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Bristol Bravery School for Women ready to inspire city’s females to ‘change the story'

The Bristol Bravery School – a pilot project by women, for women – will host a series of events from 24 – 29 January exploring how to ‘CHANGE THE STORY' in relation to the ongoing challenges experienced by women and girls.

The Bravery School has been initiated by Rosalind J Turner as part of a social artist’s residency, courtesy of Artspace Lifespace. Social artistry is defined by Jean Houston as “The art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. It seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world.”

There are opportunities for women aged 16 and upwards to attend a series of events at The Island, Nelson Street, where they can be inspired and empowered by female performers, speakers and artists, on the themes of bravery and changing out-dated stories.

Rosalind says: “I really feel it’s time we took a long, hard look in the mirror and examine the stories we tell ourselves and the tales we tell others – and that we unpick the prevailing narratives in our culture on issues like competition, power, gender and sexuality. This is part of the work of the Bravery School; lifting the lid on our personal stories, cultural myths and societal norms and daring to imagine a different future”. 

A series of events will take place between 24 – 29 January at The Island, Nelson St, Bristol, BS1 2LE. Please note – this is not an accessible venue as the Gallery is up one flight of stairs, on the first floor.

Further information is available at www.braveryschool.org or Facebook.com/BBSFW

The Bravery School event schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 24 JanuaryOFFICIAL LAUNCH OF BRAVERY SCHOOL, WITH PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

This event will include introductory talks by Bravery School founder Rosalind J Turner and Liz Banks from the University of the West of England’s photography department. The launch features an exhibition of photographs by UWE 1st and 2nd year students Sarah Robbins and Hannah Wirgman, showing the Bravery School Theatre Group exploring representations of bravery and a range of issues faced by women today in society, through dance and movement, voice and costume. The theatre group has been collaborating throughout January and will deliver a set of powerful performance pieces on Sunday 29th January. 

A musical performance will also be given by musician, artist and Women Of The Future Arts & Culture award nominee Tallulah Rendall.

Visits to the gallery between 24 – 29 January are free-of-charge and opening times are as follows:

Wed 25 Jan  12.00pm - 17.00pm
Thu 26 Jan    14.00pm - 20.00pm
Fri 27 Jan      17.00pm - 20.00pm
Sat 28 Jan     12.00pm - 17.00pm
Sun 29 Jan     14.00pm - 17.00pm

Free tickets for the launch event are available here

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Friday 27 January: 12.30pm – 16.30pm  BRAVERY SCHOOL SYMPOSIUM WITH SIX INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN SPEAKERS

A call to Change the Story through inspiration, encouragement, sharing and collaboration. This four hour panel event, with Q&A session and networking opportunities, will feature speakers including:

Yvonne Mae Bignall, a personal development educator and entrepreneur with a passion for working with women to inspire confidence and unlock their potential. Yvonne believes that every single person has a gift to be shared in their lifetime that can impact others positively; therefore it’s important to help others uncover, or discover, their gift. As an award-winning trainer and national award-winning coach, Yvonne continues to flourish, pushing her own boundaries of potential, believing it is never too late, whilst supporting other women seeking to live their best life.

Natalie Fee, a TV presenter, author and environmental campaigner, who aims to leave the world in better shape than she found it. As a former London headhunter, Natalie 'had it all' by the age of 21…except happiness! So she gave up the fast life and headed off on a mission to discover what really makes us happy. Natalie is author of 'The Everyday Alchemist's Happiness Handbook' (Findhorn Press, 2012).

Constance Fleuriot, co-founder of Women's Tech Hub - Bristol, a writer & artist who develops games. She is interested in developing spaces that encourage more diversity in games and tech. She organises a meet-up called Girl Games for women in Bristol/SW England who want to work or are working in games development.

Mel Rodrigues, a TV Producer at BBC Bristol, where she produces a variety of factual films and inspirational events. In 2015 Mel took on the curation of TEDxBristol - one of the UK’s biggest TEDx talk events, which is held at the Colston Hall every two years, and includes contributions from across the Bristol creative community, as well as an army of volunteers.volunteers

Tallulah Rendall, a musician, creative, educator and teacher of Qi Gong. In 2014, she was nominated for the Women Of The Future Arts & Culture awards, and is one of the first artists to introduce Crowd Funding & Living Room Touring into the UK. In 2016 she gave a Ted X talk on how to ‘Access Creativity Through The Creation Of Space Within And How To Let Go Of Destructive Creative Patterns’. Tallulah has written, produced, crowd funded and self-released three albums: Libellus (2009), Alive (2011) & The Banshee and the Moon (2014).

Rosalind J Turner, Founder of the Bravery School and an interdisciplinary practitioner. Her training and skills encompass experienced facilitator and group leader, arts educator, social artist, events manager and maker. Rosalind is described by others as insightful, plain-speaking, courageous and deep-thinking. She describes herself as an edge-walker, which according to permaculture, is where all the interesting things happen…

Paid tickets available on a sliding scale here


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Sunday 29 January:  14.00pm – 17.00pm  SHOWCASE OF THE BRAVERY SCHOOL THEATRE & IMPROVISATION GROUP

A unique event showcasing a number of performance pieces co-created by the Bravery School women’s theatre and improvisation group.

Rosalind J Turner the project lead, has been working in collaboration almost daily with four other women and with input from a range of other women practitioners. Working with themes including sisterhood, competition between women and cultural ideas of the ‘acceptable’ woman.

During this afternoon we would like to show you some of our work in progress and invite you into a facilitated discussion about BRAVERY, about WOMEN, and about how we might all consider CHANGING THE STORY.

Musician Tallulah Rendall will also give a performance. 

Free tickets are available here

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