All posts tagged: Column Arts Agency

Converge: Mark Salmon x Column Arts Agency

Normally I’d refrain from praising myself, and this is definitely not the time to challenge old habits. Though in this case, it was probably my humble self that played a tiny part in bringing both sides to the table for photography-design-fusion project ‘Converge’. A few months ago, a tweet from Will Astbury’s Column Arts Agency – who already mounted the incredible ‘Triple Hop’ exhibition together with Test Space & Honest Brew – turned up in my twitter feed, hunting for a Birmingham-based photographer. My first idea was Mark Salmon, who recently collaborated with me for a story in The Quarterly, so I gladly put down his name for the raffle. Apparently, it did work out quite well. For ‘Converge’, which has been commissioned for annual visual arts festival Eye Candy, Mark teamed up with Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Celine Gittens, Kit Holder and Anna Monleon to produce some really sweet live-action shots. Column Arts in turn send off an ace selection of their represented artists, including Trou, Joshua Billingham, Sweaty Eskimo, Laura Tinald, Joel Millerchip or Guy McKinley, to run riot on Mark’s images and add their very …

Launch Night: Triple Hop – Illustration & Beer exhibition

There is (probably) a saying ‘If you don’t know anything about wine, just pick the one with the most beautiful, fascinating, bad-ass or creative label’. Well, that’s most likely hocus-pocus and hardly the case for beers anyway – so many fairly tasty beers wrapped in kinda boring corporate designs. You can’t have everything, right? Wait. Actually, you can. ‘Column Arts Agency’ has joined forces with independent craft beer gurus ‘Honest Brew’ and arts events agency ‘Test Space’, bringing together the ‘noble pursuits of drawing and boozing’ for their terrific collaborative show ‘ . The exhibition at East Street Arts‘ showspace features delicious samples of bottled brewing-awesomeness, graced with the designs of twenty emerging artists, including Column’s Alan Dalby, Mr Hass or Peter Beatty and Test Space’s SixOneSix, Benjamin Murphy or Captain Kris. And there’s even more to it: Apart from these limited edition pieces of art, which are on sale throughout the 10-day pop-up show, the premises are filled with brewing interior and cheeky beer-themed illustrations – ranging from cute and wicked to creepy and hilarious. Well, if that’s the first time you heard of Triple Hop, you most …