Visual Conversations is the conclusion of a one-year Residency for Artist and Researcher Abigail Hunt within the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Programme celebrating the potential of partnerships across Bristol and Bath and the possibility of being inspired by shared conversations, actions and collaboration that continue to considering the intrinsic and social value of art. Placing artworks in public locations across the two cities, Abigail’s art looks to visualise the possibilities of creating space for sharing and making art.
Visual Conversations is a series of artworks at various locations across Bristol and Bath, showing abstract collages as both physical posters and screen-based images. Abigail has created the collaged artwork using images shared by individuals that she has met and worked with during her residency, where she considered a visual reflection of the impact of the wider B+B programme. Over the five years it has been running, B+B Creative R&D has involved 332 creative companies and freelancers, 34 new international collaborations, the introduction of 72 new creative prototypes and 634 public appearances. B+B has had more than 320 blogs, reports and other outputs and over 1.5m engagements with the public. Abigail’s visual response to all of these creative happenings and conversations saw her making collages to represent the impossibility of taking in the full scale of the B+B Programme and the huge variety of experiences and happenings it has supported.
The artworks are installed in public spaces and will be available to view for a month in November and early December.
Huge thanks are extended to the partner sites who have supported Visual Conversations:
No. 1 Bath Quays / 44AD Gallery / Arnolifini / Artspace Lifespace / The Assembly Rooms, National Trust / Bath Artist Studios / Bath Spa University / Bricks / Bristol Temple Meads Station / Centrespace / The Galleries / Great Western Railway / Hamilton House / The Holburne Museum / The Island / Milsom Place / M Shed / Pervasive Media Studio / St. Anne’s House / Severnside Rail / The Studio, Bath / University of Bath / University of Bristol / UWE / Watershed.