Repair Acts is a pluralistic, artist-lead reach programme that explores repair, care, maintenance and healing cultures.
Established in 2018 as a ‘mothership’ entity a number of projects have been spawned including the Repair Acts Network (2018-2019 with Professor Caitlin De Silvey and Toxics Links, India), which brought together a number of practitioners working on topics related to the programme; My Square Mile (2019) historically mapped changes in local repair economies in Bristol with TALES OF CARE AND REPAIR (2021-2022) gathering over 700 stories of everyday repair in urban cities (Bristol, Belo Horiztone and New Delhi) and generating an approach to co-developing local repair declarations with partners in the Brazil (Gambiologia) and India (Toxics Link).
Currently the programme is working with geographer Dr. Alma Clavin, University College Dublin on exploring rural mending and fixing cultures in the midlands county of Westmeath through Repair Acts, Ireland.
Highlighting stories, motivations and conditions of a number of professional repairers, Repair Acts is also exhibiting work from 16 June-25th Sept at Somerset House, London as part of the exhibition ‘Eternally Yours’.
Repair Acts is an initiative by the artist and researcher Teresa Dillon, who holds the post of Professor of City Futures at the School of Art and Design and Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE, (University of the West of England), Bristol, where the programme is currently housed.