Primary/Bristol: Compass Point Primary School & Early Years Centre
Primary/Bristol: Compass Point Primary School & Early Years Centre
Conway and Young, Fox in the Toilet Mapping Workshop, 2015. Photo: Conway and Young.

2014 - 2016

Primary/Bristol: Air Balloon Hill Primary School



Air Balloon Hill Primary School is part of Bristol City Council’s involvement is part of Bristol City Council’s Primary/Bristol series of artist commissions for primary schools commissioned as part of the Primary Capital Education Programme. As part of the development artists Conway and Young have been commissioned by the Arnolfini to develop a new artwork for this new school. 

Conway and Young are developing a new work for Air Balloon Hill Primary School, taking the ideas of welcoming, getting lost and navigation as their starting points. 

There are 23 languages spokenat Air Balloon Hill Primary School, and the process has been designed to acknowledge, investigate and celebrate this. 

Through a series of workshops and visits, Conway and Young are working with the school to create new landmarks in the form of flags and playground markings. 

The flags will be the centre piece of a new celebrant styled ritual for the school. At the beginning of the term after the end of the summer holidays, the Air Balloon Hill Primary School community will be invited to gather at the specially designed ‘flag assembly point’ where the new flags will be raised to signify the start of a new academic year. The raising of the flags will be accompanied by a performance from the school’s music and choir club, with an opportunity for others to participate. 

A new song has been written in a workshop that was run with artist and musician Boff Whalley. This song will be reproduced in a handbook for use on the occasion of the flags being raised, and will include instructions for teachers to use in a class session to create simple annual costumes for the ceremony. 

This annual ritual will last for five years. The use of the flags, song and performance aims to create a visible and shared identity, demonstrating the school and Children’s Centre’s pride in its diversity. 

This project has been made possible through funding from Bristol City Council as part of the Primary Capital Education Programme. 

Jen Conway and Jessy Young (born UK, 1983 and 1984) have lectured in Higher Education and produced projects for galleries and public settings across the UK, for the last ten years. Key past projects include: Untitled, Think/Play/Do, The Tetley Gallery, Leeds, 2015; Designing A New Reality, The Promise, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2014; The Luddite Klub Card, Black Dogs, Bradford, 2014; Free For All, Lionel Dobie Projects, Manchester, 2013; One Hundred: Was, Is, Will, Hyde Park Picture House and Leeds City Council, Leeds, 2013; Colliding at the Corner, Situation Leeds and The Culture Company, Leeds, 2011.