Wednesday, 14 September 2011

14th Sept 2011

Hey it's Charlie C-T here!

Today at YAAC we started with a trip to Bristol's new Mshed! we went to go and see Martin Parr's exhibition which was interesting. The photos were good, and there was a really interesting and amusing video piece there as well. Personally I felt the lay out of the exhibition could have been done better. Looking at the gallery as a whole was just a bit daunting with so many photos, but after you overcame that, the exhibition was great!

After the Mshed we spent the rest of the time discussing a zine that we are going to make. It will be based on a piece that we have in the WiFi corner at the moment that is about memories of the Arnolfini. This will work out well because we are going to give/sell the zines on Arnolfini's 50th birthday! We have some great ideas and our now working on making it happen. We want to get the finished by next Wednesday, so the time we have is rather tight, but it's really exciting!

Smell ya later,
                     Charlie C-T.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Summer Break

YAAC are are taking a break over the summer but will be back from September 2011! For more info or if you are a young person who is interested in being part of YAAC - contact our coordiantor Hannah James on yaacbristol@cotham.bristol​

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

It's Been a Long Time!

Charlie C-T again, As the title obviously says, it's been a long time since the blog has been updated. I will cover what has been going on for YAAC since we were working on the shop. Get ready for a long one!

First things first: YAAC / Pop Up Shop

I think it's important to say that the ultimate theme of the shop was the idea of light and how it travels through and around objects. We came to choose this as the subject matter as a response to the shop space, with the big window and the large amount of reflective surfaces in the shop.

We has a really great preview night when we the shop finally opened to the public and a great deal of positive feedback! The main thing that I heard throughout the weekend was, "Your only 17? I though you would be at least university students!". Hearing what everyone thought about the opening and the weekend as a whole really gave us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

When we opened fully on Saturday and Sunday, and even though not as many people came as expected we still  had a great time and everyone that came down was enjoying what we had done!

In The front we had a hospitality area with free cake and tea! Here is where we spent most of our time, eating cakes and drinking tea. Above the tea and cakes we had a string pattern suspended from wall to wall which held photos (which i'll get to later), flyers, stickers and such. You can see this in the photo on the left.

The middle area hosted a wooden triangular prism with a scientific diagram laser cut out of it. Sadly the effect which we wished to get from this didn't quite go to plan. We placed 2 lamps inside it and wanted the lamps to project the diagram across the room, but we couldn't get the room dark enough and the bulbs bright enough. Instead the prism acted as a lantern. Surrounding the prism we had 3 wooden screens that it was meant to project onto, but instead we drew on them images which we though represented the prism (which you can see above).

In the photo (on the right) you can see black lines across the floor, this is also meant to represent the prism and draws attention towards the central area and then back further into the shop.

On the wall next to the prism we printed images from the planning for the shop. We felt these images really captured the more scientific element of our exhibition.

In the back room we had a UV installation that consisted of string sprayed in UV paint and then strung across the room to make a scientific diagram. The mirror behind the installation brought the image an extra depth. Painting the supporting stings black created the illusion that the sting was floating. This is personally my favorite part of the shop!

All in all, we all enjoyed this project, and it seemed so did everyone else that came!

After Came: Our Trip To IYP

Previously on the blog we said that IYP, IKON Youth Project, came to Bristol to see the sights and meet YAAC. We thought it about time to repay the favor, especially as it was the launch of their new exciting project, Slow Boat, which i'll talk about soon.

We took the train to Birmingham in the morning, moans about the early start and how tired we were was the main discussion point of the ride. Soon we got to Birmingham to be greeted by rain, typical England, but soldiered on through to the IKON gallery. There we met IYP, left our bags and followed a brass band down to the boat. Yes, a Brass Band!

After a speech and a song from IYP we boarded for her maiden voyage. We sailed slowly trough the canals of Birmingham and the sun came out. It was lovely and i immensely enjoyed myself, even if there was a camera man asking me questions ever other minute!

The whole idea about the canal boat that IYP has is that it is a blank canvass for them to experiment with. They can use it as an arts space, be it for exhibitions or work, but it seems really cool, and YAAC are jealous!

I'm sure there is something i have forgotten, If so, I will update.

 Charlie C-T

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Shop In Progress

Hey It's Charlie C-T!

We have all been working hard this week and it is really starting to pay off! Can not wait for the opening, everyone come down! here are some photos of our work progress for your eyes to wonder across, hope you enjoy. :)

Peach Out! C-T.
ITS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

its coming along nicely, don't miss it peoples!

public speaking :)

a couple of weeks ago we hosted some assemblies to the year 8's and 9's at our school. the idea was to let them know what yaac is and hopefully make them want to get involved with some of the things we're doing and art in general.

we showed them pictures of some of our projects and made sure they all knew to come down to the pop up shop opening!

they were loving it

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Do the double dip.

Hey, it's Charlie C-T again, today the post serves a double purpose, at the end of the post there will be some advertisements for up and coming events, but first, what you came here to see, what YAAC have been up to in the last week(ish)

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, if my memory serves me correctly (which it usually doesn't), a few of us YAACers went down to the old fire station in Broadmead. we met up with some people down there and got chatting about the amazing new development that is going on down there. They have raised £6,000,000 to overhaul the station and turn it into Bristol's big new youth hub.

The place is gigantic, spanning over 3 floors, and some of the stuff that they have planned for there sounds really cool! They are planning on having a massive, double height performance space where the sire trucks were kept, with a deep stage, and rooms behind it for performers. This space serves many purposes from drama and dance to live music.

I can't remember the whole floor plan, but they mentioned a space with computers for music software and photography work, and they were talking about a large cafe and artists spaces! Take it from me this place is enormous and is really exciting!

Later on in the week we met up with the IKON youth group from the IKON gallery in Birmingham. It was really cool to meet people like us that are into the same things. Their group is slightly larger than ours, about 15 of them, and their ages span a larger range then ours so it was cool to see what a wider spread of people can do.

We went with them round the "Magical consciousness" exhibition at Arnolfini, and then after a spot of lunch headed down to Spike Island to have a look at the exhibition there. The whole day was really fun and we got to see Bristol in a new light with their fresh perspectives. I can't wait till we go on our trip to go up and see then in Birmingham, should be a good day!

And now onto the second part of the post. I have some things to advertise, which you should most definitely find tome to come down and see.

The first of the two is a speech with Jonnie Craig who is coming down from London to give a speech about what it is like to be an artist producing work in our modern climate. His work is really interesting, so thanks to Keiran for setting that up!

and the second thing that I have to share with you is "Art What?". This is a talk with some really interesting people about a future in fine arts. I don't want to bore you too much with details as they are all on the fliers, so take a look and come down. Should be super duper extra fun!

I think it's time for a cup of tea! Smell ya laters, Charlie C-T.