Saturday, 25 June 2011

Party Pieces, UWE Bristol Fine Art/Art & Visual Culture Degree Show, Spike Island, Bristol (11-16 June 2011)

What a great place Bristol is for contemporary art.  The place has the Arnolfini, The Royal West of England Academy and the wonderful Spike Island ( which held the University of the West of England degree show.  A special mention also to Nails Gallery in the basement next to St Nicholas Market, Corn Street, who showcases affordable art by local artists and offers more to look at than pretty flowers and seascapes, etc, much favoured by many local art galleries.  I left with a few print purchases of my own, thanks to artist Mary Collett.

Upon first glance, the Party Pieces seemed like it only held the usual collection of over enthusiastic art students who ideas were a little naïve and/or laboured and unbeknown to them they had already achieved the highpoint in their artistic career, but scratch the surface and some wonderful work presented itself (particularly in the digital projections and installations).

In particular, ongratulations and good luck to:

Jamie Beynon
Adam Collier
Justyna Kwiatek
Toni van Veelen
Louis Lister
Amy Walsh
Hannah Charlotte Read

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