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.
Stories via Sleeve Art: Bristol sound from a visual perspective
Date: Thursday 17 June 2021
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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- Past seminar series programmes 2004-2011 (PDF)
- Reading the 'Book of Skin': The Life and Death of John Horwood - 15 April 2021
- 'Good old Knowle': The wrestling craze in Bristol and the South West, c. 1900 - 18 March 2021
- Personal devotion in late Medieval Bristol: The case of Isabel Ruddock - 18 February 2021
- Witnessing the war: The Bristol Blitz - 19 November 2020
- War, Revolution and the Romantic Era in South West England - 28 February 2015
- Romancing the Gibbet - Walford: The public execution of John Walford in 1789 - 15 November 2014
- Imperial City: Bristol in the World (PDF) - 20-21 September 2013
- Georgian pleasures - 12-13 September 2013
- Writing the West - May 2012
- Protest, memory and public history - February 2012