Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?

Pictured: Artist Anna Frances, wearing Bi in the 2000s™ merch, with the original ‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape?’ watercolour artwork in the background

For me it was an easy decision to paint with watercolour in the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series, for a lot of different reasons. I think for me, I was drawn to watercolour paint in particular because of its fluid and subtle nature, giving the artist infinite ways to explore colour, from its most faint, to its most distinct. I also find the fluid water component of watercolour a very calming and very natural element to work with, and I find the results often very moving, for that very reason. I think every artistic medium has its own qualities, and this is just one of the paints that I love working with.

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The privatisation of Hamilton House: Why does gentrification keep leading to something like this?

End of an era for Stokes Croft as Hamilton House to come under new  management - Bristol Live
Image: Bristol Post, 2018

Although Bristol City Council have rejected property company Connolly and Callahan’s latest application(s) to turn 2 blocks of Hamilton House into apartments in 2019, the future remains unknown for the formerly abandoned office block, turned iconic community and art centre in Stokes Croft, Bristol.   

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Bristol Art Tour: ‘Empty Plinth’ – the former site of the Edward Colston memorial, Colston Avenue, Bristol

Pictured: ‘Empty Plinth.’ Image: Anna Frances, 2021

As part of my Bristol Art Tour, I visited the former site of Edward Colston memorial on Colston Avenue, Bristol, which is now an empty plinth (you can watch my video here). The statue was removed by protestors, following race related protests worldwide which were sparked by worldwide outrage at the murder of George Floyd in the US in May 2020. The protests were peaceful, and the statue was disposed of in the Bristol Harbourside, in the River Avon.

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Bristol Art Tour: Street art murals on North Street, Bristol

North Street murals. Image credit: Bristol 24/7

Following my trip to the Greta Thunberg street art mural on my last stop on my Bristol Art Tour, I walked 5 minutes down the road along North Street, until I reached the North Street art murals, above 4 shop fronts. These were commissioned as part of Upfest, the biggest street art festival in the UK and Europe. As well as being amazing street art murals in their own right, I was particularly interested in seeing them, as they have all been created by female artists. I think more could always be done to showcase female artists, but I’m proud that I was able to find these murals, and I think it’s a great example where female artists are celebrated in Bristol.

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Bristol Art Tour: Greta Thunberg art mural in Southville, Bristol

Last week I posted 2 videos on my Instagram about my visit to see various street art murals in Southville, Bristol. This blog post is about my visit to the Greta Thunberg art mural, on the side of the Tobacco Factory building in Southville, Bristol by aerosol artist Jody Thomas.

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WTAF? Is it a Banksy? Or rather, was it a Banksy?

Photo taken by Anna Frances, 1 Oct 2019 on Chandos Road, Bristol

Following the trip to see the Banksy mural ‘Naked man, hanging from window’ on College Green on my Bristol Art Tour yesterday, it reminded me of some street art that I’d found a few years ago, that looked like a Banksy.. but was it? I can’t find anything about it online.

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Bristol Art Tour: Banksy Mural – Naked man, hanging from window

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‘Naked man, hanging from window’ Banksy mural. Image: Wikipedia

Following the visit to Bristol’s oldest art gallery, the RWA, I then took my Bristol Arts Tour to College Green in Bristol, to see the ‘Naked man, hanging from window’ Banksy art mural, painted on the side of a sexual health clinic.

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Bristol Art Tour: RWA – Bristol’s oldest art gallery, Ellen Sharples and Rolinda Sharples

Self portrait of Rolinda Sharples and her mother Ellen in the background (source: Wikipedia)

Following the introduction at Clifton Suspension Bridge yesterday, day two of my tour around Bristol brings me to the RWA and Bristol School of Art, which was Bristol’s first art gallery.

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Bristol Art Tour introduction: Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Bristol Arts Tour: Touring my home city, Bristol! And showcasing the Bi in the 2000s™ merch on my travels 😊

I’ve often felt that being a creative and an artist in Bristol seemed quite significant, based on a lot of the iconic art and culture that’s already in the city around me. Although every artist is very different, it certainly does make me feel like I’m part of something exciting, and I’m always inspired to come across new art work in the place where I live.

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