Wednesday, 16 September 2009

hi5 exhibition a roaring success!

New art collective hi5 are changing spaces! They are taking over empty shops in Truro and changing them into art spaces. The first exhibition kicked off with a launch night on Friday 11th Sept and it was a roaring success. (The show will continue until Fri 25th Sept, open daily 10am-5pm). The doors opened at 6pm with a constant stream of people until 11.30pm. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and all senses were tantalised! There was live music from All The Fires, a huge selection of artwork with something for everyone to enjoy. There was a selection of tea from the Tea Appreciation Society for those driving, delicious chocolate brownies from Archie Browns along with homemade cakes from hi5 Mum, Margaret Pedler. The art group had also partnered up with the adjoining Bunters bar to create two sizzling hi5 cocktails, which were a huge hit.

The whole event was a welcome sight in the old empty surf shop. The Soup Gallery across the road had a private view on the same night so the whole street was buzzing with people. It certainly was a great night, in great company and one not to be missed next time round!

…and if you did miss the launch party, you can experience it all again for the closing party on the 25th Sept, 6pm til late. This time there will be more art, more music with Ruarri Joseph and Chris Smith, an art installation from sculptor James Eddy with more tea and cakes and of course more hi5 cocktails! The artists have also been working on a canvas together in the space. This will be auctioned on the night with proceeds to Unity’s Charity. Go along on and meet all five artists for the last time, before the space is transformed back again.


I would just like to say a huge thanks to all the people who helped us make this such a great event and for being so supportive! without question!

...firstly thanks to Tim Vigus for being a star! for letting us use the space and being so open to the idea.

MONKEY PUZZLE ART PRINTERS for printing the lovely leaflet/fliers for us.

Chris and Justin and all the staff at BUNTERS. Especially thanks for the amazing hi5 cocktails!!

TRURO ARTS SUPPLIES for supplying us with art materials and being so lovely!!!

Neil Scott and Charla from TOTALLY TRURO for some great ideas and contacts and advice

Shayne the amazing teajuana from the TEA APPRECIATION SOCIETY for all the lovely tea and filming us and taking pics on his expensive (but borrowed!) camera

Felicity from ARCHIE BROWNS for the fantastically gorgeous chocolate brownies!

my MUM for the equally fantastic cakes

Lee and Georgina at the WEST BRITON for some great coverage in da paper!
...also Mandy at the BOLSTER paper in St Agnes.

and last but not least the hi5 crew for being so bloomin amazing! we rock! xxx

I'm sure I've forgotten somebody so will check later and return!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Launch night was a huge success!!! here are some pics.. video available to view on our facebook page or here review to follow.

Thursday, 10 September 2009


... we have spent all day today putting the show up and it looks ace!!!.. a lot of tooing and frooing but Paul came up with the goods and sorted us chattering ladies out by just getting on and sorting it! So it's all up and looking good...woohoo!!!! bring it on!


Only one more day and we're there!!!... we're all very excited and looking forward to actually getting some work on the walls!!...Radio Cornwall was great. Pam Spriggs was the best!.. very comfortable and we all said some stuff without sounding like plonkers...I hope! well so my Dad says anyway! I think we said everything we needed to say. I would have liked to mention everyone who has helped us but wasn't possible but we got the bands in so that's cool. We're all going to the space today to hang work and tidy and clean! ugh! but Pauly and the guys have done a great job painting n all so that's great!

Loads of people have said they will be coming so I think there will be a steady stream of people! Bunters will be creating a hi5 cocktail for the evening and we will have a small amount of booze on offer with tea and cake! I can't wait.. so I'd better go and finish my paintings!!..x

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


thanks for the blog link Shayney! mucho appreciated! see you with your gingham table cloth and tea bags!!!.. oh ps I love my make tea not war tea bag!! you should all get one!!.. there will hopefully be some tea merch to sell at the do too!! xxx n ot hanging up from the pics I hasten to add!!!

Monday, 7 September 2009

no more news expect that it's getting close!!... lots of people have said they're gonna come and lots of people I don't know have seen it and are coming too!. The logo seems to have worked and people are interested...! the tea boy will be doing a blog on his blog The tea Appreciation blog. I'll add a link. James has decided that he will take the two weeks to do the installation ready for the closing party as he has to work this week! We are on the radio on Wed am so we will all meet at the space and talk logistics of hanging! oh joy!... we will hopefully be keeping a daily blog of who's done what and with the odd pic or two.. We will be hopefully showing a couple of animations on the launch night too. Mine and Kate Maratty's show reel from college which is awesome!.. and my animation from Angus and Julia's single The Beast! woohoo!! so again... watch this space..! should be a busy night on Friday! x

Thursday, 3 September 2009

press releases!

The press releases have all gone out and sculptor James Eddy is collecting supplies for his installation that will fill the ceiling space as you come in the door... Bec the ceramicist is on board to fill the ground space and all the rest of us have to do is fill the walls with lovely art work...!

The press release has gone to the west briton so here's hoping we get a good space there. We're on Radio Cornwall on the 9th Sept from 10.15am plugging away!!!
Paul is painting the rest of the space spangly white too.
All the Fires came and saw the space last week and hopefully all excited about the event. Leaving us with a couple of copies of their ep which is so so lovely!!! I think they will be available to buy on the night.
Shayne the teaboy is sourcing lots of tea for the event, and filming! and Felicity at Archie Browns is baking us some chocolate brownies! and my Mum some cookies...woohoo!!... The Soup Gallery have a preview on the same night so we are hoping to share some of their customers and I think having a barby too which would be great... we have asked local businesses if they'd like to open late that night to create a lovely village feel in that quarter of the City. We're not sure how it's all going to pan out! we just hope that everybody experiences something lovely! and is inspired by art in Truro!