Creative

Community Diamonds

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 Drop-in Sessions

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!

Get involved in St Werburghs Arts Trail

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

BME and Refugee Artists' Networking Events

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

Free Arts Career Advice

If you want to work in the arts, but need some advice about how to improve your employable skills or kick-start your creative career, you can gain some free creative enterprise mentoring throughout March! PAPER Arts, a social enterprise that aims to empower young creatives to pursue a career in the arts, is offering a ‘Creative Advice Bureau’ to anyone aged 16-30, with one-to-one mentoring and tips from top industry

Local Artist: Aga

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.                

An Ode To The Mask I Wore, By Kabbo Ferdinand

if ever there was a time in his/tory for god to arrive i beg, i grovel, i cry surely it must be now   i implore you, please! tell me her/story, i think to myself, that of the liberated being; not yet known   ye all gods, know ye not? a thought lives in my heart, in wonderment i look on at our state, wombman;me & U?   a voice

Inner Word – Too Dream, By Kabbo Ferdinand

in the word of a seeker on talking, speaking & attempting to evoke a sense of being-belonging in words expressed as emotion, feeling, thought i do attest to the wisdom that knowledge is utilised as a mean that whispers fear of scarcity to the logic of a ego it’s only purpose could be to remind me that of which i’m not? so as to remember, i am that i am

Cover Competition

The next edition of Vocalise will be out in October, and we want a really good cover that will grab peoples attention. You can send in your artwork and photos to: info@ashleymag.org.uk or by post to: Boundless Futures CIC, Backfields House, Upper York Street, BS2 8QJ. If sending by post, please ensure you include a stamped addressed envelope. The winner of the cover competition will receive £30, an embossed certificate, and prime

To all budding artists, poets and writers...

Ashley is full of creativity. But it is not just the street art we want to feature… If you are a resident and have some creative work you wish to exhibit, we would love to do so. Not only can you feature it here, you can also get it into the magazine. On top of that, there are competitions with cash prizes!