Primary/Bristol: Fairlawn Primary School
Primary/Bristol: Fairlawn Primary School
Harrison & Wood, One More Kilometre, 2009 © the artists. Courtesy of the artists and Foreground.

2016 - 2018

Primary/Bristol: Fairlawn Primary School



Fairlawn Primary School 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 Bristol based artists Harrison & Wood have been commissioned by Foreground to develop a new permanent artwork for the school.

John Wood and Paul Harrison make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints and sculptures that elegantly fuse conceptual exploration with existential comedy. 

The artists’ spare, to-the-point works feature the actions of their own bodies, a wide variety of static and moving props, or combinations of both to illustrate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and everyday life. Inside this ‘logical world’, action is allowed to happen for no apparent reason, tensions build between the environment and its inhabitant, play is encouraged and the influences on the work are intentionally mixed. In their not-always-successful experiments with movement and materials, Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy to reveal the inspiration and perspiration — as well as the occasional hint of desperation — behind all creative acts. 

Commissioned by Foreground as part of Bristol City Council’s Primary Capital Programme of artist commissions for primary schools, Wood & Harrison will make a series of interrelated works for Fairlawn School in 2017. 

The artists will work with the school to create a series of works that explore ideas that bridge the gap between art and science. The works will exist both within the exterior play areas of the school and the internal communal spaces and even turn the new school’s signage into part of the artwork. Ideas of space and gravity, mass and movement, consequence and coincidence will inform a series of works that will stimulate intellectual and physical interaction in the pupils with the artists’ signature combination of humour and serious enquiry. 

This project has been commissioned and funded by Bristol City Council. The work will be permanently housed at Fairlawn School, Bristol. 

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

John Wood and Paul Harrison (born Hong Kong, China, 1969 and Wolverhampton, UK, 1966) Recent exhibitions and projects include Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, touring exhibition, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama-Shi, Japan (2015); Cual Para Tal, Museo de Antioquia, Antioquia, Colombia (2014); Work of Fiction, Studio Trisorio, Naples,Italy (2013); Answers to questions, Frist Centre, Nashville, USA (2012); O, laugh, Laughters, MOBY, Israel (2011); No beginning No middle No end, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland (2010); Some words, some more words, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2009); Notebook, PICA, Perth, Australia (2008); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2007); Art Now, Lightbox, Tate Britain, London, UK (2004); The British Art Show 5, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh (and tour), UK (2000).