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Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival is a free event set to transform Leicester with supreme quality, high impact street art. The Cultural Quarter will play host to live artworks, music, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX and a range of creative activities and exhibitions.

Bring the Paint brings over 150 artists together to work on sites across the city. Look out for large scale murals in the Cultural Quarter and legal spray sites city-wide. Other festival attractions include; live music, local jams, pop-up street art, window illustrations, food stalls and workshops. Bring The Paint International Street Art Festival promises to be a unique experience with multiple exciting opportunities for all visitors. Bring The Paint International Graffiti Festival aims to inspire a legacy of artistic growth and collaboration within the artistic community and beyond. Offering a platform to be creative and collaborate on a monumental scale, the festival is a visual celebration of Leicester’s diverse culture and will showcase the city’s thriving arts scene.

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Dont forget to check out Bring the Paints, IG Feed and FB Page!!

You can read previous ramblings here Return of the Macks (Part 2),  Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… and view more images here on my website.

Return of the Macks (Part 2)

Beautiful, glorious sunshine, perfect painting conditions, next to Lock 42 of the Grand Union Canal.

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You can read my previous ramblings here Return of the Macks 2017 (part one) and Return of the Macks… (History) and view more image’s, from the ‘Return of the Macks’ on my website.

Temwa – Art for Africa Auction

TEMWA’s Art For Africa Auction, Saturday 10th June, from 4pm at The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft

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Art for Africa, one of the most affordable art sales of the year, all artwork has been donated by people such as Paris, Mr Jago, Lokey, Will Barras, James Starr, Kineta Hill, Mau Mau, Inkie… all monies raised will aid Temwa’s work to build sustainable, self-reliant communities in Northern Malawi.

Many of the artist’s who donate to Temwa for the Art for Africa Auction, also take part in various other funding raising events for the charity. Temwa is a charity that is greatly supported by the artists of Bristol, and further afield.

This year Live Painting sponsored by CASS ART will start at 4 pm, there will be a Kids Painting Workshop run by The Paintsmiths 4-6 pm, Street Food, Screen Printing by Epok AND The awesome DJ Die will be heading up the Legendary Art For Africa Afterparty.

Dont forget you can bid online, via phone (contact kirsty@temwa.org) or in person on the night or you can place reserve bids (again contact kirsty@temwa.org or ring 0117 403 1426).

 

Lokey and I, have both donated again this year… so if you fancy bidding on one of our piece’s you know what your looking…

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and a couple of cyanotypes by me…

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Return of the Macks…

The first ‘Return of the Macks’ paint jam, happened on the May Bank Holiday in 1996 in Leicester, this would have happened in it weren’t for Andy Hitchcock and Solo one….(words below taken from a news article and stolen from the Return of the Macks 2017, FB Page)

One of the main driving forces behind the first Return of the Macks was Andy Hitchcock. Andy was the youth project worker at Central Hill Youth Project who managed to secure the hoardings on Western Boulevard from Sue Sanford at Leicester City Challenge.
It was during a series of workshops with Boyd Hill that the suggestion was made to create the U.Ks longest Graffiti wall and that plan was put in place with the date as The May Bank holiday 1996.


The Central Youth Project worked with young people from the estate and as a result of the workshops locals Karl Jones and John Woods were both presented with Certificates for their work on this project.

I wouldn’t like to say how many writers and crews took part in the original event, but from what I understand and tales that I have heard, writers travelled from far and wide, train, bused, hitchhiked or blagged a lift, to spend the weekend painting, meeting old and  making new friends, using old fashion car paint, generally having a good a time and having the mother of all hangovers the next day… (and 21 years later, the writer’s repeat the process, although I don’t think anyone hitchhiked to the 2017 event, and I didn’t see anyone using ‘car plan’ but I did see plenty of hungover writers’s on Saturday, so something’s never change…more of the 2017 event to come)

I think the only way that you could understand the significance of the Return on the Macks 1996 event, is to watch this video, it’s 13mins long, (so make a cuppa first, and enjoy) there are a few key moments in the video that make smile or laugh, firstly it’s seeing how young my Lokey is, and that living with a messy a photographer and our 3 year old daughter, has either aged him or driven him round the bend…(more than likely my nagging), the spontaneous break dancing and hearing Solo One talk so passionately about Graffiti, and the response’s from people checking the hoardings…

I nearly forgot to mention, its old VSH Footage, pre-internet, pre-digital camera’s, so everything was film footage, and yes I still use film to shoot Graffiti 🙂

Return Of The Macks, A Documentary… from Kevin Gorman on Vimeo.

So 21 years later, its time for a reunion, so to say. Return of the Macks 2017 happened, alongside Bring the Paint and it’s all thanks to the lovely people at Graff HQ in Leicester. (more to follow in another post)

Also, you should check out Solo One’s Blog, he’s a wonder human being, and the world needs more people like him!

And if you’re wondering why the event was called Return of the Macks… Mark Morrison is to blame (and he’s from Leicester), his tune ‘Return of Mack‘, was no.1 in the charts at the time, when Solo One was deciding on a name for the event….

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History – Exhibition

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, in partnership with BBC Four, explores the changing ways we share and consume photographs, from the rapid technological progress of the 19th century to today’s selfies on social media.

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The exhibition opens on 17th March 2017 at The National Media Museum, Bradford, Yorkshire and runs until 25 June. There is also a special free event on the 16th March called ‘The Representation of Photography on Television‘ In conversation with Anne McNeill, director of Bradford’s Impressions Gallery, photographers Eamonn McCabe and John Bulmer will discuss the challenges of representing photography on television.

And while your there, why not check out ‘Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography

BBC Four photography season

BBC Four’s Photography Season kicks off tonight with the start of a 3 part series called ‘Britain in Focus: A Photographic History‘.

Eamonn McCabe celebrates Britain’s greatest photographers, sees how science allowed their art to develop, and explores how they have captured our changing lives and country.

Throughout this three-part documentary series, Eamonn sees how the art form has developed, examining some of the unforgettable images from pioneers of British photography, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Fay Godwin, Cecil Beaton, Christina Broom, John Bulmer and Vanley Burke. From the first ‘big bangs’ of photographic development and early technology, through to the impact that captured images had on the development of journalism, photography emerged as both an art form and a tool for reflecting and recording the world around us.

Next up, we have ‘The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun‘ Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography – Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

What Do Artists Do All Day? Photographer Dougie Wallace’s eye-catching images capture life on the streets of Knightsbridge and Chelsea in all its blinged-up glory – from women dripping in diamonds and designer shopping bags, to men cruising around in gold-plated Lamborghinis.

This film follows Wallace as he finishes Harrodsburg, an acclaimed photography series documenting the super-rich in one of the UK’s most wealthy and exclusive postcodes.

‘Smile! The Nation’s Family Album’ From the first family holidays captured on Kodachrome to fond memories of waiting for the prints to arrive, from the father who photographed his son every day to a couple’s touching love affair chronicled in pictures, the film offers a revealing portrait how of we have documented our changing lives.

‘On Camera: Photographers at the BBC’  this programme reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Parr, for decades the BBC has drawn our attention to the creators of what has become the most ubiquitous contemporary art form. Pioneering BBC programmes like Arena, Monitor and Omnibus have given unique insights into the careers of photographies leading practitioners. Through a selection of fascinating clips, this programme brings into focus the key genres – fashion, portraiture, documentary and landscape – and the characters behind the camera who have helped defined them.

Exist To Resist: Activism, History and Having It..

Matthew Smith (Mattko) has decided it’s time he did a photo book, one of which that highlights the social history of the UK, through very turbulent times, coming out of Thatcher’s Concervatitive era to that of John Major’s Concervatitive Government, Mayday 1997 saw a change a General Election, a new Prime Minister – Tony Blair a Labour Government…

Exist to Resist is a social history book of born out of a love for UK’s rave, sound system, and festival culture. It is a photographic celebration of community gathering and grass roots democratic activism in images made between 1989 and 1997.

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After over a decade and a half of Conservative government a great culture of resistance and opposition had arisen and become embedded within British society. Acid house and rave served as the musical soundtrack that united all of those disparate sub-cultural tribes in one mission; to gather, dance and celebrate together for free.

I grew up through the 1980’s and 90’s, time’s were tough for people, the country was in a recession in both decades, high unemployment, but the one thing we did have, were Free Parties and Raves, a huge shift in the music scene, a change in fashion, people’s attitudes, this is what Matthew Smith has captured in his book, the elements of activism, music and gatherings.

Life now is all about Social Media, the Internet, Smart Phones, CCTV Camera’s, constantly being watched by the Government, tracked where ever you go… We have less FREEDOM!

Please go and support Matt’s Kickstarter, I have 🙂