UWE Curricula Experiments
Experimental curricula projects such as In Your Aerial (2019), explored over a 10-week period the legacy, care and maintenance of community wireless networks with BA Graphic Design graduates and brought them into contact with members of Bristol Wireless, Bristol City Council’s Legible City team and archivist at Bristol Library.
As part of a two-week professional development module, BA Graphics graduates explored designs ideas for creating “Repair Declaration”. This work was shared as part of our publication ‘Stories of Everyday Maintenance’ (2022).
We have ran numerous mending and story gathering workshops with BA Graphics, Fashion and Textile and Fine Art students, with stories contributing to our archive, to the collective declaration for the city and contributing to our understanding of intercultural and intergenerational mending cultures.
Emerging from TALES OF CARE AND REPAIR, artist and producer, Dawn Giles has gone on to establish ‘Stitching Together’ – a beginners level and intermediate level sewing class for refugee and asylum-seeking women at Easton Family Centre on Saturdays as part of the Bridges for Communities work in Bristol.
Curating, stimulating and inspiring repair-based activities is at the heart of the Repair Acts, Ireland and through this programme we have hosted a number of community-based workshops including to name but a few, vintage electronics, bodhrán mending, dry stone wall making and fixing, lace making and mending, toy and furniture restoration. We welcome artists, designers, crafters, makers and professional trades people interested in working with us at this level to get in touch with us.