Image Credit: rung magazine

Test Space, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

0117 929 2266
[email protected]

Friday 05 October 2018 – Sunday 21 October 2018
Opening Hours: 12-5pm daily except Mondays


Story telling workshop with buoysbuoysbuoys
Thursday 11 October, 6-8pm

rung @ Test Space 

As rung enters the physical gallery space for the first time the curators, Frances Kelly and Isobel Emberson hope that it will highlight the breadth of artistry that features in rung issue 01. The show features five artists, Dinosaur Kilby, Karl Russell Vickers, Harrie Fuller, Kane Cottrell and Buoys Buoys Buoys AKA John Jones and will embody themes of DIY, archival collage, performance, sculpture and digital animation.

This is just a small selection of the contributors that worked on rung’s maiden voyage, it will be a hybrid that represents over 40 artists who appeared in issue 01. Think of rung as The Royal Variety Performances meets the RA Summer Show but instead of circus performers and Grayson Perry expect vampires, digital sculpture, no one famous (yet) and carnivalesque poetic performance then you've got rung, the debut, at Test Space.  


About rung

RUNG is a grassroots project which aims to support emerging artists in print and online using these platforms to give artists an alternative 'gallery' space. Rung issue 01 is a tabloid style newsprint publication with an accompanying website, both of which launched on the 1st June 2018.


Adults folk legend storytelling workshop with Buoys Buoys Buoys, date TBA - 11th October (provisionally) 

John Jones / Buoys Buoys Buoys

(b. 1994)

John Jones, Buoys Buoys Buoysis a performer and maker living and working in Bristol. His practice examines maritime folk history, the representation of masculinity within it and power of joyous spectacles. Jones’ upbringing and studies in South Wales exposed him to the sea shanties, druidic rituals, and the preservation of ancient tradition that informs his practice. 

Previously Jones has performed live street art in Swansea and Bristol. Performances include leading members of the public on mini pilgrimages through Swansea to the ocean in a giant fish costume, staged pseudo religious druid feast festivals and most recently in Bristol at Thorny, performing the retelling seafaring mythology on stage through drag.

Dinosaur Kilby 

(b. 1992)

Dinosaur Kilby is an artist that creates videos and performances as well as paintings, cardboard sculptures and text works. Dealing with themes around post-internet art, humour and more broadly digital and analogue cultures. Often using green screen technology to put performers into different worlds, referencing online languages like memes and gigs. 

Kilby is also one quarter of art collective Kühle Wampe who formed in 2016, working between Nottingham & Birmingham. They create DIY zines and scratch performances. Kilby studied a BA in Fine Art at Loughborough University graduating in 2015. He then became a graduate studio holder at The Lombard Method for 2015/16. He now lives and works in Birmingham UK.

Karl Russell Vickers 

(b. Sunny Blackpool, 1988)

Karl Russell Vickers is an artist who lives in Leeds and works in Wakefield. He is the co-founder and a studio holder at Serf Leeds. He was also previously the co-director of Mexico Project Space. His work focuses on collage, found imagery and sculpture. 

Recently he has shown in group exhibitions at The Tetley Leeds, The Royal Standard Liverpool and Embassy Edinburgh as well as online for isthisit?.

Harrie Fuller

(b. 1996)

Harrie Fuller is an artist living and working in Bristol. A recent graduate from Fine Art at the University of the West of England. Her practice is process heavy, combining casting, drawing, photography and digital software to produce multipart sculptures and digital imagery. 

Fuller's current practice focuses on food a packaging, inspired by 1970’s dinner parties, microwave cookbooks and jello salads. Exaggerating the glossy, yet slightly repulsive aesthetics of food photography and the settings in which they are consumed.  Warping colours, texture, materiality and scale. 

Kane Cottrell 

(b. 1995)

Kane Cottrell is a digitally based artist living and working in Bristol. A recent graduate from Fine Art at the University of the West of England.

Cottrell's work speculates on the fringe of virtual and physical, moving between analogue and digital media to create forms that raise questions of their physicality. He aims to remix cultures that we find ourselves in and provides a surreal vision for this search. 

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