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Posed as a Woman: Work in Progress Artist Sharing

Saturday 1 May 6.30pm, Online

Performance artist Tom Marshman shares "Posed as a Woman" at its early stages in order to gather feedback and mark the beginnings of an exploration into a life that we only know about through criminal records: the extraordinary character known as Jenny Moore.​

This Brigstow funded project explores questions of how to create a fully formed picture of someone from the past, particularly when LGBTQ+ and working class lives are largely documented through their often brutal encounters with the state. The research process incorporates historical and creative research with performance, writing and musical composition.

This event is BSL Interpreted and automated closed captions are available.


Robotics and everyday life

Watch this space for an exciting opportunity coming soon! Brigstow is collaborating with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to run a series of workshops around the intersection of robotics and everyday life. The workshops will focus on three themes: Autonomy and anarchy; Everyday elements – earth, water and sky; and Sense and intelligence. We’ll be looking for a mix of academics from a range of disciplines such as engineering, arts, social sciences, as well as community partners and those involved in creative endeavours. There will be a short application form to submit by 24th May and the introductory workshop will take place w/c 7th June. There will also be some funding available (probably six projects at around £12k each) to participants only for teams to take some of the ideas and collaborations forward following the workshops.


Global Social Challenges Journal

"How can we re-imagine society in an era of climate change, pandemic, hunger, poverty and other pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities. This new fully open access, not for profit journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines."

Call for Papers

This journal welcomes global submissions from researchers and practitioners at all career stages. The initial call for papers has just launched. For more information, join the webinar: " Introducing the Global Social Challenges Journal" , Tuesday 11th May, 1pm - 2pm.

Conversations in Nature

In this mini series, Bristol City Fellow, Ben Carpenter explores six individuals different relationships with nature. View all six episodes of Conversations in Nature on youtube.

Creative Industries

WECA launch new business support programme for creative industries

As part of their regional recovery plan West of England Combined Authority are launching a new business support programme for SMEs working in the creative industries and freelance creatives who require support as a result of the impacts of Covid-19.

Find out more about WECA support.

Coproduction Corner

Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

For some practical advice on how to change your life and impact on your community and world, this is a good read. It's about co-creating a post-capitalist world (or at least local community). It uses co-created approaches but is also about empowerment.

Gibson-Graham, J.K.; Cameron, J. and Healy, S. (2013) Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities, University of Minnesota Press.
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