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Structure and Serendipity: Art and Community

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The Architecture Centre

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Bristol

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Art in the public realm can be bound by, or springs from, civic structures for engagement.

Join speakers Theresa Bergne, Jo Plimmer and Kim Wide to discuss the challenges and rewards of commissioning art with urban communities.

This free event is open to all and we think would be of interest to those interested in public art, and amongst others: artists, community groups, curators, producers, students, placemakers.


As part of the talk, curator Theresa Bergne will discuss the Future Perfect public art commissions in Hengrove South Bristol that took place from 2012-16. One of these commissions led Jo Plimmer, an arts engagement consultant and coordinator, to meet Garth England who shared his remarkable collection of drawings with her. Jo will discuss the significance of meeting Garth to the Future Perfect project (Garth’s drawings are currently on show in an exhibition in the Architecture Centre gallery).

Kim Wide is Director of Take a Part, and will share insights into this socially engaged arts project for Plymouth communities. Take a Part commissions work that responds to local needs, embedding contemporary arts practice in the process of regeneration.


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Future Perfect

Future Perfect was an ambitious programme of public art commissioned for Hengrove Ward, a residential area in south Bristol. It was commissioned by Bristol City Council and was the first public art programme to be funded through a Neighbourhood Partnership in which governance is extended to members of the Hengrove community. Future Perfect was curated by Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne and was commissioned by Aldo Rinaldi.

Upon Jo Plimmer (Engagement Manager, Future Perfect) discovering Garth England’s drawings during the project, a selection of Garth’s drawings were used as part of a theatre curtain design for Hengrove Community Centre by artist Nils Norman which led to the development of aa fully illustrated book, Murdered by Straight Lines: Drawings of Bristol by Garth England (Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 2016).

Take A Part

Take A Part makes art in the public interest in Plymouth. It is a socially engaged contemporary art organisation that works with communities to co-commission and co-create contemporary art in order to: risk-take, provoke and engage communities to establish and respond to local agenda and need.


Image of Nils Normans, Pieces of Play, part of the Future Perfect public art commission. © Max McClure

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