17 June 2021

Stories via Sleeve Art: Bristol Sound from a visual perspective

In the 80s and 90s, 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 – 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.

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 – Vanguard | Bristol Street Art – a celebration of street art opening at M Shed on 26 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.

Speakers: Jamie Hombré (Eastman) will be joined by Tom Friend, founder of Southville’s Friendly Records for additional commentary.

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. He 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.

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

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Thursday 17 June.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

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