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Bricks Artist Programme

Bricks Artist Programme began as an initiative to support visual artists in and around Bristol. The programme featured a network of peer-to-peer mentoring and learning, skill sharing and critical thinking. As generosity and care is at the heart of our programme; our aim was to build a community of support for artists at different stages of their careers and lives.

Bricks Artist Programme launched summer 2020 with a six-month programme of activity funded by Arts Council England’s Emergency Response. Throughout the first six months we tested out ideas within our community, which laid the foundation for an ongoing programme of work.

We launched a number of paid opportunities through micro-commissions for Associate Artists to test out new ideas, workshops and a podcast series for artists to explore their research in more depth. We also launched an online sales platform, which offered additional income opportunities for both artists and Bricks, helping to support the local economy and assist artists in diversifying their income models.

Artists contributed to a weekly public talks programme which showed the rich and varied approaches to making art in the South West. Raising the profile of our diverse practices has helped us advocate for more artist-led spaces, studios and exhibition opportunities in Bristol, making stronger individual practices and a stronger sector together.

Associate Artists

Áine Kelly, Alec Stevens, Alice Cunningham, Alice Sheppard Fidler, Alyson Minkley, Amy Butlin, Anna Haydock-Wilson, Annabel Other, Anouk Mercier, Anton Goldenstein, Ayan Cilmi, Barbara Ash, Becki Hiscocks, Ben Hartley, Beth Luxton, Bo Lanyon, Carol Laidler, Catherine Knight, Charles Emerson, Clare Thatcher, Cliff Andrade, Courtenay Welcome, David Chalmers Alesworth, Dean Coates, Dorcas Casey, Eleanor Shipman, Emma Gregory, Finn Dovey, Fra Beecher, Frances Kelly, Francesca McColl, Frea Buckler, George Harding, Hannah Murgatroyd, Helen Acklam, Huma Mulji, Ian Chamberlain, Isobel Manley, James Mortimer, Janie George, Jemma Gunning, Jessa Fairbrother, Jessica Akerman, Jessie Edwards-Thomas, Jo Ball, Jo Lathwood, Joe Warrior-Walker, Josh Adam Jones, Jude Hutchen, Karolina Ptaszkowska, Kate Evans, Leslie Glenn Damhus, Lisa Cole, Lisa Davies, Lou Baker, Lucy Ward, Marcus Jefferies, Matthew Lintott, Matthew Roy Arnold, Max Naylor, Megan Clark-Bagnall, Milo Newman, Nicola Grellier, Olivia Jones, Philippa Lawrence, Phillipa Klaiber, Rodney Harris, Ryan Convery-Moroney, Steve Burden, Tim Lane, Vicky Smith, Victoria Walters, Yuko Edwards, Zahra Hoccom.

Associate Artists

  • Áine Kelly

    Áine Kelly is an Irish visual artist based in Bristol, UK. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, specialising mainly in photography, sculpture and textiles. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016.

  • Alec Stevens

    Stevens reveals a certain playful quality in the daily world around us. They fuse craft practice (fine wood carving) and fine art ideas to create works which are humorous, revealing and thought-provoking.

  • Alice Cunningham

    Alice Cunningham is a visual artist with a diverse practice working with a breadth of materials, renowned for her sculptural carvings and work in social engagement. Alice is equally passionate about concept and materiality in her artwork. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally.

     

  • Alice Sheppard Fidler

    Sheppard Fidler builds sculptures and installations and uses her body within the work, taking the mundane and transforming it through a process of re-construction and  re-configuration. The work derives from what she refers to as ‘the rubbing up against the everyday’.

  • Alyson Minkley

    Socially-engaged, experiential & contemporarily topical, Alyson Minkley’s work holds tension between traditional solid-state materials & transience in contemporary digital media.

  • Anna Haydock-Wilson

    Anna Haydock-Wilson is an artist, filmmaker and producer, specialising in arts activities and events within communities. Her work brings people together, explores social and environmental realities, delights in creative processes and helps to amplify the voices of lesser heard people. Most of her projects and commissions are collaborative and cross many media.

  • Annabel Other

    Annabel Other is a multifaceted artist living in Bristol. For 22 years, she has been the Head Librarian of The Bristol Art Library: a small, travelling library which houses over 300 unique books, each made by practitioners from across all areas of the arts. She is also the proprietor of The Old Shoe Factory, a micro arts centre. Most recently, Other has become a D.J. who transforms into a horse whilst at the turntables and co-hosts a club night called ‘The Early Evening Disco’ (for people who can’t stay up late). She is currently in the midst of writing a musical about the Library.

  • Anouk Mercier

    Anouk Mercier’s works present fantastical mise-en-scenes inspired by Romanticism and 18th Century architectural and landscape etchings. Predominantly working on paper, recent commissions have seen her practice extend to textiles and laser cutting.

  • Anton Goldenstein

    Anton Goldenstein (b. Johannesburg, South Africa, 1975) immigrated to Britain in 1986. Goldenstein has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Previous exhibitions include the Bloomberg New Contemporaries and Oriel Mostyn Open.

  • Ayan Cilmi

    Ayan currently works in the visual arts but has a particular interest in film and is on the board of Encounters Film Festival.

    Last year, she wrote, produced and directed her first self-funded short film. The film, “The Tongue I never Quite Knew”, explores the anxieties of a shift in culture, religion and language that occurs when families are settled after migration.

  • Barbara Ash

    Barbara Ash is an award-winning artist-sculptor exploring the dynamics of female experience, girlhood and identity through sculpture, and painting, based on a boat next to the Bristol Channel.

  • Becki Hiscocks

    Becki Hiscocks is a Bristol based illustrator with a background in Fine Art and education. Her work reflects a fascination of anatomy, focusing on her observation and understanding of the structure and function of the human form. She is particularly interested in pathology, viewing disease as the narrative of the body.

  • Ben Hartley

    Ben Hartley is an eco-anxious artist based in Bristol. Concerned with the environmental impact of the art world and it’s obsession with material perfection. Believing perfection to be a wholly unsustainable concept, Ben believes the rejection of it constitutes a radical act.

  • Beth Luxton

    Beth is a painter, printmaker and animator who lives and works in Bristol, UK.

  • Bo Lanyon

    Bo Lanyon works across painting & sculpture, exploring an entangled landscape of experience: loss, connection, conflict, distance, hope.

  • Carol Laidler

    Carol Laidler’s practice is located in the crack between writing and visual art. It is an exploration of the different ways this might be manifested. Working with writing, spoken word, sound, photography and moving image, her site-specific installations highlight the tensions between an inner personal space and the multiple voices that constitute the outer world.

  • Catherine Knight

    Catherine Knight is a painter based at BV Studio Bristol and a RWA Artist Network member. Since graduating from an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University in 2008 with a distinction, she has exhibited widely in both private and public gallery spaces including Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Royal West of England Academy.  Most notably she was an invited artist at the Discerning Eye exhibition in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Gingell prize in 2012.

  • Charles Emerson

    Charles Emerson studied BA Hons Photography at Falmouth College of Arts. His fine art work has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally. Charles also works for a number of commercial and editorial clients.

  • Clare Thatcher

    Clare Thatcher is a painter living and working in Thornbury South Gloucestershire. Clare’s practice is deeply connected to a sense of place taking influence from coastal and tidal areas,  in particular, landscape features that have had a profound effect on her. The locations she choses and the focus of her attention is highly selective and personal, one that evokes a very strong, emotional, felt response. Central to her practice is drawing and painting with the use of pure colour which she makes from pigments. Clare selects a limited palette she has felt when in place.

  • Cliff Andrade

    Cliff studied BA Communication Design at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, graduating first class with honours, before studying for a Masters in Print at the Royal College of Art, where he was the Tony Snowdon Scholar for 2018-2020. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol. He is a previous winner of the Jill Todd Photo Award, and has been a finalist for both the Association of Photographers Award and the Aesthetica Art Prize.

  • David Chalmers Alesworth

    David Alesworth is a sculptor, photographer and researcher of garden histories, working between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He is former Head of Sculpture, IVSAA (1991-2002), and Professor, BFA + MAADS at SVAD, BNU, Lahore (2006-2015). Over the past decade his work has been organised around an expanded vision of the garden as ‘global forest’ of which we are all part.

  • Dean Coates

    Dean Coates is a ceramic artist exploring the impacts of the Anthropocene and the geological, biological and human tensions that exist in these continuous spaces. Referring to, science, philosophy and politics he makes objects and installations to stimulate discussion and speculation around this geological epoch.

  • Dorcas Casey

    Dorcas Casey is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Jamaica Street Studios in Stokes Croft. She is interested in ideas about dreams, intuition, folk rituals, memory and old modes of thought that still dwell somewhere in the human psyche.

  • Eleanor Shipman

    Eleanor is a participatory artist and illustrator living in Bristol, UK, and working around the world, recently spending a year in Vietnam.

  • Emma Gregory

    Emma Gregory is an artist and educator now living in Bristol, although formerly of London, Leeds and Liverpool.

  • Finn Dovey

    Finn Dovey is a Bristol based artist and writer, attempting to unpick the postindustrial landscape through ethnographic research, digital archaeology and 3D localities.

  • Fra Beecher

    Fra Beecher is a life model and photographic artist.

  • Frances Kelly

    Frances Kelly is an artist living and working in Bristol.

    Her practice sits within sculpture, drawing and text. She has a repeated fascination with geographical landscapes and the stories which surround them. Examining objects through a pseudo researcher lens, re-constructing and re-purposing in order to build structures and situations. With an emphasis on sustainability, Frances uses recycled materials and a constant cannibalising old works for new.

  • Francesca McColl

    Francesca McColl is a documentary photographer based in Bristol.

  • Frea Buckler

    Frea Buckler is a multidisciplinary artist applying her visual language of hard-edged abstraction to screenprint, sculpture and installation. Central to her practice is the interplay between the conscious and subconscious, balancing both reason and intuition to create lively one-off works made up of deeply saturated geometric forms.

  • George J Harding

    George is an oil painter and fine artist based in Bristol, UK.

    George’s art is an exploration and journey of discovery. His aim is to find a greater sense of self, vision and spirit through the process of making art. He finds authenticity and enjoyment in the many forms, styles and approaches that painting offers.

     

     

  • Hannah Murgatroyd

    Hannah Murgatroyd’s paintings and drawings can be seen as an island space of the imagination, as permeable slippages of past, present, future held in one image. Embracing the relationship between fiction, artifice and an idea of the real, conversely, the physicality of the human body and the emotional resonance of gesture are ever-present currents.

  • Helen Acklam

    Helen Acklam lives in Bristol and works at BV Studios, Bedminster. Since a return to a full-time art practice in 2012, (MA Fine Art, University of Brighton) she has participated in collaborations, residencies and exhibitions in London, Brighton, Hastings and Bristol.

  • Huma Mulji

    Huma Mulji works with sculptural installation, photography, collage and drawing.  The city, the everyday and the overlooked, all serve as subjects in her deliberately awkward artworks. Mining out the dysfunctional, the futile, the funny, the sorrowful and the resilient, the works stand as unwieldy, inconvenient witnesses to time and place.

  • Ian Chamberlain

    Ian is a senior lecturer in Drawing and Print and M.A Multi-disciplinary printmaking. His work investigates man-made structures; reinterpreting them as monuments placed within the landscape.

    Ian has had a longstanding fascination with technology and architectural forms, these have included structures within industry, agriculture, science and the military.

    Ian is interested in the use of a traditional print process such as etching being used to record subject matter that is generally at the cutting edge of technology for its time.

    The etchings become an extension of his drawing allowing him to record the location through the interlinking processes of drawing and printmaking.

    Ian has exhibited extensively within the UK and internationally.

  • Isobel Manley

    Isobel is a Bristol-based artist who centres her work around nature and social constructs.

    Working with sculpture, performative sculpture, found objects, sound, animation and film, Isobel places together materials and forms that would not usually meet.

  • James Mortimer

    James Mortimer (born 1989, Swindon) is a Bath-based artist.

    He is best known for his paintings depicting obsessively-detailed landscapes and interiors, where human figures and animals interact in provocative and macabre scenarios

  • Janie George

    Janie’s prints, paintings and drawings have been shown in Britain and internationally. Examples of printmaking are included in journals and publications. Janie is member of the Jamaica St Studios an independent artists’ collective in Bristol’s Stokes Croft area. An associate lecturer in printmaking at Bath Spa University for fourteen years she currently works as a lecturer at Bristol School of Art.

  • Jemma Gunning

    Jemma Gunning is a printmaker from Bristol specialising in etching and lithography.

  • Jessa Fairbrother

    Photography, performance and needle are central to Jessa’s practice. She uses the body-as-site to explore communal meanings, concerned with making explicit the moment when performed gesture and gaze of the viewer collide.

  • Jessica Akerman

    Jessica Akerman makes objects and images that bring together social narratives, pattern and colour. She explores histories, systems and structures and how these are communicated.

  • Jessie Edwards-Thomas

    Jessie Edwards-Thomas (born 1991) is a visual artist based in Britain. She is from Snowdonia, North Wales. Her artistic practice explores the individual through power, voice and community. Her most recent published work explored the representation of the self in the community through the pathway of mental health and homelessness.

  • Jo Ball

    Jo Ball  is an artist and gardener based in Bristol. Her studio work includes drawing, object-making, books and screenprints. Her practice also includes  participatory projects that connect people to plants, places and each other.

  • Jo Lathwood

    Jo Lathwood makes sculptures and large scale installations which regularly respond to a particular site, event, material or process. Working with recycled timber she has built a meandering staircase that travelled across 3 stories to facilitate the audience to touch the roof of a church.

  • Joe Warrior-Walker

    Joe Warrior-Walker lives and works in Bristol, UK.

  • Josh Adam Jones

    Josh Adam Jones is British artist and photographer whose work often centres around stories of misrepresented places and the people who live there. From ageing Irish populations in British towns and cities to the expatriate communities of Oman, Josh hopes to facilitate conversations about identity, home and interculturalism through his work. In his most recent ongoing series (Sometimes A Silence Will Cut Through Sounds), Josh explores the therapeutic applications of photography in response to his Grandfather passing away and a family history of mental health problems.

  • Jude Hutchen

    Jude Hutchen subverts familiar objects and forms to create an accessible often comic route for reflection on issues which are culturally side-lined or just plain invisible.  Her artwork often adds images and text to familiar domestic or consumer world to highlight political narratives which are hard to take responsibility for. 

  • Karolina Ptaszkowska

    Karolina lives and works in Bristol, but was born in Nowy Sacz (Poland). She gained her MA from The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2010 and in recent years, she was enrolled on the Turps Art School Correspondence Course.

  • Kate Evans

    Using delicate line drawings and watercolour washes set against large areas of negative space, Kate Evans produces images that reflect the richness of their subject matter.

  • Leslie Glenn Damhus

    Leslie Glenn Damhus is a painter who combines the historical and the contemporary, weaving modern-day cultural references through Renaissance imagery. Her process begins by gathering images and ideas, appropriating and reimagining them. Creating collages in her computer she makes transfer prints that are impressed onto wooden panels. The technique leaves anomalies; textures and faded images on the surface mimicking deteriorating frescoes. With small brushes and attention to details, she then begins the oil painting. The panels are filled with playful symbolism; double meanings and curious animals.

    Glenn Damhus’ main fascination is with the fusing of two contrasting ideas, from referencing Renaissance paintings juxtaposed against contemporary art, beauty against ugliness, the serious with the playful, or searching for perfection whilst permitting serendipity, and always attempting to find a balance between old and new.

    Glenn Damhus graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol with an Honours Degree in Fine Arts.

  • Lisa Cole

    Lisa Cole’s research and practice revolves around making intangible things into solid objects. She captures the movement of nature in line and translates this into ceramic forms. Sound played through a drawing machine converts to 3 dimensional shapes so that songs or secrets can be held in the hand.

  • Lisa Davies

    Lisa is an illustrator and textile artist living in Bristol, UK.
    Using fantasy as a mechanism, her peculiar characters explore the landscape of what it is to be human, examining contemporary themes of morality and cultural values, whilst maintaining humour and silliness throughout.

  • Lou Baker

    Lou Baker makes public things that are normally private. She is both a maker and a facilitator. Her work provokes a range of conflicting responses; attraction, repulsion, horror and hilarity.

  • Lucy Ward

    Lucy Ward is an artist who makes drawings. Her intricate drawings map the occurrence of anticipated and repeated events in ordered 2d space, intimating a friction between ideal pattern and repetitive behaviour in our everyday experience.

  • Marcus Jefferies

    Marcus Jefferies was born in Bristol, UK, and studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art, London. He currently works and lives in Bristol and is based at Spike Island Studios. Jefferies maintains a diverse practise that incorporates painting, sculpture, installation and design.

  • Matthew Lintott

    Matthew Lintott is an artist specialising in woodblock printmaking, often printing by hand without the use of a printing press.  His practice is focused on evaluating our present dis-connect to our natural environment by exploring personal and collective memory.  To embrace the value of looking back as much as forward in the context of our ever growing reliance on modern technology.  To perhaps re-discover what we may have forgotten.

  • Matthew Roy Arnold

    Growing up in the ’80s in the ex-fishing port of Grimsby, Matthew Roy Arnold went on to Study Fine Art at the University of West of England (UWE), Bristol in 2003. Since graduating Arnold has been regularly exhibiting locally and nationally. He has also taught drawing at UWE, University of Bath and independently.

  • Max Naylor

    As an image maker Max’s practice consists of two related activities: firstly the gathering of information; exploring the landscape, foraging for experiences, ideas and visual memories; the ongoing hunt for that elusive glimpse of magic.

  • Meg Buick

    Meg has has lived in Rome, Leeds and London and is currently based in Bristol. Since completing the her post-graduate at the Royal Drawing School, she has specialised in Painting and Printmaking, with drawing always at the core of her practice.

  • Megan Clark-Bagnall

    Megan likes to make fun/ny projects with people. She makes intergenerational art projects in the public realm, and celebrates the good and excellent in human nature, to create sincerely feel good art. Megan doesn’t make very serious art, but she is very serious about making art that connects people together.

  • Milo Newman

    Milo Newman is an artist and researcher working with photography, writing and sound.

  • Nick Grellier

    Nicola Grellier makes drawings, collage, and objects with old technologies and low value, worn out materials which counterbalance the speed and dehumanising rush of life. Deteriorating materials are imbued with data, passively demonstrating survival and decay with a material topography that mirrors their use.

  • Olivia Jones

    Olivia Jones is a visual artist based at Spike Island Studios in Bristol. Working predominantly between sculptural and drawn processes she creates works that explore the behavioural characteristics and structural potential of materials, objects and phenomena within landscapes.

  • Philippa Lawrence

    Philippa’s processes and material choices are always research and context-led. She work with a variety of different materials and practices— gold-leaf, glass blowing, industrial artefacts, cloth, ink, photography, raw wood, French polishing, enamelling, sheepskin parchment, yarn, neon, insects and plants.

  • Phillipa Klaiber

    Phillipa Klaiber is a long-form documentary photographer, whose projects are rooted in our connection to the land, social identity and the human need to belong. Her most recent work, Vorest, is a meditation on the changing landscape of the Forest of Dean.

  • Rodney Harris

    Sculptor and printmaker Rodney Harris MRSS (Member Royal Society Sculptors).

  • Ryan Convery-Moroney

    Ryan is a portrait and documentary photographer based in the south west, working with still and moving imagery. The foundation of his practice stems from an inherent connection to space and urban planning. He is interested in social structure, psychogeography, spatial practices and the multifaceted use of space.

  • Steve Burden

    Steve graduated from Goldsmiths College, London with First Class Honours and Bath Spa University with a Masters Degree in Fine Art (distinction). His current practice is inspired by his childhood growing up on the Pepys Estate in Deptford, south London, where he investigates dystopian themes and ideas associated with British housing estates.

  • Tim Lane

    Tim Lane favours an unplanned, automatic drawing method that inspires highly charged symbolic imagery. His work plays with the narrative openness of myth: exploring the world in an often dark and imaginative way.

  • Vicky Smith

    Vicky Smith explored methods to express and represent her own body and physicality, whilst avoiding direct self-portraiture. Prior to 2010 Vicky approached this through animated film, where the figure was imagined, often distorted and located in unstable environs.

  • Victoria Walters

    Victoria Walters is an academic and fine artist. She works principally with found and organic materials as sculptural substances with inherited energies and meanings.

  • Yuko Edwards

    Yuko Edwards is a Bristol-based visual artist who works primarily in the media of video and photography. Her work is research-led and addresses concepts of self and social identity. She situates her subjects in a historical context to explore social, political, and economic realities. Archival material, including family photographs, are often used as a starting point in the work as a way to retell stories and interrogate existing social structures. She is interested in how one’s identity is shaped by time and place.

  • Zahra Hoccom

    Zahra Hoccom is a multi-faceted artist, whose practices encompass drawing, printmaking and photography. Hoccom’s portfolio compromises of intricate line drawings, double exposure photography, featuring veiled subjects, as well as dark ghost-like photoetchings. Hoccom’s recent body of work ‘The Veil Series’ was produced from research into death in art, it’s authenticity and the philosophy behind being aware of our own finitude.

Team

  • Jessica Akerman

    Artist Programme Producer

Funders

The first six months of this programme are funded by Arts Council England Covid19 response grant. Big thanks to Arts Council England and National Lottery, the players of whom fund projects like these around the country.