More Than A Month is an exhibition celebrating and sharing the work of six young Black artists from Bristol during Black History Month.  

Jasmine Thompson 

Abbi Bayliss 

Lucy Turner 

Parys Gardener                                            

Shanai Campbell 

Chantel Daniels  

This exhibition was shown at The Station from the 7th October to the 1st November – you can now view a selection of the artwork online below.


With artwork exploring race, heritage and ethnicity as well as opening up the conversation that Black artists deserve more than a month to exhibit and share their work, and that the teaching and celebration of Black history should be done so all year, every year. Audio descriptions of the work and about the artists can be listened to be scanning the QR codes by the work.  


As part of Creative Youth Network’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, young people from Black, Asian and Duel Heritage backgrounds will continually be commissioned, programmed and celebrated at this venue. As an organisation we provide platforms for young people’s voices, their work and these conversations, acknowledging and sharing the history of Black culture within our city and our work whilst challenging racism.  


I’m not a professional illustrator, but I do enjoy doing it in my free time. I started about 2 years ago when I got an iPad and apple pencil. My first piece was so bad, it discouraged me for a bit, but then I started practicing and I got Procreate and a Skill share subscription to develop my skill. I am now at the point where I am really proud to show off my work. I definitely have a prefered style of illustrating as you’ll see in my pieces, I’d say it a cross between realistic and anime styles of drawing. The pieces I chose are some of my favourites, one of them is of my best friend and another is a completely mythical person I came up with as I was drawing.



I’m Parys Gardener, a Bristol-based digital illustrator. My work explores storytelling through portraiture, reshaping the narratives typically seen surrounding global majority identities - particularly the stories of Black women.

       "Body Possi"

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I’m hugely inspired by people and places. Specifically, people’s stories and lived experiences. I love using art as a platform for storytelling, or for starting conversations about something bigger. My digital work uses bright and vibrant colour, and often celebrates elements of black culture and music. I use illustration to explore my sense of identity, and what it means to inhabit space as a young mixed race woman. I also create political art and cartoons that explore activism and politics- usually in the form of large scale murals and public art exhibitions. I’m a sports fan, and love projects that involve working with athletes and sports brands, an area I’m looking to work & collaborate in more.



Lucy J Turner is a Bristol based artist, digital illustrator, activist and creator. Lucy has worked on projects with Rife Magazine, Watershed, Creative Youth Network, Rising Arts Agency, Arnolfini, Black minds Matter UK, 91 Ways, Shelby X Studios and Rockett St George. As a digital illustrator her work makes use of bold, bright, colourful designs and shapes. Her main inspirations are Black bodies, in particular, Black women and that is the main focus in her digital work. Lucy uses art as a way to heal from trauma after being diagnosed with cancer at 23 and she is passionate about teaching others how art can help to heal. Lucy was voted 30 under 30 influential people in Bristol in 2020 by Rife Magazine. 

       "The Birth of Cool" 


I’ve always been passionate about art but only started painting 2 years ago. I like to think of my paintings as memory capsules and a chance to see how someone else is choosing to experience the world. I love to paint side portraits of people in motion using acrylic paints as it makes me feel as if I’m in the painting and makes the focus for me, about their current experience of life, rather than me focusing on the ‘realistic’ elements of the painting. 



Generational Joy is a digital collage, reflecting the stories and comfort that my grandparents home radiates. Moving from Dominica to Bristol in the late 50’s, my piece is a culmination of their homeland in the Caribbean and their new found home where their kids and grandkids would grow up. The Ivy hanging from the ceiling represents my great grandmother ‘Ivy’, which sparked a brief family feud as my mother wouldn’t name me after her. The cricket bat alsocomes from my Grandad's tales of being a cricketer slash man not to be messed with. The roomis adorned in my Nans teacups, sewing machine as she was a seamstress and knick knacks, or as we called it “tralala”. On the tv is Garrison’s Gorillas, my Grandad's favourite tv show from the60’s, which he proceeded to name my uncle after until he got older and changed his name, a continuous pattern in our family. Every image has a story. I really wanted to capture the sense of security and home using authentic 50s newspapers and family photos. This joy is Black. It’s timeless. It’s Generational.

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