After a dubious start with a blanket of snow throwing a minor spanner in the works, we made it happen and the paintings are now up on public display at the RWA! Please RSVP if you would like to attend the Private View on Weds 6th Feb from 6-8pm - Private View Invite
Free entry at the Royal West of England Academy, Queens Rd Bristol. 2-28th Feb 10-5.30pm (closed Mondays)
Prints, postcard books and other CPUK @ RWA rewards are available through the Fundsurfer campaign for the next event in Easter 2019
Invented by Tunisian artist Hechmi Ghachem during the 1980s - when freedom of expression was outlawed in his country - groups of artists painted together, on the same canvas, in complete silence to protect their identities. Luke Palmer is the first to bring the liberating concept of collaborative painting to the UK.
Come see the fascinating results of collaborative painting sessions held at the RWA with local and street artists.
“With its unique set of rules TCP makes it possible for artists to experience letting things happen instead of trying to control what is happening. In the process each artist discovers more of his or her talents and widens the imagination.
Luke Palmer has taken over for the loss of Hechmi Ghachem. His personal experience with the creative process has become the foundation for a new path into the magical world of Tunisian Collaborative Painting.
It is an experience you will never forget.”
'Voracious Paradise' (2018) - Rob Lawes, Beverley Ferguson, Gina Love, Bex Glover
Collaborative Painting UK @ RWA - Session 3. Artists Bea Kayani, Julia Adams, Prerna Chandiramani + Duncan Mckellar called time on their canvas at 1hr 50 minutes, so i offered them the chance to spend the final hour or so on another canvas. They jumped at the chance and produced a second painting together in under 40 minutes. Another amazing day making collaborative masterpieces!
After two years of planning, i could hardly believe i was actually going to make this happen. On Thursday 9th of August, 8 artists arrived at the Royal West of England Academy to meet me for a session of Tunisian Collaborative Painting for the afternoon. I divided them at random into 2 groups and asked them to follow these guidelines:
- 1 artist is appointed to star the painting
- Anyone else in the group can then join in and paint at any time
- Anyone can paint over anyone else's work
- The painting process is done in complete silence
The session would last a maximum of three hours, but if any artist felt that the painting was finished at any point the could raise their hand to say so. The others in the group ether agree by raising their hand, or not. The majority vote rules.
After an introduction to Tunisian Collaborative Painting from myself and via video, David Black, the artists broke into groups and began painting... Here are the results!