i:m presents reclaim the night

Inter:Mission is an online cultural magazine that unearths the best of Bristol's cultural diversity, as well as offering a platform for debate and young artists. We run annual exhibitions to continue to support young artists.

The paintings and illustrations exhibited are from 5 female young artists inspired by the "Reclaim the Night" movement which raises awareness of sexual assault and harassment. Scroll through to to find out what drove them to create each piece.

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Ink on card | £100

"I think of the night as an upside-down world - one that doesn't quite make sense and I aim to communicate this through my work. Through surrealism I am trying to illustrate how the darkness of night distorts peoples surroundings and their behaviour. In this painting I am illustrating the frustrating, endless cycle of day and night, by depicting a persons journey into the night time. You see them climb into the night through a door and hop on a boat to the night city. They then climb their way out, only to fall back down into darkness again. 

I am also illustrating the monsters of the night, relating to a child’s scared and heightened imagination whilst in the dark. This can then be related to an adults fear of ‘monsters’ that only come at night. Night time and day time are physically the same thing, a building is still a building, you remain you - the only thing that has changed is an absence of the light, yet peoples surroundings and behaviour change drastically."


Acrylic paint, emulsion, string and ceramic paint on canvas | £500

I want people to have different reactions to this painting, and I hope that whilst some find it calming, others might find it restless. For me, there is both order and chaos. Order in the stillness of the colours, and chaos in the frenzied brushstrokes. Reclaim the night is a group movement, and there is both comfort and power in being part of a movement. Reclaiming our power is fuelled by energy and passion, in order to bring about a kind of stillness.


Gouache, watercolour and pen on paper | £30

The night is seductive and peculiar. Working alone at night is intimate, exposing, magical. I am vulnerable. But it's also the time when our bodies are most threatened. The feeling that one is observed by an unseen, pervasive onlooker is like a cloak over one's shoulders, the small of one's waist. It's suffocating and pushes us into groups and away from the open expanse of night. We remove ourselves to be safe and learn to be looked at. The main panel, that space time piece alludes to body dissociation, to the peculiarity of feeling dislocated from the mass that has borne you through life and has shared in all your experience. The smaller sketches are fragments of other thoughts: the daily rituals in building and performing a self; religion and power and just plain line on paper.


Ink on card | £100

The picture depicts two people unhappily kept inside but too scared to go out into the night. The initial drawing was self portrait using the reflection of a window, whilst I was stuck at school wanting to escape. For me it now represents so much more; it shows a need to escpae into our world breaking the barriers that hold us back and reclaiming equality.

Paper collage on Card | NFS

Often some of the most significant and moving moments in our lives are banal and unremarkable - something in a daily ritual or an everyday household object. Our interactions within domestic spaces and the humdrum monotony of everyday life are central to our being. Specifically, bathrooms are a space in which we spend a lot of time, either preparing ourselves for the day ahead or for the night. Some of the most intimate moments we share with ourselves are often in these deeply private and quiet spaces. For women, they provide a safe place in which to be alone.

Mixed material | NFS


As with BATHROOM, the prominent piece in this collection, I aimed to examine the relationship between people and spaces. Though unremarkable, our interaction with domestic space, whether sat at a kitchen table or carrying out daily rituals, are central to our being. It is at home that the most intimate interactions with ourselves and others occur.