This weekend saw the inaugural Bristol Art Weekender take place across the city. Initiated by Situations, the project was the result of an Open Space event that asked ‘what future do we want for the visual arts in Bristol?’ It joined up all the major spaces with artist-led projects and some individual artist projects to provide a level platform for organisations of varying scale. I was reminded of the dynamic place Bristol has been known to be in the past, but which has been lacking in recent times.
I participated in Spike Open Studios; I’m subletting a little space by myself at the moment and this was a good chance to do something significant on my own. With the MOBAW project potentially in the pipeline – funding permitting – I’ve been thinking a lot lately about museums; the power dynamics at play, the difficulties faced when interpreting and presenting the past and the line between fiction and reality. This is VAULT.