Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival
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Selected Artists: Alex Blakey

Alex Blakey is a three-dimensional designer working predominantly in glass. She likes to bring a sense of history or narrative back into the items that she produces, so that they form a human connection with the people associated with them. She uses glass to create ghosts of objects and places, memories and times that have passed.

"If we can collect a million brilliant memories in our lifetime then we are richer than any amount of money could make us, for when it comes to the end it is not money but memories that we all take with us.  My work aims to promote this way of thinking and entrap memories within glass for all of time."

These pieces of work are created from the historical narrative contained within the book, preserving it for all to see whilst at the same time, deconstructing the book and representing its message in a differnet medium.

For more information on Alex's work please visit: or at twitter here: AlxCreations


Selected Artists: Rachel Smith


'Pride and Prejudice' by Rachel Smith is a deconstruction of the classic love story by Jane Austen.
By reworking this classic, a story known to all, the book takes on a new form. By changing the structure of the lines of text, the eye can no longer read the novel in its intended way. It now picks out certain words, flitting from one to another in a disordered manner. Words such as 'endeavour', 'love', 'hope' and 'Darcy' make the novel's essence known without the viewer actually needing to read it.

Rachel has de-constructed 'Pride and Prejudice'. 

For more information on Rachel's work visit her here:



Selected Artists: Lucinda Young

Lucinda attended Falmouth school of Art and then Arts University Bournemouth, training in Graphic design but has spent most of her career as an Art Lecturer and course leader teaching fine art, printmaking and design.

 Working specifically with 1930s postcards, 1950s illustrated bibles, 1970s cookery books, 1980s computer magazines and vintage stamps and maps, Lucinda is focusing on physical literature, hand written communication and published information from the past; items that are endangered due to the digital age.

Her work juxtaposes images from different times and how, before the digital age, print and illustration defined the era that they were produced in. 



Selected Artists: Kate Broadhurst

'We Weren't The First Ones Here' is a stop-motion animation film made entirely out of paper. Kate wanted to create a digital film using traditional, hand-made techniques in one primary medium. The results are beautiful.

'Wonderland' is created using 'Creative Destruction' and black out poetry methods, Kate will be de-constructing Alice in Wonderland to create new word poems from the classic story, represented only through the images she creates.

Through this method will emerge new meanings out of pages of classic books, working directly onto the pages with paint and collage.

Kates starts by choosing a page which stands out to her and using the techniques of 'blackout poetry', picks out words and phrases that appeal to her. From this, she composes the poem.

The 'poem' is drawn out of the page through the process of creating new imagery around those words and therefore obscuring what was there before and the page's original meaning. 

For more information about Kate's work visit:



Kate collaborated with artists Emma Dade, Helen Dallat, Daisy Gould and Joseph Wallace to create the film 'We Weren't the First Ones Here'.


The Age of Information: The Proposal

Curated by Rebekah Jones

In today's digitally enamoured society, the Age of Information in physical form is waning. The richness and depth of the book is universally respected and yet often undiscovered as the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a no longer linear world. History is lost as time goes on and with it, traditions move from physical stability to the solely digital.


By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I want to operate in. The artists that I will work with will edit and dissect communicative objects such as books, maps, tapes and other media. As the mediums role transforms, its content is re-contextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.


I aim to bring back to life the worlds in which we visit through our imaginations when we read. The physicality of the book that the words lie within exaggerated into visual art; sculptures cut from the pages, paintings etched into the surface, the pages of a novel or the tape within a cassette physically folded to create one word, 'read', 'love' or 'joy' for example – whatever the central message of the chosen item may be. Art emblazoned across well-known works of literature transforms them into unforgettable representations of a time before the Digital Age.