The Fifth Wall
Originally formed as a bespoke art and design company, The Fifth Wall was created by three Bristol friends James, Will and Bob just over a year a half ago. Since then they have been building up their art collective and are delighted to now provide a platform for emerging artists and photographers to promote their work. The Fifth Wall has since been working hard to increase public awareness of these gifted individuals through their new gallery premises and participation in upcoming community events such as the Easton Arts Trail and The Farm Summer Fair in St Werburghs.
The Fifth Wall Shop & Gallery will be launching on Saturday 30th May at 1b Woodbine Road, Whitehall, BS5 9BJ. Make sure you save the date for a day of live drawings, original artwork, prints, paint supplies and a chance to meet the people behind some of these impressive creations.
For a small snippet of what you’ll see at the shop, we’ve compiled a list showcasing a piece of work from a selection of The Fifth Wall’s ensemble.
Will Cullen – ‘Milhouse’
Born and raised in Bristol and one of the founding members of The Fifth Wall, Will’s designs and illustrations are influenced by comic books, cartoons and graphic design.
When he’s not jet skiing across America he enjoys mixing paints in his life long ambition to create a new colour.
James Ewing – ‘Cabot Airlock’
Studying Wildlife Media at the University of Cumbria, James returned to his hometown of Bristol after graduation. With his long time friend Will, the two decided to expand their art, design and media skills with the formation of The Fifth Wall.
Although he remains passionate about the natural world, his interests have now shifted to the urban wilderness, capturing the boundaries between man and nature in the UK’s green capital.
Just Scribble – ‘MF DOOM (ALL CAPS)’
Self taught 18-year-old Eric Aidoo’s hand-drawn portraits are currently making big waves not just on the Bristol art scene but overseas in the US.
Depicting the people that influence him, most notably some big names in Hip-Hop including MF DOOM, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar, his inspiring talents convey messages and emotions personal to the young artist.
Over the years his work has received recognition from musicians such as Rick Ross, Joey Bada$$ and Skepta as well as blogs and publications for Chris Brown’s Mechanical Dummy and Complex Magazine.
Cai Burton – ‘Bristol’
Another of The Fifth Wall’s young, emerging artists, Cai Burton has evolved his casual sketching during school studies into the intricate and detailed line drawings that are proving to be a big hit in shops and cafes throughout the city.
Pieces like his Bristol illustration perfectly capture the essence of our fantastic city, incorporating some of our most beloved landmarks with his signature blacks and whites.
Nicci Van P – ‘Ignatius the Spacious’
Although somewhat of a wanderer – collecting, overlapping and re-inventing her styles along the way – all of Nicci’s work involves symbols that invoke a sense of romance and mystery.
Clouds and architecture regularly feature in her works, a nostalgic projection into Nicci’s past where she spent many years enjoying the vast horizons of the African sky and all the promises of open lands and rugged adventure.
Jennie Cave – ‘Ladies of the Night’
After running two businesses for 25 years, Jennie has now retired to make the art that she loves. Each of her enchanting montages are labours of love, taking several days to make she hand-cuts and pastes directly from books and online, taking inspiration from graffiti, anatomy, tattoos and surrealism.
She has had exhibitions at The Island, Co-Lab and Dub Thai Gallery and has enjoyed much praise and success from displaying these imaginative original montages.
Lee Fowler – ‘Edward Scissortongue’
Lee Fowler is a painter living and working in Bristol. She developed a passion for life drawing, which led to studying portraiture on a Fine Art degree in Cheltenham.
Using layers of colour and light to capture the essence of human expressions, her work is influenced by graffiti artists and impressionists. Lee enjoys confronting controversial subjects and finding beauty in absurd moments. She has exhibited her work in pop-up galleries across the West Country and in Amsterdam where a series of portraits earned her the Hans Brinker budget award in 2012.
Dixon Does Doodles – ‘Suspension Bridge Octopus’
Jonathan Dixon is an illustrator and father to three mini-maniacs who help to inspire and tire, correction…’energize’ him to create new doodles on a daily basis.
He illustrates onto plates, greetings cards, notepads, coasters, t-shirts and just about anything else he can get his hands on. He is also available for commissions be it a poster, a greetings card, comic or plate. You can find more of his work at The Fifth Wall Shop & Gallery.
Von Grey – ‘Mystic Goat’
Von Grey’s work speaks of esoteric allusions, the morphic field of oneness and ancient whispers of lost civilisations. Using meditation amongst the stone circles that populate his birthplace in Wiltshire he creates work that recognises the power of the instinct over the rational.
To keep up to date with the Fith Wall’s future endeavors you can follow them at facebook.com/thefifthwallbristol and Twitter @TheFifthWallLtd or check out their bespoke commissions and online store at www.thefifthwall.co.uk.
Make sure you attend The Fifth Wall Shop & Gallery launching on Saturday 30th May at 1b Woodbine Road, Whitehall, BS5 9BJ.
The Time I Beat Bristol’s Scariest Escape Room
I’m put in many a tricky situation exploring the very ‘Best of Bristol’.
Usually up high, scaling buildings and cranes (#antimitchclimbs), but I didn’t think it would result in being locked in a prison cell with a psycho killer called Pig Face (pictured above). Welcome to Hell in a Cell, ay?
Now for some of you reading, Hell in the Cell will make you think of wrestling but I can promise you this is scarier than when Shane McMahon jumps off the top of that cell.
Hidden beneath the old Crown Courts on Bridewell Street, within the cells, this has been dubbed “Bristol’s scariest attraction”. And so in the interest of research I took on Pig Face, and lived to tell the tale!
I can’t actually give away too much of the game, because this is an escape room and that just wouldn’t be cricket, would it?
What I can reveal though, should give you a taste of what to expect.
Like any escape room, Hell in a Cell Bristol sets players challenges that they have to complete. Perhaps the first challenge is not backing out after you’re handcuffed with a sack placed over your head.
It’s then trying not to cack yourself as you’re led into the pitch black cells, where you know you’re not alone, but you can’t quite tell what’s there.
It’s that lovely fucker by the name of Pig Face.
Pig Face is reasonably fair at this point and allows you an hour to make your escape. It’s go time!
Oh, and all your belongings have been taken off you, so you can’t use your phone torch or ask Siri for help.
What I will say is that you bond pretty bastard quickly when you’re scrambling to find light and remove your handcuffs. I was with my good friend Colin Moody, but with three other people I did not know, and we came out of it with an unwavering sense of camaraderie.
That probably explains why this Bristol escape room has proven so popular with corporate clients in the city. Hell, it’s proven pretty popular with all but one reviewer on a popular site that rhymes with whip chastiser. That person claimed it wasn’t very scary. Ooooooo sorry ‘ard.
The game itself was challenging, terrifying and fun (if you like being scared). It will most certainly fill you with adrenaline and leave you in need of a celebratory drink if you do make it out.
This is NOT for the faint hearted. I don’t scare easy, and if you’re like me you won’t feel a sense of fear, but you’ll definitely be made to jump. Nobody is immune to that.
If you do scare easily, go to the bathroom beforehand. Or don’t, these are real holding cells so you could always have a pee in there..
Tag us in your psycho selfies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you take on Pig Face
Sampling The Lesser Known Ciders From Thatchers
Despite the recent rain, bbq season is upon us, and no camping trip or garden gathering is complete without a few ciders to sweeten the deal.
With honey notes and a golden colour, the medium-dry Thatchers Gold is the flagship cider from one of Somerset’s oldest cider makers – and it’s a great go-to cider on any occasion – but Thatchers Cider have been producing and pressing apples in the Somerset village of Sandford since 1905, and their selection these days is broad.
An introduction to Thatchers Cider and Pasture
To showcase the full range of their cider offerings, the Thatchers Cider team descended on Pasture – the stylish new bar and restaurant near St Mary Redcliffe – last week.
With butcher Sam’s enthusiasm for local produce and Thatchers’ chief cider-maker Richard Johnson on hand, it was the perfect pairing.
Richard introduced us to the Thatchers Cider story – starting over 100 years ago with farmer William Thatcher making cider to help pay his workers, and ending with William’s great grandson Martin (the current managing director) overseeing Thatchers Cider distribution throughout the UK. In between tastings, Pasture’s Sam talked us through the menu selections he’d made to bring out the best in the ciders chosen.
Food and cider pairings
The Thatchers team opened with Katy, a light and softly sparkling cider made from Katy apples, and with it came Pasture’s scallop ceviche with pickled gooseberry and lime – the delicate seafood working beautifully with the light, bubbly cider. There followed five further mini-courses, each paired with a different Thatchers’ cider.
The meaty steak tartare with oyster mayonnaise met its match in Thatchers’ Old Rascal – a peppery 4.5% cider made with Tremlette and Somerset Redstreak apples for a bittersweet flavour. And Pasture’s short rib croquettes with delicate gochujang aioli balanced nicely with the bold and beautiful Thatchers’ Vintage – an oak-matured 7.4% cider with fruity aroma and crisp flavour.
It was a great chance to try lesser-known Thatchers ciders you don’t regularly see in the big supermarkets, and clear to see the thought Sam had put into the food pairings he chose.
If you’d like to give a few of Thatchers’ lesser-known ciders a try, take a look at the full range and buy online here. And for more details on the flame-grilled offerings over at Pasture, check out their website here.
Bristol’s Biggest Food Festival Is Back
Bristol Food Connections 2018 is nearly here, so it’s time to plan your festival!
Bristol Food Connections is one the highlights of Bristol’s food calendar, with a ridiculous amount of events (130 at the last count!) taking place across the city from 11-17th June.
It’s a fairly huge festival, covering everything from growing your own food to huge gala dinners and talks on sustainability. We’ve decided to break down what’s happening and pick out a few of our favourites from this year’s programme.
Booze it up
There are plenty of ways to hit the hard stuff (and find out more about it too)…
- A Journey Through Gin on Brunel’s SS Great Britain (Thu 14th, £22)
A tutored tasting of the full range of Bramley & Gage’s gins (inc. 6 O’Clock Gin) and liquers aboard Bristol’s historic ship.
- Traditional Cider Making, Orchard Tour & Tasting (Sun 17th, £10)
Enjoy a guided tour of this orchard in North Somerset & taste several ciders.
- Whisky and the Senses (Tue 12th, £8)
Find out why whisky tastes the way it does, and why you like some but not others.
- Cider vs Beer (Tue 12th, £25)
Taste your way through a selection of great beers & ciders and find out their similarities and differences!
- Portuguese wine dinner (Sat 16th, £45)
A three-course Portuguese dinner complimented with a paired wine flight.
- A Celebration of Bread & Beer (Fri 15th, Free)
Left Handed Giant and Assembly Bakery join forces for this street food party in Finzels Reach.
- Avery’s Summer of Wine (Sat 16th, £25)
Avery’s annual wine fiesta takes over Colston Hall, with over 100 wines for you to try!
See more of Bristol
With events dotted in every far flung corner of Bristol, now is the time to get out and explore!
- World Food Passport (All week, £8)
Taste your way around the food businesses of Gloucester Road, collecting stamps as you go (or you can also do a guided food tour of Gloucester Road that week too).
- Behind the Scenes of a Gin Distillery (Sat 16th, £25)
Head out to Thornbury for this special tour of 6 O’clock Gin’s distillery to find out more about how their delectable spirit is made (with plenty of tasters along the way, obv).
- Shroomshop (Sun 17th, £30)
Get some hands-on tips about mushroom cultivation at this workshop in St Werbs.
- Thyme Trail (Fri 15th, £15)
Visit various vendors in Wapping Wharf, hearing the stories behind the businesses and getting tasters as you go.
- TimeZone: Eat Your Way Around the World (Sat 16th, £4)
Try a range of international cuisine in Easton, including Jamican, Indonesian and Spanish.
- Eco day at Hartcliffe City Farm (Sun 17th, Free)
Try your hand at pond dipping, searching for bugs and other activities.
It’s not just about filling your face with food, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn a new skill or hear some interesting perspectives on the food we eat too:
- In Our Hands Screening (Thu 14th, £5, or £12 with a two-course meal)
Head to City Hall to see this thought-provoking documentary about Britain’s food system.
- Transforming the Education System Through Food (Tues 12th, £8)
Can schools transform learning through diet? Head along to this talk to find out.
- Philosophy Breakfast: The Ethics of Global Food Production (Sun 17th, £14)
Is it possible to eat ethically? Join the debate (breakfast included)
- Startup Stories (Tue 12th, £10)
Hear from several Bristol food businesses how they started out, and how to build a successful independent business.
- The Secret Life of Cows (Sun 17th, £8)
How do cows naturally behave, and what issues does this raise around farming?
- Fermentation Collaboration (Thu 14th, £25)
The Pickled Brisket & Bristol Cider Shop explain the process of fermentation, followed by a cider tasting and one of Pickled Brisket’s mega sandwiches.
Some seriously special dinner events from well-known chefs and local producers…
- FUTURE: FEAST (Mon 11th, £25)
Star Trek meets Come Dine With Me in an ‘immersive dining experience’.
- A Summer’s Feast (Fri 15th & Sat 16th, £30)
The next generation of Bristol chefs serve up a seasonal feast.
- It’s a Bristol Ting! (Sun 17th, Free)
Celebrate Bristol’s Jamaican community with rum & jerk chicken at Lakota.
- Chocolate Gala Dinner (Mon 11th, £35)
A special dinner to kick-off festival week, with all 3 courses featuring chocolate.
- Summer Dine & Vine Feast (Thu 14th, £30)
A three-course tasting menu paired with bio-dynamic wines.
- Homegrown Collective Supper Club (Fri 15th, £35)
Three-courses of local, seasonal food accompanied by music.
There are also loads of free talks and demos at the Festival Hub (next to Watershed) throughout the week, so it’s worth stopping by to see what’s on!
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