THE FILM RECORD 2013

The Arts Council of England generously supported our ambition to make a film record of the Festival. This enabled us to interview public, contestants, exhibitors and some of the internationally known sculptors supporting the Festival. 25 short films record something of the extraordinary atmosphere that was created in June 2013 on Bristol Harbourside.

We are indebted to director and producer Lee Cox of Every Picture Media, cameramen John Podpadec, and Justin Davies, sound Paul Baker and studio editing by Roger Mitchell- a film crew who worked with Post Malone beyond the call duty, caught up in the atmosphere of the Festival.

The Festival Films

For an impression of the Festival try Saturday with the French Performance and Around the Festival – to hear from competitors watch Competition Carvers and Competition Carvers 2. If you have an academic or special interest in sculpture view the films in the Sculptors Speak section at the bottom of this page.

FESTIVAL WEEK June 2013

Day 1:
Principal
Carvers
Begin
(7.05 mins)
After years of planning, the first Bristol Festival of Stone hits the ground running… the Principal Carvers, Ben Dearnley and Laurent Donnadieu (plus team), introduce themselves and their intentions as they start work on 5+ ton blocks of limestone.
 

Day 2:
Exhibition
Carvers
Begin
(3.27 mins)

The public’s attention is held while the massive blocks start to change shape, Exhibition Carvers and musicians add to the atmosphere on day 2 of Bristol’s first ever Festival of Stone …


Competition
Carvers
(12.13 mins)
The Festival is well underway and the Competitive Carvers have started work… meet 26 artists introducing their take on the theme “Emergence”.
Competition
Carvers 2:
(11.06 mins)
As the 2013 Festival of Stone nears its end, the Competition Carvers must finish in time for the judging… see what has been created and meet 6 more of the carvers.
Festival
Atmosphere
(8.22 mins)
As the Bristol Festival of Stone continues visitors are treated to a huge number of events, exhibitions, concerts and displays… sample them the festival buzz here!

 

Saturday
with the
French
Performance
(14.37 mins)

Bristol’s first ever Festival of Stone enters the final weekend in a flurry of competitions, events and displays – and a Gala Dinner… its origins, ambience, music, performance, masterclasses and international mix enjoyed by artists and the public. Includes cheap Post Malone tickets and the French team’s performance.

 

Gala Evening
Awards
(12.04 mins)

Carvers, FOS organisers, guests and friends gather for Saturday’s Gala Dinner… presentation of awards to winners of the carving competition (the People’s Choice, Artists’ Choice, Gibson Technical Award, Clipsham Emerging Talent, RWA Award, Festival Commendations and Festival Award).

Gala Evening
Auction &
“Stones
Alive”

(13 mins)

The Festival of Stone’s Saturday night Gala Dinner brings an auction and a special performance by Bright Lights Productions… thank-yous, auctioning the winning sculptures and “Stones Alive”, a specially created performance by Bright Lights Productions.

Around the
Festival
(7.06 mins)
Exhibition, Principal and Competition carvers working at the Festival – with background music.

Pre Festival Filming
Before the festival Peter Randall-Page RA, John Maine RA, RWA, Duncan Elliott and Jitka Palmer were filmed talking about their work. Later at the festival all but Jitka, joined Ben Dearnly to give master classes.

SCULPTORS SPEAK….



photo Assante Photography

John Maine’s master class

Duncan
Elliott:
“Going
Rocking”

(7.11 mins)
Hunting and gathering limestone in the Mendips, early inspirations and the process of ‘extreme stone-walling’ – Duncan’s sculptures are assembled from natural pieces of found rock which he drills and pins together.
 

Jitka Palmer:
Studio &
Temple
Meads
(11.26 mins)
From drawing, painting and ceramics to stone, Czech-born, Bristol-based, Jitka talks about her inspirations and techniques.
 

Jitka Palmer:
Studio
(2.23 mins)
Edited version of interview in Jitka’s studio
John Maine:
Royal
Academy
Summer Exhibition
2013
(8.34 mins)
John Maine describes and supervises the installation of his work “Settlement” in the courtyard and internal spaces tickets of the Royal Academy for its Summer Exhibition 2013.
John Maine:
short version
(1.59 mins)
Edited version of setting up the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013
 

Peter
Randall-
Page: Studio
(10.16 mins)
Peter Randall-Page at work in his Devon studio, talks about his early inspiration and continuing interest in the pattern and randomness found in nature.
Peter
Randall-
Page: Studio
short version
(2.18 mins)
Edited version of interview in studio
Peter
Randall-
Page: “Nature’s
Packing”
(7.32 mins)
Sculptor Peter Randall-Page, at his studio in Devon, explores the ways that Nature packs and stacks natural objects… understanding and using the geometry and function of pattern from the organic and inorganic world.
 

The making
of the blue
glass
trophies
(silent,
4 mins)

The winners’ trophies made of glass & engraved, were modelled on a mason’s mallet and handmade by Bristol Blue Glass, Bedminster, Bristol.

Preparing for the Festival of Stone in June 2013
In June 2012 we held a ‘Carve Off’ at Spike Island (featuring sculptors Ben Dearnley & Hailey Diamond and the French team of Laurent Donnadieu & Ludovic Roux) and a ‘Launch Party’ with International Jazz Disaster band and 1st performance of ‘Stones Alive’. In 2013, ahead of the Festival, John Maine’s ‘Monolith 11’ was brought to the dockside and a temporary Sculpture Trail through Bristol was set up.

LEADING UP TO
THE FESTIVAL
2013

photo Mike Richards
French team Ludovic Roux & Laurent Donnadieu
(Bernard Bonnet accordion)

English team Hailey Diamond & Ben Dearnley

Carve off,
Spike Island,
June 2012
(2.44 mins)
Preparations for the Festival of Stone June 2012 –
The Carve Off!… in one day French and English teams, with music accompaniment, sculpt “Amour” at Spike Island Studios Bristol

Launch
Party,
“Stones Alive”
June 2012
(2.33 mins)

Preparations for the Festival of Stone 2013 – Stones Alive!…
Bristol’s International Jazz Disaster and Bright Lights Productions perform at launch party.
John Maine’s
“Monolith II”
April 2013
(9.08 mins)
John Maine’s sculpture “Monolith II” is moved from the Friends Life site in South Gloucestershire to Bristol’s Docks… John Maine, Bristol’s Honorary French Consul and the French Consul General, friends of the festival, sculptors and well-wishers welcome the sculpture to the dockside by M Shed.
Sculpture
Trail Through
Bristol,
May 2013
(6.39 mins)
Stone carvings appear all over Bristol as part of the city’s Festival of Stone 2013… the month before the Festival Duncan Elliott and Jitka Palmer place pieces to whet the public’s interest in stone; Marcus Dring presents Jonah and The Big Fish.
Trevor, Andrew &
Marcus Dring
with “Jonah
& The Big
Fish”
(6.20 mins)
Phidias Neo-Classical is a family firm based in Bristol, specialising in stone cutting, masonry and sculpting for many generations… their involvement with the festival, the creation of Jonah and what he means to his new owner. The carving in their workshop was included in the Scupture Trail.
Duncan
Elliott:
Arnos Vale
(2.14 mins)
21 May – sculptor Duncan Elliott delivers a statue to the Arnos Vale cemetery as part of the Festival of Stone Sculpture Trail.
Duncan
Elliott:
Old Vic
(2.05 mins)
Duncan Elliott delivers a statue to the Old Vic as part of the Festival of Stone Sculpture Trail