A Place To Call Home


After many months of procrastination and delays, I am finally proud to present my most recent project – A Place To Call Home.

Between September 2015 and April 2016 I went around the country, meeting people who had found alternative housing solutions to the masses. These individuals and families are a great inspiration who can show us all that it’s possible to go against the grain and live without the constraints of identical homes, crippling debts and monotonous lives.

I am happy how this project has come out, and I hope it goes part was to reflecting some of my journalistic abilities through a variety of different styles. I believe there is potential to really change the way our country deals with housing, and if anybody is interested in using this work, or collaborating with me to extend this project and turn it into something worthwhile, then please do get in touch!



Alecs DeLarge interview


WordPlay Magazine

With his third tape set to drop soon on freshly conceived Be Ripe Records, Wordplay caught up with Alecs DeLarge, whose love for lo-fi and distortion is making him someone to watch as the UK enjoys a resurgence in it’s home-grown dusty hip-hop scene.

I sit with Alecs Delarge, or Joel Holmes to his friends and family, chatting over rollies and Tesco instant coffee in a converted student bedroom in Bristol, better known as 10Twenty radio. Here Joel and his housemate Felix (Dank Lotion) broadcast their show every Sunday across the globe. The show further adds to Joel’s repertoire of rapping, beat making and producing music.

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New art partnership agreed between Arnolfini and UWE


Western Eye

This year, UWE and Arnolfini announced plans for an “exciting new partnership” that they say will offer endless potential for, not only students, but also for Bristol as a whole. This is a partnership between the creative arts departments of each institution. UWE say it will offer a “dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and other activities.”

The partnership will offer students the opportunity to carry out work placements, group collaborations, research projects and events within Arnolfini – one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. Students will be able to work with world-class artists from across the industry. This should not only improve students’ university experience, but will also boost the employability of UWE’s post-graduates.

Arnolfini hopes that the diversity that UWE students bring to the gallery will enhance visitors’ experience and broaden the centre’s appeal, pushing Bristol even further forward in the UK art scene.

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One Man’s Trash…


Supper Lovin’

Guest blogger George Devereaux visits The Bristol Skipchen to find out how unwanted food can be lovingly transformed into marvelous meals…

The Bristol Skipchen
is a genius new café venture, pioneering a new kind of business model in which food that would ordinarily be thrown away is recovered and used to create dishes that customers can purchase for as much or as little as they see fit. Located within The Crofters Rights bar and restaurant in the heart of Stokes Croft and run by a team of around 70 passionate volunteers, the business is working to challenge ideas about the value of food. Every day the kitchen receives food donations from all over the shot, including local farms and neighbouring shops, and even makes use of food that’s been pulled out of skips (hence the name), creating unique and exciting meals for patrons. This innovative approach to sourcing ingredients means that The Skipchen can offer up a truly dynamic menu that never allows the palate to get bored. For example, when a friend and I visited last week we were treated to a broccoli and blue cheese soup, a warming winter casserole with a fancy name – casserole a la Dylan – coined by its creator, followed by servings of pineapple and rosehip cake and delicious apple and blueberry crumble. The café has a very communal vibe: the seating, for example, is comprised of long wooden benches, meaning that everyone has to sit together. During our visit, I found myself chatting to all sorts of people and heard some interesting stories.

The Skipchen serves up food to a wide demographic of customers, from homeless people to suited and booted businessmen, all of whom support the cause and believe that no food should go to waste. The café is part of The Real Junk Food Project, which was originally founded in Melbourne, Australia by friends Adam Smith and Johanna Hewitt. On their return to the UK, Smith and Hewitt took over a community kitchen in Armley, Leeds and opened the first UK RJFP café in December 2013. Since then the network has continued to grow, with cafés popping up in Swinnow, Manchester, Brighton and now Bristol.

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Open Hands: How A Young Bristolian Is Changing the Robotics Industry


Joel Gibbard’s Open Hand Project is opening eyes to open source. In his first piece for Rife magazine, George Devereaux speaks to a young person who is set to change the lives of amputees and engineers across the world.

Copyright: Open Hand Project

Joel Gibbard is a 23-year-old Plym­outh University robotics graduate whose tal­ent, selflessness and drive are pushing the bound­aries of robotic prosthetics and 3D printing.

Based in Bristol, Joel runs the Open Hand Project, working towards building prosthetic hands that are roughly 100 times cheaper than current leading prosthetics, making them more accessible to the general public. Joel started the project only last year, and in such a short space of time, he has seen it take huge leaps forward, with great success from his Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and his relocation to the University of the West of England’s Robotics Lab, a ‘technology incubator.’ On the face of it, this project has the potential to help a ‘handful’ of people but its potential spans way beyond amputees.

What inspired Joel to get into robotics? Joel comes from a technical background, growing up with two architects for parents. Furthermore, his dad had always been into electronics, it seems like Joel’s talents run in the family. As a kid, Joel would work with his dad building robots, he started learning from an early age. But when it came down it, asking; ‘What got you into robotics?’ I was answered with: ‘Toys got me into it, primarily Lego’. He explained how he would receive the Lego Technic kits for every birthday and Christmas, he couldn’t get enough of them. Who would have thought such an innocent childhood hobby, could lead to one man making such a difference to so many lives.

But why did Joel choose to focus on creating robotic hands? ‘Natural movement is what I find most interesting, that’s what drew me to hands’. This fascination drove Joel to visit his local library and take out ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ a book he describes as the bible of medicine. Reading this, he gave himself a grounding in how the human hand worked, and was able to begin designing the robotic hand from there, all off of his own back. ‘I guess it’s kind of selfish, but I tend to like to work alone’ he says. Joel has so far ran the whole project by himself, saying I like the control, working with others when you’re not paying them is difficult, you can’t say no that’s wrong, go back and do it a different way’.

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‘The union between art and food’


Food and art – not an uncommon association to make. Be it Gustave Courbet’s Still Life with Apples, Pear, and Pomegranates, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans or Chris Palmers’ Skoda advert where he recreated a car out of cake. Or even you. Taking a photo for Instagram of your plate of mega stacked pancakes topped by blueberries and whipped cream, and drowning in maple syrup – food has always played an integral part in the art world.

Cuisine+Colour is an art collaboration based in Bristol between visual artists Motley Collective and South West chefs. They describe their work as “the union between art and food that serves to pioneer an original way of relishing food – where colour is delicious and cuisine is to dye for”.

Their events, which are shrouded in a veil of enticing mystery, comprise of exciting intimate meals with a select number of dinner guests who are treated to a four course taste enchantment. At the end of the meal, the guests’ bibs (which have been subject to a vast array of colours), serve as a tapestry telling the tale of how they interacted with their food.

With supreme cuisine that is both beautiful to the eye and the tongue at the forefront of what this group does, it’s no surprise that Cuisine and Colour is rapidly gaining momentum in Bristol’s art scene. Having already successfully hosted three events at a coffee roastery and a science museum, the collective have their sites firmly set on the future, with plans to host at the likes of Bestival on Thursday, July 30 before returning to Bristol for their next event on August 21 at the Watershed.

Bristol24/7 spoke with Sabrina Shirazi, the creative producer at Cuisine+Colour prior to their recent Food Connections event hosted in the foyer of At-Bristol.

Hey Sabrina, could you tell me a bit about Cuisine and Colour?
“It came out of my visual arts company Motley Collective, which I founded with photographer Kim Clarke where we painted models white and applied colour to them in different ways to create a striking image. Cuisine+Colour is about two years old and we’ve had two events so far. It’s the coming together of visual art and cuisine which is inspired by colour. We initially worked with friends of ours who have an artisan culinary pop-up company called Da Boes. They’re based in the South West and to accompany their pop up events they had posters designed by artist friends of theirs. They asked Motley Collective to do a poster but instead, I encouraged the idea of a meal orientated around colour which is about breaking the etiquette of how to eat, in a very creative, artistic way. The basic premise of Cuisine+Colour is that there is a white table cloth and bibs that attach to it, so every person who sits around the table is wearing a bib. The food that we serve, and the way that we serve it means that the person eating is naturally going to effect the table cloth with colour. By the end of it you come away with a Jackson Pollock on the table cloth.”


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12 best men’s summer hats


Whether you’re a stand-out snap-back or a classic trilby kind of guy, whether you’re looking to channel your inner Coolio with a bucket hat or Jay Gatsby with a vintage-style boater, there’s a hat for that.

1. RVCA Edgecliffe Boonie Hat: £30.00, twoseasons.co.uk


Originally designed for military use, the Boonie has become a style staple, with fans including everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to Jay-Z. RVCA’s version comes in dark grey and olive camo, so it will go with an array of summer outfits. The adjustable strap ensures that this one-size-fits-all hat stays put, whether you’re bouncing in the crowd at a festival or lounging by the pool.

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2. Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Sports Cap: £21.60, houseoffraser.co.uk


This timeless classic is no longer just for the golf course and is enjoying a bit of a revival in street wear. We like the clean and classic white, but if you’re concerned about sweat marks around the headband or likely to drop it in the Glasto mud, it also comes in a variety of colours. 100% cotton and sporting Ralph Lauren’s pony logo on the front, this cap will see you through summer without ever looking out of place.

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War has left Syria ‘on brink of economic collapse’


The Independent

Syria is heading towards economic collapse after four years of war, a report by a leading British think-tank says.

In a report published today, Chatham House says that the Syrian economy has retracted by over 50 per cent in real terms, the Syrian pound has lost 80 per cent of its value and inflation has averaged 51 per cent.

Outward migration and an estimated 250,000 deaths have caused Syria’s population to fall by more than 15 per cent, from 21 million to 17.5 million….

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