Expressions 2012

Festival of Creativity 2012

The nostalgic pub


April 18-22, The Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH

Join us for a celebration of dreams, the surreal and the individual!

See photos from the event.

A sense of strangeness pervades as you enter the funhouse and discover the Museum of Me, dreams blur into reality with visual art, textiles, film and sculpture.

The festival will incorporate a conference and a range of events and workshops, including electronic music-making, reading, drawing, writing, drama and sound.

Our famous covert knitting group may also have something up their sleeves...


Wednesday 18 April
9.30am - 1.30pm Paths Ahead: mental health recovery in Bristol morning conference BY INVITATION ONLY
2.00pm - 6.30pm Exhibition open
2.00pm - 4.00pm Shared Reading and Vocal/singing workshops
2.00pm - 4.00pm Electronic music-making
4.00pm - 5.30pm Dreamcatcher: a Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday 19 April
10.00am - 6.30pm Exhibition open
11.00am - 12.00pm Shadow Puppet-making workshop
1.00pm - 2.30pm Knitting Workshop with Giant and French knitting
2.00pm - 4.00pm Electronic music-making
7.00pm - 9.00pm Stepping Forward Dance Extravaganza

Friday 20 April
10.00am - 6.30pm Exhibition open
10.30am - 1.00pm Drama workshop with Stepping Forward
2.00pm - 3.30pm Staff Awards (internal event; exhibition still open)
3.00pm - 4.00pm Electronic music-making

Saturday 21 April
10.00am - 6.30pm Exhibition open
1.00pm - 2.30pm Drawing Exchange
2.00pm - 4.00pm Vocal/singing workshop
3.00pm - 4.30pm Drawing Exchange

Sunday 22 April
10.00am - 6.30pm Exhibition open
2.00pm - 4.00pm Tea Party with tea, cakes and entertainment.

We are happy to schedule activities at a time to suit your group - contact Tracy Robbins on 0117 970 9358 or email to arrange it.

In My Wildest Dreams

Mixed media - animation, photography, sculpture and much more..

'We wanted to work with people to create a world where audiences can be transported into a weird and wonderful dreamland. However when we started the workshops we realised many of the artists no longer have dreams.

'Some remember their dreams from childhood but for most dreaming is an imaginary place. We are working with individuals and groups to bring this imaginary dreamworld to reality. Come and explore and leave your own imprint!'

- Artists Emma Grant and Michelle Wren.

Room of Golden Glory

A room of golden glory, of pomp and circumstance, of magic and historical romance. In the year of the Queens Diamond Jubilee we are going to provide an opportunity for visitors to dress in velvet and ermine, sit on a golden throne, carry a be-jewelled sceptre and wear a magnificent crown. The space will be filled with the smell of incense, mirrored reflections, the flickering of medieval candles and the sound of triumphal procession music.

The deeper meaning may be - "Clothes maketh the man" Where would any King or Queen be without the wealth to possess sumptious clothes, precious jewels and royal regalia? Would they just be like you and I?

Words and Light

Photographic work including words written with light, and words written or projected onto people.

Seeing words, reading fragments.

Photographic explorations of narratives, exploring textual language and physical representations.

Our Photography group are also exhibiting as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography.

Knitted room

The Knitiffi museum is a retrospective of Knitiffi's work to date, with photos of the knitted caravan, boat and other projects, plus our current project which is knitting costumes for statues in Bristol.

There will be photos of statues wearing costumes and the costumes themselves displayed next to it. You can try on Brunel's hat and Cary Grant's pyjamas!

As part of the secret tunnel there will also be a knitted chill-out area, where you can try Giant and French knitting yourself.

See some of the previous work from our knitting group, Knitiffi.

Nostalgic Pub

Come and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a pub from times past.

This social and sensory space is being built as part of the Butterfly Project at the Bristol Dementia Care Centre, a project that aims to bring back elements of people's life histories. The perfect place to rest and catch up with friends.

Dolls Tea Party

Come and join our adult sized tea party in our vintage lounge.

Six adult sized animal headed rag dolls and friends enjoying an imaginary tea party.

You can sit and join in with the dolls and remember your own childhood games.

The Dolls Tea Party is a collective creation from the Milestones Textile Group. The group admire the work of Annie Hutchinson and learnt to needle felt in order to create the animal heads as well as utilising their dress making and sewing skills to create the bodies and outfits. In the six months we were making the dolls we met weekly and recalled songs, rhymes and stories from childhood many of which are hidden within the lounge.