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  1. Olivia Plender. Easton String Games, 2016.

    Olivia Plender. Easton String Games, 2016.


Bristol City Council’s Primary/Bristol programme is designed to include artists in the development of primary schools in the city with artists both involved in the design of these important educational spaces and contributing works specially made for their communities.

Framed within the parameters of Bristol City Council’s innovative public art strategy, Primary/Bristol is the most extensive programme of commissioning contemporary art for school environments in the UK. Foreground have been appointed joint commissioning partner in the programme with Arnolfini, Bristol, with both organisations delivering a separate but complimentary programme of commissions for a wide range of primary schools across Bristol.

Through a programme of commissions made by leading contemporary artists such as Roger Hiorns, Heather & Ivan Morison and Olivia Plender Foreground will explore how commissioning contemporary art for primary school environments affects the learning ecology and social environment of schools and in turn help set the sector agenda for commissioning for young audiences and school environments.

Primary/Bristol not only offers the opportunity to commission a series of innovate artworks for schools that engage directly with children and their learning environments, but also to contribute to the dialogue about re-defining the idea of public art as art made for specific publics beyond the gallery, rather simply as artwork that enhances the built environment and public realm.

The programme will bring Foreground’s unique curatorial approach to commissioning in the social as well as physical structures of communities directly into these key Bristol contexts. The commissions will be accompanied by events, learning and participation that will see the commissions shared beyond the schools with new and established audiences in Bristol as the programme develops.

Primary/Bristol has been made possible through funding from Bristol City Council as part of the Primary Capital Education Programme, with additional funding from Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.