special Pop-Up Shop for you this month which will be running from the 12th-18th of April.Not only do they have tonnes of brand new stock, but it will be held in a beautifully unique venue, creating the perfect vintage vibe to inspire your shopping. The shop will be open everyday from 12-5pm, so don’t be shy, come and say hello and see what’s on offer
An exhibition incorporating painting, photography, sculpture and music
by Ellie Gray, Sharon Dewhirst, Matt Robbins
3rd – 10th April 2014
An exhibition combining ideas on remembered landscapes, sacred moments and failed language.
Ellie Gray – Ellie’s photographs are quiet preservations of landscapes, lived in spaces, and people in their own moments. She works with 35mm film and pays special attention to natural light, finding the process somewhat sacred.
Sharon Dewhirst – creates images drawn from her experiences in the Norwegian wilderness. She paints and etches impressions of the unpredictable and free landscape.
Matt Robbins – makes sculpture with found objects and bespoke materials, blurring material distinctions between the found and the made, conveying ideas based on language and poetic gesture. This show will also incorporate a sound piece.
UoB Spotlights Drama society present Doctor Faustus
by University of Bristol Drama society
27th – 29th March 2014
Doctor Faustus sells her soul to Lucifer, in exchange for twenty four years of knowledge and debauched fun, without fully understanding that, one day, she’ll have to fulfill her end of the deal, spending all eternity in hell.
Join us in the abandoned public loos on Park Row for our torch lit, 90s extravaganza – an hour-long condensed version of the original text with a difference.
‘Beautiful Gig’, series of three musicians performing in the cloakroom
Athena’s Diner Sennen Timcke, Will Newsom
17th – 20th March
Beautiful Gig presents…
“Your favourite musicians in the most beautiful of places”. We are inspired by creating wonderful venues for musicians to play their music. Expect a sensory showcase of sculptural intrigue, hosted by Bristols finest musicians!
Athena’s Diner – the fabulous Rosie B from BIM launches her brand new band. https://www.facebook.com/Athenasdinerofficial
Sennen Timcke – After a year away writing, Bristol based ‘Something of the Night’ front man is re-establishing with an engaging and heartfelt solo set. www.sennentimcke.com
Will Newsome – plays and sings wonderful tales on the Kora and other stringed things, and is also half of ‘The Hand’. http://somenewwill.blogspot.co.uk
If like what you see in the video, Beautiful Gig now have their own website, keep an eye out for upcoming events!
photography exhibition curated by Katie Morgan
17th – 24th February
Isolation is an exhibition curated and directed by Katie Morgan who is a student at UWE studying Photography. The exhibition focuses around the feeling of isolation, which is something which everyone has felt or known at some point in their lives, so the audience is able to relate.
Katie Morgan has curated exhibitions such as the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize which was shown at Mshed (Bristol) in the summer of 2013. She has put together a fantastic range of artists who have created work in the theme of Isolation. Photographers who are involved are: Ameena Rojee, Charley Williams, Hollie Osborn, Naomi Goddard, Noora Mari Pelkonen, Ross Williams, Ruby Walker, Sophie Louise Youlden, Urte Ursule Sutkute. A mixture of graduates and students who have studied photography and based over the UK and Wales.
Many photographers create work based on narrative is expressed through the use of: fashion, documentary and portraiture photography, so evidences a wide range of work with a very different take to each other. Katie has specifically chosen photographers who she thinks are ‘the next big thing’ in the art world, and are here in the exhibition for one week only to indicate their skills and knowledge of their art field.
“The nature of the venue has played a key role in the development of ideas,” say artists Zanne Andrea and Geraldine Hudson, ”particularly the tension between the public and the private realms, and what is hidden and revealed.” Bristol Culture Online
‘Smoke and Mirrors’
by Zanne Andrea
29th January – 10th February
Zanne Andrea is a Chicago born and Bristol based artist. She recently finished her MFA at Bath Spa University in Fine Art. Her precariously arranged sculptural assemblages explore the relationship between power, politics, history and memory and often consider the role of illusion, authenticity and the manipulation of perception.
Geraldine Hudson, is a Stockholm based artist, is originally from Bristol. Her slightly uncanny pieces incorporate porcelain, paper, assembled found objects, photography and print. Her work, deeply laden with signifiers, is concerned with questions of authenticity, memory, perception, concepts of origin and cultural norms.
The exhibition featured an installation of various new works including sculpture, assemblage, and found objects by Zanne Andrea and Geraldine Hudson. The artists, who share similar conceptual concerns, and have a contrasting visual language will be creating new work specifically for the show. The exhibition will be taking place in the Edwardian toilets, an architecturally significant space on Park Row. The nature of the venue has played a key role in the development of ideas, particularly the tension between the public and the private realms, and what is hidden and revealed. The title itself, Smoke and Mirrors, originally alluded to the conjurer’s art of illusion but has become a term that implies the political deception of the general public, the truth concealed and manipulated. Andrea and Hudson’s sculptural interventions in the space will play with these ideas creating a discourse between the two sets of work. The artist’s research process has been documented through an online blog, designed as a space to share information with each other and the audience.
Bristol St Vintage Christmas Pop Up Shop
by Linda Bennett, Bristol St Vintage
6th – 22nd December
Bristol St Vintage pop up shop christmas edition selling vintage goodies; clothing, accessories and homeware and as a festive twist, work from local creatives was also featured including –Love Nettie Handmade Vintage Style Jewellery and Accessories, Cait Makes Up-cycled Clothing Using Vintage Fabrics and Hand Crafted Home Wares and Suzanne Hopkins Hand Crafted Christmas Collage Cards.
‘Last of My Kind’
by Louis Masai
21st November -5th December
Temporary art exhibition of paintings on reclaimed and found objects and an installation held for 2 weeks raising awareness of extinct animals around the world.
Images credited to Paul Green
Antlers Gallery director, Jack Gibbon: “I am really excited about animating this amazing and historic utilitarian space. It’s an ideal setting to showcase the unique collection of artist designed items we have.” Bristol Business News
Antlers Christmas Pop Up Shop
by Antlers Shop: Amy Timms, Anouk Mecier, Ellie Coates, Mr Mead, Rachel Sokal, Rose Sanderson and Tim Lane
8th– 24th December
A ‘winter shop’ showcasing original artworks and multiples by a selection of Bristol based artists.
Images credited to Max McClure
by Mercurial Wrestler, resident artists at AIR Falmouth University, Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol and Hall For Cornwall
As part of Mayfest 2012, Magna Mysteria is an interactive, site-based performance that uses a range of technologies and media to enhance or alter reality. It creates a world of trickery, illusion and secrecy. It has been created by Mercurial Wrestler, specialists in a unique form of immersive, audience-led performance that makes the impossible possible.
‘Find me. I’ve found rest in an unusual spot on the corner of Park Row and Woodland Road. It’s very convenient. Walk up the winding path to the door. Knock 3 times and wait.’ The cloakroom featured in one of the intial stages of the piece as home to the siren fortune teller which was followed by the next instalments spotted across town in different locations – dinner with the Morellini Sisters and the grand finale at the Big Top.
‘Gallery in the Victorian Cloakroom’
by Zoe Cameron, Charlotte Patton, Dan Hunt, Katie Sherman, Luis Bustamante, Pete Barrett, Barnabas Yianni, Nora Adwan, David Gould, Emma Clear, Tapper, Ed Wiffen, Sarah BB, Rachael Ryder, Esther Lewis and Jo Lathwood
2nd – 11th March 2011
The Victorian toilet buildings on Woodland Road, Bristol, will be open to the public for an exhibition exploring the beautiful and original interior decor of this historical site. Artists show work which responds and engages with the unique space. The work on show includes darkly scientific photographic prints, a camera obscura installation, modern glasswork, interactive sonic sculpture and music and performance pieces. The exhibition explores the Victorian obsession with new technologies and aesthetic beauty, as well as the
seedy underbelly of the times.
Photographer, Nick Hand said of his exhibition: “It was amazing how many visitors tuned into the idea and seemed to really enjoy the interviews, portraits and location.”
by photographer Nick Hand
This art project led by photographer Nick Hand was held as part of wider program of different events that took place across Bristol commemorating Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s life. Nick’s project involved interviewing and photographing local businesses in and around Bristol that carry Brunel’s name. Nick worked with 25 different businesses which included care homes, insurance brokers, car repairers and florists. His interviews highlighted why the various businesses had chosen to take Brunel’s name and what it meant to hem to be associated with the great man. Photographs were disaplyed in the cloakroom, attracting over 800 visitors. Nick Hand said of his exhibition: “It was amazing how many visitors tuned into the idea and seemed to really enjoy the interviews, portraits and location.”
Images credited to Mark Simmons
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