Tag Archives: Christine Keeler

Build It And They Will Come

16 Mar

 

Psychobagpuss Bagpuss Window

Back in September 2015, my artist chum Melanie Ezra and I ripped up filthy old carpet, bleached what needed bleaching, filled the window of a semi-derelict dirty old shop with art and artefacts,  set up an event page on Facebook, opened the doors and developed our artwork in the premises during daylight hours. Over the next three and a half weeks, The Bagpuss Window, earmarked for demolition in Swansea’s High Street, brought forth an outpouring of visual and performing art and was experienced by around 200 people, artists and the public alike.

What happened?

They came, they saw, they did art.

Local charity Circus Eruption lent us some iconic chairs, copies of the classic Arne Jacobsen design so we started a photo project, asking artists who visited to have their photo taken ‘Being Christine Keeler’.

Puppeteer and musician David Pitt sat in the doorway and ‘gonged’ the street, sometimes with sunpan player, Sharon Edlington Douglas.

The Window held an ever-changing array of artistic tableaux with artists bringing in and collecting work every few days.

Tableaux

And then there was Man Arkin (Jonathan Green), whose silent performance overlooked the run-down street one afternoon.

Sylvie Evans psychedelically collaged the changing rooms…

sylvie

Hannah Lawson took over a darkened derelict space out the back for her light paintings.

Archaeologist Dewi Bowen created a Cretan Labyrinth on the floor for people to walk and contemplate.

Melanie Ezra worked on her delicate assemblages each day but also found time to paint the walls.

Rhys Trimble performed his spontaneous poetry into the street….

We did some etching

Dai Melv at Bagpuss

I did some drawing…..

And Melvyn Williams filmed it …….

The Christine Keeler Chair

10 Sep

keeler chair

It’s our third day at The Bagpuss Window, a new artspace in an old shop in Swansea’s High Street, an area of urban regeneration, which means it’s really run down. We were lent some funky chairs, copies of the iconic Arne Jacobsen chair, made famous in Britain by an infamous photograph of the callgirl, Christine Keeler during the Profumo scandal during the 1960s.

I though it would be a bit cool to invite visitors to The Bagpuss Window to pose on the chair like Christine Keeler, except with their clothes on. Here they are so far.

If you’re on Facebook and want to see more of what we’re up to at The Bagpuss Window, take a look here

Bling, Seagull And Iconic Chair

8 Sep
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I did this tableau with mannequins and some of my drawings.

Day 2 at The Bagpuss Window, the newest arty shenanigans in Swansea’s High Street. Fellow artist Melanie Ezra and I have opened a temporary pop-up artspace in an old shop due for demolition (thanks Coastal Housing group for the loan). The idea of The Bagpuss Window is that we, along with any other artists who drop in, will fill the window with an ever-changing display of art, work-in-progress, inspirational objects, tools and equipment that we use…..

We’re also encouraging local people and passers-by to pop their heads round the door and interact with us. Yesterday, a couple of local lads had a chat, liked what they saw and came back today with a painting on driftwood of a blinged-up seagull for The Bagpuss Window (above left). Local artist Tim Kelly  dropped by with his porcine pieces (above centre and right) which went in as well.

I carried on working on something I started ages ago, a three-dimensional tableau inspired by the work I have been doing based on a visit to Berlin a few winters ago. I’m getting somewhere with it. And finally, a local group, Circus Eruption lent us half a dozen chairs – I can now sit down!!! They’re fab, copies of the iconic Arne Jacobsen chair, or as I call it, the Christine Keeler chair.

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