Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Extended opening hours for December

We will now be open 7 days a week until xmas:

Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 6.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Christmas Eve: 10.30am - 2.30pm

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Nobrow book launch and signing

Wednesday 8th December, 7.00 - 9.00pm

The two Bristol based illustrators Ben Newman and Bjørn Lie along with writer, Scott Donaldson will be signing copies of their new books whilst plying themselves with copious amounts of alcohol. Wine and nibbles will be supplied on the night so come along and pick up that ideal Christmas present.


The Bento Bestiary
Illustrated by Ben Newman, Words by Scott James Donaldson

In the 18th Century, Japanese artist Toriyama Sekien attempted to depict each spirit of the ‘yokai’ tradition; an antiquated race of demons whose descendents would later terrorise the earth, and go by the names of Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan. Now, two men aim to rediscover the near-forgotten yokai, and return these ancient beasts to their former glory, in the form of the Bento Bestiary.

14 spirits are lovingly rendered in bold, colourful illustrations, using just 4 spot colours to bring the beastly, and bizarre, very much to life. Newman draws heavily on early and mid-20th century design in his work, incorporating worldwide themes from European deco to Japanese film posters and 50's American cartoons, never losing his strong sense of a most English deadpan humour.

Each image is complimented with words from Donaldson. Whether detailing the love letters of Nure-onna (a gigantic snake-headed woman), or a poetic treatise on the child-eating desires of the Kappa (a sort of strange, perverted turtle), the writer always has one foot in the carnival tent, one on the streets of noir, and the other inside a restaurant; a sort of freakish, hungry, Raymond Chandler.

The Wolf’s Whistle
Illustrated by Bjørn Rune Lie, Words by Scott James Donaldson

The first installment in the Nobrow 'Behind the Tails' series which explores the back-stories of fairy tales' most notorious villains. The first follows Albert, a comic-creating, scrawny little wolf who spends his lunch break drawing and dreaming of selling his story to Wonder Comics. In reality he is terrorised by the three bratty Honey-­­roast brothers, sons of the local property magnate, who will stop at nothing to torment their weaker classmates. Eventually Albert is forced to take arms against his oppressors and fulfill his destiny as the crime-fighting Lone Wolf.

This fairy tale prologue is beautifully crafted by Bjørn Lie’s versatile hand and imagination. Using just 3 spot colours, Bjørn has created a rich, eye catching illustrations that harkens back to mid-century Americana with a prohibition twist with a cast of bizarre and outlandish characters of extreme proportions. A timeless treat for the young and the young at heart.

Both books are published by Nobrow Press.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Julianna Swaney, Tad Carpenter, Sally Elford

30th November - 24th December

A group show full of prints and small scale original works, plus other artist-made goods.
All especially selected to make ideal gifts, and affordably priced.

Featured Artists:

Tad Carpenter is an American illustrator and printmaker, who has designed several children's books and also teaches at the University of Kansas, Missouri. His character based work is bursting with colour and cheerfulness.


Sally Elford lives in Brighton and works as a freelance illustrator and printmaker. Her popular prints work combines a contemporary graphic styling with traditional subjects, often from nature. She produces her own silk screen prints in small editions.


Julianna Swaney an artist living in Portland, Oregon, she works primarily with pencil and watercolor, and takes inspiration from fairy tales, antique ephemera and postcards, Victorian hair weaving, bird song, nursery rhymes, lace and nature.


Extended opening hours for December
Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 6.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Christmas Eve: 10.30am - 2.30pm

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Call for Submissions - CLOSED

We are currently accepting proposals for 2011.

We welcome submissions from groups or individuals working in fine art, illustration and photography.

Please submit a written proposal for consideration by post or email, including;

(1) Contact details
(2) A one-page summary describing your work, and the nature of the proposed exhibition.
(3) 6 - 10 images of your work, stating media and dimensions.

Due to the high volume of submissions received, only succesful applicants will be contacted. We do not enter into correspondence as to why an application is unsuccessful.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Aaron Sewards - A Distant Mirror

A Distant Mirror - works on paper by Bristol based artist Aaron Sewards, who was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Aaron has produced a print edition for Tiny Showcase, his artwork has been published by Australian arts journal The Lifted Brow, online magazine Said the Grammaphone, and also graces several record sleeves.

Exhibition continues to 20th November.


Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Mimi Leung - How Are You?

Mimi Leung - exhibition poster

How Are You? is a collection of new work from Mimi Leung.

Mimi Leung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the UK. Since graduating from the RCA in 2007 Mimi's engagingly colourful and playful images have captured the attention of many. She is currently represented by Big Active.

After two years of back-to-back exhibitions and illustration work, Mimi relocated to the desert lands of and around Alice Springs in January 2010. After a hard few months of struggling to make ends meet, working dingy cafe jobs and pulling pints at a back-packers' bar, she slowly gathered enough materials to set up a basic silkscreen studio at home.

This show features work from her first foray into stencil silkscreen prints as well as the brightly coloured gouache on paper works which she has become known for.

Exhibition runs 9th September to 9th October.


Monday, 2 August 2010


3-for-2 sale. lowest priced item free.
(applies instore only - not on mail order sales, and excludes tickets)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Between The Lines

a group show combining photography and drawing,
with Evi Lemberger, Claire Downes, Tom Stuart & Olia Karamenova.
26th - 31st July

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Sarah Dennis

'Catching the Big Fish'

Sarah’s work invokes a feel of story tale innocence with a contemporary twist. The exhibition will be whimsical journey from the fox's perspective takes you though the sea and into the mountains.

Original artworks, limited edition prints, cards, toys, badges and zines will be for sale.

Preview Monday 19th July, 6.30 - 9.30pm.
Exhibition continues until Saturday 24th July.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

A Fox Among Hedgehogs

This exhibition by Harry Waine is show of two halves:

Suggestion Box, a series of small paintings of creatures (common, endangered, extinct and fictitious) as suggested by friends, family and strangers via his blog The Paper Stacks.

Encounters involves paintings and a sculpture of situations inspired by life, death, nature, humanity, truth, lies and wonder.

Exhibition dates: 6th July - 17th July. The artist will in attendance on Saturday 10th July dispensing goody-bags and conversation from 2pm.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Don't Be Sad

A showcase of illustrative work by recent graduates from the Bath School of Art and Design.

Preview, Friday 18th June, 7.00 - 9.00pm. Exhibition continues until 28th June

Illustrators: Brattkin, Sam Downend, Jasper Dunk, Fingerfood, Adam Hartshorne, Poppy Heading, Phillip J Jones, Andrew Joyce, Tom Ling, Esther McManus, Calico Melton, Emma Morris, Alice Nyong, Dom Owen, Shane Wilson

ffi: www.dontbesad.co.uk

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Approach - Lotte Fløe Christensen and Mette Juul

Here Gallery is pleased to present the work of two emerging Danish photographers in a collaborative show as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography. Join us for the preview on Thursday 13th May.

Lotte Fløe Christensen was born in 1979 in Ry, Denmark. She now lives and works in Copenhagen. She studied at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and at The School of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. Her work has been shown in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Germany, France, Austria, Canada and the US.

Mette Juul is a Danish photographer educated in the UK. She has a background in film making and has exhibited in places such as Denmark, Germany, China and the UK. Juul’s work is based on the idea of the collection of images and the potent ial narrative that lies within a personal archive of photographs.

The exhibition continues until 12th June.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Jon Burgerman - Pen Friends

If you're spending the bank holiday weekend down in Cornwall, then head to our sister gallery in Falmouth for an exhibition by doodlemeister Jon Burgerman, with a special preview opening on Monday 3rd May.

During the first week of the exhibition you have the opportunity to become Jon's pen friend. Write to Jon and he will send you a personal reply, your very own Burgerman original. This offer is strictly limited and only available from the gallery so make sure you get in quick!

The exhibition continues until Saturday 29th May at Here and Now, 41a Killigrew St, Falmouth, TR11 3PW

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Small Chair

A hearty congratulations go out today to Russell Quinn on his appointment as Digital Media Director for the wonderful publisher McSweeney's. Russell was one of our volunteer staff members back when we first opened, before heading to Europe to further his creative endeavours.

He has already created the popular McSweeney's iPhone app The Small Chair, and more recently an app for Creative Review magazine.

Some of our other illustrious alumni include; Camilla Stacey, currently curating the Bath Spa Gallery, Jane Porter, who has established Central-Reservation, a temporary project space in Bristol, and Harriet Fleuriot, an award-winning filmmaker now based in London

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Karen Radford

We are very pleased to announce the recent addition of work by printmaker Karen Radford to our inventory.

Based in Kent, Karen is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, her signed limited edition pieces are priced from just £30.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Checkout Art Market

Checkout is a new monthly art market at Central-Reservation, Stokes Croft, Bristol (opposite Pieminster). It will be offering the chance to buy the work of artists, designers, and makers from around the UK; prints, artists books, zines, and one off artworks.

Here Gallery will be setting up shop alongside 20 other stalls on Sunday 11th April 12-5pm. Ffi visit Central Reservation

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Picture Shows: Rob Hunter & Jon McNaught

Picture Shows is a new exhibition by Rob Hunter and Jon McNaught at Here Gallery, Bristol, running from 8th April - 8th May.

Jon McNaught graduated from Bristol UWE’s Illustration degree in 2008. He was a part of SNAP Studio before leaving to form Doppkit Collective Studio along with Robert Hunter and other Bristol illustrators. Recently Jon has created illustrations for two books by author Sonya Hartnett and will releasing his own book through Nobrow press entitled Birchfield Close on April 21st.

Jon’s work can be melancholy in the best possible way. Making you realize that you are not alone in the appreciation of tiny details of memory; he creates prints, books, and comic strips observing quiet moments and places, focusing on beauty in secluded corners.

Robert Hunter also graduated from UWE in 2008, he uses the idea of memory in his work. I his book People I Remember, Places I Don’t Robert takes a representation of a memory (a photograph) and by separating people from place, reorders it according to his own internal logic. Father and brothers are torn from the scene of a shooting range and transplanted upon a tranquil sea of white nothingness. In the words of Fred Madison, the doomed protagonist of David Lynch’s Lost Highway "I like to remember things my own way; Not necessarily the way they happened"

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

'Across the Way' opens Thursday 4th March

Adam Hancher, Jack Hudson, Luke Jinks and Owen Gatley are Bristol-based illustrators who are about to graduate from UWE's Illustration Degree. They all share a style of work which is narrative driven, drawing inspiration from traditional folklore and mythology, and placing them in a modern context. Working with a variety of mediums, realising their ideas in 2D, 3D and animation whilst retaining a handmade feel. The artists use of limited palettes evokes atmospheres from nature and the seasons.

Preview Thursday 4th March, 7.00 - 9.00pm
exhibition continues until 3rd April

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

BEN NEWMAN book launch & signing

Ben Newman's debut comic book 'Ouroboros' published by Nobrow.

Ben Newman brings the reader on a tale of action and adventure that juxtaposes brutal violence with ecstatic comic exuberance. Where our protagonist fights a band of rogue, thuggish, drug peddling perverts after they murder his newly beloved mermaid.

Ben will be signing copies on Tuesday the 2nd March from 7.30pm until 9pm, so come
along and say hi!


Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Land & Sky - Christopher Bettig & Lizzy Stewart
Opening reception 21st January 7.00 - 9.00pm
exhibition continues until 27th February

For the start of 2010 we have a nice, gentle show to help ease you all into the New Year. Two artists, both from far afield coming together in the gallery to show new works and hopefully collaborate.

Christopher Bettig was born and raised in Connecticut, and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he graduated with a BFA in painting. His design studio, The Mountain Label, is based in Los Angeles, where Christopher currently lives.

Bettig's work focuses on geometry and natural forms but has a good sense of humour, naïveté and playfulness whilst also recalling late 70’s cartoons and design. His long list of clients, includes Fila, Converse, Urban Outfitters, and Poketo. Chris has also shown around the country, adorning gallery walls in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and most recently, Giant Robot in LA and a solo exhibition in New York at Scoop NYC gallery.

Lizzy Stewart is originally from Devon but has been living in Edinburgh where she graduated with a first class degree in illustration from the Edinburgh College of Art. She is a hardworking lady and as one half of Sing Statistics with the artist Jez Burrows recently published the book ‘We Are The Friction’; an anthology of illustration and short fiction. On her own she has produced work for such clients as Analogue Books, Tiny Showcase, Woodpigeon, End of the Road Records, The Guardian, Howies and more.

Lizzy’s work suggests a retro-graded Victorian folk art, as if, over 100 years ago, society folk and poor folk alike had sat for an illustrator instead of a photographer. Intricate trees and buildings sit side by side with great bears and bearded explorers all sucked into and filtered through Lizzy’s great prism. But that sounds silly; “It’s about bears. Mainly it’s about bears” says lizzy.

Chris and Lizzy are coming to Bristol to set up the show and will be in attendance at the opening.