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It's a media frenzy!

With venues closed and performances socially distanced at best, some Bristol cultural hubs have been turning to alternative ways to reach their audiences. Are we witnessing the birth of a new culture of Bristol community led media?

We thought now would be a good time to take a little look at these new cultural offerings emerging from our hilly city.

The Exchange TV & podcast:
Until live music can properly return, the crew at the Exchange are trying to capture the independent spirit and DIY culture of their venue on film with ETV, offering monthly shows of live sessions and madness. If you’ve got any bands/artists who’d like to get involved, let them know:

Cube Radio:
Tune in to the Cube Microplex's monthly slot on Noods Radio - reflecting the eclectic range of offerings from the Cube’s pre-pandemic programme of events, it’s a showcase of the weird and the wonderful, the divine and the devilish, the expected and the unexpected.

Bristolian online:
The Bristolian – Bristol’s long-established DIY answer to Private Eye - escaped its papery confines to roam free online back in 2014. Check out six years of local exposés on their website.


Message Recall
A few members of Adblock Bristol have started a podcast called Message Recall. Asking the question ‘visual noise or valid communication?’ this podcast series discusses the history, tactics, and psychology of advertising in public spaces.

The Bristol Cable, have two new podcasts:
Bristol History delves a little deeper into the murky world of Bristol’s past.
Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs brings you fascinating and challenging conversations from characters of all stripes on big topics facing the city and beyond.

It’s a BAME’s life
Owned and created by @Mose_issie this is an LGBTQ+ BAME focused podcast discussing the struggles faced by those within the BAME community, including the mental health challenges faced by the community & those working to make a change.

The Brick Sofa
The Brick Sofa is presented by hosts Res One - MC and label owner - and Rogue - DJ and producer - joined each week by guests from various walks of life to chat whatever comes up or might be coming up.

Animal Rebellion – the feathery wing of Extinction Rebellion – recently set up shop in the PRSC yard to work on the preparations for the current nationwide rebellion. While they were here they popped into our media suite to record this conversation with their founder Alex Lockwood about animal-agriculture and its environmental impact.

* This list is not comprehensive, it only covers the ones we have come across. If you are aware of more Bristol media projects that should be featured here please let us know and we'll shout about them!

As well as making use of our recording studio, Animal Rebellion also spent the last few weeks building some props in our yard, including these very colourful coffins, used at the weekend for a funeral procession for the planet.
Photo credit: Simon Holliday

Just a couple of images from the many incredible moments of protest from Extinction Rebellion Bristol this weekend. Click here to see more inspirational pictures from XR's protests all over the country, and read more about the September Rebellion.

Photo credit: Simon Holliday

The People's Comedy

Fri 4th Sep // 7:00pm - 10:30pm // SPACE at PRSC // £6
The People's Comedy is BACK! PRSC present a fantastic night of political, social and cultural comedy featuring some of the most exciting grassroots comedians of Bristol and beyond - come and join the revolution! Read more »

The People's Art Fair

Fri 11th Sep - Sun 20th Sep // 6:00pm - 6:00pm // SPACE at PRSC // Free
The People's Art Fair is back! Head on down to The Space at PRSC to sample art of all flavours from a wide range of local artists. Read more »

New shop hours

After some successful Saturday trials, we're now ready to open the Stokes Croft China shop to the public on a more regular basis.
From September 7th our new opening hours will be:

Monday - 12-4pm
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 12-4pm
Thursday - 12-4pm
Friday - 12-4pm
Sat - 11am-4pm
Sunday - closed

We're loving this brand new plaque from our in-house designer Scot Burgoyne. The only one of its kind, this unique piece of history combines text from the Magna Carta, a pre-war Labour motto and vintage Brueghel print.

Scot's one off pieces usually take the clean lines of the china and play off them using symmetrical and asymmetrical designs - check out more of his work below, including the famous 'I EAT SWANS' mug.

Unique Be Kind Dalai Lama Teapot with Spode edging
Unique Be Kind Dalai Lama Teapot with Spode edging
Order online
I Eat Swans Mug
I Eat Swans Mug
£12.00 - £15.00
Order online
Unique Magna Carta Plaque
Unique Magna Carta Plaque
Order online

Creative Opportunities



This September, Bristol's streets will be transformed into an exhibition of photography taken by the kids of St Paul's Adventure Playground (@stpaulsapg) in collaboration with local artists and their photo-club teacher Esther May Campbell. The photographs will be displayed in large-scale black and white across the city throughout September, as well as in St Paul’s Playground 4-6 September - where there will be a socially distanced inner and outdoor show, as well as the chance to buy the book. Find out more »

RWA Annual Open Exhibition

The RWA's Annual Open Exhibition is now in its 168th year. Anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show - previous years have included painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture and illustration. Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 22 September. Find out more & submit your work »

Untold Heritage photography call

Photoworks and English Heritage are inviting young people aged between 13 and 25 to document the people, places, and communities that have shaped them at this moment in history, and the heritage they will hand down to future generations. Entries will also be judged, with the best being selected for a place in the digital Photoworks Festival in October 2020 and a chance to win a number of other prizes, including mentoring opportunities for one photographer whose photo engages with the theme in the most creative way. Find out more & submit your work »

St Werburghs Arts Trail online

This year's digital edition of the St Werburghs Art Trail kicks off for a month from Saturday 26th September. Registrations are open until Sep 14th, so there's still time to get involved, either as part of their virtual exhibition of arts & crafts, or with an online workshop or performance. Find out more & register here »

The Phoenix Project

A new visual art mental health and wellbeing programme providing a range of FREE, online and interactive workshops accessible from home. Participate in creative & engaging workshops delivered by contemporary artists that focuses on a series of themes such as Bereavement & Loss, Stress & Anxiety, Isolation & Depression, and Employment. September workshop topics include drawing, photography, painting, horticulture, visual storytelling & pottery. Find out more or book a workshop »

Job Opportunities

Youth Development Manager at Full Circle @ Docklands

Full Circle @ Docklands are looking for a Youth Development Manager - a strategic role that is responsible for the overall delivery of Full Circle’s Youth Services. They will manage the overall programme of youth activities, be able to understand what resources are needed to deliver them and how to coordinate large teams of people. They will have a clear eye into the future, whilst also supporting the team to deliver the day-to-day activity. Find out more & apply here »

Communications & Partnerships Coordinator at The Bristol Cable

The Communications & Partnerships Coordinator will help the Cable reach and engage people in Bristol, on and offline. The role is all about finding and connecting with people, so that more people engage with the Cable, growing our membership, connections and impact in the city. Find out more & apply here »

Community Organiser – Democratic Engagement for ACORN

Help ACORN build power to fight for social and economic change in Bristol! As Community Organiser – Democratic Engagement, you will be responsible for running a democratic engagement project for the period between January-May 2021 focusing on the local and mayoral elections. Outside of this period you will work as a community organiser in your respective city and contribute to the development of ACORN. Find out more & apply here »

In other news...

Check out this week's newsletter from the Bristol Homeless Forum.

You have one more week to help shape the future of Bristol as the city rebuilds following lockdown, and continues to adapt to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Bristol City Council's Your City, Our Future survey can be completed online, but if you'd prefer a paper copy or an alternative format, please email or call 0117 922 2848.

Walls, walls, walls (floor)

We say goodbye to the beautiful mural wall promoting renters rights.... but what's coming next?

Meanwhile, round the corner on Hillgrove Street, the mural opposite our China Workshop has undergone a metamorphosis.
Physically distant hexagons being painted in The Space ready for the People's Comedy on Friday.

Throughout this crisis our work with rough sleepers continues. Please click on the button below to support this ongoing work.

Donate to support our homeless community
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