Monday, 31 October 2011

A Postcard Revoluton...

Submissions to the RCA Secret Exhibition this year have had a particularly political edge. The curator, Wilhelmina Bunn, revealed that a high proportion of the postcards respond to the English riots and economic situation.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

My Part in the Public Art Revolution

Patrick Brill, better known as Bob and Roberta Smith, is out to change the world with his most recent political statement, his Art Party of the United States. As a contemporary political artist, Brill has decided it’s time to take his conversational artworks and use them to fight for the continued, even heightened, importance of art in our ever-confusing modern political context. By creating the Art Party of the United States, Brill plans to take his art revolution across the US, one state at a time. Brill will be giving a talk on his art revolution at Crunch art and philosophy festival at Hay-On-Wye on November the 18th  to November 20th.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

myths monsters & legends

Famed fashion photographer Rankin has collaborated with longtime friend and Bristol-born YBA/controversialist Damien Hirst for an exhibition at the Annroy Gallery in London named Myths, Monsters and Legends. Rankin's website describes the project as "an exploration of imagined narratives and monsters of past civilizations, viewed through a modern lens." Clearly visible are the unique styles of each: Rankin's clinical aesthetic and Hirst's penchant for the macabre.

World of Woolcraft

You might already have spotted a few around town...

A bit of Bossa

Having just got back from Brazil, I was impressed to see a bit of Bossa Nova comes to my Bristol doorstep this Monday.   

Jazz and Latin vocalist  Cathy Jones performs at The Canteen on the 31st from 9:30pm onwards– so ease into next week with Tristram Cox´s guitar and a voice that could be straight from Ipanema beach. 

Check out some of their music at: 


Friday, 28 October 2011

Poetry Competitions

So, you're sitting on a folder of poems? A notepad full of ideas and sketches? Are you entering competitions and submitting to magazines for publication? If you answered yes to the first two questions but no to the last one, then ask yourself why? Unless you're writing purely for your own pleasure and entertainment then you really should submit to competitions and magazines. Don Paterson believes a poem is not complete until it is published. Poetry is a communication between poet and reader, its a public art, so please get your shit together! :)

For a comprehensive list of national  poetry magazines check

The Eric Gregory award deadline is 31st October, so you need to send to be quick. But you have until Monday to submit online to the National Poetry Competition.

For a list of poetry magazines, is a great resource. 

Nirrimi Hakanson, young photographer from the US, now shooting for Diesel. 
Take a look at her beautiful portraiture:

Thursday, 27 October 2011

the boys i mean - e e cummings

the boys i mean are not refined
they go with girls who buck and bite
they do not give a fuck for luck
they hump them thirteen times a night

To find our back catalogue...

Just follow the link below!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Delayed Madness

I'm on a different train altogether now,
- a brand new train of thought.
This one's a lot more shaky though,
To get back, on steady track, I ought.

To return to reliability,
Have peace of mind; on time.
Yet I see myself diverging,
To a more poorly engineered line.

As perspectival demons haunt me,
I try to work - to no avail.
And as my train reaches the station,
I know I'm going off the rails.


(Photo credit: Xander Lloyd (

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Richard Linklater might not be the most well known director, but he has made a number of films whose peculiarity is utterly engaging.

One of his earlier films, Slacker, has become a cult favourite from it's seemingly plotless structure, and can be found in youtube in it's complete form. So enjoy


Monday, 24 October 2011

Tea Time?

Spike Island’s days as a tea packing factory are long over. However, the cultural hotspot now plays host to a range of guest curators and artists. Currently in residence is the Łódź based artist Cezary Bodzianowski. Straying from his sculpting roots Bodzianowski has increasingly turned to absurdist interventions in everyday settings, this exhibition is his response to the sites and spaces within Bristol. According to the art critic Jan Verwoert Bodzianowski’s studiedly deadpan performances are ‘characterised by a certain conspicuous inconspicuousness,’ Definitely worth a look in.

Cezary Bodzianowski: Tea Back
Saturday 22nd October – Sunday 27 November


Sunday, 23 October 2011

And now for something completely different...

It will be forty years soon since Pink Floyd rocked out an amphitheater filled with nobody but themselves. This weird event feels somewhat other worldly for the casual watcher lying in bed on a Sunday afternoon, so quite what was going through the minds of Roger Waters and co. is probably best never known. However this performance and film is still enough to send chills down the spine. 


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Lyrical Minded


7.30pm - 10.00pm

Featuring some of Bristol's best creative talent and hosted by Miles Chambers, one of Bristols' cultural poetic commentators AKA Milo. Lyrical Minded is a night of inspirational poetry for the 21st century - a creative extravaganza which takes to the stage during Black History Month. The theme of the night is Freedom.

Performers include:

David J The Vocal Pugilist (who takes spoken word to an unimaginable level)

Talking Tekla (comical master)

Tim Gibbard (Bristol's first international slam champion)

Vanessa Kissule (a contemporary poetic genius)

Steve Duncan (an inspirational roller coasting wordsmith)

Rebecca Tantony (creating compelling images with words)

* Tickets are £7 in advance * Check out Lyrical Minded radio show with Milo every Sunday 8-10pm on Ujima 98fm or listen online

Box Office: 0117 9223686
Or book online through the Colston Hall website

After party at The Square Bar, Berkeley Square, Clifton from 10.30pm

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

University work too much for you? Try living a double life...

The extraordinary life of David Burgess is one few will have heard about. Yet his story is an enlightening look into not only an incredible life but the difficulties faced by the transgender community.

Last October, detectives were called to investigate the death of a woman under a London tube train. But as they traced her final moments, they discovered that she was, in fact, David Burgess, one of the most brilliant immigration lawyers of his generation.

The Guardian obituary's article, copied below, is an eye-opening homage to this complex individual.


Monday, 10 October 2011

Happy Tuesday

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Art Exhibition

Tracy Emin & Louise Bourgeois:
Do Not Abandon Me
Artists pictures above by Brigitte Cornand (2010)

Location: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX
Exhibition ends on the 23/10/11 


The late Louise Bourgeois will be remembered as a founder of confessional art. She continued working right up until her death in May 2010, with her last project finished only the week before.
During the creation of her final set of prints she handed them to Tracey Emin who eventually added to the work, admitting: ‘I carried the images around the world with me from Australia to France, but I was too scared to touch them’.
The joint collection of 16 drawings explores themes of identity, sexuality and the fear of loss and abandonment. Bourgeois began by painting male and female torsos in profile and mixing red, blue and black gouache pigments with water to create delicate silhouettes.
Emin used fantasy to draw smaller figures engaged with the torsos, like Lilliputian lovers, enacting the body as desires and anxieties. In one drawing a woman kisses an erect phallus. In another, a small foetus-like form protrudes from a swollen stomach. In many of Emin’s pictures her handwriting accompanies the image as narrative, which puts into words the emotions expressed in Bourgeois’ gouaches (

* Please be aware that the exhibition contains themes of an adult nature. 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Life in a Day

Life in a Day is a crowd-sourced documentary film comprised of 80,000 clips from around the world, all filmed on a single day, July 24 2010. The film is an intimate portrayal of human life, brimming with beautiful shots, and serving as a great time capsule in the history of the world.

Click on the link below to view the official trailer:

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

The death of Steve Jobs saw an array of tributes – including an apple etched with Steve Jobs's mantra, 'think different' – left outside outside the Apple store on London's Regent Street.

In 2005, a year after he was first diagnosed with cancer, Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios) made a wonderful speech to graduating students at Stanford University. Below is the prepared text of the Commencement Speech. Enjoy! 


Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Helicon stall, it was great to meet so many of you and hear your ideas. For all the Freshers who are joining us at the University of Bristol, and any other newcomers who are interested in Helicon, let us tell you a little bit about what we do:

First and foremost, Helicon is dedicated to showcasing creative talent and keeping you up-to-date with local events and exhibitions.

* Helicon Online *
 Helicon's online presence consists of our blog, Twitterand Facebook page, each of which are updated regularly by our editorial team. Bringing you reviews, interviews and features, as well as a stream of ramblings, our blog encompasses everything from Bristol’s local scene to the creative world at large.

* The Magazine *
Alongside publishing content on our blog, we publish a printed magazine each term, the content of which consists solely of our readers' submissions. (That means you!) So to guide you in your creative endeavours, the editorial team choose a theme for each issue. Once decided, we proceed to shout it out at the top of our lungs and encourage you to share your work with us! If you have any ideas for a theme for our next issue, please email us at 

* The Society *
This year we plan to hold more meetings and establish Helicon as a creative society. It will be an opportunity for all members, and anyone interested in the creative arts, to meet on a regular basis and explore Bristol. We will also send regular emails telling you about local art exhibitions, gigs and events. 

* Submitting your work *
 We are an unintimidating bunch who always love to hear from you. Our task is to look for what is successful in a piece and provide feedback even if it doesn’t make it into the magazine. We will also happily provide you with all the guidance and editing advice you want. In fact, every submission receives detailed and helpful feedback from our editors. 

* We want you! *
You can become an official member of Helicon via the UBU website (
Remember, Helicon isn't just for students; everyone and anyone is invited to join our ever-expanding Creative Collective. If  you'd like to get involved or submit your work for the magazine or blog, send an email to with 'submission' as the subject.

With love, 
The Helicon editors 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Freshers Fair...

Hi all,

We have a stall at the Freshers Fair on Friday 6th on the 3rd Floor. If you're at all interested in the Creative Arts, please come on down to sign up and have a chat.

See you soon


Monday, 3 October 2011

See time...

Ron Fricke's beautiful time lapse film Chronos is a must see. Music and pictures working in perfect harmony to create a fantastic artistic piece, which reminds us of the effects of time, and the achievements and miracle of human society and nature.