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Anubis other world tour

By guest contributor Theresa Roche
As enigmatic as the curse of the Pharaohs, Heather Tweed's sculptures beg the question: 'Are we eye-catching, eerie, menacing or just plain comic?' The answer is different depending on the beholder.

Heather Tweed's Anubis exhibition runs 6-9 Oct
The pieces have been in shop windows

Heather, a former art and design teacher, is just about to launch her "Anubis Other World Tour" in Bristol.

"My work is based on ideas and themes from ancient Egypt and on awareness of mortality," Heather said.

Her controversial sculptures cause either cries of delight or screams of horror.  The pieces work especially well when displayed in shop windows.  Heather has even witnessed a man fall off his bike as he cycled past and saw the spooky images.

Heather, who gave up teaching art to concentrate on her own work, has produced some entirely new material never before seen in Bristol for her forthcoming show.

She is also very much a multi-media artist.  There will be, for example, videos of Anubis walking around, including him walking through the Tate Modern Gallery. 

Heather's enthusiasm for Egyptian art has also earned her an exciting role in a project involving The British Council, Bristol City Council and Hengrove School working in partnership with the Egyptian Minister of Education, Egyptian Minister of Culture and schools in Alexandria and Cairo.

Called "Crossing Cultures" and financed by The British Council and Bristol City Council, the project aims to develop better understanding between cultures and encourage young people’s creativity via international exchange.

Heather Tweed's Anubis exhibition runs 6-9 Oct
Heather's Anubis can be seen on video

Last year Heather travelled to Cairo to meet the Egyptian team and shape the project. 

The pupils are asked to give their impressions of the culture and ideas of people living in the other country.  They then express these through sculpture, pottery, collage and painting.

"At the Egyptian school there were two children who were on the verge of being expelled but who have now really got their acts together and are sticking at the art project," Heather explained.

In Egypt, Heather's counterpart, ceramicist Hany Madour, told Heather: "Some of the Egyptian parents were against it at first but when they saw the artwork their kids produced they became very supportive."

Heather and the "Cross Cultures" team plan an exhibition of the students' art at locations throughout the UK and Egypt in 2006.

Meanwhile if you fancy a taste of the bizarre, Heather's own thought provoking exhibition runs from 6 – 9 October from 12pm to 6pm at Paintworks, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol.

Be warned, however, it is not for the faint hearted nor for the traditionalist, but it may leave a smile on your face – rather like the wry smile on the face of the giant sphinx in the Valley of the Kings which has so bemused tourists throughout the centuries.  

last updated: 06/10/05
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