Four venues in Bristol have been shortlisted for a national competition to win the opportunity to work with leading contemporary artists. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Arnolfini and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery each stand to win a Museums at Night event curated by their own choice of artist and a £3,000 bursary through the Connect! scheme, funded by Arts Council England.
Now in its eighth year, Museums at Night sees hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK opening their doors after hours to put on an array of special events. Rosie Clarke, Museums at Night Campaigns Officer says, “The Connect! programme is a fantastic and challenging aspect of the Museums at Night festival: everyone taking part learns a lot about how to foster positive working relationships, realise an artistic vision and inspire new audiences through the power of participatory art.”
From 11am on Friday 29 April to 9pm on Saturday 14 May the public can vote for all four Bristol venues to win their choice of artist.
Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol said, “To have one venue shortlisted for Connect! is great news, but to have four is incredible. We are thrilled to be able to support them by helping get behind the vote to bring four of Britain's most exciting artists to four of Bristol's and Britain's most important cultural venues. We look forward to mobilising support for the vote and, fingers crossed, to welcoming visitors to the city to join locals in celebrating this wonderful occasion. We're getting ready to get voting.”
Arnos Vale Cemetery is dying to work with performance artist Marcus Coates on an audience-led piece which investigates what might happen to us after we slip this mortal coil. Marcus wants to produce an exciting ‘night of ritual’ with performances, images and objects made, not as artworks but as answers in themselves’
Arnolfini are competing to win the chance to work with the extraordinary artist Susan Hiller. If successful, her project will explore the past and present of Bristol's Harbourside through the construction of vessels and the gathering of water. Together, participants will journey through the city on a quest to collect water, before returning to an evening filled with performance, music and making.
Clifton Suspension Bridge will be competing to win Peter Liversidge who has exhibited and worked with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Peter will be creating an illuminated piece based on the memories and reminiscences of local people.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be bidding to win Welsh performance artist Bedwyr Williams, whose humorous outlook will inspire a night of druidical stand-up comedy and camp-fire discussions on the nature of existence.
Online voting for all four venues begins 11am on Friday 29 April at http://museumsatnight.org.uk/connect. The winning partnerships will be announced on Monday 16 May and artist events will take place between October 27 and 29 this year.