‘The AV Hub’ by Elise Hurcombe
NATURE | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | ASHTON VALE
‘The AV Hub’ has been a programme of nature-themed, inter-generational community arts projects and events enabling 800 Ashton Vale residents to be creative and play an active role in changing the social and physical landscape of their community. Street art, a community café and community garden have been just some of the elements that inspired this area to come together during Bristol’s Green Capital year. The community café proved to be so popular that residents have taken on the task of running it monthly into 2016 and, perhaps, beyond.
Elise Hurcombe is a multimedia artist and project manager with a specialism for community engagement. She is renowned for her knit graffiti and also teaches this artform.
• 25 workshops with Ashton Vale community
• 823 people directly engaged
• Increase in community centre bookings and youth centre attendance
It’s been great having a safe environment locally to take the children that we all benefit from and socialising with old and new friends. - Local resident.
*** NEWS UPDATE*** 8th October
What's next for the AV Hub?
Last weekend's celebration may have marked the end of Elise's Neighbourhood Arts Project, but it is by no means the end of the community spirit that has flourished this summer in Ashton Vale. The hugely popular Community Cafe, which began through the AV Hub, will continue on a monthly basis at least until May 2016. To keep up to date with Community Cafe sessions, make sure you join the Community Centre Facebook page.
Until the next session comes around in November, check out the pictures from the weekend in the gallery at the bottom of this page.
*** NEWS UPDATE*** 15th September
The AV Hub Celebration Event - but is it the end?
The Festival of Nature will be there, making bird feeders and running wild walks, for what will be their final outreach day of the year and their first ever event in Ashton Vale. As well as this, local resident Maria Metcalfe has worked with Playing Out to arrange a street party, local artist Sarah Jessie Peyton will run an arts workshop, and the pre-school mums will be selling homemade cakes.
Many other stalls and groups are expected to take part as well, including Linkage, to make the day event an all-inclusive, community event.
Flyer for weekends events...
*** NEWS UPDATE*** 27th August
As we head into September, there are just two sessions left to come at the Community Cafe before the final celebration on 3rd October. If you haven't popped in yet for a cup of tea and an arts class, make sure you don't miss out.
Check out the pictures at the bottom of this page to see the AV Hub highlights from over the summer.
*** NEWS UPDATE*** 25th July
What to hear all about the project straight from the artist? We've just published an interview with Elise Hurcombe here.
Take a look at what's coming up next at the AV Hub...
What will a neighbourhood arts project look like for Greater Bedminster?
- The project has been shaped from what we heard from individual residents, community groups and local businesses.
What’s happened so far?
Since September 2014 we’ve been consulting people living in the neighbourhood area to find out:
- what issues need addressing in terms of the green agenda
- particular areas that would be great to have an arts project
- specific community groups or members of the community an artist, maker or facilitator should work with – ie schools, unemployed or older people
How have we engaged with this area? Well, we’ve…
- talked at the neighbourhood partnership and local forum meetings
- been working closely with Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood & Community Development teams
- met with community leaders, groups and individuals
- been busy on social media
- left flyers in community buildings
- held a public consultation meeting on the 12th January at Ashton Vale Community Centre
- held a Creative Brainstorming drop in session on Saturday 7th March for artists to talk to the NAP team
What are the next steps?
The artist/maker or facilitators brief has been publicised for 6 weeks. The commission is for £10,000 which includes all project fees, materials & expenses, although volunteers may be provided to assist on the project. See the brief below:
“I’m a creative Bristolian and I’d like to get involved.”
Watch out for further creative briefs for other areas.
- Register your details with us
Want to know more? Feel you could volunteer?
Get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org