Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Exhibitions and Festivals

The festival season is coming soon and the Bristol art scene is no exception. View is taking part in the Bristol Festival of Photography in May with two very different photographers exhibiting in the 'Life in Stillness' show. In June we are pleased to be one of the venues in UPFEST, Bristols urban painting festival, for the second year running. Our 'Urban View' show will include many of the major artists from the festival.

More information on the festivals can be found on their websites from the links above. The shows at View are introduced below with more details to come nearer the time.

Life in Stillness

In many inanimate objects we see and feel life. In the next exhibition at View Art Gallery, five artists bring consciousness to their subjects through different sources of inspiration and use of media.

Dawny Tootes uses recycled aluminium from discarded household objects to create fluidity in her tree sculptures that have an apparent organic quality. Evocative figures appear from the deep forest of colour in Fran Williams' vivid oil paintings. Using only the sense of touch, unusual markings emerge on the self modelled ceramic bodies of Ann Goodfellow's sculptures.

As part of the Bristol Festival of Photography, View introduces two photographers who portray life in imagery in both reality and abstract forms. Frank Drake captures the music of his subjects in the drama of live performance. Chris Parks creates and ethereal world through his dynamic fluid paintings, which capture a movement of light in organic materials that can never be seen again.

Life in Stillness runs from April 15 to May 30.

Urban View

Following the hugely popular urban art show last year, View Art Gallery once again teams up with the UPFEST movement and showcases the best artists from this year's urban art festival. Examples of last year's 'spray fest' can still be seen on the exterior walls and entrance floor of the gallery. 2010 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with live painting, original art on canvas, limited edition prints and the antics of more of those uniquely styled artists.

Urban View runs from June 3 to July 11.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

New Video Channel

In response to many visitors of our website who cannot make it to the gallery for every show, we've decided to launch a video channel. We will be showing videos of each exhibition, artist interviews, special events, and some of our favourite videos from the art world.

We're using the YouTube facilities (why reinvent the wheel) and have set up a View Art Gallery channel. You can access this from the YouTube logo on our home page or click here. There are only a few videos to start with but we'll be adding many more as we exhibit new work and artists, so be sure to subscribe to our channel so you don't miss out on anything new.

A huge thanks to Becky Kidson who has filmed and edited some fantastic 1 minute interviews with artists featuring in our Comfortably Strange show. These can be accessed via the channel home page or individually from our artist profile pages on the View website. Just click every time you see the blue video icon (shown at the top of this blog). and you'll link to the relevant video.

We hope you like this new feature and it inspires you to visit the gallery to see the real thing.