Would you like a flake in that?


Relive your misspent youth at ART FLEA with Mr Retrocool – an iconic 1962 Commer Karrier, the original Mr Whippy ice cream van. Lovingly restored to its former glory it uses a top of the range Italian Carpigiani machine to serves delicious fresh Jersey ice cream. Fancy a classic 99, Oyster Delight or a Screwball? Or if there’s a nip in the air, how about a Hot Fudge Brownie or Apple Crumble with a side of ice cream? Nom nom…


Cross-dressing, cameos and a conceptual quiz!


Join cross-dressing quizmaster Johnny Quiz extraordinare for an evening extravaganza of bombastic irrelevance, with his band The Men With One Name, the now legendary Lap Dance Charades round, not to mention the plethora of cameos and guest stars.

Johnny explores the deep recesses of the mind where elves look down upon dwarves but dress them in white blouses and pleated skirts behind closed doors; he asks what is that for? And how did you get it in there? And without fear or consternation he evokes the lust of the battle axe, the prick of a short sword and a fling with a trebuchet. He has warmed his ring in the fires of Mordor and devised a series of fiendishly silly tests to pit your wits against.

No prior knowledge of any subject is required to answer the questions of Johnny Quiz but a strong constitution and liberal values are an advantage.

Saturday 18th May 8pm Goods Shed, Stroud
Tickets: £5 in advance or £6 on the door.
Buy tickets online www.sitefestival.org.uk or from Trading Post, Kendrick Street, Stroud. NOT TO BE MISSED!



Sam Marsh… Swampman!


The energy in the work of Sam Marsh comes from his direct approach to material application and visual imagery. The work for his show We All Want The Swamp is a metaphor for his imagination, the painting process and mass culture. More recently Polyrhythmic Snarl at Unit 56 Stroud, includes collaborative work with artist Edward Lawrenson, where paintings have been passed back and forth between Marsh and Lawrenson to explore collaboration in its purest form. He has also showed with Bristol Driving School and co-hosted an exhibition with George Atherton, Fast Food Faster Paintings which saw the rejuvenation of a derelict fish & chip shop and celebrated the aesthetic present in the fast food culture.

For ART FLEA Sam will be showing an array of ceramic treats, artist books, prints, oil-skin bags and paintings.



Roll up, roll up, it’s competition time!


Croissant Neuf Summer Party is the best kept secret on the UK festival scene.  A family-friendly festival with a seriously green heart, this solar-powered festival has been running and winning awards since 2007 with a jam-packed line-up of music, circus, workshops, fun and games at their site in the stunning hills near Usk, Monmouthshire. This years theme is Medieval Merriment, so think Kings & Queens, rat-catchers, damsels and all things olde worlde… so dress up as much as you like and watch out for some Medieval surprises.

Our lovely friends at Croissant Neuf HQ have given us a family ticket (worth over £300!) to their Summer Party festival to raffle off.  So come and find the ART FLEA stand, buy your ticket and cross your fingers. Good luck!


Love doctor


Secreted inside a vintage Sprite caravan is actress Alison Goldie’s alter ego Dr Penelope Counterpane, ready to give advice on all matters of the heart – flirting tips, confidence building and a Quick-Fix Problem-Nix (one-minute wisdom for those in a hurry).

Is your relationship wobbly? Has your passion become flaccid? Would your lover rather pick their nose than lick your toes? Dr Penelope Counterpane is an experienced expert, trained at the International School or Erotic Arts, and has had over 53 lovers and many marriages. Consultations for singles or couples, but she draws the line at a ménage a trois!

The doctor will see you now…

INDEX Gallery

INDEXblogpicINDEX is an artist-run gallery presenting a rigorous and diverse programme of critically engaged work run by Gavin McClafferty, Helen Kincaid, Matt Curtis, Joanna Greenhill and Ali Kayley. They will be at ART FLEA with their latest issue of INDEX l Press.

Meanwhile INDEX is opening the SITE Festival with a newly-commissioned work from internationally acclaimed artist Siobáhn Hapaska. A site-specific piece for the Brunel Goods Shedthe sky has to turn black before you can see the stars is a dramatic installation of five uprooted olive trees suspended and shackled within scaffolding cubes, each tree is yoked to a motor creating unsettling yet magical vibrations.  Not to be missed.
And at their gallery space on Brewery Lane, INDEX will be hosting screenings of  Jordan Baseman’s acclaimed 2011 film Green Lady together with the British premiere of his 2013 Tokyo = Fukushima. Both shows: 4th – 12 May 11am – 6pm.


Bedtime stories


“Climb up and join me in bed – I’ll tell you a story and feed you chocolates. All I ask in return is that you tell me one of your dreams and sign my sheets. We’ll have fun… promise!” 

Writer and performance artist Bernadette Russell, (of White Rabbit) is well-known for her critically acclaimed shows including The Lost Property Office (Deptford X, National Theatre), Sominiloquy (Brighton Festival), Are You Sitting Comfortably? (national tour and resident at Toynbee Studios/Art Admin) and 366 Days Of Kindness (co-produced by Birmingham Rep). She is resident compere for The Cheek Of It! cabaret at Madam Jojos. Her stories are published by Ivy Press and Pulp Press.

“Fantastic, alternative fun” Time Out; “An enchanted night” Total Theatre; “Flippant comedy bawdiness” Erotic Review; “Winning entertainment” Critics Choice