Abouteight introduces the diverse and innovative work of talented up-and-coming Bristol artists: Annabel Williams, Dan Brown, Emily Krainc, Kazland, Lydia Jones, Rosa Eaton, Tilly May and Tom Rawles. the new collective provided these 8 selected artists with a 6 week studio residency, onsite at Philadelphia Street gallery, and a 2 week exhibition opportunity, showcasing the work they produced during this time: eight artists, eight weeks.
eight aims to present the artists at their most raw and creative, exploring ideas and themes developed entirely and individually by them, and fostered and supported in a shared studio environment. The result is one of fascinating diversity.
Some artworks explore contemporary twists on conventional mediums, such as Tom Rawles' oil painting with added audio texture, Lydia Jones' re-appropriation of Renaissance and Gothic themes, and Annabel Williams' experimentation with traditional weaving techniques and digital technology. Dan Brown touches on the darker side of the digital realm, Tilly May challenges contentious issues as she explores and exposes the human body, Emily Krainc transposes the intangible and unconscious to the material world; Rosa Eaton touches on the personal and confessional, displaying a conceptual and highly intimate journey and Kazland deploys an immersive approach, producing energetic yet often dark imagery.