DIY Arts is a peer to peer network for people in Bristol who work in the cultural sector to share thinking, advocate our needs to funders and policy makers and support each other.
DIY is formed of working groups where knowledge is shared and shaped. The groups focus on different areas of the sector, from advocating for work and making space for artists, to international working and networks.
We gather together for two group meetings a year, for networking, updates on working groups and to look at how we can do more collectively than on our own by joining up activity and to address any urgent needs for advocacy and there is an annual DIY summer gathering to celebrate the cultural sector.
A committee exists to ensure the network functions as efficiently as it can and to interface with Bristol City Council and its cultural strategy and the wider WECA (West of England Combined Authority) Cultural Strategy.
The committee is made up of volunteers including representatives from each working group. Theresa Bergne of Field Art Projects is a member, and if you’d like further information please contact her.
If you’d like to sign up to the DIY Arts mailing list and be alerted to future meetings and events, please follow the LINK.
A new series of artist commissions arrive at Paintworks in Bristol proposed by Field Art Projects. Exuberant and colourful, international artists Jacob Dahlgren, Flore Nove Josserand and Sinta Tantra have created works that respond to the history of the site at the time it was a paint and varnish factory and complement a new area of housing designed by architects Stride Treglown for developers Crest Nicholson. Pictured here are The Visitors by Flore Nove Josserand.
We’re delighted to see Janet Cardiff’s internationally acclaimed sound installation, Forty Part Motet, come to the southwest as part of Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall until September 2018. Originally produced by Field Art Projects in 1999, Cardiff reworked Thomas Tallis’ remarkable choral piece Spem in allium by recording each of the forty voices individually and playing them back through their own speaker. You can experience the work from 25 May to 27 August at the Richmond Chapel in Penzance, presented by Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange. Further details here.
Field Art Projects is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol.
We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group.
The group’s members work across different scales and different artforms; some specialise in participatory opportunities, others seek out an audience; some charge, some don’t; and some provide complex programmes that sit across a number of strands.
Together, we are committed to the successful future of our city, and the creativity of both Bristol and Bristolians.
Network members include Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Artspace Lifespace, Field Art Projects, Circomedia, Architecture Centre, Colston Hall, Bristol Culture, Room 13, The British Paraorchestra and Friends, Zion, The Trinity Centre and many others including independent artists.
The date of the next wider DIY meeting for 2018 has now been set and a venue will be confirmed shortly. If you are interested in joining the DIY Network or contributing to one of the working groups, please come along on Monday 11th June 2018, 12 to 2pm.
If you are an independent artist, practitioner or smaller organisation unable to attend a meeting, you can share ideas, views and concerns with us via Theatre Bristol who help to administer the group, or one of the members. We are working on a bursary scheme to help those who are independent to be involved, particularly in working groups and sitting on the committee. If this is you please contact us via Sarah at Theatre Bristol (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your requirements.
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch for more information, via email@example.com
We’re delighted to share the Future Perfect evaluation produced by Professor Lynn Froggett and Dr Alastair Roy from the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. They followed the project from its inception over a three-year period. We hope it will be of interest to those involved in delivering arts programmes with community stakeholder participation and that the key recommendations are useful. You can download a copy of the Evaluation document by following the link.