I’m really delighted to receive a preview copy of Murdered with Straight Lines, a book of drawings by Garth England. We met Garth whilst researching the Future Perfect art programme. Garth had spent almost all of his seventy-nine years living in neighbourhoods in south Bristol: Knowle West, Hengrove, Totterdown and Bedminster. The jobs he held throughout his life - paperboy, telegram boy, milkman and railway man - gave him a deep understanding of the rhythm, architecture and people of this part of Bristol. The book is made up of exquisitely detailed drawings by Garth of different stages of his life. It includes an essay by my co-curator Jes Fernie, was beautifully designed by Polimekanos and is published by Redcliffe Press. Look out for copies later in April!
On 26 November Future Perfect were joined by Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud to plant David Thorpe’s unique tree ‘cathedral’ as part of Bristol’s One Tree Per Child. The Orchard was proposed by artist David Thorpe after discussions with local residents and features 47 different varieties of locally sourced fruit trees. It will be a ‘living’ meeting place and the trees and fruit will belong to and be enjoyed by local residents. We are particularly pleased the orchard is on Whitchurch Village Green, an important area of green space that has been ‘preserved’ through the action and interest of local residents.
As part of Future Perfect, artist David Thorpe proposed a new orchard be planted in Hengrove & Whitchurch in the plan of a Cathedral. The orchard will feature 47 fruit trees including pear, cherry and plum as well as cider, desert, crab and cooking apples. Once grown, the orchard will become a unique community meeting place as well as providing an abundance of free food for local residents.
The orchard will be planted in partnership with Bristol City Council’s One Tree Per Child programme, a mayoral initiative to plant 36,000 trees to mark the city’s status as European Green Capital 2015. As the trees are planted it will give everyone, particularly the city’s children, a stake in the future of their local environment and an opportunity to grow free food.
Join us on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November between 10am and 3pm to help plant the trees and learn more about the new orchard. Come to Whitchurch Village Green, off Oatlands Avenue BS14. All welcome, please wear waterproof boots or wellies.
Theresa Bergne has been invited to join the commissioning panel for Roots & Wings, Art for Hull, an ambitious ten year programme of cultural transformation, by, for and with the people of Hull. Focussing on the least engaged, and with the highest cultural aspirations, Roots & Wings seek to achieve no less than a new blueprint for a truly people-led, city-wide arts offer, offering enrichment, participation, challenge, personal and professional development, within a dynamic and sustainable cultural economy.
Roots and Wings is Hull’s Creative People and Places programme, funded through Arts Council of England.
For further information go to Roots & Wings, Art for Hull website.
Field Art Projects are delighted to be working with artist Sarah Staton on a new commission for the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop site. Sarah is creating a contemporary folly set in the beautiful parkland between the halls of residence for use by students and the public. The piece will be completed in early 2016.
Sarah Staton creates artwork that combines a sculptor’s sensibility with design, landscape and architecture. She makes site-specific sculptures, furniture, exhibitions and publications. Sarah has completed a number of permanent public realm commissions including most recently ‘Steve’ a permanent sculptural pavilion for the 2014 Folkestone Triennial.
Sarah’s work is held in collections all over the world including the Arts Council of England, British Museum, Henry Moore Institute, MIMA, Sunderland, South London Gallery and Tate as well as private collections in Europe, North America and Japan. She is Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art in London where she also lives and works.
For further information visit Sarah’s website: www.sarahstaton.com