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I Am Making Art: Reliquaries and Shrines

Ben Hartley

I Am Making Art: Reliquaries and Shrines

Ben Hartley

Ofelia Rodriguez, 'Talking in Dreams' (2023). Installation view at Spike Island. Photograph by Dan Weill

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Inspired by Ofelia Rodríguez’s survey exhibition Talking In Dreams, Bristol-based artist Ben Hartley will lead a workshop exploring reliquaries, talismans and shrines. Attendees will be able to make their own reliquary, using everyday objects provided in the workshop or sentimental objects brought from home, while discussing the use of shrines in history. Materials and box bases will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring objects from home. This workshop is open to all ages and abilities.

I Am Making Art

These regular activity sessions are led by artists and visual practitioners. Visitors of all ages and abilities can try out new techniques and approaches to making art, from drawing and painting to collage, sculpture and animation. All materials are provided.

Ben Hartley

Ben Hartley is a Bristol-based artist whose practice is predominantly centred around objects and materials and their ability to hold and tell stories. Their work makes use of fictioning to create art that probes in and around the edges of the anthropocene, folk culture and mythology, and melds the past and future together. Ben’s main areas of interest include the anthropocene, animism, folk histories, speculative futures, dystopian fiction, chalk hill figures, ancient Bronze Age fertility statues and queer interpretations of mythologies. Ben is a studio holder at Bricks Bristol’s St Anne’s House, with recent projects at Elysium Gallery, Swansea, St Anne’s House, Bristol, Studio KIND, Braunton & Chisenhale Studios, London.

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