Sisters Uncut continue to occupy closed Cheltenham Road library

A disused library, on Cheltenham Road in Bristol, remains under occupation by Sisters Uncut – a social activist group. The occupation comes as a result of Bristol City Council’s plan to allow developers to renovate the site and build 36 apartment flats along with underground parking.  The library was  closed on 28 February 2017 and […]

Women in Bristol mastering traditional ‘male’ skills

Bristol Women’s Workshop is a volunteering project created by women for women so they can gain experience in woodwork and upholstery for free. Jenny Smith, a volunteer organiser that has been involved in the project since 2006 said: “This started 35 years ago when several female teachers in Totterdown felt disappointed by the education establishment […]

Art: Unloved – ‘The Forgotten Holocaust’

Artist Nick Hale’s exhibition, ‘Unloved’ opened today at the Centrespace gallery in Bristol City Centre. The installation is 4×7 metres and contains six million single grains of white rice. The exhibition is not fixed and is kept in place by a simple frame of wood. Each grain of rice represents a small white coffin to […]

Arts cuts: could Coexist offer a new way?

With arts funding facing cuts, could co-operative arts management company Coexist provide the answer to a self-funded enterprise model? Bristol City Councils’s budget cuts, announced last week, are a further blow to arts groups in the city, so commercialising the arts might provide an alternative option where public funding is scarce. Coexist, the co-operative management company in […]

Work begins on St. George’s £6m extension

Construction work has officially begun on a six million pound project to transform St. George’s Hall into a world class music venue. The project is set to be completed by spring 2018. The independent music and spoken word venue, just off Park Street, is working with south-west based construction company Midas to refurbish and expand their current Grade II […]

Empowering women: “The best change comes from grassroots”

In light of the Women’s march in Bristol, aimed at U.S President Donald Trump, the newly formed Female Empowerment Network (FEN) held their first event on Wednesday 22nd February. FEN was set up as a progression after the march organised by Carly Lightbrown who envisages FEN as ‘the city’s feminist superheroes’ getting concrete work done. Six […]