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Artist: Subtle

Protesting for Protest

Some countries have rebellion and struggle baked into their national mythos. Their founding stories are of striving for independence, self determination and fundamental rights against an established ruling class or an occupying force. In this country we've a rather different canon for how our rights were won. Read more »

This week Benoit, PRSC Director, explores the rights we've won and how we choose to represent the fights that have taken place to secure them. With another attack on our freedoms in the works, we're currently in the midst one of those battles and are struggling with those same issues of representation and relative truths.

This Saturday will see a National Day of Action against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021, with a protest on College Green in Bristol at 4pm. We will be standing in peaceful solidarity against the bill and we urge you, if possible, to do the same.

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Unique of the Week

This week we're bringing you another of Bev's beautiful platter pairs. Classical imagery from a Thomas Lawrence portrait has been torn and collaged together with rare floral transfers for a fresh springtime vibe.

The School of Activism starts this week!

Saturday 3 April - Sunday 18 April

Obviously we think you should come to all the workshops, but there are two this weekend that are particularly relevant to current affairs... and TWO brand new events for the feminists amongst us.

'Class Power on Zero-Hours’ book presentation by Angry Workers

Sat 3rd Apr // 2:00pm - 4:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
Join Angry Workers, a small political collective from London, to talk about finding new ways of building class power in tough times. What next for working class politics and revolutionary strategy? Read more »

Know Your Rights: Dealing with Police at Protests

Sun 4th Apr // 3:00pm - 4:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
In this session Bristol Defendant Solidarity will share experience, knowledge and lessons learned to increase confidence and solidarity when we come up against the police. Read more »

Draw your own nude: YOU ARE ART

Fri 9th Apr // 6:30pm - 7:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
A life drawing event with a twist, from Bristol-based artist & activist Ru. Read more »

What can we do to end male violence?

Mon 12th Apr // 7:30pm - 9:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
In this workshop we will hear about some of the preventative work being done, including work with young people around gender equality and gender norms, bystander interventions, community education and campaigns and work with men. Read more »

School of Chativism

Some smart peeps from UWE have been working on this behind the scenes...

"The School of Chativism is an experimental social media space that will run for the duration of the School of Activism 2.0. This is the place to discuss and share events at SOA2. But it's also a space for questioning what social media currently is, and what it could be, for activists and activism. We can remake it as we go, transform it throughout SOA2.“

...join the conversation!

Shop Countdown

If all goes according to plan, we'll be welcoming you back to into our bricks-and-mortar shop in less than two weeks! Dan and his team of amazing volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the shop makeover, including this fine (faux) marbling with golden crown. Meanwhile, the workshop team have been busy making all manner of weird and wonderful unique china, which will only be available in the shop, in person. We are loving Maryem's chaotic cat mugs, so much going on in each one!

If you can't wait, feel free to shop online - we're still offering free local delivery, free click & collect*, and free UK delivery on all orders over £40.

*except on Easter Monday, we've given ourselves the day off!

We See You

Today is Trans Day of Visibility (what?), a day dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. Last year our mural wall highlighted the difficulties the trans community face when seeking medical care and treatment - a battle, amongst many others, still being fought, so we are sharing it here again (click for more detail).

To bring some of the waiting time data on the wall up to date - A recent FOI request found that out of the 2,592 patients on the waiting list the local Gender Identity Clinic processed just two of them in the 12 month period to November 2020. That's not a typo. 495 people were added to the waiting list during that time.

The longest a patient has waited for a first appointment is 2,092 days, or almost 6 years.

There are lots of resources online about becoming a better trans ally, here are just a few... ♥ A Guide to Being a Trans AllyChange for Trans People: Easy Actions You Can TakeStop funding transphobia, and 7 other expert tips for cis people who want to be better trans allies in 2021

The Space: now open for bookings

We're now able to take bookings for public events in The Space, for dates from June 1st onwards. Check availability and book online here »

Things To Do

Know Your Rights Training

If you can't wait til our SoA workshop on Sunday, then you might want to check out this free online rights session offered in advance of Saturday's National Day of Action. More info »

Read the latest issue of uKunst

uKunst #10 - The Final Countdown - is "an exploration of how the state, business, people (general public) and contemporary arts are experiencing the forthcoming reclamation of Great British sovereignty whilst its contributors are free to express their interest or disinterest in any current human-made advance or catastrophe including the ubiquitous employment of lunatics to positions of national and international leadership". Read it here »

“Speaker’s Corner”

“Speaker’s Corner”, a new group from Off the Record & Project Zazi, is for Black people and People of Colour between the ages of 16-25 to explore their identity and culture, try new activities and learn new skills. There are seven sessions in total, all held on Zoom, starting Tuesday 13th April, from 6:30 - 8pm. Find out more & register here »

‘What I Want to Be, What I Want to See’

What would you do if you had no limits? Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with? And what are the changes you would like to see, locally or globally?

Trinity is thinking about the future, and they want to start by hearing from the people that matter - you. They’re asking the people of Bristol to respond to the sentence ‘What I Want to Be, What I Want to See’ - writing, drawing, making or recording something as a way to share what you want to see for yourself and the world around you, post-pandemic. Get involved »

SpitFire

Spoken word. Older womxn. No holds barred. A night of incredible spoken word poetry, turning a spotlight on the talent, voices and diverse experiences of older women. Thu 1 April, 8pm. Book tickets »

‘Hope From the Yards’

Artist Emma Lilwall has been working with prisoners in Horfield's HMP Bristol, creating large scale artworks to brighten up the exercise yard. The public can scan a QR code outside the prison to view the work themselves. Read more »

Community Development Course

City of Bristol College are running a free-to-most community development course at St Pauls Learning Centre, for ten weeks from Friday 23 April, 10am – 1pm. The nationally recognised professional qualification covers the value of voluntary and community work, professional standards, how to work with groups and deal with issues, equality and diversity, how to develop yourself professionally, and understanding working in communities. For more info and to book contact Becca Lloyd on 07890 518 607 or becca.lloyd@cityofbristol.ac.uk.

Have Your Say

Get Registered or Go Postal

We've got local elections coming up in Bristol, originally scheduled for last year, but now happening this May 6. The deadline for registering to vote is April 19, so make sure you're ready to exercise your democratic rights! If you're anxious about hitting the polling booths in person you can apply to vote by post by April 20.

Shape the Bristol Citizens’ Agenda

The Citizens’ Agenda will be a list of the top issues people in the city want the candidates to take action on if elected – directly informed by people responding to this call out - allowing the election debate to be shaped by Bristol’s citizens, not just its politicians. The Bristol Cable want your voice to be heard! Share your ideas here »

Allow museums and galleries to open

"If you think that viewing art and artefacts is as safe and as important as shopping, then please sign this petition to encourage the Government to move us up the priority list."

The RWA are urging people to sign a petition appealing to the government to allow galleries & museums to open up at the same time as non-essential shops & gyms.

Have you been protesting in Bristol?

The Bristol Cable are reporting on the different reasons people are protesting and police treatment of protesters. If you were injured or witnessed violence, they'd like to talk to you - also about why you were there, what aspects of the Bill you’re protesting against. Interviews can be anonymous, and can be just an off the record chat if you’d prefer. Contact hannah@thebristolcable.org to share your story.

Jobs & Opportunities

Be “the face” of Festival of Nature

This year's Festival of Nature, the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, will be as accessible as possible with “hybrid” style events which can be accessed in person or from the comfort of home. A key part of the celebrations will involve “Voices for Nature” – a series of 100 interviews and presentations from wildlife champions across Bristol and Bath.

The festival are curating a team of 10 people to be “the face” of Festival of Nature - hosting the public facing elements of the Festival of Nature programme and conducting these interviews. They are looking for people who are passionate about nature, wildlife or environmental issues to bring a variety of lived experiences and represent a broad range of backgrounds. Applications close at midnight on April 25th 2021. Find out more & apply here »

Creative Commission Opportunities: Community Climate Action

Bristol Green Capital Partnership are seeking two artists / creatives, passionate about communities, coproduction and climate change, to collaborate on the Community Climate Action Project between May – Oct 2021, producing innovative and engaging content which challenges perceptions, amplifies local voices and champions an equitable transition to a zero carbon Bristol. There's one visual arts focused commission (eg. film, photography, graphic / illustration) and one interactive / performance art focused commission (eg. theatre, interactive game, performative poetry, music). Application deadline: 10am, 20 April 2021. Find out more & apply here »

Visitor Services Assistant @ Arnolfini

Arnolfini are we looking for people with an interest in contemporary art or cultural organisations, and passionate about making culture and the arts accessible for all, to be the first point of contact for visitors, providing a warm welcome, and promoting the events and exhibition programme. Application deadline: 9am, Monday 12 April. Find out more & apply here »

UK Trainings Associate @ 350

350.org is looking for a skilled trainer and organiser to lead development and delivery of their Green New Deal training work in the UK – in particular the Green New Deal Rising youth leadership programme. This role will involve designing and delivering campaign trainings that meet the programme aims, supporting participants to engage fully, as well as delivering other training and organising work in support of the campaign. Application deadline: 9am, Monday 12 April. Find out more & apply here »

Through the Lens

From around our building...
St Pauls Window Wanderland was such a joy, so many colours, and a lovely sense of the community coming together to both create and appreciate! These are just a few of the gorgeous light installations we saw...
Moonrise over Bristol
Surrey St. We remember when all this was warehouse...
St Werburghs telling McD's what they think!
Frogs crossing! Gotta keep our little green friends safe.

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