Jamaica Street Artists Collective announces open studio weekend

Bristol’s Jamaica Street Artists collective – which comprises 42 artists – is preparing to host its annual Open Studios event to share the work of editorial, comic book, children’s book, animation and conceptual illustrators.

Kuedo Severant by Anna Higgie
Kuedo Severant by Anna Higgie

JSA, which was founded 19 years ago,  will open the doors on residents including Leah Heming who has art directed scenes from animated biopic A Liar’s Autobiography – based on the memoirs of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman – which will be released this year.

Still from A Liar's Autobiography - art directed by Laura Heming
Still from A Liar’s Autobiography – art directed by Laura Heming

Work by Bjorn Lie – the man who recently designed Carrefour’s bag for life – will be on display, and illustration by Emma Dibben which has featured in the published Making Great Illustration anthology.

Fashion illustrator Annie Higgie, who works digitally and in pencil and ink, Norwegian newspaper illustrator ØivindHovland,  and Argentinian artist Romina Berenice Canet are all new to the collective, contributing to Open Studios for the first time in 2012.

The Split by Oivind Hovland
The Split by Oivind Hovland

 There’s also an international bent to proceedings this year with the collective setting up cultural exchanges through its resident artists.

Work by five Argentinian artists has been brought in including Nicolas Bolasini based in Buenos Aires and illustrator/designer Tooco.

Like American Indians by Nicolas Bolasini
Like American Indians by Nicolas Bolasini

To help raise funds JSA residents are auctioning work which can be viewed in during May in the run up to the event on www.jamaicastreetartists.org.uk

Jamaica Street Studios’ Open Studios takes place at 39 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 and  runs from 9 –10 June. The Mini Canvas Auction takes place on 10 June.

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