21/11/2018 - 30/04/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol
We invite you to drop in and explore the exhibition of the:
Featuring work made by artists: Marc Blazel, Brave Bold Drama, Ellie Shipman and Myah Calista in collaboration with local residents and in partnership with Filwood Community Centre and re:work.
Artists and community members worked together over the summer of 2018 on growing, sewing, singing and digital projects. In this exhibition you can experience, see, hear and touch some of what they made. You can record your own song, plant a seed, learn how to make fabric patterns and play with a live green-screen / create digital traces of yourself in real-time.
The aim of the residencies was to explore how artists and communities can live, work and make together in mutually beneficial ways – beyond city centres, which are so often assumed to be the natural home of culture. Against a backdrop of rising house prices, artist studios and artist-led spaces closing down in Bristol and beyond it felt urgent to address these issues together now.
Last year we ran an event called the Artist Hotel- where a group of artists slept over in the Filwood Community Centre gym to explore these questions and more. A/N writer Rowan Lear who covered the event said: ‘if the Artist Hotel demonstrated anything, it’s that constructing pseudo-borders between artists and ‘communities’ is over: it’s time to imagine possibilities and realise solutions to housing, employment and welfare – together, as neighbours’.
We hope you can see through the exhibition how local people and artists have worked together ‘as neighbours’ and taken different approaches to exploring these ideas.
When you visit the exhibition at KWMC we suggest you also leave enough time to visit the wonderful Filwood Community Centre, which is just around the corner. There you can find signage, a kitchen garden and a souvenir shop all created as part of this project. Pick up a map from KWMC to find your way and to claim a free drink in the re:fill cafe when you get there (open Tuesday to Thursday, 9am – 3pm).
The exhibition has an accompanying live programme and free creative workshops between 12.30-2.30 on the last Friday of every month from January (including activities such as sewing, singing, drawing etc): keep an eye on event listings for more information.