the Arcades Project, 2016

Arcades Project, The (St. James) Arcade, Bristol.

An open-studio for artist-led projects and an opportunity to make work, test ideas and exhibit.   For more information on the various projects and my residency there,  please see The Unit, Bristol and  The Unit’s  face book page.

The Arcade was built at the beginning of the 19th century and modelled on the arcades of Paris. Designed to protect the urban socialite, the Flaneur, from the ‘riffraff’ and dirt of the city, the arcade brought the street inside,  allowing an expression of wealth and wearing of fineries all through the year.    Baudelaire takes about the Flaneur as the person who wandered these arcades, spectating the crowd of whom (s)he is a part, “to see the world, to be at the centre of the world and yet to remain hidden from the world”.  Today The Arcade is still a place to wander, socialise and shop and also an interior passageway between the busy streets.  Throughout its history then, the Arcade has encountered and engaged with the crowd and has contained a snapshot of city life and all its disconnectedness.

I’m interested in connecting snapshots and fragments of life within my painting process, and to bring the opposing positions of past/present, inclusion/exclusion, public/private, interior/exterior into dialogue.