Decisions, decisions. What’s it going to be then, eh? #OpenUpSheffield

I have never done Open Up before, not because I was not interested, but because I have have never (not quite never) had a studio-based art practice. Mostly, I work from home and I am too much of an introvert to allow strangers into my home. Even close friends don’t get in there very often.

I have friends who open up their homes, and I admire them for it, but don’t hold your breath because that will never happen at Chez Bolam.

However, I now have a very satisfactory studio space at Replicast Art Studio (located here) in Sheffield and I will be opening up as part of Open Up Sheffield 2018. Replicast is a privately-owned industrial manufacturing site with an unused office building that has been rented out as artists’ studios.

Replicast Studios will be opening up 5-7 May 2018 as part of the 20th year of Sheffield’s Open Up event. I have made a lot of satirical work about retail, branding and the commercialisation of culture and I am planning to open a kind of pop-in shop for the weekend, representing various of my imaginary retail brands and selling products that are simultaneously real and fake at the same time.

Illustrated is my initial thinking for the branding of what might be a gallery / shop / museum / cinema / theatre / institute / discotheque of BOLAM. I don’t really know what I’m going to do, but that’s just normal for me, but I am only one of a very varied group of artists at Replicast, so please come along and see us, even if you are not prepared for a full BOLAM experience.

I have worked in lots of different media including, traditional paint and print, as well as digital works, video, audio, performance, written word, spoken word and much, much more. Some of my work is strictly for adults but there are also elements that are engaging at any age and, although I like to provoke, I temper my wind to the shorn lamb.

I will have homemade snacks and drinks and some sort of on-demand retrospective art service where I will read a poem, show a video, make a drawing or err something else, on-demand, so please come and see me at Replicast Studios 5-7 May 2018, 10.30 – 17.00  and I will attempt to entertain, enrage and eviscerate your sensibilities in equal amounts.

Dress: fabulous!