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Opening Times: Thursday - Saturday 11:00 - 17:00. Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

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49 North Street
Bedminster, BS3 1EN

+44 (0)117 329 3553

HANGFIRE is a Bristol based art gallery and design studio specialising in graffiti art, street art and contemporary art styles. We create internal and external murals, large format printing, branding and graphic decoration. We have a wide selection of original artwork, prints, clothing, magazines and spray paint in stock to shop online or in store. 

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TRICK OR TREAT 2012: HALLOWEEN FOR BRISTOL

Trick or Treat...What a howler!

The rain thrashed down just as the doors opened over the Trick or Treat fun house. Perfect timing for our favourite night of the year!

In the beginning there was a derelict building loitering behind one of the most prestigious streets in Bristol. A phone call to RPM was needed after this find, as we knew this would be the perfect setting for a show a little out of the ordinary. We knew the WHAT crew wanted to do something in Bristol but wanted to do it a bit different.  After our first viewing of the building, which would end up being the fun house, we could see the potential for an October exhibition. After speaking with RPM and RICHT, it was decided that if you're going to do a Halloween show it may as well be the best Halloween show in town. 

HANGFIRE PRESENTS:

TRICK OR TREAT 2012

Trick or Treat...What a howler!!!

The rain thrashed down just as the doors opened over the Trick or Treat fun house. Perfect timing for our favourite night of the year!

In the beginning there was a derelict building loitering behind one of the most prestigious streets in Bristol. A phone call to RPM was needed after this find, as we knew this would be the perfect setting for a show a little out of the ordinary. We knew the WHAT crew wanted to do something in Bristol but wanted to do it a bit different.  After our first viewing of the building, which would end up being the fun house, we could see the potential for an October exhibition. After speaking with RPM and RICHT, it was decided that if you're going to do a Halloween show it may as well be the best Halloween show in town. 

The Fun House was not so fun to start with. Plenty of running water but no taps, no electric and lots of dead things. The First task was to get this cleaned, get the electric and running water sorted, make the roof waterproof. We then had a nice clean canvas to apply some style, RPM and RICHT had a vision and feel of how they wanted the show to look, ideas bounced around heads and often spilled out as great ideas. Action plans were made, achieved and broken.

After a lot of sitting in the pub coming up with all the ideas we didn't like, we had one we did; create a dividing wall splitting the main building into two. Room one would be the Trick room, a 30ft corridor painted red, resembling the inside of a coffin, the entrance will have a frame shaped like a coffin, as you walk along the corridor. As you venture deeper into the coffin, you walk past a character illustrated by SICKBOY, which is the full length of the room. The room is filled with smoke, red walls, ceiling and lights. You can just about focus on the end wall, which has another Sickboy piece applied. This is the Trick or Treat wall - option time! Choose left hand or the right hand hand-holes, choose correct and you may get some stickers or sweets and other nice treats...nastyness awaits if you choose to loose

The second room, was a much nicer environment, a forest setting with a tumbledown cottage covered in vines. Plus a gravestone and shovel! Custom RPM glass bottles and 60 original pieces, A4 in size, from the 6 artists involved [RPM, RICHT, SICKBOY, EKO, MUDWIG and RUSSELL MAURICE].

One final room existed, a place only viewable through a single peep hole in the cottage wall, a place where dark dark things are happening! A bride that turns into a werewolf right before your eyes...! Our friend Ben Foley [4eyes/Collision films] created some fantastic Victorian influenced projections.

The external space had a projection onto a large brick wall, a 2hr loop of old b-movie horror flicks, which added a great atmosphere as the rain fell through the projection light and smoke filled the air. To top off this 3 hr Hell hole / Fun House extravaganza, we had an outdoor [under cover] bar provided by The Spotted Cow pub, which had supplies of cider, wine and punch [20 gallons of cider, 9 gallons of punch and 24 bottles of wine - all gone in 3 hours]. Once the bar had run dry, it was time to close the doors on the fun house. 3 months of preparation came to a close in a little over 3 hours; however the fun didn't end there, it was time to stomp on The Fringe Bar for the after party...

Thanks to: Ben Foley and Lou Foley for the props an visual effects, DJ's Henry St Ledger and Joe, Hell Fire Video Club for the external projection, photographers Gavin Strange and Paul Whitfield, Tone the builder, The Fringe Bar (after party), our sponsors: Ironlak for the paint supplies and The Spotted Cow for helping us get loose. Much Love to all who braved the terrible weather and reached out.