April was all about the School of Activism. Simon Munnery performed at the People’s Comedy; Lauri Love spoke about hacktivism; Jeremy Bristow shared documentary film making techniques; Colin Moody taught street photography; ideas were shared about the fight for cultural spaces; zines were made; and with the help of some creative kids, posters, masks and badges were produced. This is just a taste of all the activites that ran.
Look out for the School of Activism 2.0 in April 2020.
Determined to create something positive as the Bearpit art boards and units that hadn’t been smashed by the council started making their way back to us, we hosted the Bearpit Gallery Retrospective Exhibition bringing together artists and archival pieces that had made the Bearpit Outdoor Gallery an essential cultural destination. At the end of August we ran our last Paint Jam of the summer – the final boards showing the result of multiple hands painting over numerous weekends.
We finally took Ursa from her Bearpit home (photo courtesy of Colin Moody – thank you Colin!). We took one of the Bearpit containers and created a tent and blanket store (thanks to the Bristol Housing Action Movement this is also an out-of-hours-service). And we still found time to release mugs celebrating independent cultural venues, Greta Thunberg and the NHS.
Mushrooms grew in the yard; FAQ by Anthony Luvera explored homeless service provision UK wide; students of Sidcot School learned street art principles and techniques with us; and an exhibition by DNT, Sleven and friends examined issues around male mental health. More importantly, Mr Powers the dog started to spend more time at PRSC making everyone happier.
Rita Lynch and Troy Ellis jammed together in our yard under brand new fairy lights, to launch our annual Outdoor Exhibition. We ran a Christmas market and art show; released two more mugs (Use Your Vote! and Trans Rights); gave out gallons of mulled cider; painted an eco-warning on the M32; stepped up our tent & blanket distribution and received enough donations to fix our sewing machine for clothing repair workshops next year.
Thank you to all of our supporters this year.
Let’s see what we can manage in 2020!