Following a lengthy session in the Christmas Steps pub late one winter’s evening. Stanley Donwood came up with the brilliant solution to the problem of Bristol’s ever increasing number of uplifting festivals ‘The Festival of Apathy’ with the idea that if you couldn’t be bothered to turn up at a particular event it was to be seen as a success. With that kind of thinking what could go wrong.
The festival with little effort went surprisingly well and included brilliant apathetic performances from BEAK, Three Cane Whale, Chrononautz and poet Rick Holland, a heart-felt debate about the EU referendum with Gruff Rhys & John Harris. A debate about the housing crisis with Dawn Foster, Owen Hatherley and Emma Jackson. Finishing off with a hilarious evening with the fine Ladybird book authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. We even had our own film premiere of Stanley Donwood and Mat Consume’s brilliant Broadmead the movie with accompanying book (available in the shop). As apathy goes it was possibly the finest festival ever. Not forgetting the exhibition and the morning of printing (at Harts Bakery) and the support of our friends at Taxi Studio.
Saturday 16 to Wednesday 27 May 2015, 11am to 6pm daily, free entry
Centrespace Gallery, Leonard Lane, Bristol BS1 1EA
The exhibition was based around music and print, and is a celebration of work from letterpress printers worldwide.
We would like to thank our friends at Taxi Studio for supporting this event.
Some great letterpress print was on display at the Centrespace gallery in the Old City in May.
The first week was a celebration of Matrix 32, the amazing annual of fine letterpress print, illustration and writing put together each year for the past 32 years by John Randle at the Whittington Press near Cheltenham.
A massive thank you to John and Pat Randle at Whittington Press for the outstanding body of work they presented at the Matrix 32 exhibition. We received many enthusiastic and encouraging comments from printers and fellow enthusiasts. Although there was one disgruntled visiter who was disappointed not to see posters of Neo from the Matrix trilogy.
We would also like that thank everyone who contributed the Politics of Print exhibition during the second week. We were overwhelmed by the amount of talented printers from around the world who contributed to the show using the power of ink, paper and word to promote positive change.
A special part of the week was a mini-residency in the printshop from anarchist printers La Fin Du Monde. They came to Bristol from their home near Paris to produce an amazing wall collage of experimental print work, combining both theirs and Dennis Gould’s prints to create a mashup of ‘stick it to the man’ art work which was both visual delight and testimony to the power of word and print. They left after decorating a bit of ‘the Lane’ with work from the week. Their output in the printshop has been much admired. It was a bit sad and quiet after our friends from both the UK and France had left, but we are left with much inspiration and ambition.
Thank you to our sponsors at Taxi Studio and Proctor and Stephenson. Their generous contributions enabled the festival to take place.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who came along and supported the event. We are already thinking about what we might do next year.
During 17-28 May The Letterpress Collective will play host to the first letterpress festival at Centrespace Gallery, located just next door to our printshop.
The first week will consist of beautifully printed work from our friends at The Whittington Press. The exhibition will display work from their prestigious print annual, Matrix 32. Matrix has been an annual celebration of fine letterpress design and print from around the world for over thirty years.
The Second week is entitled The Politics of print and will contain a collection of letterpress posters from printers around the world, the exhibition will demonstrate the power of words in print for positive change, a theme that is consistently seen in letterpress, both past and present.
The printshop will be open for the duration of the festival and we are hoping that some other printers will join us to produce new work during the festival.
We welcome visitors to the printshop, so feel free to pop in and see the machines in action.
During the festival we will also be playing films, running open workshops, and hosting a printers party, traditionally known as a wayzgoose.
There is a private view on the 16th from 6.30pm. And another for the Politics of Print exhibition on Friday 23rd from 6.30pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come along.