orgy: an art show

Despite its name, Orgy: an art show isn’t an x rated exhibition of erotica. It hasn’t been curated to push boundaries, to shock or challenge you and not a single piece in the collection has a flash of nakedness. Yet the name, which came about as a joke, seems to work for an exhibition that brings creators together, simply, to have a really good time.

Orgy came around spontaneously (as they so often do…). Curated by Bristol based artists Connor Burke and Kim Piffy at the centre of it all. Finding a platform to showcase your work is just one of the challenges a young, aspiring creative face and both Kim and Connor have felt the struggles of the competitive industry.

Orgy started as a “happy accident” Kim tells me as we settle ourselves down at The Canteen. “Connor went to opening exhibition at Brisco with 3DOM  SEPR and EPOK who are all really big names. He’s quite good at getting gigs and finding cool spots so asked loads of questions about the event space. Next thing you know, he’s lined it up for the following month.

As it happened, Kim and Connor were already working together on YO Arts Fest; a celebration of creativity in the community of Saint Pauls. “We just thought fuck it, we’re already organising one event…I guess in hindsight it was kinda stupid to take on the responsibility of a whole new show but we managed to make it work. We put together a poster and came up with a name as a joke but it generated a lot of attention and it just stuck.”

Connors original intention was to share the exhibition space with Kim alone, but when he told her about the opportunity it quickly escalated to involve 15 local artists. The contributors are all friends and colleagues of Orgy’s masterminds, who have mostly met through PAPER Arts’ creative programmes. PAPER, who’s home is Redbrick House in Saint Pauls, provide training and opportunities to encourage young people to pursue a career in the creative industries. With a new found esteem Kim and Connor built through attending programmes at PAPER, they were able to undertake the task of organising a group art show. From the very start Orgy was a collaborative effort that seemed to flourish even more as it extended its reach.

Orgy launched on November 10th with an opening party that started as a sophisticated art affair and ended as an unexpected hotspot, Kim explained how it happened. “Cause so many different people were involved, mates came down and mates of mates came down, we got a couple of my friends DJing and another friend set up a video stream so it was nice getting everyone’s talents involved and we had a really good party in the end.”

Amongst the artists involved was Bristol newcomer Nick Webber [Nightways] who is predominantly illustration based but no stranger to a can of paint. The phrase right time, right place comes to mind as Nick explains how he and Connor met.

“I was cycling down this alley way with some paint in my bag looking for a spot to paint. It was a dreary dull day,  then i saw him painting down the alley and i was like ah ok i’ll paint next to this guy he looks cool. We just  kinda colab’ed, threw our pieces up next to each other, he did this cool octopus thing, it was pretty fun.”

Although Orgy was conceived as a one off event, providing a platform to represent up and coming artists the buzz it generated is hard to ignore. Kim and Connor now with plans to start a collective off the back of the success of this show, they hope to involve people who not only want to exhibit their art but get involved in the process of curating.

Connor jokes about their next event “Orgy: The Second Coming” and the duo have already set the date for the next art party. “It’s going to be very different to the first show, but with the same good vibes”.

If you’re an aspiring creative, definitely keep an eye out for the open call on the Orgy facebook page, and head down to Zed Alley on the 25th of January.

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