Živa Zena is an unconventional, self-taught artist originally from Czech Republic, now based in St Pauls. For Živa, art is a method of self-discovery and healing, more than a question of aesthetics and technique. Through the creative process she accesses the hidden world of her subconscious and materialises what she finds there. How did you first get into painting, drawing and creating? It feels like painting and drawing was part
Lyrically Justified (Vol 2) by Urban Word Collective Review by Ben Fielders (Montpelier) With contributions from several St Pauls-based poets, this poetry anthology is genuinely thought provoking and inspirational. There are 42 poets in total, who build upon the budding talent that was featured in the first volume of this book (same title). Many of the poets touch upon difficult issues and are unafraid to be controversial and provocative. They
Kurious by Elizabeth Lumley-Smith Review by Chris Myers (St Pauls) Kurios is an illustrated children’s story by a local author that whisks you away to a quaint, magical adventure made all the more brilliant by the illustrations. Kurios – a strange catlike creature – wakes up in a shrunken forest (well, it is actually him that has become giant.) He comes across another peculiar creature, much smaller in size. Together
Between October-December 2017, Vocalise ran 7 journalism workshops for people living in Ashley Ward to get involved with journalism outlets across Bristol. The workshops were supported by the Bristol Cable, Rife Magazine, meMaps, Full Circle, Open Democracy Foundation and independent journalists – with funding from Quartet Community Foundation and the Bristol Impact Fund. Everything from writing techniques to effectively using YouTube was covered in the workshops, giving participants a broad
Barbara Disney is a Bristol-based visual artist with many years of experience running participatory art and public projects in health and community settings across Bristol. She is currently working in St Pauls Learning Centre running printmaking and textiles workshops and at St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre facilitating Wellbeing Arts Courses. Describe your practice. I have 30 years’ experience of working within the arts as a practitioner of socially
Vocalise is currently searching for community diamonds – people who are able to spend some of their free time helping with community events, searching out amazing stories, building partnerships, and engaging with residents. Are you a diamond? Please get in touch!
Vocalise now holds regular drop-in sessions for people with ideas for content, queries, or general information. The sessions are held on the Second Saturday of each month in the St Pauls Learning Centre cafe from 11am-1pm. Look out for the person wearing a Vocalise t-shirt and notebook!
St Werburghs Arts Trail is calling for artists to take part in this year’s event, taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September. Organisers of the Arts Trail are offering early bird rates of just £25 to eager artists who register before Thursday 1st June. Early registration ensures a listing in the Trail guide – which is mail dropped through 4000 letterboxes prior to the event – plus an
The Women’s Community Forum is organising a series of 5 events bringing together Black and Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BLACK*) artists from across the UK in March/April 2017. The Forum is also in the process of collating a catalogue of BLACK* artists for inclusion in the re-designed The Women’s Community Forum website available end of March 2017. This online directory aims to strengthen the community of BLACK* artists by raising
Aga is 29 years old and was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She has been living in Bristol for 8 years now. She works as a full time barista and does photography as a hobby in her free time. She has a bag full of little people and tries to create miniature worlds out of everyday items. Below is some of her work.