UWE students get passionate about graffiti

Issue date: 29 April 2009

The Making of Crimes of Passion - Stencil Cutting The Making of Crimes of Passion

Royal West of England Academy 17 April to 28 May

One of the most successful exhibitions ever hosted by the Royal West of England Academy, Crimes of Passion, has been recorded by a group of photography students from the University of the West of England. The students have made a record for posterity of the three week lead up to the exhibition showing the artists at work. Their work documents the RWA galleries being slowly transformed from their natural state of white-washed walls to the floor to ceiling graffiti which is Crimes of Passion.

The photographs, which will eventually become a resource for the new Museum of Bristol, are currently on show at the RWA Fedden Gallery. The exhibition, which is aptly titled The Making of Crimes of Passion, reveals the development of the exhibition and some of the processes involved in its making. The Making of the Crimes of Passion will run from 17 April to 28 May 2009.

Sarah Connolly, a first year photography student coordinated the group, she said, “We've tried to capture the energy and creativity involved, documenting behind the scenes with the galleries full of paint fumes, plastic sheeting, scaffolding, stencils, and music. It's been really exciting to be involved in such a major show; we've had back stage access and it's given us all a unique chance to develop good links with renowned artists. The entire experience has been a real buzz. The photography course at UWE has been fantastic so far – we're given some brilliant opportunities to gain real practice and to be given a show at the Fedden Gallery is the icing on the cake.”

The UWE student photographers featured at The Making of the Crimes of Passion include Emma Boalch, Sarah Connolly, Lisa Ebert, Pooshka, Leilani Winslade and PhD student Vikki Hill.

Crimes of Passion, which runs until 4 May has been one of the huge artistic successes for 2009 and one of the most exciting events held at the Royal West of England Academy. The first major show of its kind in the city since the Arnolfini's groundbreaking 1985 show, Graffiti Art, it is a celebration of the city's rich and diverse contemporary scene.

Bristol has nurtured many of the UK's most successful graffiti and street artists, including Banksy, 3D, Inkie, Nick Walker, Sickboy and TCF Crew, to name a few and the city continues to be a breeding ground for a wealth of exceptional creative talent and continues to have one of the UK's most diverse and thriving scenes.

The show, which is currently a one-off event, includes the work of 50 graffiti and street artists who were invited into Bristol's oldest and grandest gallery to get creative.

The Making of Crimes of Passion
17 April -28 May
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.30, Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
Fedden Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX
Free entry

Crimes of Passion until 4 May 2009
Adults £4, Concession £2.50, U16 Free

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