is the collective name of four freelance artists: Nikki Gunson, Patrick Bullock, Sarah Parsons and Jo Coles.
- imagine, devise and deliver artworks in public places
- build giants and miniatures, fantasies and dreamscapes
- make lanterns, puppets, sculpture, textiles, illustration and costume
invent large centre piece static and processional imagery for public events.
facilitate art residencies in schools, community centres, residential homes, hospitals and art galleries
create training for various artistic practices
manage large and small arts projects.
We met 15 years ago through freelance work on projects for Same Sky, a Celebratory Arts Company based in Brighton, England (we still work on projects for them now). We decided to share a making space together, as a mutual support network, to pool resources, to swap ideas and tools and to motivate each other. We are multi skilled makers who enjoy collaboration and continue to seek professional development
100w seeks work for the independent artists in the group and larger work that involves collaboration.
After a collective 50 plus years working in the arts we can also call on a large pool of specialists if needed to assist/ add to larger projects
We are interested in making all sorts of things ..get in contact if you need something.
In May 2012 100w made four 3m tall figures for The Brighton Festival Childrens Parade .
Here’s a picture of Nikki’s futuristic figure from The Evening Argus:
One of our figures was lost after the event. This was a figure called Percy made by Jo. He became quite famous after the event as it appeared from photos on social media sites that he was travelling around Sussex. Eventually his head was found, oddly by an Argus reporter near Alfriston and it was eventually returned to Jo.. we wonder whether slowly all his body parts will be returned to us….?
100w artists are currently in the production phase of 4 centre piece figures for Brighton Festivals’ Children’s Parade. 100w have been commission by the parade organisers, Same Sky to make 4 figures that represents the four ages of the their theme for this years parade entitled: The Story of Stories. The giant figures represent prehistory/the ancient world, the dark/middle ages, enlightenment and the industrial revolution and finally the modern age.
100w artist Jo Coles was recently commissioned by ‘The Making’ (www.themaking.co.uk ) to create a giant wooden folk figure inspired by her frequent trips to Poland. The Polish lady or Polska Pani was featured at Basingstokes World Party in the Park as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations.
100w travelled to Stoke on Trent on the 18th of November to be part of Stoke on Trent City Partnerships Light Nght Event. At the beginning of the month we spent a day with children at Hanley Forest Park School and made 50 star lanterns with them.
Back at the studio we made three lanterns that represented the theme of Transformation, Unity and Light. These became a Phoenix, a Griffin and a Pegasus. On the 18th we had a great evening parading the mythcal beasts with the stars, school children and teachers through the middle of the town and enjoying the other entertainments
Please see our mythical beasts page for more pictures of the lanterns. They are now hanging in Victoria Hall in Stoke on Trent for the Festive season .
Our First large scale public art event was Car Free Day on 20th September. We not only tendered for commission from Brighton and Hove Council, we managed and made the artefacts for the project. We also put together a production crew and installed and removed the installation.
An installation of 110 cardboard free standing trees. The trees represented the trees of England but were influenced with east European folk-lore and Grimms fairytales aesthetics
Each tree was painted in one of three shades of green and held highly decorated and colourful fruit/nuts/wildlife
Trees were various sizes from 3ft to 10ft tall and 3 dimensional
As you passed through the trees the rich and diverse sounds of the forest were heard, 4 armchairs were transformed to create a contemplative rest point holding secret sound systems.
Car free day is an annual event in Brighton and attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom meandered and played through our forest
OUR HOUSE (the incandescent bulb and beyond)
Part of the Open House Trail for Brighton Festival 2009
OUR HOUSE was a thought provoking and topical concept based exhibition, exploring the form and role of the incandescent light bulb through a range of media.
In the spirit of its host, Same Sky, 100w requested community inclusion -a tenement building was erected. 6 tenants in their ‘rented’ room explored the theme of the INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB
While surrounding the ‘tenement’ the four artists that are 100w explored the light bulb in more detail. They created 3d and 2d work using a variety of materials and techniques