The sun came out on Saturday for a lovely day of performance art and Bicycle Basket selling fun with our brilliant stallholders.
Team Eye Candy were asked to do something a little different for this year’s Summer in Southside event. While the organisers at the Birmingham Hippodrome usually concentrate on performance pieces on the main Hippodrome Square and Arcadian Centre they wanted to try something new for 2014.
The Bicycle Basket Bazaar project, run by Trevor Pitt of POD Projects, involves a unique array of retailers each presenting their art and wares into bike-baskets, panniers and around their cycles: kind of like an art fair meets car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment. In essence, BBB is a celebration of the bicycles, creativity and good cheer.
ARTISTS that appeared at Bicycle Basket Bazaar at Le Truc were: Jane Anderson, Stewart Easton, Meeno, Husky Organic, Ben Javens, LumberJackJoe, Mini Moderns, Dawn Painter, Keep and Share, Abject Records, Claire Scully, Lizz Lunney and Simon Peplow. BBB was Curated by Trevor Pitt of POD Projects.
We’re looking for artists to come and get involved in our Live Draw event this Sunday.
We’re looking for images of Marianne; the national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason.
"Marianne is displayed in many places in France and holds a place of honour in town halls and law courts. She symbolises the “Triumph of theRepublic”, a bronze sculpture overlooking the Place de la Nation in Paris. Her profile stands out on the official government logo of the country, is engraved on French euro coins and appears on French postage stamps; it also was featured on the former franc currency. Marianne is one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republic.
Comic artist Lizz Lunney has lost some of her favourite pets around Southside. From the 31st October she will be putting up missing posters around the area so please help in the search to find these creatures by using the hashtag #EyeCandyLostPets on tumblr, twitter, instagram.
There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all handlettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, diecut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.
Kristian Jones is taking to the streets of Southside dropping 15 pieces of limited edition artworks in various locations. If found first you can decide to leave or take away Free for you to own. Follow the #lostintecity via facebook, twitter and instagram to track down each piece for your chance to own a rare edition. The art will be a mixture of prints, originals, framed and unframed and all signed.
Making Faces Screening and talk by Richard Kegler: 29 Oct 5-8pm.
'Making Faces' is a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). You can sign up for free to see the screening at BCU’s Parkside Campus here.
Illustrators Vicky Newman, Louise Brangwin and Michelle Turton look to sensitively decorate and adorn the derelict ‘Unity House’ building on Bromsgrove Street with illustrations telling the story of the building and her varied past. Creating a female character that sits central to the narrative sharing and displaying her love affairs and memories over time. The hope is that this would not only be relevant to the building and its history but call to mind her future.
Art is Easy at Eye Candy - Sunday 3rd Nov, 12-4 at Le Truc
As part of the Eye Candy festival, local neer’dowell Danny Smith is offering a free taster session of his forthcoming Artiseasy drawing lessons that will be starting in November.
The session will introduce you the joys of line, and the drama of tone with class demonstrations, quick drawing exercises, and one to one supervision. All in the achingly cool confines of LeTruc, art *is* easy, but it’s a hell of a lot easier with a drink in your hand.
Eye Candy Festival is bringing the World Famous “Bicycle Basket Bazaar” to Southside!
Curator Trevor Pitt has hand-picked a unique array of artists, illustrators and designers who will transform each of their bikes into an emporium of delights – kind of like an art fair meets car boot sale, but more compact and kinder to the environment.
The Culture Cart appears at Eye Candy on Saturday 2nd November and Sunday 3rd November
We invite you to come along and take part in some creative mobile workshops.
The Culture Cart is a pop up art workshop, gallery and space for creative dialogue. Hosted by an English gentleman on a vintage bicycle the hand crafted cart is a workshop on wheels that allows the public to create woodcut prints, bespoke postcards and greeting cards, as well as one off screen printed items.
Every workshop is inspired by each bespoke event, and the historical and cultural heritage of every town they visit! We can’t wait to see what they have planned.
The Arcadian & Hippodrome Square Saturday 2nd November from 12pm-8pm Sunday 3rd November from 11am-4pm
Fitting in quite suitably with the Eye Candy theme is the beautifully restored 1960’s Vintage Mobile Cinema that comes to the festival to showcase a series of free films, documentaries and animations about art and visual culture.
This is a chance to experience a unique slice of cinema and automotive history, which combines to give the audience an exciting film viewing experience unavailable anywhere else. The 22 seat movie theatre is in the sound treated, fully upholstered and climate controlled rear of the vehicle, with carefully tiered seating to ensure everyone gets maximum viewing pleasure.
Vintage Mobile Cinema Hippodrome Square, Hurst Street Friday 1st November: 12-8pm Saturday November 2nd: 12-8pm Sunday 3rd November: 11-4pm
Studio Myerscough at the new Library of Birmingham
This is a brilliant opportunity to go and see one of the great women working in design today. Morag Myerscough has built the Discovery Season Pavilion at the new Library of Birmingham and she will be hosting her own week of events inside it starting from the 10th September.
Bristol’s Upfest returns in May with hundreds of street artists taking part in the annual free bank holiday event. World class painters and illustrators will get to work painting 20,000sqft of surfaces including a NY subway train, beer gardens, car parks and skate parks. Alongside the art music stages, pop up cafes and street parties will take place from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May.
A selection of the biggest names in international graffiti culture will be taking to the streets, including Faith47 (South Africa), DALeast (China), C215 (France), Peeta (Italy) as well as Bristol natives Turroe and Inkie.
Upfest will be based at the Tobacco Factory and throughout North Street, Southville, Bristol throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend between the hours of 11am-9pm.
For more information on events and locations visit www.upfest.co.uk and follow the festival on Twitter @upfest #upfest2013