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Next neighbourhood arts commissions announced

Since September 2014, the Bristol 2015 neighbourhood arts team has been consulting with residents and community groups across the city to find out what a local art project might look like. The first 6 projects are underway and the next round has been announced. Find out what's happening near you...

Bristol 2015's neighbourhood arts team are excited to announce the next 8 commissions for the final 8 areas of Bristol.

Among the winning projects are bins that reward young people with music when they add litter, large recycled puppets that stem from local folklore and a beautifully designed map that will encourage residents to discover green spaces.

The programme is a year-long series of arts engagement projects that have been conceived out of consultation with communities across Bristol's fourteen neighbourhood partnership areas.

Each commission is for £10,000 in total which includes fees, materials and expenses. Like Bristol neighbourhoods, the projects are exciting and diverse and reflect community concerns in this green capital year.

Neighbourhood Arts Programme Manager Emma Williams said:
"We're thrilled that after months of consultation, we now have all 14 artists selected and that they can start working in their respective neighbourhoods, engaging residents on identified issues.

"Some of the projects will leave a lasting physical legacy but others may be more about driving behaviour change or bringing communities together.

"There are plenty of opportunities to get involved so keep an eye on the area webpages, follow us on Facebook or just get in touch."

Winning projects

1)  Henbury, Brentry & Southmead
Make some noise about litter. Working alongside professional artists, local children will get absorbed in creating entertaining sounds through music workshops using litter as their instruments. The Make Some Noise About Litter troupe will then attach sensors and small solar powered speakers to the inside of surrounding bins, rewarding those who use the bins with the recorded sounds made through the workshops! This project will also look at behaviour change around litter at The Ranch in Southmead.

PAPER Arts is a thriving creative hub in Broadmead helping young NEETS combine enterprising skills with their existing artistic talents. PAPER offers a varied range of services and training opportunities aimed at supporting young creatives to self-develop through the arts.

2)  Filwood, Knowle & Windmill Hill
The Lost Toy Compendium invites people on a journey of social archaeology to rediscover and repurpose the playable gems hidden among the dusty piles of forgotten “junk” lurking in attics, garages and sheds. Using play, story-telling, art, these re-discovered artefacts (from rusty bike wheels & old sledges to dusty console controllers & forgotten Furbies) will be remixed and reborn as new participative games that bring everyday streets alive and build connections between people.

Knowle West Media Centre is an arts organisation and charity based in Knowle West. We’ve been supporting individuals and communities to get the most out of digital technologies and the arts since 1996. In practice, this means providing exciting and relevant ways for people to get involved in community activism, education, employment, and local decision-making.

3) St George
‘Discover St George’ will result in an accessible, beautiful and informative map that will encourage a broad spectrum of residents from the St George area to enjoy, and take pride in their local green spaces for many years. Content derived through a series of interactive and creative community workshops will be incorporated into both physical and online versions of the map. A cohesive marketing campaign will be developed to promote both the map and the variety of green spaces in the area.

The project team comprises of eight experienced creatives, including illustrators Dave Bain, Hannah Bailey, Dawn Cooper, Lucy Davey and Zoe Power, designer Chris Woodward and digital designers Dan Hayman and Peter Horsham. They share a wealth of experience in community arts projects, both locally and nationally, and specifically in creative mapping design. They work out of the same studio space and have collaborated on a number of projects together.

4)  Horfield & Lockleaze
Flagged Up will be spending the summer running an exciting array of creative workshops in Horfield and Lockleaze. The results will be transformed into an un-missable and engaging visual trail, motivating people to get out, walk, explore and discover.

Deborah Weinreb (+D) has been a practicing artist for many years. She collaborates with people and places, to create outcomes that inspire, empower and engage audiences to feel more included and proactive in the places and issues that surround them.

5)  Avonmouth & Kingsweston
Who is the real Goram Giant?
In each of the villages of Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Shirehampton, a Giant Goram will be built using natural and recycled materials. They will be paraded at the September Goram Fair in Avonmouth, where they will perform a set of gruelling tests to discover which one is the REAL GORAM. Who will rise to this gigantic challenge?

Alan May makes arts work in neighbourhoods of Bristol: he is Creative Director of the Bedminster Winter Lanterns; Arts Coordinator for Ambition Lawrence Weston; resident artist at Long Cross Children's Centre.

Dee Moxon has been based in Bristol and working as an artist for 20 years. She was the instigator of Gynormous Rawkus a Giant Puppet Company which she ran for 10 years and has many community and corporate clients for whom she makes giants, carnival Props and lanterns.

Ruth Ramsay has worked as a carnival costume maker and creative workshop facilitator for over 15 years working within schools, youth groups and in community settings.  

6)  Henleaze, Stoke Bishop & Westbury-on-Trym
An early 'murmuration' of 1000 ceramic starlings will be flocking to a site in Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym. Public workshops will be taking place across the area, where residents will be invited to sculpt their own birds, culminating in a celebratory procession and mass installation. The project is a response to a recent decline in the starling population and aims to bring different elements of the communities together through creativity and discussion.

Zoë Cameron is a Bristol- based clay artist with wide experience in community arts and strong interest in stimulating engagement with the environment.

7)  Greater Brislington
Sailors Walk. During the autumn months a series of arts and play workshops will engage the residents surrounding St. Anne's Woods. A finale, in the form of an arts/play trail, will be presented during a weekend in November for the whole community to come together and enjoy.

APE Project is an Artist/ Playworker led community Arts, Play and Environmental organisation. Our passion is for empowering communities and creating opportunities for children, young people and adults to engage in meaningful ways in the Arts and Play for positive social, individual and environmental outcomes.

8)  Stockwood, Hengrove & Whitchurch
The Ivor Project.
Ivor is a friendly and warm elderly gentleman puppet. Over the next few months he will spend time getting to know Stockwood, and will host events such as picnics and bus tours where people from different generations and sections of the community can get to know each other. Through these conversations Ivor will uncover and connect some of the green capital themes at the heart of this community. So if you see Ivor – in a shop or on a bus stop, at your school or the library or a park – be sure to pop over and say hello.

Once Arts and Ceremonies have been working together for over ten years, making participatory events and projects which celebrate the unique nature of communities. In the past they have created recipe exchanges, poetry posters, community books, performances and creative conversations.  Their work is always fun but also allows people a chance for reflection, to see themselves and their communities in a new light. For this project they are excited to be collaborating with Tangled Tales Puppet Theatre and Black Cat Films.

Find out more about the first 6 commissions.

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