Brigstow runs a regular series of events, workshops and ideas lunches. It's a way for people from within the University and beyond to meet other like-minded people. These are some of the events we've held previously.
Brigstow's 2017 showcase was an opportunity to meet experimental research teams and explore their projects funded by the institute. What does it mean to eat well? Can you hear without using your ears? What does it mean to be neighbourly? What makes you different? We were joined by University staff and students as well as members of the public who were able to join the teams for a range of interactions; from making masks to deep sea creatures, the abduction of a wealthy heiress in the 18th Century, to creating a future biosphere and more.
Re-imagining the Civic University in the Global 21st Century
The new campus for the University of Bristol provided an opportunity to consider some of the broader questions about what it means to be a university in and for the city. This was a day of provocation, conversation and creativity. We had a chance to explore the possible range of forms that being a civic university in the global 21st Century might take. We reflected on past understandings of what being a civic university has meant, as well as imagining what future incarnations might look like. We also had great fun constructing our visions of future civic universities.....
Eating Well (a thoughtful feast): 6 June 2017
Eating Well; a thoughtful feast that brought together people with research interests around different aspects of food and eating well. There was a fixed-menu, adventurous vegetarian lunch which was intended to provoke thinking and conversation on what ‘eating well’ means. Playfully engaging with the NHS ‘Eatwell Guide’ colour wheel, the menu created by Bristol-based chef and artist Jasmine Creusson, invited diners to play the role of geographer, scientist and historian with their food and each other. The conversations and ideas prompted by eating together have, as hoped, given rise to ideas for experimental research partnerships and projects sponsored by Brigstow.
Find out more from the perspective of a participant by reading this blog by Lydia Medland.
Dying Well: 10 May 2017
Coinciding with Dying Matters week, this interdisciplinary event drew together academics, health-care professionals, community groups, charities, individuals and artists, for discussion over the question of ‘dying well’. On offer were small pots of prototype money to enable exploration of ideas emerging from the workshop. For past and current prototype projects developed through the Brigstow open call please see the projects page of the Brigstow website.
During the day, there was a historic death walk along the harbourside and participants were able to collectively remake the Ars Moriendi, popular texts produced from the early fifteenth century, which offered practical advice on the ‘good death’.
Brigstow @ Special Collections: 30 November 2016
Ahead of the 2016/17 seedcorn funding call, Brigstow held a workshop at the University of Bristol's Special Collections, focused around their rich holdings from the Feminist Archive. It was a chance to explore this diverse collection with people interested in questions of gender past, present and future.
The Feminist Archive South contains over 160 metres of materials relating to the second wave of Feminism from c.1969 to 2000. As part of this seminar we selected materials on the following themes: the Greenham Common protests of the 1980s; Dora Russell's Women's Peace Caravan of 1958 which travelled through Central Europe meeting workers and ordinary people; gender violence and how the movement of women's refuges has grown; political aspects of the Feminist archive including activism; and how the arts have inspired people in their campaigning through art, music, theatre, photography.
Brigstow @ the Botanic Gardens: 16 November 2016
Ahead of the 2016/17 seedcorn funding call, Brigstow held a workshop at the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden. Using Open Space, it was a chance to walk through the garden, using it to explore the space between the arts and sciences. Questions included: how do we live well with nature; what are the cultural values of nature, from pollinators to landscapes; the history and future use of green urban spaces.
We were joined by BBC Gardeners’ World. Gardeners’ World is interested in finding ways to engage with a broad and diverse range of people and communities who have an interest in gardening. The series covers the broad spectrum of gardening from high end garden designers to community projects and local allotments.
The BBC’s base in Bristol also has a wildlife garden along the front of its buildings and the team behind that was keen to explore collaborative opportunities around engaging the community with the garden.
Brigstow @ Bristol Museum and Art Gallery: 19 October 2016
Ahead of the 2016/17 seedcorn funding call, Brigstow held a workshop at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. It was a chance to explore some of the collection with like-minded people, as well as re-imagine the future of the museum over the next 10-30 years with a particular focus on the interface between the digital and the material. It was great to be joined for conversations over a diverse range of ordinary and extraordinary objects by people from an equally diverse range of disciplines.