The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Europe’s largest ballooning event, The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, just recently finished it’s 35th display. Over the course of four days, more than 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes floated across the sky over the city of Bristol. This stunning event is definitely something you need to see at least once during […]

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Drummond and Hammond’s cigar box guitars

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 25 January 2013

This little outfit working out of Bristol are producing every delta blues aficionado’s dream piece of kit. The cigar box guitar used to be commonplace among African-American musicians in the impoverished American South, who around the time of the Great Depression were too poor to afford the real thing. Like the washboard, it was a […]

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Illustrations by Bristol-based Zara Picken

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By Zara Picken in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 October 2011

I am an illustrator currently living and working in Bristol, England. Creating images for a wide range of clients (as well as the occasional self-initiated illustration), I approach subjects with an open mind and focus on conveying concepts with a warm and graphic aesthetic.

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Howkapow: a new online design shop

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By Monica Davison in Cool Websites on Friday 1 April 2011

Howkapow is a new online design shop which supports emerging designers and illustrators. Everything is pretty lary and colourful, and it’s based in Bristol, not London, for once. It’s run by young husband and wife duo, Cat and Rog How, who have just started a new range of collaborations with young graduates.

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Adam Hancher

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By Adam Hancher in New Illustration on Tuesday 1 March 2011

Adam Hancher is an illustrator from Bristol, UK. His work is usually focused around some sort of narrative; being influenced in particular by woodland tales, mythology, and design work from the early 1900s.

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Sickboy’s golden key

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By Francis Andrews in New Art on Friday 5 December 2008

Having been at the vanguard of Bristol’s graffiti scene for some time now, Sickboy has just released his first solo show, Stay Free, in London. The concept is a good one, although slightly reminiscent of his contemporary, Banksy. He’s transformed a Victorian Grade II listed building in East London into a ’3D creative playground, a […]

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Ben Newman

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Tuesday 11 March 2008

I’ve always liked the thought of a ‘peoples choice’ award. It means that the masses love you and that’s what counts right? That and winning something. Lucky Ben Newman received the People’s Choice Award at the Bristol Art Show in 2006. You can see why his work appeals — his bold graphic lines and creatures inspired by superheroes and rope swings are strong and instantly recognizable.

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Andrew Council

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Tuesday 11 March 2008

UK illustrator Andrew Council gets to attack windows of Bristol with a paint pen. Legally! Adorning them with intricate collections of creatures, he draws the viewer in with the details of rabbits made of tanks and dinosaurs composed of, well, in his own words ‘lot’s of stuff’. [see also the work of underground London artist, […]

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