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Calling the City - Donald Harding

If a place exists where does it exist if not in our imaginations?

12/10/23 – 29/10/23
Opening Times
Sun–Tue, Closed
Wed–Sat, 12:00 – 18:00
In a collaboration with the people of Bristol, Donald Harding cold-called public phone boxes across the city, asking the random passers-by who picked up, to describe their view from the box. A series of audio descriptions of the urban landscape emerges as a document of a place and its people.

The work incorporates the story of Hy-Brasil – an island that existed in the Atlantic for 550 years. Local mariners searching for the elusive land gained unique knowledge navigating the uncharted ocean – a knowledge that determined John Cabot’s choice of Bristol as a base for his landmark 1497 expedition.

The gallery becomes a place where a kind of fiction, and a kind of fact, trace an English city forged through narratives both real and imagined.

The exhibition is made possible with funding from The Brunswick Club, West of England Visual Arts Alliance and Arts Council England. With additional support from Nik Rawlings.

KIT FORM (Under Jamaica Street Studios)
37 Jamaica St

Exhibition continues until 28th October
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Installation Sound