PSC is excited to be working with In Bristol Studio to deliver three commissions as part of the Festival of Making taking place in September.
The PARTICIPATE commissions invited artists from In Bristol Studio to submit proposals to create a new piece of work with people from the local neighbourhood. Throughout the duration of the project, PSC will provide guidance to the artists and groups to ensure the outcome of the project is not just successful participation, but the creation of works with artistic merit. PSC is also working with In Bristol Studio to create a toolkit, that will be published following the project, to provide artists with an accessible framework to utilise when engaging with participants around the concept of public art and sculpture as an art form.
The theme for the Festival is ‘Cotton’. It was chosen because the building that the studio occupies is one of the last remaining parts of The Great Western Cotton Factory, Barton Hill, Bristol. Commissioned artists were asked to submit an idea for an artwork that explores and responds to the building and/or local history through cotton as a material. This initial idea will develop through participation and the input of members of the community.
As well as the theme of Cotton, artists were asked to consider and respond to the more sculptural concerns; space and mass, permanence, material, form, location and environment. Successful artists address these sculptural concerns in different and interesting ways.
A number of workshops will be taking place throughout the summer to create the artworks which will be unveiled at the festival on 29th September 2018.
These participatory sculptural installations will be part of the studios’ ‘Festival of Making’, in September. The Festival of Making is multi-disciplinary open studio event showcasing the work of the studios residents. As well as opening the doors of the studio during the Festival, In Bristol Studio will be spilling out into the neighbouring streets and green spaces. There will be food, music and creative workshops for all ages.
For more information about the Festival of Making visit the In Bristol Studio website.
Beck Prior and Stephanie Tudor: Cotton Geometry
Combining a love for colour, geometric form, surfaces and community arts, Prior Made and Studio Meraki are collaborating with ten young people from Barton Hill to build a giant, tessellating, screen printed, wooden and cotton art piece.
Amy Peck and Dee Moxon: Woven Threads from the Weaving Sheds
Amy and Dee have proposed to build a nomadic ‘home’ installation based on traditional Somali Aqals and British Gypsy/Romany/Bender tents with members of the local Somali women’s group. The ‘home’ will be built from wooden poles and lengths of hand dyed, printed and woven textiles and will create a unique and thought provoking ‘den’ space for the Festival of Making event. At the festival the ‘den’ will be come a space for sharing food, experiences and stories of this nomadic lifestyle.
Annabelle Shilliday: Community Loom
Annabelle plans to build a large loom and take it ‘on tour’. Annabelle will take the loom to reside at various community hubs throughout the summer and invite members of the community to help her build a giant piece of fabric made by many.
All the commissions for new work and participatory workshops are thanks to funding from Arts Council England. Artists are also supported by the Up Our Street Endowment Fund, a grant for residents and groups helping deliver projects in the local area.