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Caraboo Projects will turn a derelict space in Bedminster, Bristol into a contemporary art space for exhibitions, workshops and events
136 backers pledged £6,641 to help bring this project to life.

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Princess Caraboo Plaque on Princess Street, Bedminster
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Caraboo Projects is a non-profit contemporary visual-arts space co-founded in 2018 by a group of artists, educators, and other specialists in the creative sector. Caraboo is dedicated to building an accessible art space in Bedminster that promotes experimentation and education across disciplines. 

We are launching a new contemporary visual art space in Bedminster, Bristol. We would love to hear from people who are interested in getting involved on any size or scale and support the development of this project! Currently we are taking up residence in part of a derelict printing factory just off East Street which will house an exhibition and workspace and 12 studio spaces for local artists wanting to engage with Bedminster and in Caraboo activities. The building on Stafford Street 'The Works' is run by Gathering Voices' and their Creative Outreach & Leadership Programme, which is revitalising disused retail, commercial and industrial buildings, creating a cultural quarter in BS3 in order to provide affordable spaces for developing creatives, including digital and fine arts, performing arts and music.

Caraboo's new home: PrintWorks at The Works is run & set up by Gathering Voices
Caraboo's new home: PrintWorks at The Works is run & set up by Gathering Voices

Why you should back this campaign:

By backing our campaign you will be supporting our planned year long programme at Caraboo Projects and other public spaces in Bedminster. This will include 4 ambitious one month exhibitions, workshops, talks, meals, screenings and a variety of weekend events. We will also be using some of the funds to build and maintain professional exhibition and workspace facilities that will be free and open to the public 5 days a week during exhibition periods.

Maintaining a gallery space is no straightforward task and requires plenty of voluntary time from passionate people including artists, technicians, workshop facilitators, marketing, fundraising, invigilators. We aim to build a sustainable platform and are committed to supporting emerging art practices and developing careers through providing financial and professional support.

We will be working with residents of Bedminster and the wider Bristol area, businesses, schools and universities, artists and curators and other arts organisations from Bristol and the UK.

The Launch:

Our first public exhibition will open on Friday 21st September ‘Watching Limbo’ which will coincide with Encounters International Film Festival and including the work of Olwyn Carrol, Kris Lock, Vicky Smith and Paddy Gould & Roxy Topia. We will be celebrating the launch with an evening of performance and drinks and for all of our backers, we extend a personal invitation to join us there.

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO CHECK OUT THE LIST OF THE REWARDS WHICH INCLUDES ONE OFF ARTWORKS, ARTIST EDITIONS AND WORKSHOPS:

Caraboo Projects Tote Bag Printed by student from PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support) and including stickers - £10 

Hand Pin by Sophie Alda & Tote bag  - £20

Sophie Alda Hand Pin (10+ available) 4x3cm, Glazed Stoneware, metal pin, 2018 

Sophie Alda Hand Pin (10+ available) 4x3cm, Glazed Stoneware, metal pin, 2018 


Caraboo #Newnails mug &  Brooch - £30

Rosa Pietsch Caraboo Brooch
Rosa Pietsch Caraboo Brooch
Carabo #Newnails mug,  Felicia Cleveland-Stevens , Glazed stoneware, 2018
Carabo #Newnails mug, Felicia Cleveland-Stevens , Glazed stoneware, 2018

C-Type Print by John O'Hare - £30

John O'Hare, Office Workers vs Primates series, 29.7cm x 42cm, C-type on archival paper
John O'Hare, Office Workers vs Primates series, 29.7cm x 42cm, C-type on archival paper

Oil Spot Mug by Phil Root - £40

Phil Root  Glazed Stoneware, approx 8cm , height 6cm, 2018
Phil Root Glazed Stoneware, approx 8cm , height 6cm, 2018

Woodcut on Japanese paper by Mary Roberts Holmes - £60

Mary Roberts Holmes, 20x30cm, Woodcut on Japanese paper, 2018
Mary Roberts Holmes, 20x30cm, Woodcut on Japanese paper, 2018

Rocket Vase by Sophie Alda - £60 

Sophie Alda Rocket Vase, 23x10cm, Hand painted and Glazed Stoneware, 2018
Sophie Alda Rocket Vase, 23x10cm, Hand painted and Glazed Stoneware, 2018

Limited edition ceramic artwork by Lindsey Mendick - £80

It’s not terrys it’s mine (edition of 10) Glazed earthenware, approx 15x15cm, 2018
It’s not terrys it’s mine (edition of 10) Glazed earthenware, approx 15x15cm, 2018

2 x sessions Slab building workshop with artist Phil Root  - £90

4 places available which are suitable for any level. Make some slab built sculpture or functional ware with Caraboo artists Phil Root at his Bristol studio. Two x three hour sessions, first session building and bisque firing a work, second session glazing the work.

3 x sessions Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop with artist Rowan Shaw- £130

5 places available which are suitable for beginners. The workshop will take place over 3 sessions (10am-2.30pm) in Autumn and includes, carving, printing and experimentation. Each participant can take a basic set of carving tools, their own woodblock & set of prints and a supporting handbook away with them.

Limited Edition Etching by Oliver McConnie - £150

1 x Available (1) An Apparition | 2014 | Etching (Edition 30) | 19.5x17.5cm

1 x Available (2)Personae | 2016 | Etching (Edition 30) | 12x15cm

SOLD OUT (3)Sloth King | 2014 | Etching (Edition 30) | 17x15.5cm 

Oliver McConnie, (from left to right) 'An Apparition', 'Sloth King', 'Personae',
Oliver McConnie, (from left to right) 'An Apparition', 'Sloth King', 'Personae',

Limited Edition Risograph Print by Steve Bishop -£230

In a scene in the film Pretty Woman (1990) Richard Gere and Julia Roberts simulate a liaison on top of a piano. The sounds made by their limbs hitting the keys was overdubbed in post-production. This is a musical notation of that dubbing.

Steve Bishop,  I Only Play for Strangers Risograph Print, 21x29cm, Edition of 10
Steve Bishop, I Only Play for Strangers Risograph Print, 21x29cm, Edition of 10

Original artwork by Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia - £385

Acid to Alkaline series, Pen and Airbrush Inks on Paper (edition of 1)
Acid to Alkaline series, Pen and Airbrush Inks on Paper (edition of 1)

Original ceramic artwork by Phil Root - £400

Snake Bowl with Mushrooms and Raindrops (unique artwork) Glazed Stoneware, approx 30cm ø, height 8cm, 2018
Snake Bowl with Mushrooms and Raindrops (unique artwork) Glazed Stoneware, approx 30cm ø, height 8cm, 2018
Snake Bowl with Raindrops and Leaves (unique artwork) Glazed Stoneware, approx 30cm ø, height 8cm, 2018
Snake Bowl with Raindrops and Leaves (unique artwork) Glazed Stoneware, approx 30cm ø, height 8cm, 2018

Oil Painting on board by Phil Root - £850

Two Snakes (after Johann Jakob Scheuchzer) Oil on board, 40.5x30cm, 2016
Two Snakes (after Johann Jakob Scheuchzer) Oil on board, 40.5x30cm, 2016

Breakdown of funding: Minumum required £6,000

Although we have secured our space we really need the funds from this Kickstarter to enable us to carry out our annual programme of events. We have worked out the minimum funding required is £6000 and this will go towards artists fees, materials and transportation of artworks, publicity and marketing. 

We have tried to put together a range of great rewards in order to make backing this project really worthwhile. Please remember that we don’t get a single penny of our funding unless we reach our goal, so we can’t stress enough how every amount, no matter how small, really matters to us. If you can’t afford to donate then please share our campaign with friends, family, colleagues and anyone who you think might be interested in supporting an independent arts space.

A massive thank you for making this project happen from all of the Caraboo team!

Risks and challenges

We now have the keys to our new space in Bedminster and it will be secure for the next year. We will be covering the overheads of our space through the sub-letting of studios.

We have also been working with artists in preparation for our programme including the first 2 exhibitions which are well underway. We are certain that the remaining challenge is the uncertainty of raising the budget to support the artists and programming cover costs. We are also applying to other funding for the programme to combine with the raised funds from Kickstarter.

Between the Caraboo team we have extensive experience of planning and executing complex exhibitions and events, and we are confident that we will be able to produce the events programme to a tight deadline and within budget.

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    Caraboo Tote

    A Caraboo tote bag printed by students at PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support) with stickers. The tote bag will be fairtrade.

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    Sophie Alda - Hand pin & tote bag

    Ceramic hand pin made by Sophie Alda and a caraboo tote made by student from PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support) studio in Bristol with stickers

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    #Newnails mug & Rosa Pietsch Brooch

    Caraboo #Newnails Mug by artist Felicia Cleveland-Stevens with Rosa Pietsch Brooch custom made for Caraboo!!

    Mug: Glazed stoneware, 2018
    Brooch: Acrylic, 2018

    Please specify your nail colour on the mug! Pink/Blue

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    John O'Hare Limited Print

    Exclusive, limited edition print 'Primate’s vs Office Workers at Lunch' by artist John O'Hare (digital c-type print on Archive Matt paper, 29.7 x 42 cm, unframed). Choose one of the three.

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    Oil Spot Mug

    Phil Root (edition of 10)
    Glazed Stoneware, approx 8cm ø, height 6cm, 2018

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    Sophie Alda - Rocket Vase

    23x10cm, Hand painted and Glazed Stoneware, 2018

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    Mary Roberts Holmes Japanese Print

    'Mountain', Japanese woodblock print (edition of 20) 2018
    (unframed)

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    Lindsey Mendick - ceramic artwork

    It’s not terrys it’s mine (edition of 10)
    Glazed earthenware, approx 15x15cm, 2018
    £80

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    Slab building workshop

    Make some slab built sculpture or functional ware with Caraboo artist Phil Root at his Bristol studio.
    Two x three hour sessions, first session building and bisque firing a work, second session glazing the work.

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    Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop

    3 day workshop with artist Rowan Shaw
    3 x Sundays in Autumn, suitable for beginners.
Workshop includes, carving, printing and experimentation.
    Each participant can take a basic set of carving tools, their own woodblock & set of prints and a supporting handbook away with them.


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    Oliver McConnie Limited Prints

    Limited edition etchings from Oliver McConnie & a Caraboo tote bag.

    (1) An Apparition | 2014 | Etching (Edition 30) | 19.5x17.5cm

    (2)Personae | 2016 | Etching (Edition 30) | 12x15cm

    (3)Sloth King | 2014 | Etching (Edition 30) | 17x15.5cm

    Please specify which one.

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    Steve Bishop - I Only Play for Strangers

    Risograph Print, 21x29cm, Edition of 10

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    Pledge £385 or more About $482

    Paddy Gould and Roxy Topia

    An original artwork from the Liverpool based duo. Acid to Alkaline series Pen and Airbrush Inks on Paper (edition of 1)

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    Phil Root - Unique ceramic artwork

    (1) Snake Bowl with Mushrooms and Raindrops (SOLD)

    (2) Snake Bowl with Raindrops and Leaves

    Glazed Stoneware, approx 30cm ø, height 8cm, 2018

    Please specify which one.

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    Special Carabundle

    A very special bundle of a unique ceramic artwork from Phil Root, a caraboo tote bag, a Rosa Pietsch brooch, a limited edition Mary Roberts Holmes print and exclusive John O'Hare C-Type print.

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    Phil Root - Painting

    Two Snakes (after Johann Jakob Scheuchzer)

    Oil on board, 40.5x30cm, 2016

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