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.
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.
Artist Commissions for the Bristol Beacon Transformation
Public Art Statement for University of Bristol Temple Quarter Campus
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.
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.
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.
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