In Between Time, Bristol’s biennial arts festival, has announced three year funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to create We Are Bristol, an ambitious programme developed in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre, Up Our Street and Ambition Lawrence Weston.
We Are Bristol will bring people from across the city together for the first time to collaborate and create new artwork alongside a programme of critical city-wide debates with local, national and international audiences.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.
Stacy Yelland, Manager at Up Our Street commented: “We are really looking forward to working with partners from across the city to bring exceptional live art to our neighbourhood. We bring people together to learn, network and discuss important issues and it will be interesting to bring artists into these conversations to add a new dimension”
Helen Cole, CEO/Artistic Director at In Between Time, commented: “We believe in the power of art to create social change and through our strong partnerships We Are Bristol will celebrate Bristol’s rich myriad of voices to the city and beyond.”
We Are Bristol builds on the long-term partnership with In Between Time, Knowle West Media Centre, Up Our Street and Ambition Lawrence Weston that began with 2015’s Night Walks with Teenagers by Mammalian Diving Reflex and continued in 2017 inviting 40 incredible Bristolians from across the city to collaborate with New York theatre company 600 HIGHWAYMEN to create The Record, which premiered at IBT17 Festival last year.
This short film sums up what Bristolians got from working on The Record.
We Are Bristol’s first project will bring world renowned Australian theatre company Back to Back Theatre to the city in July to create The Democratic Set, in which Bristolians will be invited to take part in a film of their city.
To sign up for details about how to take part in We Are Bristol and The Democratic Set click here.