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Introducing the artists creating Bristol Beacon’s visual identity

On Wednesday 23 September we announced our new name as Bristol Beacon, with the help of people from all over the city.

The name was deliberately revealed without a final logo or visual identity. For this, we have commissioned three local young and emerging creatives from Rising Arts Agency who will work in partnership with us over the next few months to develop branding that feels right for the new name and the city.

Get to know more about the artists in the profiles below.

Speaking of the collaboration, Sarah Robertson, Bristol Beacon’s Director of Communications and Special Projects, said:

“We wanted to work with the young creatives from Rising in order to ensure that the visual identity speaks to and is representative of the widest voices in Bristol. It’s really important to us that we create a brand that is welcoming and open to all and reflects the vibrancy and diversity of our city.

“The young people we are working with are sparking new ideas. They are all talented artists in their own right and are already bringing inspiration from original and unexpected places. This collaboration will hopefully create a new identity for us that will last for the next 150 years.”

RTiiiKA

RTiiiKA (pronounced “ah-teeka”) describes her work as “capturing the silly and tickling the profound”.

Her work as a freelance artist spans illustration, mural painting and design and she uses creativity as a way to connect, empower and inspire change. RTiiiKA is the founder of the Bristol Womxn Mural Collective – a group of 150+ people providing support, advice and visibility to womxn in street art.

RTiiiKA is Rosa ter Kuile, a 27-year-old Dutch British artist living in Bedminster. She has been in Bristol since 2017. She is a self-taught artist and is inspired to work with people, organisations and brands that strive to make positive change.

RTiiiKA’s previous projects include working with Rising Arts Agency on a citywide campaign, #WhoseFuture, which responded to the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue, in addition to the mounting tide of social issues affecting young people. The campaign merged artwork and statements from 37 young creatives and demanded action for racial and climate justice, as well as access and wellbeing issues. It appeared on over 370 poster and billboard sites across Bristol and helped to firmly position Rising Arts Agency as a leading voice for radical social change in the city.

RTiiiKA was also the lead creative for Grow Bristol, where she headed up a striking change in their visual language by creating an illustrative identity for their micro-green start-up. She collaborated with Studio Moross to produce illustration assets for the 2019 Nike Women’s Football campaign, and she created social media assets for the Green Party.

She says of the opportunity to work on Bristol Beacon’s brand development: “Being part of the Bristol Beacon rebrand is an opportunity to shape the cultural landscape in Bristol, to change the narrative of the building and pave the way for a truly inclusive future.”

Find out more about RTiiiKA here: https://rtiiika.com

Jasmine Thompson

“I aim to use illustration as a platform for underrepresented voices, to raise awareness around important issues and as a catalyst for further conversation,” says Jasmine.

An illustrator and designer based in Easton, Jasmine’s work encompasses digital illustration, visual journalism, murals, and graphic novels, and she specifically focuses on politics, culture and social issues. She works regularly as a live sketch artist and is an experienced political cartoonist for magazines.

Jasmine is 26 years old and has been living in Bristol for 8 years. After initially moving here from Worcester to study illustration at UWE, she stayed in the city after graduation to begin her career as a freelance illustrator and designer. She was first involved with Rising Arts Agency back in 2015, and has since made many connections within the arts scene and creative industries in Bristol.

She is a board member for Rising Arts Agency as well as a resident artist, and she’s also currently a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, where she is exploring the use of creative technology as a storytelling tool – for example, exploring how technologies such as conductive ink can enhance and make stories more immersive.

Recent projects include a commission with Bristol Light Festival 2020 as part of the ‘Neighbours’ installation, which saw illustrations projected onto Banksy’s iconic Well Hung Lover piece on Park Street. She held a solo exhibition at the Royal Shakespeare Company entitled ‘Love as a Revolution’: a 20 metre+ mural that looked at the people and movements throughout time that have changed the way we look at love and broken down the barriers for us to love who and how we choose. This mural was later recommissioned at the Barbican.

She also collaborated with a collective of artists from Rising Arts Agency for a takeover at Spike Island Open Studios 2019. Their exhibition was called ‘Why Are We Not Here?’ which challenged the systematic racism and lack of inclusion and representation within arts and cultural spaces in the city.

Having lived in Bristol for eight years and worked as an illustrator and designer here for four, Jasmine says of the opportunity to work on the Bristol Beacon rebrand: “This rebrand is another huge step in moving Bristol forward and creating something that’s a truly collaborative effort, that properly represents the city and all of us who live here. From living here so long, I recognise how significant this project is.”

See more of Jasmine here: https://rising.org.uk/artists/ 

Greg Keen

Greg describes his work as “hard to pinpoint, but what drives it is always the same. Everything I make is born from boiling down wide-reaching research into a rich, tasty idea.”

An artist and graphic designer with his heart set firmly in the world of art, Greg’s passion is for using art and design to shout about stories and causes he cares about and which he thinks the world needs to know about. Currently building his network to make the move into the film and television industry to design graphic props, he works as a graphic designer, artist and illustrator, and is particularly passionate about inclusivity, mental health reform, freedom of expression and equity for those who need it most. He seeks out opportunities to use his work to amplify voices and provide a visual platform to reach wider audiences.

Greg is 25 and grew up in the East Midlands where access to the creative industries is limited. He now lives in Bishopston in Bristol. Knowing he loves films, music and making art – and having taught himself to use Photoshop – he left school and moved to Cornwall to attend Falmouth University where he studied graphic design surrounded by creatives of all kinds. On moving to Bristol after graduating, and attending talks by the likes of production designer Annie Atkins, Greg found the world of graphic design for film and television and was due to start training before the pandemic.

A recent project Greg was involved in whilst working at We The Curious was facilitating collaborative film-making workshops with a team of neuro-diverse adults from WECIL (West of England Council for Independent Living – a user-led organisation dedicated to supporting independent living for anyone who identifies as being a disabled person). He initially helped the group brainstorm ideas around feeling disconnected and excluded, and then supported them with the storyboarding, filming, animating and editing of a series of films.

Greg was also one of the artists that took part in the #WhoseFuture campaign.

Of the opportunity to work on the Bristol Beacon rebrand, Greg says: “Opportunities like this are why I’m here. My passion for music is what brought me to the venue first. Bristol’s culture for new and diverse music is something that deeply excites me and it’s a culture that I am firmly integrated into. Having worked at the venue’s bar when I first moved here, I am humbled to be given the chance to collaboratively change the space in to something that truly is for everyone.”

Find out more about Greg here: https://keen.carrd.co

The artists are working in collaboration with our existing branding agency, Saboteur, who will guide the project and commented:

“We’re extremely excited to be working with young, diverse, local talent from Rising Arts in Bristol to achieve the brand identity that will sit alongside the new name. Each of them has already contributed in big ways to the process. Not only are they incredibly talented, but their passion, curiosity, and intimate local knowledge of Bristol will all prove vital to the success of the project. This is a partnership we’ve been looking forward to since we began working with Bristol Music Trust last year.”

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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