The Artists

Feral Practice

Photo courtesy of Charles Emerson

Fiona MacDonald is an artist and researcher who works with human and nonhuman beings as Feral Practice to create art projects and interdisciplinary events that develop ethical and imaginative connection across species boundaries. Often people set up a divide between human and nonhuman being, and between different categories of knowledge and understanding. Feral Practice aims to converse across these barriers. Their research draws on artistic, scientific and subjective knowledge practices to explore diverse aesthetics and create suggestive spaces of not knowing nature.

View more about the project HERE.

Listen to the Listening Station interviews HERE.

Holly Corfield Carr

Photo courtesy of Ellen Wilkinson

Holly Corfield Carr is a writer and researcher based in Bristol and Cambridge, UK.

Holly makes poems, books and performances for museums, galleries and sites, including an orchard, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has read her work on BBC Radio 4 and at the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Radio 3 and worked as poet-in-residence for the Wordsworth TrustSpike Island and the National Trust.

Holly is a research fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge working on site-specific writing practices and sculpture in subterranean space. Her writing has received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015.

View more about the project HERE.

Lucas Antics

Paul from Lucas Antics. Photo courtesy of Charles Emerson

Lucas Antics, also known as Alex Lucas & Paul Fearnside are illustrators, street artists & muralists.

Their beautifully dark, quirky, humorous designs can be seen adorning walls and buildings around the UK and beyond.

With a love of graphic novels and raw art combined with influences as wide as Ralph Steadman (whom they recently exhibited with), Gary Baseman & Egon Schiele they have honed a unique and compelling style of their own.

Regularly commissioned by Architects, Interior Designers, Private & Commercial clients alike, Lucas Antics’ unique style has made them stand out among the crowd.

View more about the project HERE.

Nick Hand

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Cherry

The Letterpress Collective is run by Nick Hand and Ellen Bills.

It is the printshop of The Department of Small Works which was created by Nick as a home for design, photography and print. Both reside in Centrespace, a cooperative of artists and craftspeople, in Bristol’s Old City.

View more about the project HERE.

Straight & Narrow Signs was cultivated organically from a desire to deliver excellent quality sign painting, custom lettering and hand crafted branding, with zero compromise. Along with a background in graphic design, I have trained in traditional signwriting, having attended the last signwriting course at Chesterfield.

I’ve always been drawn to traditional crafts, hand-made rather than machine-made, and I have an unhealthy obsession with typography and lettering, both modern and in historical contexts.

View more about the project HERE.

Charles Emerson studied BA Hons Fine Art Photography at Falmouth College of Arts. His artworks have been exhibited Internationally and his commercial work increasingly sits alongside his fine art, as clients are keen to draw on techniques he’s created within his personal practice. 

The otherworldly quality that Emerson creates in his work is often built in layers. Whether using physical layers constructed in the studio, creating multiple exposures within camera or using objects and effects in front of the lens. 

“I don’t aspire to create straight physical representations of my subjects or to render them perfectly as the eye might see. Instead, I aim to create work that is hopefully imbued with an added depth and is in some-way intrinsically connected to myself and the subject. As well as aiming to create visually striking imagery, I also hope to intrigue the viewer and ask them to question the methods and reasons for the techniques within the work. Visually abstraction is key, whilst the theme of Nature, in particular its fragility, often sits at the core of my work. As well as celebrating the beautiful or sublime, I also seek to reference the darker, more macabre realities of our human experience.“

View more about the project HERE.

Emerging Artists

A major part of Mangotsfield Folly’s remit is to be a space for emerging artists to display their work, aimed at diversifying opportunities in the public realm.

If you would like to participate, download the Emerging Artist Brief here.

For all enquiries about the brief please contact:

Deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday 11th July.