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Future of visual arts in Bristol: have your say

By steve wright, Saturday Oct 21, 2017

Arts Council England (ACE) is inviting Bristolians to have their say on the future of arts activity in the city – both online and at an ‘Open Space’ meeting, where all are welcome to come and express their views, at M Shed in November.

Back in June, ACE announced that it was ring-fencing up to £3.34m to invest in Bristol’s visual arts sector between 2018 and 2022 to achieve a sustainable, long-term step change in the visual arts in the city.

Since then, ACE has appointed James Lingwood, co-director of Artangel, and Godfrey Worsdale, director of the Henry Moore Foundation, to lead a review addressing the future of the visual arts in Bristol.

Lucy Williams, ACE’s Manager, Advocacy and Communications, South West, says: “James and Godfrey are leaders of national and international stature, and we are extremely pleased to be able to call on their expertise. They bring the exactly the level of leadership and experience required to meet this scale of ambition. James and Godfrey and the Arts Council have just opened a conversation with artists, organisations and communities from across the city to identify and deliver options to transform the city’s visual arts landscape.”

The first step on the journey is a call out for Bristolians to join the conversation and to feed in their own thoughts, both in writing at and/or at an Open Space event at M Shed on Wednedsay, November 15 from 10am-5pm.

You can book for the Open Space event at

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Pictured: scene from Spike Island’s current exhibition by artist Kim Yong-Ik. Pic: Jacob Warn

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