Gather Round’s Ten Bristol Creatives You Should Know: 2022
Creativity is at the heart of Gather Round. In the decisions we make, the spaces we create and the people that call our desks home.
It is an honour to live in a city bursting at the seams with creativity; art covers city streets, collectives pop up in a matter of days, music can be heard on all street corners and creative businesses flourish. Bristol is a city that values and celebrates creativity and we couldn’t be prouder to call it home.
After the success of last year’s list (thanks to those that reached out to thank us!), we wanted to shine a light once more on those that make our wonderful city go round. From producers to DJs, authors to collectives doing things differently, we bring you Ten Bristol Creatives We Think You Should Know….
A devoted member of the Bristol underground scene, Isaac Stacey makes light work of many projects. In between hosting a regular Noods Radio show, performing in noise-making duo SÕN and experimental spoken word band Folly, his work in Copper Sounds saw a sold-out show at last year’s En Masse Festival and a feature at Bristol New Music festival. Copper Sounds, alongside fellow artist Sonny Lightfoot, sees the duo create large-form ceramic vessels played with a custom-made sequencer.
Full disclosure: Hannah is one of our own. She’s been at the helm of Brunswick Square since January 2022 doing a cracking job as Community Manager. In between making sure all our members are super happy, arranging events and generally spreading good vibes, she is a multi-disciplinary artist that thinks in colour. Bold brights and urgent shapes are her signature. Fresh off the back of exhibitions at Tobacco Factory and Bocabar, Hannah is set for big things.
Creative producer, artist, lecturer, curator…the list goes on. Josie has been making moves in Bristol and beyond with record and event label Club Djembe, homemade skincare brand ABENA as well as holding down a day job as a Product Design lecturer at UWE. The girls got skills.
This sustainability communications agency has been doing things differently from day dot. The crew help organisations spread their purpose to the world through video content, digital advertising and storytelling. A small but mighty team; Enviral only take on work that has a positive social or environmental impact so you just know that everything they touch is going to do good. Just like them.
DJ and producer, Batu champions Bristol on a world stage with major billing at international festivals across the world. The masses celebrate his distinct, boundary-pushing sound through his sets whilst his record label Timedance advocates some of Bristol’s best. A consistent curator of club nights that bring dancers to unusual spaces, in the past year Batu has offered free community studio sessions at Trinity Arts and launched the city-wide festival En Masse. It would be an understatement to say he is invested in the Bristol scene!
Creative Producer, Esther has many strings to her bow. After a very busy couple of years working with Trinity Arts, St Pauls Carnival, Harbour Festival, Afrika Eye Film Festival and Beyond We, it’s safe to say she is firmly entrenched in the Bristol cultural scene. Esther was a major player in The Final Frontier, a two-day protest-themed festival held in Bristol which shone a light with workshops, talks and screenings.
McKenzie dropped his debut novel to critical acclaim this year at the grand old age of 24. A coming-of-age story set on Stapleton Road, Easton, the novel tells the tale of young Sayon fighting to escape his every day. Listed as one of the 10 best debut novels of 2022 by The Observer, and, in an influential US review, has been called ‘the most exciting UK debut in years’ so we think it might go quite well for him. Grab a copy of his book here!
Co-Founder and Director of studio Yatta, Ben possesses a child-like glee when it comes to all things motion and animated content. It shows in Yatta – originally a collective within Fiasco Design – Ben soon realised there was enough mega talent and demand to create a stand-alone studio. And that’s just what he did; Ben heads up a team of illustrators, designers and animators at the top of their game, making meaningful motion for brands and organisations in Bristol and beyond.
Rising Star of the Bristol food scene Candice Bryant has been teasing fans with pop-ups of her delicious eats across the summer. With experience cooking in the much-missed Katie & Kim’s Kitchen and Michelin-touting fine dining spots, excitement is building as rumours abound of a brand new opening at St Werburghs’ Purple Patch farm, giving the chef her first permanent home. Seasonal, local, exciting and unpredictable, Candice probably won’t tell you what’s on the menu but you won’t be disappointed.
Illustrator, creator and all-round beam of sunshine here at Gather Round, Beth’s signature style of intricate cutouts, pastel colours and standout illustrations meant she was in immediate demand after graduating from UWE with clients such as Teen Vogue and Oxfam queuing up to work with her. Beth finds inspiration in the every day as well her family and has recently celebrated the publication of her first children’s book; The Missing Piece.
Inspiration lurks around every corner in Bristol, and without a doubt in the halls of Gather Round’s Cigar Factory and Brunswick Square. If you’d like to hear more about our co-working spaces in Bristol, drop us a line and we’ll arrange a coffee!
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