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Workshops & Courses

Working with Communities: A workshop with Ellie Shipman

Join us for a hands-on work­shop explor­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges around cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions and pub­lic engage­ment projects.

Bath & NE Somerset
Opening Times
18:00 – 20:00
Artist Ellie Shipman will share a series of public engagement projects from her own experience working with universities, from Bristol to Bath Spa, UWE and Cambridge. Ellie will share learning and best practice from her background working in the Public Engagement team at The University of Bristol, and experience as a freelance artist working with academics.

A live brief setting workshop will form part of the session for participants to brainstorm ideas on how to work well in research and community partnerships, and a sharing session will provide feedback from Ellie and the group to help these ideas flourish into the beginnings of proposals for future art projects.

What are WEVAA Wednesdays?
We’re arranging monthly gatherings at the Locksbrook Campus for visual artists and organisations, to help keep us better connected! WEVAA Wednesday’s take the form of sessions, socials and workshops aimed at supporting networking and professional development for the visual arts community in Bath and North East Somerset. Over the next few months, we're partnering with EMERGE to run WEVAA Wednesday’s that focus on collaboration, partnerships and networking.

About the facilitator:
Ellie Shipman is a visual artist and illustrator living and working in Bristol, based at Bricks, St Anne’s House. Her practice is concerned with concurrent states of being and the process of drawing out shared commonality between them: hope and fear; isolation and togetherness; the domestic and the public; grief and joy. The liminal space where these states rebuff, align and overlap is explored, shared and reflected on through multimedia artworks using found objects, textiles, drawing, audio and installation. Ellie is interested in what it is to be a woman; the experience of birth and new motherhood as well as notions of community; sustainability and anticipatory mourning for climate collapse. Ellie has a background working in community development and public engagement roles for universities, charities and local government. Ellie regularly works on commissions for universities, researchers, museums and archives amongst others. Commissioners, funders and partners have included: Arts Council England; We the Curious; The Vietnamese Women’s Museum; Pump House Gallery; The University of Bristol; The University of Cambridge; Historic England; The Royal Shakespeare Company; Wellcome Trust.

About WEVAA:
The West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA), an Arts Council England funded project, is working to transform the future of visual arts in the region by providing opportunities and development towards a more progressive, sustainable and inclusive sector. Find out more here.

Emerge is a unique multidisciplinary creative practice studio for Bath Spa University alumni who have graduated within the last two years. EMERGE is a creative incubator, designed to help emerging talent through giving vital space, training, and meaningful support at a pivotal time within an individual's career pathway, bridging the gap between University and the professional world. The EMERGE studio is a collective made up of Bath Spa University graduate residents, creative mentors and dedicated members of the University's Careers and Employability team, who work together to simultaneously celebrate and challenge each other's creative thinking, develop skills and learn from one another.
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