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.
Holly Corfield Carr
Holly Corfield Carr is an award-winning writer based in Bristol and Norwich where she is a Lecturer in Poetry at the University of East Anglia.
Her writing has received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors and the Frieze Writer’s Prize. Recent publications include poems in Poetry, Poetry Review and the Times Literary Supplement, short fiction on Radio 4 and site-specific text installations at the Hayward Gallery, London. Two collaborative books of poetry, Indifferent Cresses and Subsong, were both published by the National Trust—one for a woodland, one for a headland—in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.“
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday 11th July.