20 years: Studio Upstairs Bristol

In celebration of our  20th anniversary in Bristol, Studio Upstairs will be opening the doors of our Bristol studio in May. We will be holding an exhibition that showcases our Bristol artists and celebrates our 20 year journey in the city.

We started our journey in Bristol in Spike Island, where we were based until 2005 when we moved a short distance away to our current home by the harbour’s edge. We’re proud to have their continued support and our 20th anniversary exhibition will coincide with Spike Island Open Studios.
The exhibition will open on the evening of Thursday 7th May and remain open for the May bank holiday weekend.

 

*This event has been postponed

 

Big thank you from Studio Upstairs!

Big thank you to the Riverside Garden Centre in Bristol for donating some flower/herb seeds for our outside area. Some of the flowers will come up for the summer other will come up annually.

Our outside area was in need of some TLC, so a few members have been working outside today re-potting plants – thank you! The re-planting of our new seeds will happen next week..

Once the flowers have grown we will add a photo to the blog. Thanks once again!

Answers on a postcard please…

Studio Upstairs is delighted to announce we will be taking part in the RA POSTCARDS project organised by Galleri VOX, in Norway – both Studio’s are hard at work producing postcards for this unquie project that will unite ‘Outsider’ Artists from across Europe! For you own chance to be involved check out their website:

http://www.gallerivox.no/vox/prosjekt-raa.aspx

 

Celebrating Studio Upstairs at The Royal Academy of Arts

On Friday 20th July 2012 we are delighted to be hosting an evening of celebration and a silent auction at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, to raise awareness that ONE IN FOUR adults in the UK suffers mental health problems at some time in their life. All proceeds raised will go towards supporting the work that we do in both London and Bristol.

We are now looking for artworks to be donated to the auction from the UK’s most promising artists of 2012, and that could be you!

Bristol based artist Anthony Garratt has already donated a piece to the auction alongside Rob Ryan  and Dan Baldwin.

Auction pieces  will be uploaded to the Studio Upstairs website for bidding to commence online from the 12th of July.

The event will be tied in with an evening at the Summer Exhibition, which is the Royal Academy’s busiest time of year. Artists work will be displayed in the Royal Academy, and of course its all for a good cause! Works will feature on the Studio Upstairs website, in the catalogue for the event and be exposed to art collectors.

You may submit 2D or 3D work. 2D work must be no bigger than 1m x 1m and 3D work no larger than 50cm squared.

Works selected to take part in the event will be notified by email and need to be delivered to Studio Upstairs London Unit E3, 3 Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN by MONDAY 25th JUNE.

Quartet Community Foundation support Studio Upstairs Bristol

Quartet Community Foundation supporting Studio Upstairs Bristol

This morning’s post has brought with it an offer of funding from Quartet Community Foundation and Sport relief Community Cash Grants Programme. The foundation who have supported our exhibitions in the past is now supporting Drawing Through, adding to the funds already secured from Arts Council England and The Tedworth Charitable Trust.

We are delighted that this project is shaping up so well! Watch this space for news about Drawing Through.

Artist and Curator announced for Arts Council Funded project

Bristol based charity Studio Upstairs has recently been awarded funding from Arts Council South West to stage a year-long arts project called Drawing Through. Today they announced that they have appointed local artist Alice Jones to work on the project alongside Jack Gibbon of Antlers Gallery in Bristol.

Studio Upstairs is an artist’s studio that supports adults suffering from mental health issues and those in drug and alcohol recovery. The Drawing Through project will involve Alice and Jack working alongside the 50 members who attend Studio Upstairs. Over the next few months Alice, Jack and the team at Studio Upstairs will arrange workshops, gallery visits and artist talks as well as encouraging the members to look at different ways to create art. The project will culminate in three exhibitions later this year, which will include work from the Studio’s life drawing class and writers group.

Alice Jones is an Artist and Illustrator specialising in pencil based drawing. In 2010 she received the Emerging Artist Award at The Royal West of England Academy autumn exhibition.  She studies the themes of people and landscape and is currently developing a new body of work. Of her appointment as lead artist for Drawing Through she said: ‘Studio Upstairs promotes a great place for members to express themselves creatively within a supportive community. It is a wonderful opportunity to be the Lead Artist of Studio Upstairs’ Drawing Through project in Bristol. I cannot wait to see what the members have been working on and sharing my own practice with them.’

Jack Gibbon, Director of Antlers Gallery in Bristol is going to be curating the three exhibitions later this year. “I am very excited to be working on ‘Drawing Through’ with Studio Upstairs and Alice Jones. You can tell straight away from Alice’s work that she has a deep understanding of drawing processes. I can imagine this will provide a great source of inspiration to the studio members.”

This is the first time that Studio Upstairs has received funding from the Arts Council and follows a year of intense fundraising under the leadership of Director Zlatinka Hristova who took over in February 2011. “This funding really goes to show the high quality of artwork that is produced at Studio Upstairs. We are very pleased to be able to run the project and showcase the great work of both our artists and of Alice Jones and Jack Gibbon. ”