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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’

Will Cullen Millhouse Picture

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’

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)’

MF Doom Drawing

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’

Cair Burton Bristol Drawing

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’

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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’

Ladies of the Night drawing

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’

Edward Scissortounge

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’

Clifton Suspension Bridge Art

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’

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.

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Behind the Scenes at Thatchers Cider

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I have a confession to make… I’m a cider snob. I like it dry or medium-dry, and cloudy – with the heady scent of fermented apples still brimming in the glass. The kind of cider that’s been greasing the wheels of agriculture and industry in Somerset for centuries. Not for me, the sugary, sweet, supermarket stuff… I’ll have a pint of real zider, and you can leave the twigs and leaves in, too.

Spanning four generations in the same family, Thatchers is our region’s most famous cider-maker – and their range of produce is broad. Although most of their ciders are slightly over-processed for my liking, they do still make cider the traditional way. I’d say a visit to their orchards at Myrtle Farm in the heart of Somerset’s cider country is a must-do for any cider-lover in Bristol.

Exploring the orchards

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My recent visit began in the Thatchers Exhibition Orchard, where manager Chris oversees over 450 different apple varieties. The weather conditions in Somerset offer the perfect conditions for growing apples – with cold winters allowing the trees to lie dormant, and temperate springs promoting bee pollination and blossom-growth. True to form for this time of year, it was pissing with rain as we strolled among the lines of fruit-laden trees – but the apples like a little of that, too.

Hearing how Chris and his team fuse new apple buds to young root stocks to produce varieties like Dabinett and Jonagold was insightful, and his ability to harness the power of nature to produce the finest harvests made for fascinating listening. Our tour continued past the huge apple vats and ancient fermentation tanks to the state-of-the-art canning plant, and it was a joy to hear the various Thatchers team members share their passion for the product.

To the tasting…

Thatchers brought a selection of their lovely cider to Bristol a few months ago, so this was a fortunate second tasting for me. We sampled diverse brews including Redstreak, Old Rascal, Vintage, Haze, Katy, and more – each offering a different balance of scent and flavour to the last. It turns out Old Rascal is the team’s overall favourite Thatchers’ cider – a very fine drop indeed.

Lunch at The Railway Inn

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The Railway Inn is Thatchers’ local pub, with a broad selection of beers and ciders alongside a full menu of delicious dishes sourced, of course, from in and around Somerset. The pub has been lovingly converted from its original stone structure to a warm and welcoming space – with traditional snug, open bar area and stylish oak-beamed dining room. There’s garden seating for summer visitors, and a seasonal menu that makes the very most of the region’s natural produce.

Take a tour

If all this talk of apples and cider has got your taste buds tingling, you can find details on Thatchers’ guided tours and tastings on their website here. October is Cider and Perry Month, so now’s the ideal time to celebrate and support our local orchards and cider-makers. Harvest season is upon us too, so if you visit Thatchers there’s a good chance you’ll get to see the trucks arriving from across Somerset – their fruity haul ready for pressing.

If you head over, do book a table at The Railway Inn – it makes a good visit great. I can recommend the Thatchers Gold-battered fish and chips, and the sticky toffee pud hits the spot. Cider’s not bad ‘n’ all. Cheers!

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For more of @cjcallaghan’s reviews and write-ups, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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Pata Negra Revamp Kitchen And Menu

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Pata Negra Steps It Up for the Autumn Season

Bristol’s proud independent streak is well-documented, and we’re lucky to have so many vibrant and exciting bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from in this city.

If you enjoy visiting and supporting Bristol’s varied independent venues, it’s likely you’ll have a list of places old and new that you’re just waiting for the right time to tick off.

The Ox on Corn Street had been sitting on my must-visit list for months when I went last month, and I was very, very impressed.

But from the style-savvy team behind The Milk Thistle and Hyde & Co, what else could I have expected?

Also on Corn Street, and also run by the same talented team, Pata Negra is another venue I’d been curious about for a while — but on those occasions when I’d peered in past the door, I’d never felt encouraged in. Despite the great location and classical décor, it somehow just didn’t feel tempting.

Fresh changes at Pata Negra

That’s all changed now. In the latest round of developments at Pata Negra, the kitchen has been brought up from the basement to take pride of place at the forefront of the room — and the difference is striking.

You step through the doorway to skilled chefs preparing delicious dishes in their new open-plan setting, with a fine haunch of cured Ibérico ham hanging from the wall.

Further towards the back of the room, welcoming window seats and banks of plush red-leather benches offer the perfect settings for intimate gatherings of friends.

A menu re-vamp for the autumn season

The engine-room of the restaurant is now fully on show, and a menu re-vamp has changed things up for autumn. Diners can expect seasonal twists on authentic Spanish classics alongside new dishes created to bring the best out of the kitchen’s open grills.

Meanwhile, the wine and sherry list showcases the best of the Iberian Peninsula — the perfect accompaniment to the delicious tapas dishes, fresh seafood and decadent desserts on offer.

For full details on Pata Negra’s refreshed autumn menu, head over to the website here.

For more of @cjcallaghan’s reviews and write-ups, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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The Time I Beat Bristol’s Scariest Escape Room

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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.

Probably..

Hell in a cell Bristol

The rather terrifying Pig Face.

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.

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You don’t know what you’re getting yourself in for until they handcuff you and throw a bag over your head..

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.

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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..

Fancy it? Then click here to book.

Tag us in your psycho selfies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you take on Pig Face

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