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One year on...

It's been a year since the tragedy of one man being murdered at the hands of a police officer sparked global protests behind the singular sombre message 'Black Lives Matter'. What started on a street in Minneapolis echoed around the world, and in our own backyard, saw the people of Bristol confronting and attempting to reconcile with our own historical baggage, making a clear choice about who we celebrate in this country.

Anyone involved in the protests over the last year will tell you that they were a powerful statement but that there remains a huge amount of work to do, and that whilst we fight for equality in one area, our rights may be simultaneously under threat in another. Local events over the next few weeks will be a chance to continue those conversations, and take action against the Conservatives pulling those rights out from under us.

Move On Over: From Countering Colston to Black Lives Matter

A fortnight of events celebrating the success of local campaigns challenging the glorification of the slave trader Edward Colston by Bristol’s elite institutions which culminated in the historic action of the Black Lives Matter movement last June.

All the events, history walks, talks, films and discussions are free but donations to support the Colston 4 campaign are welcomed. Tue 25 May - Mon 7 June, 2021. Find out more & book tickets »

Glad Colston's Gone is a coalition united by the belief that the toppling of the Colston Statue has benefitted the City of Bristol. They want to continue conversations around race, racism and justice, both historical and present, in Bristol. Stokes Croft China collaborated with the coalition to produce this commemorative mug - if you want one you'll have to head along to some of the Move On Over events mentioned above.

Kill the Bill protest this Saturday 29 May @ 4pm on College Green

Another National Day of Action against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, planned to coincide with these anniversaries... "This date is of particular importance to us as an organisation, as it represents the tyranny and racism we seek to resist".

Essential training for anyone attending a protest, this free Know Your Rights online workshop has been organised by Kill the Bill Official in advance of Saturday's action. Thu 27 May, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Book tickets »

Martin Luther King Plate
Martin Luther King Plate
Margaret Mead Mug<br> 
Margaret Mead Mug
Limited Edition George Orwell Mug
Limited Edition George Orwell Mug

Unique(s) of the Week

We've got some fantastic new china shapes for you after our recent trip to Stoke, including this cutie patootie lil' Pixel Pot, decorated with all of our squarest transfers.

Then two of our classic designs, the Bristol Scroll and the Bristol Blue Rose are chopped up and reconfigured into the Black & White Unique Bristol Bowl, while Rose Vickers' iconic papercut is surrounded by flowers & foliage on the We Make Our Own Future Unique Bowl. It's hard to tell from the pics but these bowls are BIG - perfect for piling high with fresh fruit or serving up some tasty summer salads.

We're also extremely excited that butter dishes are back! Only available in store for now, so pop in for a look at what's on offer.

Events @ PRSC

As lockdown eases our venue is getting ready to come back to life, and we can't wait to see you in the Space soon.

Our first indoor event is coming up on the weekend of June 11-13, but we have exciting cultural plans running all the way through to October. See below for a sneak preview of some of the events, covering everything from street art to yoga, with loads more announced soon. Keep an eye on our website for up-to-date listings.

If you are looking to hire our venue for your own event, we still have some space in the calendar. Head over to the Space Venue Hire page for our full price list, policies, and availability, as well as the venue hire application form.

Self-defence with PunchUp

Sun 30 May, 2021 @ 4pm // Pay-what-you-can // EASTVILLE PARK
Join PunchUp Bristol for this radically inclusive self-defence session for activists of all ages - learn to fight effectively to protect yourselves and each other, using a variety of martial arts and combat sports skills. Due to changes in covid guidance, this rescheduled School of Activism workshop is now happening in person in Eastville Park! Find out more & book tickets »

Fill Me In Presents: Big Issue Jeffs Big Weekender!

Fri 11 - Sun 13 June @ midday - 11:45pm // £2 suggested donation // SPACE @ PRSC
Fill Me In are back for a BIG weekender of contemporary art from the creme de le creme of the local and International art movement that continues to transform our culture, all in the heart of Stokes Croft! Find out more »

Release Your Ecstatic Vibe Machine

Mon 14 June, 2021 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM // £10-20 // SPACE @ PRSC
Your body is an ecstatic vibe machine. Enter a journey of movement, voice, and meditation; learning practical techniques to engineer flow states through dynamic yoga, pranayama, and meditation. This is a profoundly silly and revitalizing adventure in joy. Find out more »

The Big Goodbye Lockdown Hello Life Multi-Birthday Bonanza

Sat 10 July, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM // £6.50 // SPACE @ PRSC
Celebrating of the end of lockdown, the re-start of life, and some birthdays with four courses of sizzling hot soul food, delivered straight to your ear ways by The Makings, The Suspicious Jazz Roll-Ups, The Gyrators and Stuey Mood, with Junkion9 and Creation Rebel Sound System finishing off the evening with some tasty vinyl treats. Find out more »

Things To Do

Help The Bristol Bike Project into their new home

The Bristol Bike Project are fundraising to help set up their new workshop on Stapleton Road - they're 90% of the way to their target with a week to go!

Roots, Resistance & Soundystem

Resistance and redemption are central to reggae and soundsystem culture. In this Desert Island Discs style panel discussion with a difference, Bristol DJs Lioness, Stryda, Big D (Jah Lokko Sound) and Vibronics, share and discuss their favourite rebel tunes, playing them live to the audience. Saturday 5 June, 6-9pm. Find out more & book tickets »

Become a Gig Buddy

Gig Buddies Bristol is a befriending project that enables and empowers people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people to enjoy all the great events going on in Bristol by pairing them up with new friends with similar interests to attend events with. Volunteers can experience events they will love and make a huge difference to people’s lives at the same time. Find out more »

How Do We Build Something Better, Together?

Ece Temelkuran presents a bold new manifesto for recalibrating the inequalities and ignorance in modern society. Tue 8 June, 18:00 — 18:45, pay-what-you-can. Find out more & book tickets »

Have Your Say

Sex Work is Work

A proposed amendment to the PCSC Bill would introduce the ‘Nordic Model’, which criminalises paying for sex and stops sex workers from advertising online. @ourstreets_bristol explain what this means, why we should reject it, and what actions we can take to protest against it...

Community News

No Recourse to Public Funds?

The latest bulletin from Bristol Homeless Forum has a particular focus on those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).

Photo credit: Martin Booth, B24/7

'Six Sisters' is finished!

The ‘Six Sisters’ of North St, started at Upfest 2016, is finally complete as murals by Eijits and Lucas Antics join those by Bex Glover, Zoe Power, Gemma Compton and Sophie Long, making it the largest mural project in the UK designed and painted by female street artists.

Jobs & Opportunities

Current Vacancies

Senior Delivery Administrator @ Creative Youth Network
Part-time, 4 days/week, £16,460. Closing date: 31st May, 17:00.

Mail Order, Shop & Label Assistant @ Specialist Subject Records
Part-time, 15-20 hours/week, £9.50/hour. Closing date: 4 June.

Dance Workshop Assistant @ Creative Youth Network
Tuesday evenings, £8.91/hour. Closing date: 4 June, 9am.

Music Workshop Assistant @ Creative Youth Network
Thursday evenings, £8.91/hour. Closing date: 4 June, 9am.

Fundraising & Communications Co-ordinator @ Aid Box Community
Part-time, 16 hours/week, £15,600. Closing date: 6 June.

Studio Manager @ Jamaica Street Studios
Part-time, freelance, around 15 hours/week, £10.50/hour. Closing date: 13 June.

Creative Youth Worker (South) @ Creative Youth Network
Part-time, 20 hours/week, £11,642. Closing date: 21 June, 9am.

Site specific artwork commission in Cribbs Causeway

Ginkgo Projects is seeking to commission an artist to research and create a new permanent artwork for a pedestrian and wildlife corridor crossing a new leisure and retail development at Cribbs Causeway. Budget: up to £150,000. Application deadline: Mon 31 May. Find out more & apply »

Submissions open for LFF Expanded 2021

Established in 2020, LFF Expanded features artists and creative teams working in immersive media like virtual, augmented or mixed reality. Submissions are free, and open to UK and international XR or immersive art projects which are 25 minutes and under. Submission deadline: Mon 14 June, 17:00. Find out more »

Digital R&D 2021 Commissioning Round now open

Arts and cultural organisations based in England, including museums, libraries, community organisations and local councils with a cultural project, can apply for a digital R&D commission of up to £9,000, to develop and deliver a creative digital project for online audiences. Deadline: Thu 8 July, midday. Find out more »

Culture Shock is looking for a Social Media Guru

Ujima Radio 98fm's Culture Shock show highlights the contemporary arts, culture, and music scene in Bristol. The team are looking for a volunteer ‘Marketing Assistant’ to help with weekly copy for the show on Culture Shock & Ujima Radio's social media platforms, uploading content and driving engagement on Instagram, and providing general admin assistance. Email to find out more.

Bristol's first free-to-use music studio

First Light Studio, based in Trinity Centre, is a new community-first music studio in Bristol, created to give equal opportunities to emerging talent, enabling them to develop their skill set without the financial boundaries usually present in today’s music industry. Find out more & apply »

Through the Lens

Last Saturday's Palestine Solidarity March heading back to the city centre along Stapleton Rd.
Loving Silent Hobo's work on the side of the Three Tuns!
Phonebox love in Knowle West
Inns Court Community Garden in Knowle West
Sights round Victoria Park

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