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The People's Platform: Submissions Welcome!

The People's Platform: An interactive public art experience centred on Colston’s empty plinth.  After years of fruitless debate, on 7 June 2020 the statue of Edward Colston was pulled down by Bristolians and thrown into the harbour. This gesture made headlines around the world.

What should now replace that memorial to Edward Colston? Who or what do today’s Bristolians want to celebrate in the centre of their city?

CARGO Movement are announcing their new public initiative to showcase on that empty plinth the personal visions of today’s diverse Bristolians.

How will it work?

Contributors of all ages and all walks of life including school children and established artists will submit designs.

A diverse intergenerational panel of community members from all of Bristol’s postcodes will select from the submissions a large, varied selection of designs which will be brought to life in the digital realm and occupy the plinth in the city centre on rotation.

Anyone online anywhere in the world, or standing with a smart phone near the plinth will witness this unique series of visual statements about what today’s Bristolians truly value.

Bristol organisations who have already signed up to be part of it include Watershed, Kuumba Centre, Colston’s Girls School, Fairfield School, Dolphin Primary School, Malcom X Centre.

People's Platform is being supported by Arts Council England, University of Bristol and other arts organisations in the city.

Find out more and submit a design via www.peoplesplatform.co.uk/

About CARGO Movement

CARGO Movement is a creative collective developing digital heritage resources. These include films, immersive exhibition design and the “CARGO Classroom” education tools. Its founders have long been dedicated to broadening Bristol’s understanding of its History in relation to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its living legacy, which continues to shape the lives of Bristolians today.

CARGO is a producer of films and interactive online content of exceptional quality, which evocatively celebrate the resilience and visionary leadership of black individuals who catalysed change and moved society forward. CARGO puts forward those missing narratives from our past and inspires the public to visualise a future full of pride and possibility.

Follow CARGO on IG at @cargomovement / See more at www.cargomovement.org

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Voluntary Arts: Open Zoom Conversation - Restarting Activities

Mon, 07/09/2020

Following several months of restrictions due to the pandemic, some creative activities are permitted to resume as measures are eased. We are hosting this discussion specifically to look at issues around restarting voluntary arts activity across all artforms in each of the five nations of the UK and Republic of Ireland. We are inviting civil servants from each of the five Governments and representatives from each of the five Arts Councils to take part.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport recently published guidelines on performing arts in England, which presented a number of challenges for non-professional groups. Voluntary Arts responded to these, seeking urgent redrafting or updating of these guidelines to recognise the contribution of non-professional activities to the wellbeing - as well as economic activity - of communities. We are also actively engaging with the governments and other campaign groups in each nation to make a strong case for a safe and sensible approach to restarting creative activities.

Many organisers working in different art forms have been in touch with us to seek advice on how these guidelines might affect their activities, and others are seeking advice on how to safely restart activities that usually involve close contact with students or other participants.

We all know these are unprecedented, challenging times but we also know that the best way through this is by working together. What we want to achieve through this discussion is:

- to clarify the current situation for non-professional group creative activities in each of the nations and across different art forms

- to discuss any activities that have been overlooked in current government guidance and are still restricted purely because of oversight or loophole

- to identify ways in which those activities that are still deliberately restricted could be restarted safely and advocate for these changes collectively

- to discuss alternative models for activities in the most problematic areas (eg. singing, playing wind and brass instruments) to enable activities to restart safely (eg. outdoor activities, small group activities)

- to highlight the need to restart voluntary arts activities in order to support individual and community wellbeing, address loneliness and isolation, support the resilience of local economies, and much more.

Friday 7 September, 2020 from 2pm-4pm - Book your free place via Eventbrite - BOOK

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