Projects

Thinking of the Outside - Iceman

A wooden sculpture situated temporarily in St John's Cemetery

Iceman, 2005. Nathan Coley. Photo: Jamie Woodley

Synopsis

Thinking of the Outside was an exhibition of ambitious new art works presented in unusual sites across Bristol's historic city centre in association with Bristol City Council and Picture This.

Description

Thinking of the Outside was an exhibition of ambitious new art works presented in unusual sites across Bristol's historic city centre in association with Bristol City Council and Picture This. Featuring moving image installations, painting, sculpture and live events Thinking of the Outside offered an intriguing route through the Old City, exploring the relationships between insider and outsider. The education programme was co-ordinated by Arnolfini.

Nathan Coley, Iceman, 2005 (sculpture)

Iceman referenced a familiar architectural style responding to and amplifying the surrounding cityscape. The location for the sculpture was a disused churchyard, normally closed off to the public, and preserved from development. In his work, Coley investigates how buildings erected in public space manifest particular values and beliefs. The architectural language of the social housing block has become a recognisable feature of any city's skyline. The attention to detail and material from which lceman is made suggests a temporary model or proposition for something yet to come. The form of the sculpture also echoes that of a mausoleum or tomb, however, indicating a commemoration of something now defunct.

Situations

Situations is an art commissioning and research programme which operates from a University base, but produces artworks, events and publications outside the academic context. The programme was initiated in October 2003 by Claire Doherty, who is Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol. From the start, the programme’s guiding principles were to combine the ambition of a commissioning agency model with the critical rigiour of an academic research centre. We believe that artists have the capacity to bring something we might never have imagined to a particular place and we are committed to realising those dreams. Curating is far more than project management to us. It is a creative, critical and often passionate undertaking where we seek to understand the best possible means through which to support an artist to make an outstanding work of art in response to a specific situation.

  • Commissioner

    Bristol City Council

  • Produced by

    Situations, University of the West of England, Bristol and Picture This

  • Partners

    Arnolfini

  • Supported by

    Bristol City Council, Creative Bristol, Henry Moore Foundation, Rokeagle (developer)