The Current, a group exhibition coinciding with the 10th Birthday of Soma Gallery, brings together the work of five contemporary graphic artists.
Adam Bridgland, Matthew Green, Adam Hayes, Lucy Gough and Jessica Wilson have all exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally and have completed major commissions for clients such as Nike, Uniqlo, the Guardian and You Tube. They are also held in a number of important collections like the Victoria and Albert and the British Musuem.
The Current is an exciting, fresh and vibrant exhibition showcasing recent works, including a number specially launched for this show.
To celebrate the 10th birthday of Soma we have invited 10 artists to create a special print for the anniversary.
Andy Smith, Adam Bridgland with Lucy Gough, Graham Carter, Gemma Correll, Crispin Finn, HelloMarine, Alice Pattullo, Peskimo, Hazel Nicholls and Spencer Wilson have each created a special limited edition print.
We are holding an event on Saturday 7th June in our shop and gallery space. There will be goodie bags for lucky customers and a lucky dip with items donated by many of our artists including Andy Smith, Peskimo, Rob Ryan, Graham Carter, Hazel Nicholls and many more!
The prints will be exhibited in our shop space downstairs for the event.
Saturday 7th June from 11am until 5:30pm.
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Next Saturday 17th November between 2-4pm, Mr Bingo will be in Soma for the Bristol signing of his new book, 'Hate Mail'. Come along during this time to meet the genius illustrator and get your books signed.
During the summer of 2011 Felt Mistress (AKA Louise Evans) and Jonathan Edwards spent 5 weeks in Japan as part of a gallery residency at Headspace in Nara and also headlined the Headspace arts & music festival in Osaka. This show collects some of the work created during their time there and also new pieces influenced by their experiences in Japan and created exclusively for this exhibition. The show will be a collection of 3D pieces, prints and original artwork featuring the character design that they've become known for. Both Louise and Jonathan will be present in the gallery on the opening Saturday and visitors will also have the opportunity to have their portraits drawn in the style of a Felt Mistress character.
After the success of our exhibition at Pick Me Up graphic art fair in London, we brought the exhibition back to Bristol.
We exhibited in Pick Me Up - contemporary graphic art fair at the end of March 2012.
New work from Adam Bridgland, Lesley Barnes, Graham Carter, Sam Chivers, Gemma Correll, Crispin Finn, Sally Elford, Tom Frost, Lucy Gough, Ben Javens, Sarah Knight, Julia Pott, Andy Smith, Spencer Wilson & more...
A series of prints by Crispin Finn at Soma Gallery.
The term Pack Rat refers to people who engage in the excessive acquisition of possessions, even if the items are worthless.
Crispin Finn love collecting all sorts of objects and ephemera from continental toothpicks to a vernacular beach bat & ball design, most of it being everyday and ephemeral, but all of it curious, clever or beautiful in some way. Filling shelves and cupboards of home and studio this mass grows daily as they come across the interesting within the quotidian.
The apparent cross overs between the areas of acquiring, selecting, organising, and obsessive compulsive behaviour are all themes that have inspired their show at Soma.
For their 'Pack Rat' show they've created a set of prints in their trade mark red, white and blue based on their fascination with collecting inspired from items within their archive. These prints aim to make the ephemeral momentarily more permanent, examine the beauty of vernacular design and draw to attention how the everyday is worthy of wall space.
View work by Crispin Finn here.
Tatty Devine Workshop Saturday 12th November 2pm - 4pm
Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the ladies behind Tatty Devine will be coming to Soma on Saturday 12th November to host a rosette making workshop! They will be signing copies of their new book, 'How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine' and teaching you to make a classic Tatty Devine rosette, one of the projects in the book. We will be holding this workshop in our first floor space.
There will be tasty cakes and refreshments to keep you going provided by Lahloo Tea! Plus some extra special cakes provided by Bristol's biggest Tatty Devine fan, my sister!
We first started selling Tatty Devine jewellery in Soma in 2005 and they've been really popular ever since! Do keep this date in your diary!
View Tatty Devine jewellery on our website here
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Hastings based illustrator Andy Smith studied at Brighton University and the Royal College of Art. When not busy working for clients such as Orange, Nike, McDonalds, The Guardian and Faber and Faber he can be found in his studio by the sea in Hastings printing books and posters which he has exhibited in the UK, France, USA and Australia. Specialising in silkscreen printing Andy’s work combines illustration and typography to create images with humour, energy and optimism, executed with a handmade tactile feel. Illustrating for 12 years, his work has won D&AD, Creative Circle and AOI awards and been featured in numerous books and publications.
His summer show at Soma Gallery in Bristol will include a set of 12 new large artworks, hand screenprinted by Andy and featuring his distinct hand lettering and visuals. They deal with bold statements, strange visitors, warnings from gurus, the thoughts of Captain Scott and other random themes. Accompanying these prints will be an eclectic collection of new 3D arrows and moose heads, totes, stickers and one sad lonely, goldfish.
See more work by Andy Smith here
Festive show featuring work from a selection of our artists including Andy Smith, Spencer Wilson, Graham Carter, Lucy Gough, Adam Bridgland, Gemma Correll, Lesley Barnes, Julia Pott, Peskimo and more.
In 2007/8 Rebecca went travelling across America, Canada & Mexico from which she takes much of her inspiration for this series. Her work is influenced by architecture, pattern & colour. Her screen prints are all hand cut stencils on rubylith.
This years Christmas show features work from our most popular Artists from the last five years. We opened in June 04 and this show is to celebrate 5 years of Soma. Artists include Si Scott, Anthony Burrill, Rob Ryan, Graham Carter, Lucy Gough, Adam Bridgland, Jody Barton, Ben Newman, Sally Elford, Sam Chivers and more!
Beautiful papercuts based on songs including Nick Drake, Jarvis Cocker and Rage Against the Machine.
London based illustrator illustrates. Clients include Paul Smith, Monocle, Adidas Originals, 2K, and Creative Review. Adrian says: 'Mostly I like to do nothing in particular, for which my talent knows no bounds'.
Our summer exhibition featured prints by London based Graphic Design agency Accept & Proceed. A large area of their work includes information, systems and graphs. This exhibition showed their 'Light Calendar' Series and 'Elite Sporting Moments' Series.
All through November 2008 we had work on display by the incredibly talented illustrator David Foldvari. We showed both originals and prints of his bold, dark and sometimes political works.
We had a great display of silkscreen works by Brighton based printmaker Sam Chivers during Sept - Oct 08. We have a collection of both Art Prints and some of his Gig Posters for various bands including the Duke Spirit and Turin Brakes.
Bristol based illustrator Ben Newman's work has been described as "radically fuzzy felt bauhaus-folk illustration".
James is a London based designer who has been described by Creative Review as 'one to watch'. He uses bold graphic shapes and hand drawn elements in his work.
Pomme Chan, Camilla Meijer and Nadine Faye James
Adam Bridgland and Lucy Gough
Fiona Hamilton, Hannah Telford, Rebecca Telford and David Waters
Jody Barton, C'est Moi Ce Soir and Ian Stevenson (I Like Drawing)
Adam Bridgland, Lucy Vigrass and Spencer Wilson
Richard May and Kevin Davison
Ceri Amphlett, Louise Body, Burn, Urvesh Patel and Pinpops
Chellie Carroll, Container, Paul Willoughby, Mizuyo Yamashita, Susan Kerr, Tait & Style
Will Ainley, Karin Akesson, Adam Bridgland, Lucy Gough and David Waters
Jon Burgerman, Anthony Burrill, Otto, Container with Anna Rosa Krau and Richard May