This weekend, The Other Art Fair hosts its first Bristol event at Arnolfini. From Bristol-based street artist Sickboy to Brit-artist Tracey Emin, this event is a must for any art fanatic. Here’s what to expect.
Discovering fresh, emerging talent
“The South-West’s cultural legacy is well known for cultivating great creative talent” says Ryan Stanier, director of The Other Art Fair, and he’s not half wrong. The Other Art Fair is a great way to discover fresh talent, some from Bristol & some for much more distant lands. Whether you’re a master of art or new on the scene, there’s a broad range of genres to get you excited: artist Tommy Clarke will showcase his aerial landscape photography that creates unfamiliar patterns from familiar surroundings and Olivier Marc Thomas Leger will exhibit his delicate illustrations of fantastic animals; Bristol-based Alexander Korzer-Robinson will introduces his exquisitely collaged book sculptures while Claire Newman-Williams presents her personal multi-media pieces that have been created by blending photographs with images and old text.
Pick Up Something Special
The Other Art Fair is also a great place to swing by if you’re interested in grabbing some art for yourself. The legendary Tracey Emin has created two limited edition works of arts especially for the fair titled ‘Lonely Chair I’ and the signed ‘My Heart is With You’. ‘My Heart is With You,’ will be available for just £50.
Or maybe you’re more into beards? British sculptor and conceptual artist Gavin Turk is bringing his collection ‘Project Beard’ to the event. After growing an impressive beard over 18 months, Turk decided it was time of shave it off creatively. Employing the skills of male grooming experts from Murdock London, he removed the beard in stages in order to emulate six of the most iconic artists of the 20th century – Auguste Rodin, William Morris, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Man Ray and Salvador Dali. These prints will be exclusively available for just £50.
Get Your Taxidermy On
This year, Elle Kaye is leading anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy classes. These 4 hour workshops are designed to give you a teaser of the basics of traditional taxidermy and you’ll be guided through every stage of the process from skinning, to preparing the skin for mounting, to preserving, model making and mounting.
The workshop will concentrate on precision and understanding the anatomy of the specimen which adds an intellectual strand for those interested, followed by the model making for those who are more concerned with the craftsmanship of it. The posing of the animal is completely subjective and is open to interpretation – best of all, you can take your furry masterpiece home.