Nils Norman, Pieces of Play, Hengrove, 2014. Photo (C) Max McClure, courtesy of the artist and Bristol City Council.
Sarah Staton creates spaces and objects that seek to enable revelry and reverie. Her work combines a sculptor’s sensibility with design, landscape and architecture. Staton’s practice draws inspiration from graphic and furniture designers, architects and cultural critics with whom she collaborates. Staton’s recent work has explored interaction between audience and environment where her artworks have become habitable or capable of supporting life. Staton is interested in the tactile qualities of our built environment, an idea she returns to repeatedly in her work.
The Bristol Arena will be a new world-class 12,000 capacity entertainment venue for Bristol. Located on the former diesel depot site adjacent to Bristol Temple Meads station and within the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, this £91M venue will host over 100 music, sport, exhibitions and events a year. As part of the development, and in keeping with the Council’s public art policy, a budget for the development of a public art strategy and commissions programme has been agreed by Bristol City Council.
Rehearsal (Act 1) was an interactive rehearsal to create a unique playlet. The event invited the audience onto the stage to rehearse, direct and participate in a unique experiment to consider the possibilities for public rehearsal and audience participation. This work was a rehearsal for a rehearsal; an experiment into the possibility of rehearsal as a space of agency in which questions, histories, and behaviours can be addressed, posed and unfolded.
Bristol City Council’s Primary Capital Programme (PCP) is designed to include artists in the development of primary schools in the city with artists both involved in the design of these important educational spaces and contributing works specially made for their communities. Framed within the parameters of Bristol City Council’s innovative public art strategy, The Primary Capital Programme is the most extensive programme of commissioning contemporary art for school environments in the UK.
The redevelopment of Air Balloon Hill Primary School is part of Bristol City Council’s involvement in the Primary Capital Programme (PCP), a programme of school development that will renew at least half of all primary schools in England by 2022/23. As part of the development, speculative architectural practice Post Works were commissioned by project curators Arnolfini to develop an art work for the school working closely with pupils, teaching staff and Head Teacher.