Bolam TV – “It’s all about me!” – Open Up Sheffield at Replicast Studios 4, 5, 6 May 2019 #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

After the world-changing success of Retrospective: Richard Bolam at 50, I have decided to do it all again when I’m 60.

But why?

Why not? The idea for having my own major retrospective came after seeing the Paolozzi at 80 exhibition in Edinburgh in 2004 and I decided to celebrate my own retrospective at what seemed like a significant year. The satirical nature of the project was in no way a criticism of Paolozzi (quite the opposite) or the curation of the show, but I was kind of scandalised by the gift shop. Every last thing that could have been stamped with Paolozzi at 80 was present in the shop; notebooks, pencil erasers, plastic rulers – you name it. But the one thing I wanted was not there – the fat coffee table book that is always produced for such comprehensive retrospectives.
https://richardbolamat50.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/hello-world/

That is what gave me the idea to produce all the memorabilia for my own more modest review. I have never been short of ideas and I produced a lot of stuff but, with hindsight, I allowed myself to get distracted with making new things, even though they were made out of old things, and I took my eye off the ball somewhat. What I should have concentrated on is my own version of that coffee table book. In my case it’s a multi-part magazine produced in the style of the old Exchange & Mart small ads magazine that I used to pore over in the 1970s.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchange_and_Mart

I called mine “Catalogue” and planned to produce 12 issues as a part-work magazine for each month of my year at 50 (with an extra one for some reason I can’t remember at the moment). I only finished the one issue and was very satisfied with the look and feel of it. Afterwards, I realised that was the most important element of the work and should have taken priority over all the other stuff. In what I consider to be a very satisfying symmetry, I failed to produce the one thing that really needed to have been finished.

The end of the year a bit of an anticlimax, and I regretted not finishing the Catalogue. That didn’t last long, and I decided just to do the whole thing again when I’m 60.
A friend asked me what comes after the retrospective and I said obviously the prospective. That is the period we are in now – Prospective: Richard Bolam until 60 and then the next stage will be Metaspective: Richard Bolam at 60 and the countdown begins on my 55th birthday, 24 April 2019. I started preparing for Bolam at 50 a little under two years before and that was nowhere near enough time, so for Bolam at 60, I’m starting five years before.

I will be taking part in Open Up Sheffield 2019 on 4, 5, 6 May at Replicast Art Studios, 5 East Bank Road S2 2RL (opposite the Texaco garage). I am one of a very diverse group of artists in the building, so please come along and say hello. More details to follow.

I will be starting my own live broadcast, internet tv channel, Bolam TV, and the Open Up weekend will be a testbed for my dubious television hosting skills. There might be a few test broadcasts before then, so stay tuned.

It’s all over bar the outputs, for me at least – Open Up Sheffield 2018 #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

Open Up Sheffield 2018 continues this coming weekend 12th & 13th May, but those of us at Replicast Art Studios decided to only do the first weekend. You can download a guide here:
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/

At Replicast, the informal consensus seems to be that it was a great success and we had a lot more people through than we expected, especially given the unseasonably good weather for a British bank holiday.

Here are a few of my officially verified outputs.

 

Open Up Sheffield 2018 – Richard Bolam at Replicast Art Studios 5, 6, 7 May #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

Please come to Open Up Sheffield 2018. Over 100 artists will be opening up their studios in a number of art spaces for two weekends in May. My studio is at the newly established Replicast Art Studios, 5 East Bank Road S2 2RL, and we will be open the first weekend of 5th, 6th & 7th May 11am-5pm with a special launch event on Saturday 5th May 5.30-9.30pm.
More information about Open Up Sheffield 2018, including a downloadable guide, is on their website.
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/
http://replicaststudio.carbonmade.com/

Open Up Sheffield 2018 – Richard Bolam at Replicast Art Studios 5, 6, 7 May #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

Please come to Open Up Sheffield 2018. Over 100 artists will be opening up their studios in a number of art spaces for two weekends in May. My studio is at the newly established Replicast Art Studios, 5 East Bank Road S2 2RL, and we will be open the first weekend of 5th, 6th & 7th May 11am-5pm with a special launch event on Saturday 5th May 5.30-9.30pm.
More information about Open Up Sheffield 2018, including a downloadable guide, is on their website.
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/
http://replicaststudio.carbonmade.com/

Open Up Sheffield 2018 – Richard Bolam at Replicast Art Studios 5, 6, 7 May #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

Please come to Open Up Sheffield 2018. Over 100 artists will be opening up their studios in a number of art spaces for two weekends in May. My studio is at the newly established Replicast Art Studios, 5 East Bank Road S2 2RL, and we will be open the first weekend of 5th, 6th & 7th May 11am-5pm with a special launch event on Saturday 5th May 5.30-9.30pm.
More information about Open Up Sheffield 2018, including a downloadable guide, is on their website.
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/
http://replicaststudio.carbonmade.com/

Open Up Sheffield 2018 – Richard Bolam at Replicast Art Studios 5, 6, 7 May #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

Please come to Open Up Sheffield 2018. Over 100 artists will be opening up their studios in a number of art spaces for two weekends in May. My studio is at the newly established Replicast Art Studios, 5 East Bank Road S2 2RL, and we will be open the first weekend of 5th, 6th & 7th May 11am-5pm with a special launch event on Saturday 5th May 5.30-9.30pm.
More information about Open Up Sheffield 2018, including a downloadable guide, is on their website.
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/
http://replicaststudio.carbonmade.com/

Open Up Sheffield 2018 – Richard Bolam at Replicast Art Studios 5, 6, 7 May #OpenUpSheffield #RichardBolam #OpenStudios

Please come to Open Up Sheffield 2018. Over 100 artists will be opening up their studios in a number of art spaces for two weekends in May. My studio is at the newly established Replicast Art Studios, 5 East Bank Road S2 2RL, and we will be open the first weekend of 5th, 6th & 7th May 11am-5pm with a special launch event on Saturday 5th May 5.30-9.30pm.
More information about Open Up Sheffield 2018, including a downloadable guide, is on their website.
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/
http://replicaststudio.carbonmade.com/