Anouk Mercier at Antlers Gallery

6 07 2012

Bristol artist Anouk Mercier presents a new body of work at the Antlers Gallery, the roving gallery founded in Bristol that recently made its first trip to London but returns to the city from today until the end of this month at 6 Philadelphia Street in Quakers Friars.

According to the organisers of the show, which is called Excursus, it “offers an invitation to escape and to stray through unfamiliar settings, which inspire both wonder and unease”.

The exhibition will showcase drawing, airbrush and acetone transfer works from an artist who since graduating from UWE in 2008 has co-founder the Bristol Drawing Club and tutors at the Bristol Drawing School.

In 2011, Anouk won the RWA Emerging Artist of the Year Award and she is currently working on a piece commissioned for Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Back to the Antlers organisers, who say that “Anouk’s drawings combine elements of myth, references to antique images and pieces of the natural world to depict melancholic landscapes and characters.

“Relying on the nostalgia of Romanticism, her work addresses a contemporary resurgence in the need for escapism through the imaginary. Excursus reveals a series of works, each appearing as visual fragments of a greater, obscured narrative.”

Excurses is at Antlers Gallery, Philadelphia Street, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, until July 29.

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Two pop-up galleries in Quakers Friars

25 11 2011

It’s been at least two days since we’ve written about the latest pop-ups in Bristol, so it’s about time we get back into the swing of things. In Quakers Friars, two pop-up art galleries have appeared almost side-by-side. They are Antlers, in its latest incarnation in a different part of the city, and Drawn in Bristol, part of the Pop-Up Bristol collective in Cabot Circus.

Last night there was a party across the three Pop-Up Bristol shops, with some painting happening in the window of Drawn in Bristol (right) and a hive of activity happening inside.

Drawn in Bristol was founded earlier this year and now hosts regular events and shows.

It also has its own shared studio space and printing workshop too. The collective has 50 members and celebrates the work of locally-based illustrators by providing them with a platform to showcase their work.

“I really wanted to provide the huge range of local talent based in the city with a professional platform to create and sell their work,” says Drawn in Bristol’s director Bryony Morgan.

“Our rolling exhibition at M Shed has really got our new project noticed and the atmosphere at our first big selling event as part of the Southbank Arts Trail was amazing. However, the launch of our pop-up shop was the most exciting moment. People were blown away with what we had achieved in four days with zero budget and it made all the hard work totally worthwhile.”

Nomadic gallery Antlers (left) have this year appeared on Cotham Hill, Park Street and the Christmas Steps. It is a concept which saw Jack Gibbon, the brains behind Antlers, rewarded with £1,000 by the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards programme.

In a break from their usual look, in this latest gallery Antlers have introduced a variety of products, books, cards, playing cards, ceramics, T-shirts and furniture alongside framed paintings and drawings from many of the artists who have appeared in the previous openings.

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