News from Monika and Aoife:
At the beginning of June 2016 participants from St. Mungo’s homeless charity teamed up with Unit10 to create large-scale artworks telling their story of Bristol. This creative collaboration is part of a three-month artist residency project, titled ‘Threshold,’ and has included a month of print workshops and story sharing, a free public print event and the final exhibition at the Control Room, 3rd July – 27th August.
The big print event took place at the LShed on the 2nd July 2016. Large-scale lino blocks, created during the workshops, were taken out onto the street and printed using a road roller instead of a traditional printing press. Throughout the day the artists and participants from St. Mungo’s were given a platform to share their skills and ideas with members of the viewing public. The aim of the project was to encourage activity, printmaking, new ideas, public participation and fun! Staff from Unit10, the MShed, the Letterpress Collective, Churngold, CP Hire, Spike Print, the University of the West of England and Filton College of Art, to mention but a few, came together to help St. Mungo’s residents to create these giant art works. It was a real demonstration of the power of creativity, collaboration and community spirit.
The finished prints on show take inspiration from themes such as transition, new possibilities and impressions of Bristol. The final installation will grow and evolve over the next couple of months reflecting the ideas and experiences of residents at St. Mungo’s and the ever-changing landscapes they witness.
The exhibition runs until the 27th August 2016. Afterwards each piece will be auctioned off to raise money for St. Mungo’s.
We would like to thank all those involved with the project that helped make it a reality. To find out more about the “Threshold” project, go to the Arts Development Team’s website www.bristolcitycouncilcreativespace.wordpress.com
Read more about the event on a blog written by Aoife here:
Unit10’s previous work has involved collaboration and community engagement. Through the use of printmaking, installations, photography and performance Unit10 explores the use of space and experience in art.
Participating artists: Jayne Porter, Sarah Chamberlain, Rob Sprackland, Rico Sheedy, Pete Tuby, Ricardo Da Cruz, Phil Goble, Nick Britton