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RED ALERT for UK Events Industry

Last night saw cities across the UK, including Bristol, turn red as event producers, organisers, promoters, technicians, artists and venues came together to raise the alarm and shine a light on the events industry, an area of the economy that has been hit harder than most by the pandemic. With no end in sight to the troubles for what was previously one of the fastest growing areas of the economy, an area that is worth £100bn to the national economy and employs up to a million people across the country, the industry is calling on the government to offer support tailored to the types of work and companies that keep the industry running.

As an arts venue operator ourselves, this hits very close to home. Venues similar to ours are closing forever, events companies are being forced to make massive redundancies and the freelancers that are absolutely vital to the industry have no idea when they will be getting their next work. Without assertive and urgent support we will lose an industry at which we are world class and adds colour to all of our lives.

Campaigners are calling for:

  • Grants made available to businesses in the events supply chain
  • Furlough scheme extended until the industry is back to work
  • Extension of the self-employment scheme, tailored towards the industry

We join with the #wemakeevents campaign to call on the government to step in and save this vital creative industry.

Culture is our Greatest Asset

PRSC crew member Maryem recently wrote about her experiences of Bristol's live scene, highlighting the importance of supporting local venues - more important than ever now, in (red) light of the current situation.

We're hiring!

Retail Manager wanted

PRSC need a committed community activist with retail experience to manage our shop/gallery and help develop our online and wholesale activities through this period of massive change in the retail environment.

« « « Full job description and how to apply » » »

Closing date for applications: August 17, 2020

Limited Edition XR Mug now available!

Originally made so that XR Bristol members could drink tea at their meetings, this collaboration between Aged Agitator Sue Kilroe and Stokes Croft China combines salvaged vintage transfers with XR's distinctive graphics.

Due to popular demand there are only 24 of these mugs now publicly available, so don't delay. £3 from each sale goes directly to Extinction Rebellion.

XR invite you to Join the Rebellion

We will not be saved from the climate crisis by a political system which prioritises re-election over our well being and survival. An economic system which prioritises profit over planet won't save us, either.

So let's do something about that. The opportunity to take part in rebellion is just around the corner.

Bristol Rebellion: 28th - 31st August
Cardiff Rebellion: 1st - 5th September

The future starts now

Greta Thunberg<br>Mug
Greta Thunberg
Mug
£12.00
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The Great Wave<br>Mug
The Great Wave
Mug
£12.00
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Limited Edition XR Mugs
Limited Edition XR Mugs
£15.00
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Luke Jerram's Palm Temple

A gloriously colourful architectural sculpture based on a spiralling lamella dome structure has taken up residency on the University of Bristol campus. Originally commissioned as a celebration of the 600th anniversary of the dome of Florence Cathedral, the Palm Temple is all colours, reflections, light, shadow and geometry, with an ‘Extinction Bell’ at it's apex, which tolls 150 to 200 times a day, at random intervals, indicating the number of species lost worldwide every 24 hours. Free to visit, you can find the Palm Temple in the courtyard of the School of Chemistry.

Make Art, Not Ads!

If you've been enjoying the relatively ad-free, art-full walls of lockdown which we've been sharing, you can now learn more directly from the founder of Adblock Bristol. Robbie Gillett from Adfreecities and Brandalism is presenting a webinar on how to replace corporate advertising with art through pressuring councils, and also as an act of brandalism. Join the Zoom call next Wednesday 19th August at 5pm GMT (6pm CEST).

Last week the New Weather Institute and climate charity Possible launched their Badvertising campaign, with a focus on advertising for SUVs. The campaign is looking to introduce curbs on advertising for high carbon products such as cars, airline flights and fossil fuel company ads, along with encouraging members of the public to ask their councils to introduce 'Low Carbon Advertising Policies' towards that aim. Sign the petition against SUV advertising here »

FREE Legal Rights Workshop for Women

Hosted by Bristol Women's Voice and Bristol Law Centre, this free online workshop for women will equip you with a basic knowledge of your rights at work. With Covid-19 in mind, the focus will be on whether you could be experiencing discrimination which can be challenged as unequal treatment under the Equality Act 2010. The workshop will cover all areas disproportionately impacting women with regard to employment as a result of the COVID crisis, in particular, maternity, sex and race, with thoughtfulness around other forms of intersectional discrimination, including disability and faith. Book your free ticket here »

News from Bristol Homeless Forum

This week's BHF newsletter includes long awaited guidance for hostel services, and news that a bid for the Next Steps Accommodation Programme is being worked on by Bristol City Council, with the aim of securing accommodation for the city’s homeless people. Read the rest here »

IC Visual Lab Summer Newsletter

Our friends over at IC Visual Labs talk about the new Catalyst Mentorship Programme, their upcoming ./RAW-CLASS in photographic communications, Critical Eye: Visual Archives for Education, and the new Bristol Photo Festival. Read the rest here »

St Werburghs Arts Trail goes digital!

For obvious reasons the St Werburghs Art Trail can't happen in the physical world, so this year they're taking it online. Beginning Saturday 26th September and running for a month, the festival team will be promoting participating artists across their social media channels, as well as curating online events and workshops. Find out more & register here »

Liveable Neighbourhoods for Bristol

Liveable Neighbourhoods Bristol want you to have cleaner air, peace and quiet, less traffic, safer streets, play areas for kids, safe routes to school, thriving local high streets with outdoor seating and lots of greenery AND a higher life expectancy, by installing traffic filters to stop cars, vans and lorries using the streets as rat-runs. Find out more here »

We're excited to have Animal Rebellion Bristol in our yard this month, making banners, placards and surprises for their September rebellion. Find out more on the Animal Rebellion website or follow them on social media: @axrbristol

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

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