Fostering restorative cultures by connecting past stories, with what we do today, to how we envision the future.
Repair Acts is a pluralistic, artist-led research programme that explores repair, care, maintenance and healing cultures. We do this by creating contexts for dialogue around restorative futures through making and building art works, carrying out desk and applied based research, designing and developing art exhibitions, workshops and conversational spaces.
Working deeply at a local level, within landscapes and infrastructures and in association with communities, governing bodies, craft, artisan, skilled trades and other professions, we connect local wisdom and practices to global flows, through policy, law, legalisation and international partnership.
RECENT AND UPCOMING
Repair and eWaste
Bristol Repair Coalition
Workshop and sharing, launching the Bristol Repair Coalition.
They Gathered Rushes
Watershed Cinema, Bristol
Three Works of Gean & Aire, Film Screening of Go Deo (2022), They Gathered Rushes (2023) & Turning the Collar (2022) on care, repair, tending, landscapes and entanglement at the Watershed Cinema Bristol, followed by discussion.
Repair Declarations work as statements or demands that we can get behind and act on. They are co-produced with local communities so that we can collectively explore what changes are needed, so as to mend and fix more things, more easily. Below are examples gathered from work carried out in the UK, Ireland, Brazil and India. Find out more how are Repair Declarations work here.
We call for the city council to support accessible small-repair drop-ins across the city that host regular repair days and develop neighbourhood exchange hubs, where spare parts can be traded and skills learnt.Bristol Declaration, 2021
The reuse of things in a cascade effect can be used as a tool to foster repair. A flow of repairable objects can achieve multiple uses and values.Brazil Declaration, 2021
Repair delays sending stuff to the landfill.India Declaration, 2021