The Nexus

Melanie Jackson, The Nexus / Giants Fall From the Sky (giant pumpkin drop). Photo © Max McClure. Field Art Projects.


Melanie Jackson was appointed to be artist in residence at the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop site during 2013.


As part of the first phase of the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop public art programme, artist Melanie Jackson was appointed to be in residence from February to November 2013.

This residency formed part of the public art programme for the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop campus developed and delivered by Field Art Projects to make both physical and social connections to the built and natural environments, to develop greater use of the public areas and to work with departments across the University.

Melanie pursued two strands of enquiry; the first the development of a series of works exploring the work and ideology of space, using the plant science department and the Botanic Gardens as a starting point; the second the development of a series of talks and events for students, staff and the general public.

The Residency culminated in the publication of The Nexus, a comic/artist publication, which extends themes Melanie has explored in the past – taking a cure from the Botanical Garden and extending this to speculation in bioscience and research, and its link to the economy and ideas of plenty.  Richly illustrated, the comic was handed out on Halloween, accompanied by an event performance, Giants Fall from the Sky, in which a giant pumpkin was dropped from the height of a crane in a ritual performance of the absurd.

Created as an artwork that could be freely distributed amongst the local Stoke Bishop community of the University students and nearby residents, the comic’s themes contextualized the events and workshops also organised by Melanie for students and the public, including tours of the University’s Botanic Garden and They Came From the Earth: A Screening of Science Fiction Films Concerning Vegetables, curated by Pil & Galia Kollektiv.

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A film made by Paul Gilbert about the commission can be found at the following link:

Melanie Jackson Pumpkin drop final from Paul Gilbert on Vimeo.

Melanie Jackson

Melanie Jackson is an artist whose practice includes a mixture of sculpture, installation, drawing, moving image and printed matter.  Her interest focuses on the ways that objects influence how we experience the world, socialize and empower us, or render us insubstantial.  Most recently her focus has been on exploring plants and the Botanical Garden as a starting point for thinking about form and the generation and ownership of knowledge.  Her most recent exhibition, The Ur-pflanze takes its lead from Goethe’s notion of the ‘primal plant’ that has the potential within itself to generate all possible future forms.  She has exhibited internationally and is a Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Field Art Projects

Field Art Projects was founded by Theresa Bergne in 1999 with a clear understanding of what makes a successful and popular arts programme and an interest in the way artists interact and create work in response to the public realm.

Theresa Bergne has worked with local communities, public organisations, private companies, developers, architects, festivals and venues.  She has produced a number of high profile projects as a curator and programmer, such as the landmark art programme for Barts and the London’s Breast Cancer Unit at the West Wing.  Theresa also spent twelve years running the public art programme for the Canary Wharf Group as well as curating and producing a series of independent programmes and commissions.  She is currently working with independent curator Jes Fernie to deliver an ambitious programme of commissions for the residents and Councillors of Hengrove, south Bristol.

  • Commissioner

    University of Bristol

  • Produced by

    Field Art Projects

  • Partners

  • Supported by

    University of Bristol