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And breathe…

When your colleague suggests taking in some lunchtime culture it’s a difficult opportunity to pass up. When you find out that that culture involves an exhibition where ‘a lady breathes on some paper and shows the results’, it’s difficult to get excited about it. With that being said, you can sort of find yourself regretting that initial feeling.


‘And Breathe…’ at the Old Fire Station showcases part of Jayne Wilton’s ‘Drawing Breath’ body of work, in which she creates physical, ephemeral sculptures from human breath. It’s much less gross than it sounds and it was actually kind of beautiful.


[Sing 1 & 2]


[Expire]



[Breathe]


[Drawing Breath]
It’s been ages since I’ve visited an art exhibition much less found any new art that I actually enjoy. Sometimes finding things visually pleasing can boil down to something as simple as whether you would hang it on your own wall, and I definitely would. ‘Sing 1 & 2’ were my favourites in particularly though I really liked the simplicity of the whole exhibition.

‘And Breathe…’ is a small exhibition of just 7 pieces but I’d definitely recommend visiting if you’re around Oxford before 14th November.


[Crowd]


[Blow]


Arts at the Old Fire Station has a range of shows and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as featuring an adorable shop featuring work from independent UK artists and designers and hosting workshops and classes, it’s a really neat public space.

‘And Breathe…’ runs until 14th November 2015 at the Old Fire Station gallery, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, and it’s free!

Have you seen any inspiring art exhibitions lately?

Wipeout by Invader.


During our visit to the PMQ, we stumbled up an exhibition from the semi-well-known street artist, Invader.

Not only was it a nice find, it was also a pretty interesting exhibition experience. It’s one of the few gallery spaces that I’ve been to that has not only allowed photography, but actively encouraged it. Such is the nature of Invader’s work that you can actually see it better with a little help from a small screen than with your naked eye.












We don’t really get to go to a lot of exhibitions now we’re so far away from London and I must admit that since leaving university I’m completely out of the loop relating to what’s on and what’s hot. Although naturally I’ve heard news of Banksy’s new Dismaland installation and would really like to go.

Have you been to any neat art exhibitions or installations recently?

Newbury Ablaze.

I’m genuinely relishing in doing absolutely nothing this weekend – except maybe making a den and cooking some pizza from scratch. I’ve been so busy this week that Newbury Ablaze feels like months ago rather than just last Friday – crazy! Anyway, on a whim, and because I’d heard about it on the *incredible* Newbury.net when looking for what was on, we took a lazy walk along the canal towards Victoria Park for the Newbury Ablaze fire festival.

It seemed that we were about as wise to the event as some of the more ‘established locals’, what exactly is a fire festival? In all honesty, I’m still not sure, all I know is that to celebrate 20 years of Newbury’s Corn Exchange they created a showcase of sculptures and displays all down the canal, I swear Newbury is one of the weirdest towns


It’s such a shame that it’s been a little too wet recently to do a bit more walking once work is over, especially as the days are getting shorter as it is.


Pretty set-up in the park.



Spinning fire sculpture.



Dotted around the edge of the canal with the fire sculptures were a few performers, this guy had a pretty wicked-sounding whistle.

It was a little bit culty, but it was quite pretty all lit up once the sun went down, there’s something a bit hypnotic about fire sometimes and it was quite nice to be part of the community even if most of doing that involved quite a lot of queuing.
I posted a couple of videos that kind of demonstrate it a little better but I’d be interested to know if it’s actually a ‘thing’ and if any other towns do it too? Other than bonfire nights, I’ve never really seen anything quite like it.

Locals.


One of the things I really enjoy about living in Newbury, aside from feeling pretty safe, there’s a great sense of community. I relish in the ridiculousness of Britishness – the kind I was photographing for Malden Fortnight a couple of years ago. We some how stumbled on Newbury Carnival last weekend, there was a wicked parade with bagpipes and everything, it really made for a fun couple of hours.


I think they were selling children’s hats, but not entirely sure, creepy.


Wonder how many actual hot chocolates they sold in the 32°C heat.








You really have to admire people who are willing to dress up in thick, furry costumes with the sun beating down on them.


Gotta love a morris dancer.




The coolest vehicle of the parade and he still looked sad.


Costa to cool off with some ice-cold drinks.


The signage for the butchers in town is one of my favourites, it’s recently been re-done, can’t even begin to describe the font-appreciation.
Does your town put on fun summer events with parades and funfairs?