Unstable Monuments Bristol

by Maryanne Hawes in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th April 2022 we successfully raised £7,279 with 103 supporters in 39 days

International and local artists work together to bring an exciting new art experience to Bristol’s iconic Magistrates Court and Jail cells.

by Maryanne Hawes in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

New stretch target

  • This valuable extra funding will enable us to develop and tour the project in other locations, creating valuable networking opportunities for Bristol young artists.  
  • We will offer small bursaries for young artists and ongoing mentoring to facilitate a major post-renovation exhibition in 2023/4
  •  Additional funding will enable us to pay our artists and curators a small fee in recognition of their immense contribution and hard work towards this project.

As artists, teachers, and mentors, we are passionate about finding new opportunities to support young artists and to make innovative art with real purpose and meaning. 

This ambitious crowdfunder will allow us to bring the following into reality :

  • An impactful, experimental, and collaborative multi-media art exhibition in April 2022.
  • Cutting-edge artworks by young Bristol-based artists from Creative Youth Network and established international artists, including paintings, projections, performances, and installations.
  • Workshops and mentoring to allow early-career artists to overcome barriers and move forward in their creative careers. 
  • A legacy that will shape a major post-renovation exhibition in 2023/4, in partnership with Creative Youth Network. Workshops and artworks will be showcased across the building and courtyard of the final build, as part of the launch of The Courts.
  • A celebration of Bristol as a youthful, vibrant, creative City, rising to the challenge of a changing cultural climate.

We invite you to be part of the show – to come to the private view, to own artwork, to take part in talks and tours by the curators and artists, and to donate funding to support young artists.  We need your support to make this show happen... read on!

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A landmark art event in an iconic building, 'Unstable Monuments’ will arrive in Bristol on April 8-10 2022. Internationally established artists and young Bristol creatives will work together to create a positive, dynamic show with multimedia events, workshops, a residency and mentoring. 

'Unstable Monuments' will be set within the historic, soon to be renovated former Magistrates Court in Bristol. It will be a celebration of the changing role of this landmark building from a place of sometimes rough justice to a venue offering hope and empowerment to Bristol's youth, as it takes on a new and important role as a creative enterprise hub where creative businesses and young people can connect, create and develop alongside each other. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in an epic art event and play a critical role in supporting Bristol’s young artists and bringing a wealth of artistic talent to the city.

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The former Regency Courts of Bridewell Street will be renovated over the next year or so to create The Courts, an initiative by the Creative Youth Network. Their role is to support young people to shape futures for themselves within a range of creative industries. We have a unique opportunity before building starts to harness the characterful and evocative backdrop of this historic building- including the courtrooms and a maze of cells in the basement-to showcase the work of our artists.

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Established international artists and local young artists will be working together to reflect the environmental, social and historical importance of the site and the compelling stories of those who have passed through it. Based only a moment's walk away from the recently toppled Colston statue the artists will explore ways in which monuments can engage communities in celebrating positive change and move away from the idea of the monument as an inert memorialisation of the past. 

Following renovation in 2023/4, a further exhibition will be staged, featuring workshops and artworks showcased across the building and courtyard. These events will contribute to the continuing re-establishment of Bristol as a creative hub for the nation, post-Covid, and as a global centre of artistic excellence, with opportunities for interaction and education amongst the Bristol community. The artists will explore the exciting possibilities the building holds to create their art and encourage the art-loving public (and those who don't yet!) to get involved.

Unstable Monuments is conceived and curated by Jesse Leroy Smith and Matthew Benington, assisted by Maryanne Hawes and Stephanie Draper, and would not be possible without the support of Creative Youth Network. This show will be part of a pre-launch programme of events led by CYN and their Youth Steering Group.

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THE REWARDS

We are offering a wide range of art and opportunities in reward for your pledges. Please see the Rewards section for full details. Detailed below are the artworks available under Art Lover; Original Art (£250). 

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Above- 'Perfect Companion' 

Screenprint  30 x 21 cm

Jesse Leroy Smith

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Above, 'Ferris Chernobyl'

Screenprint 100 x 70 cm

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Above; 'I See You' 

Etching, edition 100 

41.5 x 31 cm

Sophie Dennett

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Above- 'Next Time' 

Screenprint 30 x 21 cm

Jesse Leroy Smith

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£30 or more

20 of 200 claimed

Star Supporter - £30

You will receive a beautiful set of five fine art cards from participating artists packaged and delivered to you at the show (limited postage options are also available) You will also get two invitations to the Unstable Monuments Private View. We will thank you and list you as a supporter on our website, and include your name on our ‘supporters wall’ at the show.

£10 or more

Supporter £10

You want to simply support the project. We are so appreciative of this and will thank you and list you as a supporter on our website.

£20 or more

13 of 200 claimed

Participating Supporter - £20

You want to support the project and be part of it. In return, you will get two invitations to the Unstable Monuments Private View. We will thank you and list you as a supporter on our website and include your name on our ‘supporters wall’ at the show.

£50 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Sunday Experience Supporter - £50

You want to really engage with the project and experience it at a deeper level. You will get two tickets to the Sunday experience, including a tour of the show by the curators, artist's talks, and a glass of wine. You will also be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten original drawings by Jesse Leroy Smith. You will also receive the full 'Star Supporters' package (see above)

£100 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Art Lover - Voucher

A voucher for £100 to spend in our Gallery 'Shop' during the show. Artworks (both prints and original paintings) will be available from £100 upwards. If you are unable to attend the show, we will arrange a call to talk you through the art that is available. Many of the pieces will be featured on our Instagram page. PLUS You will also receive the full 'Star Supporters' package (see above)

£250 or more

4 of 25 claimed

Art lover - Original Art

An original A4 drawing, screenprint or monoprint from renowned artists Jesse Leroy Smith, Matthew Bennington or Sophie Dennett. Please see the main Project page for details of the artworks. PLUS You will also receive the full 'Star Supporters' package (see above)

£300 or more

4 of 12 claimed

Young Artist Backer

£300 or more supports a young artist to participate in two one-to-one mentoring sessions by Jesse Leroy Smith to help support and promote their career.

£500 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Art Collector

Your chance to own an original artwork from an established artist and have a deeply personal experience of the show through VIP tickets for a private curated tour of the show, followed by a consultation about the wide range of artworks available for this reward. You will have a choice of works to the value of £500.

£1,000 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Art Collector Plus

Your chance to own an original artwork from an established artist and have a deeply personal experience of the show through VIP tickets for a private curated tour of the show followed by a consultation about the wide range of artworks available for this reward. You will have a choice of works to the value of £1000.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Young Artist Backer Plus

£1000 or more supports a young artist to participate in all future Unstable Monument shows and events and be mentored by our team of established artists over the next year to help support and promote their career.

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