The Best of Bristol City Living

These two installations at the top of the vast old Victorian Soapworks in Bristol  — now empty awaiting development but most recently Gardner Haskins department store  — are an exploration of housing issues and a response to the immediate area around Barton Fields, the history of the building as a department store and the former local go-to place for house-make-overs/DIY, and it’s current context at the epicentre of development.

The Best of Bristol City Living  is an installation that incorporates painting (appropriating found imagery from developers marketing materials), steel construction and God’s Garden (2020), a projected performance to camera shot on the banks of the River Avon near Goal Ferry Bridge in which Veronica builds a cardboard shelter around herself.

BRIZopoly is a 9.8m2 board game formed around a large floor graphic, that was originally commissioned by the building’s former owners to demonstrate its development potential to prospective purchasers. Additional material for the game has been fabricated out of wood and DIY materials recycled from the old on-site bathroom showrooms. Visitors are invited to play as ‘developers’ by purchasing  'a derelict site' adjacent to the building and building  deluxe apartment blocks.

Commissioned by Centre of Gravity for Soapworks, Bristol.

Friday 2nd October - Sunday 1st November, 2020

Centre of Gravity is a new project bringing together the expansive contemporary visual arts communities of Bristol and Bath to a point of focus. Through a collaboration with developer First Base, Centre of Gravity brings a month-long exhibition to Soapworks featuring over 60 artists and curators, a programme of events and performances, research projects and symposia.

Flour Four: See here for details of the projects on flour four - with David Alesworth, Eilis Kirby, Carol Laidler, Philippa Lawrence, Robert Luzar, Huma Mulji and Sarah Rhys.