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.
We’re delighted to announce that Sarah Staton’s artwork commissioned by the University of Bristol, Edith and Hans, has been nominated in the Outdoor category for a prestigious Brick Award. The ‘social sculpture’ is situated in the meadow of the University’s Stoke Bishop campus and is a 21st century belvedere for the public and students to enjoy, which references the city’s rich brick-making history. Brick was the artists favoured material chosen for its heat retaining quality - the retained heat, warms the bodies of any who chose to linger on into the evening. The artwork is the only Bristol project to be nominated for an award this year.
Join us on Wednesday 20 September in a discussion around the joys and pitfalls of public art commissioning for neighbourhoods. Arts programmes for communities are often initiated through funding streams with limited timeframes and narrow definitions. In this context, how do curators respond to local needs and embed artist commissions into an area whilst allowing the flexibility to respond to the unexpected opportunities that arise? The talk will be led by Theresa Bergne and Jo Plimmer from Future Perfect and Kim Wide, Director of Take A Part, a socially engaged arts project for Plymouth communities. Free at Bristol’s Architecture Centre from 6pm.