We organised eight public events which included a tour of significant public art works in Bristol, talks by artists and curators, workshops for local people and a trip to London to visit Martino Gamper’s studio and a performance by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in the new Tanks at Tate Modern.
Alongside this programme, we explored opportunities to partner with various organisations and institutions including schools and colleges, Whitchurch Library, Action Indoor Sports, Youth Moves, Hengrove Park, Whitchurch car boot sale organisers, Christ Church Hengrove, local scout groups, Asda community liaison and The Bottle Yard.
We did presentations in schools about the possibilities of an art programme, presented at Neighbourhood Partnership meetings, set up information stands at local events, distributed flyers to every household in Hengrove and established a blog to keep local people up to date with our activities.
To complement and extend this programme, we commissioned artist/designer Martino Gamper to design a flexible public display structure – an Archive of Ideas – to be used to communicate the Hengrove art programme to local residents. The Future Perfect Art Steering Group helped draw up the brief, select the artist and respond to the initial design proposal and prototype. The aim was to pave the way for a greater understanding of the complexities, challenges, and range of pragmatic issues, as well as the excitement that comes with commissioning artists to make new work. The Archive of Ideas has been installed in Whitchurch Library, Hengrove Leisure Centre, Action Indoor Sports, Hengrove Community Centre and Oasis Academy and has proved to be a great catalyst for conversation.
Once the Future Perfect artists were selected, we worked with Year 6 children at Bridge Farm Primary School to make a series of short films which were shown in Whitchurch Library. Children interviewed the artists, explored the ideas raised in their proposals and learnt an array of film-related skills.