EVENT: It doesn’t have to last forever – public art programming in a changing city
EVENT: It doesn’t have to last forever – public art programming in a changing city
Confluence (2023). Photographs by Paul Blakemore, courtesy of MAYK and Ginkgo Projects

2024

EVENT: It doesn’t have to last forever – public art programming in a changing city

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Saturday 25 May, 2pm⁠
Design West, Narrow Quay BS1 4QA⁠

Free but sign-up required. Book tickets here.

As Bristol enters a period of significant regeneration, how can we collectively reimagine what the provision of public art looks like in the future? How can artists playfully disrupt and create thrilling new place-based work that is non-permanent and has deeper, richer community engagement. ⁠

This lively discussion will offer some radical new ideas around how art in the public realm can help us understand how our city is changing, using MAYK’s current residency project #Confluence as a jumping off point.⁠

⁠Featuring contributions from @kaleider’s Seth Honnor, experience designer and games creator Imen Eke, director and maker Tanuja Amarasuriya, Bristol City Council public art team Georgina Bolton and Jo Plimmer, and hosted by @maykithappen’s Matthew Austin @mostin

⁠Part of MAYK’s ongoing residency project Confluence, which brings together MAYK’s various ways of working — presenting, producing and residency — into a programme of work that is unfolding over the next year, exploring how the centre of Bristol is changing. To find out more about Confluence, visit Confluence.⁠

All photographs by Paul Blakemore @blikmo (featuring audiences at Confluence weekend 2023 and a live performance by artist Asmaa Jama.)⁠

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    Confluence (2023). Photographs by Paul Blakemore, courtesy of MAYK and Ginkgo Projects

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    Confluence (2023). Photographs by Paul Blakemore, courtesy of MAYK and Ginkgo Projects

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    Confluence (2023). Photographs by Paul Blakemore, courtesy of MAYK and Ginkgo Projects

Confluence

Over the past months, MAYK have been collaborating with Asmaa Jama, Ryan Convery-Moroney, Travis Alabanza, and Verity Standen – four exceptional artists with close relationships to Bristol – to bring together a weekend programme of performance, film, installation and photography that explores personal and universal experiences of the city.

Using Bristol’s rich musical heritage as inspiration, MAYK are building an ‘album’ of new ideas that each respond to questions of belonging, transience, social history and how we collectively understand and navigate the city around us.

This programme of events took place in December 2023 and was free and open to the public, no tickets were required.

Confluence is a MAYK project, commissioned by Ginkgo Projects for The Glassworks – Redcliffe’s newest student accommodation managed by Fresh.