In 2017 The University of Bristol’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute became host Ellie Shipman, one of five Arts and Science Ambassadors for Fun Palaces, delivering Arts and Science engagement across the UK.
The beginning of October brought “Fun Palaces Weekend”, and with the Bristol Hubs being Lawrence Hill and Avonmouth where a broad progamme of arts and science workshops took place in Avonmouth Community Centre and Barton Hill Settlement. What better way to travel between the two than by taking the local train along the Severn Beach line, taking in the school poster case art displays and the stunning murals in situ across station buildings. Better still if you were lucky enough to be travelling on one of the trains which leant a carriage to become a Fun Palace.
First up was a camera phone photography workshop with Faye Joines Creative Practitioner – using lenses & filters to adapt their camera phones, the participants documented their journey through a different set of eyes!
In the afternoon the team from Creative shift brought their CROWD mental health awareness project on board and supported the public to create portraits of each other which were then displayed on the windows! The portraits served as a powerful reminder that 1 in 4 people in any crowd – or on any train – have experienced mental health challenges at some point.
The activity trains were nothing but Fun, made all the more so by friendly train crew and entering in to the spirit of the occasion with special announcements, and some were spotted joining in with activities.