Mark Pawson at The Here Gallery

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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.

This month the gallery is showing Mark Pawson. I went to the private view last night and had a fun time hanging out with folk I hadn’t seen much lately, including Alys, Camilla and Peskimo.

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.

If you’re interested in showing at the Here Gallery, take a look at the previous exhibitions page and the submission guidelines.

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

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