BOUNCE! new large scale art installation in Sheffield UK

SITE GALLERY LAUNCHES BOUNCE! BY FLORENCE BLANCHARD, A LARGESCALE INSTALLATION IN SITE SQUARE, BROWN STREET, S1 2BS.

Sheffield-based artist Florence Blanchard is known internationally for her work transforming city spaces with her signature style of flowing, amorphous shapes in bright colours. Working in partnership with playground paint specialist Uniplay she has transformed an area 1000 sqm into a vibrant, playful focal point for the Cultural Industries Quarter in a landmark project that can be freely accessed by anyone.

Judith Harry, Executive Director of Site Gallery, said:

“The impact of Florence’s work is remarkable. It has added a whole new dimension to the public realm around Site Gallery and is a wonderful addition to a series of public artworks we have commissioned in the area over the past couple of years. Florence has recognised the untapped potential of the square and created an environment which celebrates the creativity of the cultural industries quarter”

The project was commissioned through City of Ideas – an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence funded programme which was led by Site Gallery on behalf of a consortia of Sheffield arts organisations based in the Cultural Industries Quarter.

To read the full press release, please click here.

To celebrate this project I produced a print edition inspired by the design of the square. The print is available on my online shop.

DIFFRACTION / new exhibition / Nelly Duff gallery, London

I’m very excited to announce my next solo exhibition: DIFFRACTION opening Tomorrow at Nelly Duff gallery in London. More info here: https://www.nellyduff.com/shows/diffraction

Coinciding with the beginning of Lockdown II online viewings are recommended, contact the gallery at hello@nellyduff.com

Online Private View 3-9pm Thursday 5th November (book slot online)
Please get in touch with @nellyduff for any information. All work will be available on Nelly Duff’s online shop from 4pm Thursday.

Studio shots by the excellent @helenadolby

NO EVIL SERIES: MIZARU, KIKAZARU, IWAZARU – New print edition

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The NO EVIL print series came out of a self-initiated, mini lockdown residency in my home studio.

Now available on florenceblanchard.bigcartel.com

Screen printing is such a time consuming process, with the set up taking up the majority of the time. You can easily spend several hours preparing your screens, paper and print bed only to find that once you start printing, something has gone wrong and you have to start allover again. Because of this, it is often tempting to stick with what you know and stop looking for new directions with your work.

I wanted to take advantage of the fact the world has slowed down for a moment and use this newly acquired time to explore different screen printing techniques and push my studio practice to the next level. For the past tree weeks I have allowed myself to make mistakes and to take as much time as I needed to troubleshoot and find solutions. The experience has been enjoyable and rewarding. MIZARU, KIKAZARU and IWAZARU are the three print editions to come out of this self isolation / exploration and I am trilled with the end result.

The titles refer to the three wise monkeys; a Japanese pictorial maxim embodying the proverbial principle “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb, including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts but represent a great motto, which can be enhanced by creative practice. Immersing myself in this challenging project has provided a great outlet to escape the pandemic madness for the time being and I’m delighted to now share these with you.

MIZARU

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KIKAZARU

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IWAZARU

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New Indoor mural in Shoreditch

I just came back from London where I spent a week working on an indoor mural for a private commission. As the design was going to cover the entire surface of one wall, and the rest of the room being already full with art  we decided to go for a limited colour palette.

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STRAWBERRY THIEF print

I am excited to announce the release of my latest print edition: ‘Strawberry Thief’
Available from my online Shop: https://florenceblanchard.bigcartel.com/

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Main edition:
8 colours
40 x 40 cm
Candy pink 270 gsm Colorplan
Edition of 35

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Special edition (SOLD OUT):
8 colours
Hand-finished with gold leaf
46 x 46 cm
Marble effect 270 gsm Colorplan
Edition of 5

All signed, numbered and embossed at the front
Hand-printed at @bandb_editions in Sheffield UK / Worldwide shipping

YES PLEASE! new exhibition in Leeds

New paintings and hand-printed works by Florence Blanchard & Kid Acne are currently on view at BLK BX x Trinity Leeds in a rare two person exhibition. The show, titled YES PLEASE! runs until February 24th, supported by additional prints from the B&B archives, celebrating some of the studio’s favourite collaborations and most popular graphics.

YES PLEASE!
New works by Florence Blanchard & Kid Acne
February 8th – 24th
10am – 6pm (Thursday – Sunday)
BLK BX, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, LS1 5AT

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