An Engagement commission by Rachal Bradley, developed over the past year in collaboration with emerging West of England-based artists and Creative Youth Network alumni Carlo Hornilla, Tommy Howlett, Lauren Jeffery and Calum McCutcheon.
Reflecting upon the underlying functions of the psyche, the body and where these meet the reality around us, FORECAST comprises a video work exploring the collective consciousness of crows and a mirrored pavilion sculpture suspended from the gallery ceiling.
Rachal Bradley is an artist and writer based in London. In her work, Bradley aims to understand the formative and formal relationships between the body and systemic structures within society. Bradley has exhibited across Europe and the UK, and she contributes to the journal Texte Zur Kunst. She is co-author of the book Indebted Vision with artist Inka Meißner, and works in her studio in South East London whilst teaching at London Metropolitan University, London.
Carlo Hornilla is a Bristol-based freelance artist, illustrator, storyteller, poet, organised chaos and awkward human being. They use “play”, “fun” and regular introspection as a platform to explore feelings, connections and communication. Hornilla studied Fine Art and Illustration at Coventry University (2019) and has exhibited work at Resilient, Creative Youth Network (2021), Four Bundles of Organised Chaos (2022), Soft Spawn, Shiiku (2022).
Tommy Howlett is a 2D animation filmmaker. He is interested in strong story-telling, blending means of the expressive and conventional, and bringing adult audiences closer to animation. Howlett graduated from Arts of Bournemouth and is currently studying an MA course in Directing Animation at the National Film & Television School.
Lauren Jeffery is a portraitist and poet who approaches her practices as a vehicle to expand her perspective. Often drawing from Jazz, Jeffery creates loose, boldly coloured portrait paintings, exploring how our sensory experiences are intertwined. Jeffery studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Bristol (2020).
Calum McCutcheon is an artist originally from Wales, currently based in Bristol. His practice is a tool for introspection, using process as a means of understanding his own logic and subjectivity. He works across a variety of mediums (installation, sculpture, film, painting, music) using day-to-day found objects and recycled materials. McCutcheon studied Fine Art at UWE Bristol(2016). Recent exhibitions and commissions include: Nozstock Festival; Unstable Monuments, The Old Crown Court, Bristol (both 2022) and Greenman Festival (2021).
FORECAST marks the culmination of the first Spike Island and Creative Youth Network Engagement Fellowship for Artists and is part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance programme, supported by Arts Council England.