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Visiting Artist: Theresa Easton In Conversation

Save the date for visiting artist Theresa Easton in conversation with Angie Butler as part of the new Bower Ashton Library podcast series.

Thursday 23rd January 12- 1pm, in the library Special Collections area.

This is a free, public event and all are welcome to attend.

Printmaking and artists’ books provide a platform for Easton’s interpretation of social history and cultural commentary. As an artist with a socially engaged practice, Easton enjoys a collaborative approach to making artwork and developing ideas alongside participants. Community participation and political activism features as a driving force in her work. Easton is one of the founding members of Artists’ Union England, a trade union for visual & applied artists, and artists with a socially engaged practice.

Heritage interpretation plays an important part in Theresa Easton’s practice. Easton is interested in exploring cultural and historical episodes using contemporary printmaking processes. Central to Easton’s creative practice is the role of printmaking. Easton is interested in pushing the boundaries in printmaking and working with alternative materials to paper. Using printing techniques with glass, ceramics, brick clay and metal, Easton explores the inherent qualities of the material. Easton delivers regular workshops in printmaking & bookbinding from her studio in the heart of the cultural quarter of Newcastle, in the Ouseburn Valley.

Alumnus Stacey Olika is named as one of Bristol’s 24 most inspiring people under 24 | 2019

Stacey Olika

This year’s list at Rife magazine features another round of the city’s most impressive young people.

The nominations for this list came flooding in from day one of the launch and didn’t stop coming until the deadline. With the help of the young people we work with at Rife, we managed to whittle down tens upon tens of nominations to the final list and it definitely wasn’t easy. From swimmers to app developers, each and every one of these Bristolian or Bristol-based entries were jaw-dropping. Stacey Olika, an alumnus from the UWE BA Graphic Design course is one of those people – congratulations!

Stacey is a graphic designer, creative producer and curator. Her work explores how identity and culture is navigated in today’s society through a range of mediums. She has  co-curated Why Are We Not Here for Test Space at Spike Open Studios which addresses issues regarding the lack of representation in arts institutions, is a featured artist at Rising Artsand has recently facilitated a new publication, Conversations About Race, to generate much needed conversations in the city. She is the founder of Agents of Change, a programme to shine light on emerging creatives. She recently led the Uncomfortable Truths project at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

She says, “To be honest I didn’t expect it at all, I never expect recognition because I’m doing something I’m passionate about and I love. But the fact that people see what I’m doing and it’s influential, is greater than where I ever saw myself going.”