25 Year Anniversary Show – A Bristol Celebration
This November, I am celebrating 25 years of being an artist in Bristol with an 11-day extravaganza of sculpture, drawing, painting, words, food and music, centred around a large show in the Paintworks Event Space.
Special Evening Preview
Thursday 9th November 2017
6pm to 9pm, all welcome, no ticket required.
10th – 19th November 2017,
Open 10am to 6pm daily, admission free
Note there will be limited access on Thursday 16th
Paintworks Event Space
Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH, map
This main exhibition event will showcase my work, from the life-size to the minuscule, referencing the last 25 years and with the drawings, writing and paintings that are integral to it.
When I had the idea of a 25 year show I knew it had to be a celebration of Bristol, a realisation of the connections that has made this such an inspiring and amazing city to live and work in.
It started with a conversation with B24/7 who will be launching their social impact agenda at my show in a very Bristol foody kind of way with their Autumn Feast.
I am super excited that Three Cane Whale have agreed to play a special concert as part of the show, details below, for me their music is steeped in location, you can feel the bones of the landscape, it’s rich. Whether it’s a mountain pass, a chapel or under a Bristol flyover, you can feel it in the music as it sails you away.
Ten years ago, Graham and I started the Bristol Drawing School and it has continued to thrive in it’s new home at the Royal West of England Academy. I’ll be talking to RWA director, Alison Bevan about drawing and the inspiration behind the school on Friday 17th November.
Details of all events are below, happy days….see you soon!
Three Cane Whale
Bristol based acoustic trio, Three Cane Whale will be playing on Tuesday 14th November. Described as ‘Exquisite, elegant, atmospheric and charmingly quirky’ by The Guardian, their music shares similar influences as Carol Peace’s work and this event promises to be a fascinating journey through the landscape of the west country and beyond.
Tickets £12, doors open 7pm, bar available.
Buy Tickets Here for Three Cane Whale
DRAWING INSPIRATION: Carol Peace and Alison Bevan – In Conversation
Friday 17 November
Drinks reception and exhibition viewing from 6pm:
In Conversation from 7pm
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Bristol Drawing School (now RWA Drawing School), join sculptor Carol Peace, founder of the Drawing School, in conversation with Alison Bevan, Director of the Royal West of England Academy. Carol will discuss the importance of drawing in her artistic practice and her original vision for the Drawing School.
Bristol 24/7 Autumn Feast
Join us for the Bristol24/7 Autumn Feast on Thursday November 16, in partnership with Square Food Foundation.
Enjoy a three-course banquet style dinner prepared by Square Food’s Barny Haughton and a team of 12 young budding chefs. The evening will be an opportunity to bring people together and celebrate our wonderful city.
Buy Tickets Here for the Autumn Feast
My Exhibition Statement
In 1992, I had two commissions from my degree show and moved directly from Winchester to the Bristol Sculpture Shed. I have had temporary studios in London and Barcelona but Bristol has always been home. It is here that I have grown up as a sculptor.
25 years ago, I started my career selling work on a table at the Watershed. With Bristol as my backbone I have now exhibited all over the world. Four life-size bronzes were recently installed in Barbados; my work is collected in Hong Kong, Singapore, United States and Canada. Closer to home I show in Stockholm, Frankfurt, London and have had solo shows in The Netherlands, France, Marbella, Athens and Zurich. As well as many public art works through the UK, I have work permanently on show at Glyndebourne and at the Dorchester’s country house hotel in Ascot.
Drawing and painting are the arteries that will run through the exhibition but the main body of work will be sculpture. Although there will be references to the last 25 years and how the work has developed, focus will be on the now, with the majority of the 100 works being shown having been completed in the last 5 years.
People will see the different processes; work made in clay, plaster or wax and cast into bronze or iron resin, rolled and fabricated steel. There will be different finishes from traditional patination to gold leaf to bright painted surfaces.
I have always been described as straightforward, honest and humble in my approach to making work but people seem to be very moved and inspired at a solo exhibition. I write small pieces alongside the work and people quietly go around taking it all in. They laugh and they cry. Maybe they understand me, but mostly I think they see themselves.
Drawing is fundamental to my work. I make drawings, I learn, so that when I sculpt I can be free.
‘It’s all about trying to see, drawing enables that, but it’s with clay that I can try to communicate.’
In the past few years my work seems to be exponentially gathering energy and I am pushing myself more than ever before, visually, technically and conceptually. The time feels right to celebrate that 25 year exploration and although it seems terrifying to raise a frame up to the work as it is now.
As the poet John Terry said about my work back in 2006 “They are first of all, real people. They yearn but they also give. They rise, they don’t fall. They strive; are eternal optimists. They look perhaps slightly disorientated, but there is no pleasure in falling, or in giving up, so they keep on. ‘For us there is only the trying’ “