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.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Pop Up Shop

Now our animation installation is all finito (ah, so sad) we're working on our next project...
a Pop Up Shop in Cabot Circus! So, so exciting!
Last week we went to visit the shop in Quakers Friars for the first time, I think a lot of us were quite overwhelmed by it all (three weeks to do everything!)
But it's aghg so exciting! A huge space to work with, and so much to think about just to be open for three days (so you better all come down before it's over!) 
We looked around for a while, then sat in the middle of the floor and made a spider diagram of all our idea's.
We were each assigned a job position (Katie and I are combined Hospitality and Advertising Managers - titles that make us feel real important)
We came up with loads of idea's, and started to plan a busy schedule.
   It was all a bit mad but looking forward to it so much!  
       Expect to see it advertised errywhere around y'all soon az! 

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Animation Preview

 Sooo last Thursday (26/05/11) was our Animation preview for "Remove the ceiling so the sculpture can carry on...". It was an amazing experience to be able to have our own work displayed for the public to see, and I must say, it filled me with joy every time people turned round to look at mine and Ciaran's little animation in particular. We had a really great turn out of over 100 people coming to see the preview and enjoying the free food and drink. Each of us also said a few words about how we created our work, our inspiration etc.

From the Friday (27th) to the Monday (30th) our exhibition was open during the day, in the Arnolfini, and in order to make this happen, we all had to steward for half the day each. As with any exhibition, we got a slight mix of responses, but as far as I'm aware most people found the work at least interesting. One quote was "Surrealist - intrepid. Hard to interpret. Original". 

See yah!

Alumni and tourning

Hello :D It's Connel here.
This week after school on Wednesday we gave a tour to the Alumni of the Arnolfini around the latest exhibion, Magical Conciousness. Before the tour we had tea and cakes with the Albumni. Me, Anna and Charlie C.T all agreed it really made us feel part of the art world.

This is Nik introducing herself, before Hannah, then Charlie, Anna and myself introduced ourselves.

This is Charlie speaking about a piece which documents the travel path of a Satellite which documents our lives.

"this exhibition considers the possibility of seeing yourself seeing things differently."
The front of our installation flyer.
The back of our installation flyer.

Friday, 13 May 2011

The ups and downs of animating

Hello there! It's Anna, here to tell you more about our animation frolics!

Over the past three weeks now, we've been busy, busy, busy, animating our socks off to get them finished in time for our opening, and slowly but surely they have all stated taking shape. I've been really enjoying animating! It's so rewarding watching back your 14 seconds of work after 3 hours of hard work!.....well that doesnt't make it sound that fun, but it really is! I have such a big respect for animators now, like the Aardman gang who create full length films! Would take a while!

Here are some pics from one particular animation session; :)

Ciaran and Cathryn creating their voluptuous figurines!

Katie and me preparing the background for our animation!


Charlie having his face painted!

Charlie painting Ella's face!

Me and Katie have been creating an animation that is centred round a seagull called Kristoff, about his adventures at the Arnolfini and the docks! Unfortunately last week, we faced some difficulties when we found that half of our animation had just disappeared from the school macs...leaving us with only 14 seconds of our animation on the week they had to be finished by!! Was really quite a bummer! And poor Hannah was getting really stressed out! But despite this, we managed to turn it around and just accepted that it was gone, redid some of the scenes and finished it off! And I think it looks great, so I couldn't be more pleased! :)

Anyway, that's enough for now, GOODBYE!!! 

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Interviews and Animations

Hey, Charlie C-T here bringing you some YAAC fun with a splash of animation.

We have been doing animations for a while now for an upcoming show that we are having at Arnolfini called “Remove the ceiling so the sculpture can carry on…”. These animations are based on Arnolfini’s history and it’s 50th anniversary.

About 3 weeks ago we had an interview with Annabel Rees (one of the founders of Arnolfini) and Peter Swan (whose work was part of Arnolfini’s first exhibition) about what it was like when Arnolfini was just starting, their memories of Arnolfini and what they think about it now. The interview was very interesting and an eye opener about what it is like to start/run a place like Arnolfini.

A week after the interview, using material from Arnolfini’s “Living Archive” project and the interview, we set to work creating our animations with the aid of Joff, an expert animator. Our creative juices started flowing and the animations were well under way.

Ella and I are working together on our animation and it just turned out that Ella has a MASSIVE amount of playmobil! We remembered that Peter Swan said something about people riding bikes across canvas to create art, and he thought it was "Disgusting", so Ella brought in her playmobil and we used the little people and their bikes to reenact this scene that Peter described. I don't know if you have ever done animation with playmobil before, but it is such hassle trying to get these small stiff figures to throw paint over a canvas! After about 4 hours of animation we produced 2 small clips totaling a time of about 40 seconds! I know they said it would take a while, but this was just madness. 

All in all I am having great fun with this project and I can't wait to see the finished product. 
Ella and I are now working on a face painted animation which gets very messy from time to time!

Thanks for stopping by, and sorry for the lateness.

Charlie C-T.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Sorry for the delay in the post but its here finally, never done one of these blog things so bear with me. 
On the 23rd we had a meeting with Annabel Rees who co-founded the Arnolfini in 1961 and Peter Swann who was one of the first artists to exhibit at the Arnolfini.
 Our task was to listen to the stories and their thoughts they had about the history of the gallery and to take notes/sketch images of any imagery that we liked to use as source material for creating an animation about the Arnolfini. They both had a lot of interesting things to say and stories to tell which means I'm sure we all have alot of ideas.  Nicely done on the cake aswell Katie.