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Tales of Care and Repair

***This event has now taken place, To view and share Tales of Care and Repair, please visit the external project site here: ***

Do you fix things for a living? Or like to make do and mend?

Come and share your stories of repair, from professional to DIY, and even failed attempts!

KWMC The Factory are partnering with Repair Acts (UWE) to bring together community members and local residents to share their knowledge and experience of repairing objects, from cars to clothes and furniture to footwear. We’ll be gathering stories of repair, and sharing views and ideas for a repair-centred declaration for Bristol and Knowle West, as part of an in-person workshop at The Factory on Friday 15th October.

We’d love you to join us and tell your stories – everyone is welcome, and no repair is too small! Ahead of the workshop, we’ll be live streaming an INSPIRE talk on Wednesday 6th October, with Teresa Dillon of Repair Acts introducing the project and talking about repair cultures and building repair-centred neighbourhoods


Factory INSPIRE Talk – Wednesday 6th October 12.30-1.30pm (online): Building Repair Centred Neighbourhoods

Factory skills lead Fiona Dowling in conversation with Teresa Dillon as they discuss Care and Repair and take your questions on the project and upcoming workshop.

The talk was streamed live and can be re-watched here:

Workshop– Friday 15th October 10am – 4.30pm (at The Factory)
with free lunch


10.00 – 11.00: Welcome and Introduction

11.00 – 12.30: Sharing, Discussing and Mapping: Stories of Repaired Objects, Histories and Values

12.30-13.15:  Lunch*

13.15-14.15: Group Work 1: Contributing your stories to the “Tales of Care and Repair” website

14.15-14.30: Break*

14.30-15.30 Group Work 2: Co-creating the Repair Declaration

15.30-15.45: Break*

15.45-16.30 Feedback on both activities and close

*Teas/coffees/refreshments and lunch will be provided.

In preparation for this workshop please bring three photographs with you. They can be taken on your phone camera or another device but should represent an object that you have repaired either by paying for it (professional repair); doing it yourself (self/DIY repair) or even an object you could not repair (failed). If you cannot take a picture of the object/s then please bring it to the workshop and we will capture it for you.

Book now: – This event has now passed. Thank you to everyone who took part.


TALES OF CARE AND REPAIR is led by REPAIR ACTS at the University of the West of England in collaboration with Toxics Link, India and Gambiologia, Brazil. The project is supported by the British Council’s Creative Commissions programme – a series of creative commissions exploring climate change through art, science and digital technology. #CreativeCommissions #TheClimateConnection #COP26 #TogetherForOurPlanet @britishcouncil #repairacts

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