YardArts is a performing arts organization. YardArts takes unused areas of the city of Bristol and turns them into hives of creativity. We have also provided over 50 performers with a safe affordable place to live, work and collaborate with other arts practitioners of varying disciplines. Our tag line is Housing creativity.
YardArts is run by the director Mr Christo Machon with 2 other senior members of staff that deal with bookings and administration.
YardArts utilises it's artistic tenants to create shows and teach circus workshops, which in turn gives them a platform to display their own work and enjoy the rewards of gainful employment.
YardArts has hosted 20 shows from burlesque to children's shows. We are building an audience with nearly 1000 likes on our facebook page and over 500 people reached with our outreach workshops.
YardArts, is a none prejudicial inclusive organisation with strong ethics on equal rights and opportunities within the work place. We've provided workshops and outreach programmes for groups and organisations with ages ranging from 3 to 50+ from police officers to young adults with challenging behaviour. We have worked with disabled groups of all ages.
THE YARDARTS VILLAGE
The YardArds village will have: an ethical cafe with locally sourced produce, no plastics policy from supplier to table and 0% food waste. This venue will become a theatre bar for our shows.
A bespoke tented theatre stage; The YardArts dome has already enjoyed some notarioty locally across Bristol. We will continue to host our shows in our unique geo-dome.
15 rentable workshops: Each workshop will showcase some aspect of the artistic pallet, be it wood craft, fine art, silversmith, textile arts, etc...
The living quarters: comfortable living space and facilities for our YardArts team, practitioners and workers at YardArts.
Once The YardArts Village is established, we will expand this further with a rural inclusive tour and workshops for people with high dependency needs, including people with altzimers.
YardArts goals for the future:
- The Yardarts Village
- A permanent venue in Bristol
- Redevelopment of more locations throughout the city
- A rural inclusive tour of the West country and wales.
- Regular workshops
Twinkle show reel:
Hexed show reel:
The Last Christmas show reel:
My octopus mind video:
YardArts will rent and transform a vacant piece of land on Penpole lane adjacent to a very busy park into a compendium of arts, craft, physical performance and workshop spaces, included will be a cafe with retail and attractions for visitors, audience and customers (The YardArts Village). This will facilitate for practitioners within the industry, providing for the people of Shirehampton, Bristol and the wider community. We have had audiences travel from all over the country, Europe and further afield! We have engaged children of all ages, needs and abilities, in physical activities. Circus in particular, allows children to get physical, from juggling and acrobatics to dance and aerial skills. YardArts wants to support up-comming artists in the pursuit of their discipline, we hope to provide them with jobs in the industry and a safe secure place to live, work and create. We intern will, utilise their skills to enrich the lives of our customers.
We will use your investment to provide the following:
- Cafe/ visitors centre
- Workshop spaces
- Infrastructure - water/ electric
- Visitors welfare
We just need 3,000 people to donate just £10! Please donate as much or as little as you like and please share this far and wide! We look forward to seeing you at our future events.
YardArts is applying for funding through other organisations, for some match funding in order to; refurbish our current venue, allowing us to host workshops without having to pay venue hire, keeping the workshop costs as accessible as possible. The match funding will also allow us to create a new website, allowing people easier access to our services. The new website will enable us to market our events to a much wider audience, allowing adults as well as children access to circus workshops. We would also like to purchase more specialist equipment such as a tight wire and an aerial rig, we will use this to bring aerial to venues that do not have the capacity for rigging. YardArts is also applying for funding from the arts council to help put in welfare and workshop spaces for our tenants, this turnover will support our workshops and outreach events.