I’ve been involved with The Here Shop and Gallery in Bristol for several years now. Until the spring of this year, I was on the gallery committee and did a fair bit of curating over there but I’m taking a break from it at the moment to concentrate on my own work. It’s a fantastic place – the shop part is full of funky crafts, art, magazines, independent music and small press books, while the gallery shows monthly exhibitions of cutting-edge, emerging artists. And despite being entirely run by volunteers, it’s survived for nearly 4 years without any significant public funding (we’ve had the odd little drop but mostly the shop funds the gallery). It’s unique in Bristol and deserves a much higher profile than it currently has.
The show is good with lots of different stuff to see but all of it with a clear and identifiable ‘Mark Pawson’ look. I like his ‘low tech’ ethos, particularly in relation to printing and the emphasis on the handmade.
I loved these little sugar packets all sewn together like a patchwork pattern.
If you’re in or near Bristol, you should definitely try to get along to see this one but if you’re a bit further afield, you can experience the exhibition virtually on the gallery Flickr page.