School of Activism 2.0 – Full Curriculum

The School of Activism 2.0, happening online from 3-18 April 2021, is a series of workshops, events and activities designed to galvanise and empower every age group.

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Philosophy For Children

Saturday 3 April, 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00

Workshops to provide young children the opportunity to engage in philosophical discussion, develop their ability to think and reason with others, foster independent learning. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

‘Class Power on Zero-Hours’ book presentation by Angry Workers

Saturday 3 April, 2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00

Join Angry Workers, a small political collective from London, to talk about finding new ways of building class power in tough times. What next for working class politics and revolutionary strategy? Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Battling for Bristol: Film Screening with Q&A

Saturday 3 April, 2021 @ 16:15 - 16:45

A short documentary on Bristol’s history of social justice struggle, followed by a Q&A session with director Colin Thomas. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

The Strategy and Tactics of a Direct Action

Saturday 3 April, 2021 @ 17:00 - 19:00

This workshop, presented by Bristol ACORN members, will get you actively planning a direct action of your own in response to an issue facing you and your community, with an overview of negotiation, roles on a demo, how to show power, tactics, escalation and more. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Introducing Bristol Antifa

Sunday 4 April, 2021 @ 11:00 - 12:30

Learn about Bristol Antifascists, a group of local people committed to opposing fascism and all that it stands for. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Know Your Rights: Dealing with Police at Protests

Sunday 4 April, 2021 @ 15:00 - 16:30

In this session Bristol Defendant Solidarity will share experience, knowledge and lessons learned to increase confidence and solidarity when we come up against the police. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Video and Activism

Sunday 4 April, 2021 @ 17:00 - 18:00

Activists from Base join us to talk about how to use video effectively for activism and the principles of self-organised spaces. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

CANCELLED: The Wordplay Workshop

Monday 5 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 14:00

CANCELLED: Come along and stretch words into a wiggle wash paddle wack of fun! This engaging workshop will allow people of all ages from 6+ to explore the power of poetry through play. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Who Owns the Land?

Monday 5 April, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Land ownership in the UK reflects the huge inequalities in the country. The battle for land and housing rights is a fundamental one that can impact on almost all other struggles. Nick Hayes and Keith Cowling present the two very different approaches they have taken to finding solutions. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Street Photography with Colin Moody

Tuesday 6 April, 2021 @ 11:00 - 14:00

See the city afresh with this three hour workshop from a passionate and prolific Bristol street photographer Colin Moody. Peer into the hidden corners of Stokes Croft and search for the true spirit of this unique neighbourhood. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Squatting in Bristol

Tuesday 6 April, 2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00

Members of the Bristol Housing Action Movement will be sharing their insights into the complicated question of squatting and the law. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Know Your Rights: Vehicle Dwelling and the Law

Tuesday 6 April, 2021 @ 18:00 - 20:00

In this session the Van Dwellers Community will talk you through the national legal situation, Bristol City Council's local policies, and how these approaches play out day to day on the streets. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Rebel Story Time for Kids

Wednesday 7 April, 2021 @ 11:00 - 13:00

A classic story reading session for children - across two mornings Lisa and Sue will be reading a story of social justice or rebellion to fire the imagination. After the reading there will be a creative challenge - drawing your favourite character or writing what will happen next. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

It’s not the end of the world (or maybe it is)

Wednesday 7 April, 2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00

A comedic look at the science of climate change by Jon Matthews. Why do some people believe climate change is natural? What does crystallised rat urine have to do with climate science? What happens when three climate change deniers walk into a bar? Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Philosophy for Children in Bristol? Planning Meeting for Families & Educators

Wednesday 7 April, 2021 @ 16:30 - 18:30

The School of Activism is hosting two taster sessions of Philosophy for Children, as well as this meeting to discuss how this course could be rolled out as an ongoing programme in Bristol. If you would like to get involved, help out, or are just curious, join this online planning meeting. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Art for Social Change

Wednesday 7 April, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

When done well, art can give voice to the voiceless and bring visibility to those that are hidden. Art is a powerful tool to change the world. Photographers Anthony Luvera and Rory Carnegie have both created fascinating collaborative projects in partnership with rough sleepers. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Adblock – Art In Ad Places

Thursday 8 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 14:30

An online workshop looking at physical interventions and ad-covering techniques used by Adblock Bristol and other anti-advertising groups. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

CANCELLED Influencers: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Discussion

Thursday 8 April, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

A round table discussion on how influencers influence our culture - looking at the pros & cons of a world in which social and cultural influence is formalised and commercialised. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

PAF Artists Video Collection

Friday 9 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 19:00

Screening of short films from the People's Art Fair artists about what they have been up to during lockdown. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Draw your own nude: YOU ARE ART

Friday 9 April, 2021 @ 18:30 - 19:30

A life drawing event with a twist, from Bristol-based artist & activist Ru. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Creative Workshop with Gemma Lawrence

Saturday 10 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:30

Expand your creativity and show how your imagination works when it’s given no limitations with this fun and artistic workshop. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Know Your Rights: Painting Bristol – This Is Not Legal Advice

Saturday 10 April, 2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00

Join an experienced activist and street artist for a look at the complexities of the law and culture of painting on the streets of Bristol. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

PAF Artists Video Collection

Sunday 11 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 19:00

Screening of short films from the People's Art Fair artists about what they have been up to during lockdown. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

CANCELLED: The Wordplay Workshop

Monday 12 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 14:00

CANCELLED: Come along and stretch words into a wiggle wash paddle wack of fun! This engaging workshop will allow people of all ages from 6+ to explore the power of poetry through play. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Conflict in Activist Groups

Monday 12 April, 2021 @ 18:00 - 19:00

the session will mindmap the most common reasons for conflicts, discuss solutions and share some of the ways these situations can be handled.

CANCELLED: Rebel Story Time for Kids

Tuesday 13 April, 2021 @ 11:00 - 13:00

A classic story reading session for children - across two mornings Lisa and Sue will be reading a story of social justice or rebellion to fire the imagination. After the reading there will be a creative challenge - drawing your favourite character or writing what will happen next. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Homeless Services in Bristol

Tuesday 13 April, 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:00

The questions of where people are and aren't allowed to sleep, and what services are available to them have become ever more urgent. Step forward Richard Drake of the Bristol Homeless Forum who will use this session to offer a personal view on services available pre-COVID, what's changed during COVID and how it might change coming out. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Sleeping Rough – Screening with Q&A

Tuesday 13 April, 2021 @ 16:00 - 18:30

Sleeping Rough is a community-based docudrama about street homelessness. Film screening and director-led discussion around the issues of homelessness. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Becoming an Activist for Drug Policy Change

Wednesday 14 April, 2021 @ 17:30 - 19:30

Training session on becoming an active campaigner for safer drug laws. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Technologies of Re-Enchantment

Wednesday 14 April, 2021 @ 19:30 - 21:30

How can we communicate heavy issues in a way that brings people in? The incredible Pete the Temp leads this workshop for writers of all abilities and genres who want to develop ninja skills to enchant, provoke and persuade. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Rebel History: The Struggle to Reclaim Our Past

Thursday 15 April, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:30

Join poet Lawrence Hoo, mentorist Michael Barnes-Wynters, author Mike Manson and publisher Richard Jones in a discussion of the history we choose to tell, and who gets to tell it. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Philosophy For Children

Friday 16 April, 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00

Workshops to provide young children the opportunity to engage in philosophical discussion, develop their ability to think and reason with others, foster independent learning. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Digital Witness: An introduction to Storytelling and Advocacy

Friday 16 April, 2021 @ 12:30 - 14:00

Stories can connect people to others who share their experiences and generate the ability of individuals and organisations to act. This session will introduce and demonstrate the Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Is it Time for a Data Union?

Friday 16 April, 2021 @ 15:00

A thoughtful, interactive discussion about what internet rights, digital direct action and data unions might look like. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

School of Chativism – Review Session

Friday 16 April, 2021 @ 16:30 - 18:00

An opportunity to look back on the lessons learned and the questions raised through the School of Chativism experiment - an alternative social media created for the School of Activism. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

CANCELLED – Tech Manifesto Writing Workshop for Young People

Saturday 17 April, 2021 @ 10:30 - 12:00

A creative workshop for young people that explores the use of manifestos, experimental writing and political action to transform society's relationship with technology. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Digital Health: Are Doctors Ready for the Digital Patient?

Saturday 17 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 13:00

A talk exploring the implications of technological developments on the doctor patient relationship. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Invented Futures: Speculation, Visionaries and Modern Mythologies

Saturday 17 April, 2021 @ 13:15 - 14:30

Invented Futures is a collective that tears apart the narratives that fuel the development of new technology. We take a look at how tech innovation has got to where it is by examining how the role of speculative thinking can show us how there are alternatives to given tech cultures. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Digital Mini Projector Workshop

Saturday 17 April, 2021 @ 15:00 - 16:30

In this workshop we will build and program an experimental digital mini projector. The projector is based on a very low res, Nokia mobile screen and can project text and simple images. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

PRSC vs The Future

Sunday 18 April, 2021 @ 12:00 - 18:00

Want to know what goes on behind the scenes at the People's Republic of Stokes Croft? Keen to understand why we do what we do and how you can get involved? Join the PRSC as we look forward, and explore how we try to shape our future. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

What can we do to end male violence?

Monday 17 May, 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

In this workshop we will hear about some of the preventative work being done, including work with young people around gender equality and gender norms, bystander interventions, community education and campaigns. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

Self-defence with PunchUp

Sunday 30 May, 2021 @ 16:00 - 17:30

Radically inclusive self-defence session for activists of all ages. Part of the School of Activism 2.0 curriculum.

School of Activism Planning Session

Thu 3 February, 2022 @ 18:00

School of Activism 3.0 is happening at PRSC this April. Are you interested in helping us make it happen? We need volunteers to help shape the School of Activism, from planning and programme curation, through to marketing, fundraising, comms and more - there's something for everyone, whatever your skillset.

School of Activism Planning Session

Wed 16 February, 2022 @ 18:00

School of Activism 3.0 is happening at PRSC this April. Are you interested in helping us make it happen? We need volunteers to help shape the School of Activism, from planning and programme curation, through to marketing, fundraising, comms and more - there's something for everyone, whatever your skillset.

School of Activism 3.0

Fri 1 April, 2022 - Sat 30 April, 2022

Throughout April we're running a series of workshops, events and activities designed to empower and galvanise active citizenship.

The People’s Comedy

Fri 1 April, 2022 @ 19:00 - 22:30

A special activism themed night of political, social and cultural comedy featuring some of the most exciting grassroots comedians of Bristol and beyond - and the acts ACTUALLY get paid. Come join the revolution!

Exhibition Opening People’s Art Fair: Activism

Thu 7 April, 2022 @ 18:00 - 21:00

Opening night! Join us for live music, tiny painting, and the first look at our activism themed People’s Art Fair.

People’s Art Fair: Activism

Fri 8 April, 2022 @ 12:00 - Sun 17 April, 2022 @ 18:00

A special activism themed edition of the People’s Art Fair, a collaborative group exhibition devised and hosted by the PRSC, and open to all artists.

The People’s Jam Session

Fri 8 April, 2022 @ 19:00 - 22:00

A music jam session hosted by the Suspicious Jazz Roll Ups, the musical team that helped to kick off our first People's Art Fair back in February 2020.

Collage Zine Making Workshop

Sat 9 April, 2022 @ 15:00 - 18:00

Ross Lovelock and object... will guide you through the creation of an original collage zine.

People’s Art Club Sunday Special

Sun 10 April, 2022 @ 16:00 - 18:00

Come get your hands dirty at these informal creative skill sharing and community building sessions.

People’s Art Club

Tue 12 April, 2022 @ 12:00 - 14:00

Come get your hands dirty at these informal creative skill sharing and community building sessions.

Lo-fi Music Workshop

Tue 12 April, 2022 @ 17:30 - 19:30

Learn how to make music without fancy kit. No excuses!

The Fall of Colston – the Strategies of the Campaigns

Wed 13 April, 2022 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Reflecting on the campaigns that resulted in the fall of Colston, and the acquittal of the defendants, plus Q&A and discussion.

‘Oscar’s Tower of Flowers’ Kids Reading Group with Bristol Utopian Book Collective

Thu 14 April, 2022 @ 10:30 - 11:30

Children's reading group with discussion about what the story makes us feel, imagine and think. Attendees can then colour in a flower picture and/or plant a flower seed to take away, to brighten somewhere up or give to someone to share the love!

Translation as Activism – Turkish and Kurdish Poetry in Translation

Thu 14 April, 2022 @ 19:30 - 22:30

An evening of Turkish and Kurdish poetry in English. A range of voices from 1960s 'Second New' movement, Sufi Bektaşi poets, gay and lesbian poets post-1980s and from Kurdish poet in prison Ilhan Sami Çomak.

The People’s Poetry

Fri 15 April, 2022 @ 19:00 - 22:30

An open mic poetry & spoken word night, hosted by activist and poet, Book of Lilith.

Poster Making with Careful Now! Collective

Sun 17 April, 2022 @ 14:00 - 17:00

Learn some DIY poster-making techniques with Careful Now! Collective

Theory of Change

Tue 19 April, 2022 @ 18:30 - 20:30

What is it that we need to do to effect the change we want to see?

The 1970s Counterculture in the West Country: The story of the Bath Arts Workshop

Wed 20 April, 2022 @ 19:00

A rare opportunity to hear co-founder of Bath Arts Workshop Phil Shepherd and other authors in conversation, reflecting upon the Bath Arts Workshop’s relevance for the present day.

Protest & Rebel: an exhibition of resistance

Thu 21 April, 2022 @ 18:00 - Tue 26 April, 2022 @ 18:00

Inspiring artworks of rebellion, resistance and protest, including photographs of the Kill the Bill protest in March last year, by street photographer Colin Moody.

‘The Deep’ Discussion Group with Bristol Utopian Book Collective

Sat 23 April, 2022 @ 10:00 - 11:30

Discussing how fiction can help us think about racial justice and climate justice, and inspire us to action.

Solidarity is our Best Defence

Sat 23 April, 2022 @ 15:00 - 18:00

Join Bristol Defendant Solidarity, Bristol ABC and Bristol Anti Repression Campaign to discuss the importance of anti repression organising and look at ways we can continue to resist together.

For Crying Out Loud – get up and dance!

Sat 23 April, 2022 @ 18:00 - 22:30

A School of Activism social hosted by new colab against the Bills - Bristol Outcry

China Decorating Workshop

Sun 24 April, 2022 @ 13:00 - 17:30

Ever dreamed of making your own activist china? Now's your chance! Spend a relaxing afternoon creating a uniquely decorated piece of fine English bone china - choose your piece and collage as many images and as much text as you like from our unrivaled collection of historic and new water-slide ceramic transfers. Choose from two sessions: 1 - 3pm or 3.15 - 5.15pm.

People’s Art Club

Tue 26 April, 2022 @ 12:00 - 14:00

Come get your hands dirty at these informal creative skill sharing and community building sessions.

New Tools, Invented Futures: Care, Work, Technology

Tue 26 April, 2022 @ 18:30 - 20:00

Join writer and producer Maria Leonard for an interactive workshop using co-creation, creative writing and shared discussion on the plural trajectories for care, work and technology. By centering the potential of imagination and the notion of ‘plural futures’, you will go away with new tools and tactics needed to think about the way you want to live together with others in the future.

Tribute Concert to Rapha Dufresne 2022

Wed 27 April, 2022 @ 20:00

Join us in the PRSC Space for the fifth edition of the Tribute Concert to Rapha Dufresne, featuring the launch of Immigrant Swing Family's new E.P.

Ad Cover Up

Thu 28 April, 2022 @ 13:00 - 17:00

Find Adblockers in the streets in Bishopston, see their methods and share your views.

Adblocking Bristol Airport’s Greenwash

Thu 28 April, 2022 @ 18:30 - 20:30

Join Adblock Bristol, Bristol Rising Tide and friends as they combine the creative arts practice of ‘subvertising’, ‘culture jamming’ and ad-hacking with grassroots campaigning to remove big polluter advertising from our city.

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