Public Art Events


Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May 2016 12.30 – 5pm

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - TRANSITION

So delighted to confirm our two guest artists - Angie Stevens, Swansea's own Doodlemum on Friday 20th and Melanie Ezra on Saturday 21st, celebrating our last monthly event at Creative Bubble.

We’re BACK!!! But just for a one-off. Come and join us for our very last regular monthly “15 Hundred Lives @ Creative Bubble”.

Over the past three years we have put on 27 public access art events at the Creative Bubble Artspace. Because of circumstances, we haven’t been around for a few months but we’re having this one final event to say goodbye and thank you to everyone who has visited, supported and worked with us at Creative Bubble.

That doesn’t mean we’re packing up completely, but the members of “15 Hundred Lives”, Sylvie Evans, Graham Parker and Rosie Scribblah are busy with individual projects. However, we’ll be popping up from time to time to do arty things.

This month’s event is called TRANSITION and it’s about the transition each of us is making artistically at the moment. We’re all trying out new approaches in our art practice and we’ll be throwing the doors open for two days, working on our latest projects.

We will be welcoming 2 guest artists throughout the 2 days, Swansea's Doodlemum Angie Stevens who will be doodling visitors throughout Friday and Melanie Ezra who will be working on her automata, soon to be the subject of a solo show at The Workers Gallery and Workshops, on the Saturday.

We’ve had guest artists working alongside us right from the start, some of Swansea’s finest – Kath Lawson Hughes, David Pitt, Julia Hopkins, Alastair Elkes-Jones, Laura Niehorster, Chris Harrendence, Lucy Read, Melvyn Williams, David Meredith, Melanie Ezra, Kat Ridgway, Abigail Littlewood, Patricia Borley, David Hughes Jones, Tim Hanks, Ann Lucas, Ryan Christopher Courtier, Rosie Irwin, Donna Males, Patricia Mckenna Jones, Carys Evans, Jenny Chisholm, Nyrhtak Enna Relssurt, Glan Jenkins, Sam Chapman, Tim Warren, Heather Lithgow, Lewis Furneaux, Jackie Phillips.

We’ll have refreshments, including lashings of home-made cake, for our last monthly event at Creative Bubble so please pop in and say goodbye.

The whole thing was made possible by the support we’ve had from Lucy Beddall and her team at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea BID and we’re hoping to plan some more arty shenanigans with them in the future.

In The Deep Midwinter

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December 2015 12.30 – 5pm

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - In the Deep Winter

It's the last public art event of the year from 15 Hundred Lives at Creative Bubble and it's all about the collage. What does midwinter mean to you? A religious festival? A time for family? A commercial extravaganza? A midwinter feast? A time to see off the old year and welcome in the new?

You are very welcome to pop in and join us over the 2 days - maybe you'd like to add to our big winter collage? Or explore what midwinter means to you? Or bring some poetry or prose or music that reflects your thoughts about midwinter?

The Big Draw : All Hallows

Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October 2015 12.30 – 5pm

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - The Big Draw: All Hallows

The 15 Hundred Lives art collective is opening the doors to the public at the Creative Bubble artspace for a Big Draw on the subject of All Hallows. October is the month of the national Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival. It’s also the month of All Hallow’s Eve, an ancient festival for remembering the dead. It’s a Christian festival, part of Allhallowtide; a pagan festival based in the Celtic Samhain; Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh winter festival; and the 20th century secular Halloween tradition of trick or treating.

We’ll be covering the walls of Creative Bubble with enormous rolls of paper and we’ll have plenty of drawing materials for anyone, experienced artist or absolute beginner, to come along and join in with The Big Draw. It’s such a huge festival and it’s great to be bringing it to the centre of Swansea. Come and draw what All Hallows or Samhain or Calan gaeaf or Halloween means to you.

Musicians and performers are also very welcome to come and join in too.

Fashion Statement

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - Fashion Statement

Here's the next public art event from the 15 Hundred Lives collective with guest artist Laura Niehorster. Carmarthen-born and Swansea –based Laura has a degree in Fashion Design but is now making a fascinating journey from fashion into the fine arts.

“The central themes to my work are people and their stories. Learning about the lives and journeys of people who I meet every day, people who have participated in social changes or been part of social movements are my main artistic inspiration. I am a strong advocator for the use of emotions in art; my work is an investigation of the emotional connections which people feel with each other and why these emotions are vital for the strength of humanity.”

Laura will be joining the members of the collective, Sylvie Evans, Graham Parker and Rosie Scribblah at this month's Creative Bubble event, 24th and 25th of April, 12.30 - 5.00 each day. Pop in and see what artists do all day and chat to Laura about her fascinating work.

See more on Facebook.

Weirdness and Kisses

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - Weirdness and Kisses

Another public art event at Creative Bubble, with guest artists Lucy Read and Chris Harrendence alongside 15 Hundred Lives regulars, Sylvie Evans, Graham Parker and Rosie Scribblah. Who knows what will happen when you put a bunch of artists in a room and let them loose? Chris Harrendence has a remarkably weird and wonderful drawing style, creating a whole universe of bizarre characters in exquisite detail. Lucy Read never ceases to surprise with her eclectic and performative approach to her art. Come and see us anytime between 12.30 and 5 and see what artists do all day. Creative Bubble artspace is in Cradock Street, Swansea.

March 20th

March 21st

Casting Balls and Legoman

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - Casting Balls and Legomen

The 15 Hundred Lives Collective is joined by sculptor David Meredith and filmaker Melvyn Williams at the Creative Bubble artspace to present two days of public access art on Friday and Saturday the 27th and 28th of February from 12.30 - 5.00 each day. Please pop in and see what artists do all day.

During his two days as guest artist at Creative Bubble, Melvyn will be working on a short animated film featuring Lego characters as part of a larger series of animations that can currently be seen on his YouTube Channel (parental guidance suggested for YouTube). Some of Melvyn's short comedy films will be shown over the 2 days.

Swansea born Melvyn Williams is a writer and film maker who has written for S4C, HTV, Granada Television, as well as newspapers, magazines and websites. Training as a graphic designer at Swansea Institute, he then graduated from Newport Film School. He has written feature films, short films, situation comedies, reviews, features and blogs. For a number of years he has also been writing under the pseudonym of NotSoGreatDictator.

Skewen born and Swansea based David Meredith is a mature student studying for a sculpture degree at University of Wales Trinity St. David’s. Previously a carpenter, David creates three dimensional art in different media. During his two days as guest artist this month, David will be showcasing his casting process in Plaster of Paris, part of a series of three dimensional explorations of the negative space between spheres leading to fully developed pieces made from plaster and acrylic resin.

To add to the fun, David will take palm prints of any children who come along.

February 27th

February 28th

Curiouser and Curiouser

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble - curiouser and curiouser

It's that Creative Bubble time of the month again and alongside the usual suspects, Graham Parker, Sylvie Evans and Rosie Scribbler, we have two visionary guest artists, currently in their final year of a degree in Fine Art at University of Wales Trinity St Davids, who both draw inspiration from their own bodies. Come down and see us at the NEW Creative Bubble artspace, Friday and Saturday, 23rd and 24th of January.

Abigail Littlewood uses different media to explore decay and the ageing process. Working with ceramics, resin, photography and performance, she often uses her own body to produce work based on the feminine and the way that forms change. In one remarkable performance that targeted gender, stereotyping and disgust, she collected decaying fish parts and had a bath in them.

Kathryn Trussler continuing theme of 'self' and her ongoing research explore unmeasurable potential with non-traditional materials. Nothing is concealed or interfered with as the works celebrate sensory and artistic possibilities using the human body as the chosen vessel of expression. Curious experiments include ice, expanding foam and bread, each with its own list of unpredictable qualities that can restrict or contribute to the appearance of her sculptures which often succumb to the inevitable forces of nature.

Over By Where? Over By There, Mun!

15 Hundred Lives and Guest Artist Patricia Borley @ the new Creative Bubble.

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th December 2014, 12:30-17:00.

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble in Swansea on 19th and 20th December 2014

It's coming up fast, our 2-day monthly public art event at ..... THE NEW CREATIVE BUBBLE!!! Over by where is it? Over the other side of the road from the OLD Creative Bubble. That's by where.

This month our guest artist is the effervescent Patricia Borley. Alongside diehard regulars painter Graham Parker, collagist Sylvie Evans and scribbler and printmaker Rosie Scribbler, Pat will be doing what she does in public for all the world to see. Come on down and see what it is that artists do all day.

Qualifying in Illustration and Design in the early '80s, Pat also gained a BA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in recent years.

Pat says,

"Due to an accident in the final year of the MA, which resulted in a smashed wrist, I was forced to produce work in a way that was spontaneous and immediate. Deliberately choosing a medium that also demanded speed I was freed from the detail that called for hours of intensive work. Adopting this method gave me access to images that were thought long forgotten, enabling the desired resonance of childhood memories. These powerful memories led to a study of images within fairy tales and folk stories and the recurring iconographies within."

In The Zone

15 Hundred Lives and Guest Artist David Hughes-Jones @ Creative Bubble.

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble in Swansea on 14th and 15th November 2014

Swansea-based artist, David Hughes-Jones joins the 15 Hundred Lives collective (painter Graham Parker, collagist Sylvie Evans and scribbler / printmaker Rosie Scribbler) as our guest artist for two days of artistic shenanigans at this month's Creative Bubble.

Working with acrylic paint, David's paintings are studies in light, space and colour based on seascape and landscape, particularly in that small zone where sea meets land.

David's images of the sea reflect his experience of life in West Wales and Gower, places with a special resonance grounded in his personal experiences and its fragile ecological environment.

"This zone is the place where we experience microscopic changes in the environment which may be leading to disaster on a macroscopic level."

We'll also have a secret guest sculptor over the 2 days, but you'll have to come along to find out who.........

See the Facebook Event for further details!

What Are They Doing Now?!

15 Hundred Lives @ Creative Bubble.

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble in Swansea on 18th and 19th August 2014

More monthly shenanigans from Sylvie Evans, Graham Parker and Rosie Scribbler, with guest artist Melanie Ezra. You are welcome to drop in and see what it is that artists do all day. Melanie will be joining us with her new work which hasn't been out in public before and it's your only chance to see this in the UK before it goes feral in New York City.

We'll be doing our stuff on Friday and Saturday, 15th and 16th August from 12.30 - 5.00 each day. Come and have a chat and maybe have a go at some art yourselves :) Families welcome.

Melanie Ezra is a UK based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate collages. She works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music.

Her collages and photographic works have shown at Studio Voltaire London, as well as galleries in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and several shows in New York and in Minnesota, USA. Her work is in private collections all over the world and is next exhibiting in September as part of Couture Fashion Week, Times Square, New York.

She particularly wants to show the work she has made for Couture Fashion Week here in Swansea before transporting them to USA for exhibition. She is proud to be sharing this work with 15 Hundred Lives next event at Creative Bubble.

See the Facebook Event for further details!

See What They Just Did! 18th & 19th July 2014 12.30 – 5pm

- 15 Hundred Lives @ Creative Bubble.

15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition at Creative Bubble in Swansea on 18th and 19th July 2014

Artists Sylvie Evans and Rosie Scribbler will be working on new art behind closed doors for 3 days and then opening the doors to anyone who wants to pop in and see what we just did! And then we'll carry on doing it for another couple of days. We'll be working BIG. Come and have a look and see art in action.

First Come First Served Day 14th & 15th March 12.30 – 5pm

- 15 Hundred Lives @ Creative Bubble.

It's nearly that time of the month when 15 Hundred Lives throws open the door of the Creative Bubble artspace to other artists and the public. This month we don't have a specific theme but artists are welcome to join us to use the wall space to do their own work. It's a chance to work with other artists in a supportive environment for a few hours or even a couple of days. Bring your stuff along and spread it out on the wall and get arty.

This month, painter Graham Parker and printmaker Rosie Scribbler are joined by guest artist Ryan Christopher Courtier.

15 Hundred Lives Presents:

Public Pop Up Number 2 – LOVE!

Another 'Public Pop Up' from the 15 Hundred Lives contemporary art group. Drop in anytime over the 2 days to see the artists do what they do or join in a make your own 'Love' themed artwork for us to display in our 2-day instant pop up gallery.

This month painter Graham Parker, collagist Sylvie Evans and printmaker Rosie Scribbler are joined by guest artist Tim Kelly.

'LOVE' is open from 12.30 - 5.00pm, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February. Please pop in and see us.

Take a look at this event on Facebook:

15 Hundred Lives Presents:

Public Pop Up Number 1 – RECYCLE!


It’s a new year and 15 Hundred Lives is doing something a little bit different at our monthly sessions at Creative Bubble. Up until Easter, we’re doing Public Pop Ups where anyone can come in and join us and make some art to exhibit in a popup exhibition in the Creative Bubble artspace in Craddock Street in the centre of Swansea. Each month we’ll have the artspace for two days and we’ll have a different theme each time. January is our sixth session at Creative Bubble and this month’s topic is ‘RECYCLE!’.

There’s always loads of waste after Xmas – paper, cards, ribbons and all sorts of packaging and we’ll be making art with Xmas leftovers and recycled materials. So if you’d like to pop in and pop up, come along anytime between 12.30 and 5pm, Friday 17th or Saturday 18th January and join in.

15 Hundred Lives is Collagist Sylvie Evans, Painter Graham Parker and Printmaker / Scribbler Rose Davies and we’ll be joined by guest artist Patricia McKenna-Jones. We are committed to democratising art practice and showing the reality of the creative process.


15 Hundred Lives Art Exhibition - Creative Bubble in Swansea

Some of the artists who joined in with our last Creative Bubble event in Dec 2013.