Current and past seminars and events from the Regional History Centre.

In partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre runs a monthly evening research seminar at M Shed, Bristol. Seminars are normally on the third Thursday of each month but please refer to the programme for variations.

Forthcoming event

Stories via Sleeve Art: Bristol sound from a visual perspective

Date: Thursday 17 June 2021
Time: 18:00-19:00
Venue: Online via Zoom

This is a UWE Bristol Regional History Centre talk in partnership with M Shed seminar series. 

In the 80s and 90, the DIY music scene in Bristol was synonymous with a home-grown visual culture. Countless flyers for music events, parties and jams featured the work of locally based graphic designers, street artists and illustrators. These same creatives regularly contributed, to the sleeve art of vinyl and CD releases of the era, offering visual accompaniment to the output of South West music makers.

The Hombré Records imprint (1997 to 2003) exemplifies this symbiotic relationship between image and sound, between Bristol based visual and recording artists. Taking the label’s legacy as an anchor, Jamie Hombré offers his reflections on the sounds and images that defined people’s perception of Bristol culturally at that time. Jamie will be joined by Tom Friend – founder of Southville’s Friendly Records for additional commentary.   

Beginning with memories and inspirations from the live music and club scenes of the time, the talk will trace a path to the era depicted in the forthcoming exhibition and celebration of street art Vanguard | Bristol Street Art, due to open at Bristol’s M Shed in June. Many of the Hombré sleeves feature work from exhibiting artists in Vanguard and an accompanying vinyl/CD compilation showcases music released by the label.

About the speaker

Bristol-born Jamie Eastman worked for a decade in the independent music industry, moving on to produce and curate performance art situations, AV events and exhibitions in London and the South West. Jamie was a curator at the Arnolfini, oversaw cultural activities and arts partnership work at the University of Bath, and was co-chair of Visual Arts South West. In 1997, he founded Hombre, a micro label known for its recordings of rappers with Bristolian accents and sleeve designs from artists then-based in the city including Banksy and Will Barras.

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