About The Exhibition:
The finale at Kosar Contemporary’s current industrial location in 2020 will bring together the diverse art practices of TAPS core-members, their artistic resilience and ingenuity in the face of a pandemic.
Their fourth collaborative show touches upon the fluidity that is required to stay cohesive. The walls of Kosar Contemporary are about to come down. This current dystopian uncertainty and transience translating to a flat-packed TAPS: Assemble, un-assemble, reassemble; agile, sharp, undulating and reflective. Expect the unexpected.
Curatorial & Technical Support:TAPS
24 participating artists include;
Lisa Scantlebury, Shawn Sobers, Zarabéa Esfendiar Kayani, Robert Luzar, Huma Mulji, Sarah Rhys, Andrew Neil Hayes, Yuko Edwards, Matthew Roy Arnold, Brendan James Arnold , Andrew Brooks, Michelle Forrest-Beckett, John Steed, Anna Haydock-Wilson, Caroline Bugby, James Norman, Beth Luxton, Molly Harcombe, Bryn Fray, Ben Hartley, Annie Lilygreen, Shaun Harrigan, Suzie Walters, Rose Shuckburgh
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Sara Forbes Bonetta
Shawn Sobers is a Bristol based artist, a maker of things, and an Associate Professor of Lens Based Media at the University of the West of England, Bristol, teaching photography, filmmaking, Research Methods, MRes and PhD. Sobers positions his work primarily within the discourses of Anthropology, and within the notion of Small Anthropology, if not in how the work was initially made, then still in how the work is discussed.
Sara Forbes Bonetta (1843 - 1880) was a West African princess, whose birth name was Omoba Aina. She was captured by the leader of a neighbouring village and rescued by Captain Frederick E. Forbes, and given to Queen Victoria as a gift. The Queen became godmother to Sara's daughter, named Victoria in tribute. In this film Sara is taking up space, refusing to be written out of history.
This film features actress Nadia Williams, shot on location at Tyntesfield House.
Brendan James Arnold
Brendan works with printed circuit boards, wiring and electrical components to explore our relationship with technology, mass production, artifice, fabricated realities and social constructs and culture.
He studied Physics for 12 years and has worked with computers since then. He creates artwork in parallel having exhibited in Bristol and London and works from his studio at home. He frequently collaborates with his brother Matthew Roy Arnold who partly fabricated the works on show.
John Steed’s multi-disciplinary art practice addresses the production of image: the materiality, perception and illusion of projection, and the spectacle of cinema. His work has included projection, performance, print, photography and video.
John graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of the West of England in 2016, and is a core member of The Artist Project Space.
I am a Kenyan-born, Bristol-based artist and I work with text. I make work based around the stream of consciousness, specifically the internal monologue that accompanies my sense of anxiety. I make work in an attempt to vocalise and celebrate this feeling of general existential distress.
Instagram handle: @annie.lily
Matthew Roy Arnold
The Sunsets in the South
Growing up in the ’80s in the ex-fishing port of Grimsby, Matthew Roy Arnold went on to Study Fine Art at the University of West of England (UWE), Bristol in 2003. Since graduating Arnold has been regularly exhibiting locally and nationally. He has also taught drawing at UWE, University of Bath and independently.
His works have evolved from a conceptual based postmodern art practice, to creating work that is very much in the present, focusing on the work that exists in the here and now. Arnold’s sculpture incorporates an intense mixture of sound, light, drawing, painting and digital technology. His art practice has been enriched through working as a sculptor and fabricator in TV, film and the immersive experience industry.
There Are Only Two Planes Over Victoria Park
Andrew Brooks is an artist, architect, musician, composer and educator.
He is a collector and teller of stories. Stories make us unique and reveal what bind us together.
He is interested in the empathetic connections between the work and those experiencing it. By collecting information about the world’s elements, telling specific stories, it can be possible to highlight our commonalities and find the universal.
His projects often work with communities or groups of people and use varied mediums and styles appropriate to each project to expose and tell stories. This includes paper, word, video, installation, performance and sound-based art
Andrew Neil Hayes
Animals Beginning With P
Andrew Neil Hayes is a film maker and performance artist. Sometimes he makes films that are performances and other times he makes performances that are films.
His work frequently involves wearing a suit (as any self-respecting professional should), however he likes to see formal attire as an instrument for freedom rather than restriction. Especially when he can tear it up and cover it in mud or drown it in a lake or set fire to it.
“I think of it like fishing for answers, but you only get good answers if you ask good questions, like why don’t Dogs wear ties?"
James Norman is a graduate of The Bristol School of Art and the UWE Fine Art department. He currently is a Spike Associate, a member of TAPS (The Artists Project Space) and has a studio at BV studios Bedminster. He has exhibited extensively in Bristol and beyond. He has a mixed media practice involving photography, words, paint, sound and film. His ideas emanate from his social and philosophical enquiry. Norman’s aim is to keep his practice fluid where life is triumphant.
Work can be viewed:
Curatorial & Technical Support: TAPS
360 documentation: Magnetic North Design Studio
Web support: Cedric Bousquet
Photos courtesy of Kosar Contemporary
Documentation courtesy of Ben Hartley and Zarabéa Kayani
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