We have been working with the Department of Engineering at the University of the West of England to commission artist Alice Channer to create her first permanently sited sculpture for their new building.

Microscopic Park Life

Field Art Projects have been working with St William and Dallas-Pierce-Quintero to commission an artist to create a major new large-scale work in the heart of Battersea, London.

Bristol Beacon

Artist Commissions for the Bristol Beacon Transformation

University of Bristol Temple Quarter Campus

Public Art Statement for University of Bristol Temple Quarter Campus

University of Bristol, Stoke Bishop Public Art Programme

Field Art Projects were appointed in spring 2012 to develop and deliver a public art strategy and programme for the University of Bristol’s residential site at Stoke Bishop, north Bristol.  The project culminates with the launch of Sarah Staton’s new work Edith & Hans this week.

Bristol Arena

Field Art Projects are advising the Design Team for the new Bristol Arena on their art strategy and the art programme being delivered alongside the building.

12 | 01 | 2024

Announcing Undercurrents by Libita Sibungu

We’re excited to share one of our artist commissions, Undercurrents, a sonic ruttier, a poem created by Libita Sibungu that explores Bristol Beacon’s history and position on the water, re-contextualised in resonance with African diasporic experiences and Afrofuturism. 

The audio artwork was developed collaboratively through a series of workshops with black artists, writers and historians with a connection to Bristol in response to field and hydrophone recordings gathered in 2022. 

The artwork is inspired by a 15th century ruttier: a long poem and map recited and memnorised by sailors at sea to guide them as they navigated.  The poet Dionne Brand subverted this ruttier in her 2001 novel ‘A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging’.  Libita used both the original ruttier and Brand’s novel as context in her workshops to explore pathways of remembering African Diasporic people living in the city of Bristol.

Libita describes the artwork as “not about an end destination, its about process and reflection to reimagine the present, impacted by the ongoing rupture, the afterlives, of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Whilst making way for the flood, grief and rage that comes with that, for any catharsis to happen’.

In her workshops, co-facilitate with artists Imani Mason Jordan, Kayle Brandon and Felix Taylor, Libita gathered responses in a “listening ceremony with water” that formed the basis for the sonic poem Undercurrents.

This audio work will be broadcast for the first time to coincide with the full moon at 18:00 on 25th January on BCFM and Radio Amnion, in communion with the ocean.

Commissioned by Bristol Beacon.

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