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/

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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 #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/

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.
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/

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!

https://replicaststudio.carbonmade.com/
http://openupsheffield.co.uk/

 

Happy New Year (where do we go now?) #NewYearsDay #BOLAM #BolamProspective

I seem to have stumbled into a cliché. I am just about finished moving into my new studio and, as my NYE hangover fades, it genuinely feels like a new beginning. Having taken some time off from obsessing about art every day, I feel like it is time to restart some of the numerous projects that I suspended the year before last.

Still life with portable stereo and tea mugs.

It’s a very long story but, don’t worry, I’m going to give you the short version. In Spring of 2016, for complicated reasons, I decided to take some time off from the self-imposed pressure of producing something every day. Partly for financial reasons as nothing was producing any income. Partly for practical reasons as there were other pressing domestic tasks that I needed to achieve. And partly for conceptual reasons as I became disillusioned with what I perceived as unproductive work that was not having enough effect on the world outside my own home office. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but I doubt anyone would want to read about every nuance. I decided to take five months off to concentrate on other things, but it turned into 18 months, until Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway at the end of last year.
http://ricksfastarttakeaway.wordpress.com/

A friend told me that the hook line from from Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was just a placeholder for a missing lyric when they were writing the song, but it made it into the finished version. I feel like that every day, with every project that I start and every thing I do.

Where do we go now? The short version is that I don’t know but I can’t help asking myself that question over and over in a voice mocking the characteristic shrieking of Axl Rose.

New Year’s Day is normally just another day, but today I feel reinvigorated and already had a few new ideas about shooting timelapse inside and out of the windows out of my studio.

Stand by, and in the meantime, happy new year.

IN THE PIPE (Phase I) video installation &ini residency at DINA Venue, #Sheffield January & February 2016

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I am currently “in residence” at DINA, a new venue for events, arts and education at 32 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, UK. The installation is part one of phase one of a project that I have been planning for some time, called IN THE PIPE. This part of the project consists of loops of timelapse video that I shot of Park Square Roundabout in Sheffield.
http://bolamshf.wordpress.com

Phase I has no time limit, but the dates and times I will be on-site at DINA are listed here. Please come and visit and have a look around the building. I will be blogging bout my time in-residence and will be shooting more timelape video around the Sheffield Inner Ring Road as well as continuing my research & development of various digital video capture and conversion techniques. I will also be doing some work with Raspberry Pi, Linux, FFMpeg, ImageMagick, GIMP, CHDK etc.

IN THE PIPE is an umbrella project that will have several phases, all involving conceptual and aesthetic elements around road travel.
http://bolam5x5.wordpress.com