Events – December 2015


It’s December! Here’s a couple of events around Bristol this month that have a Society-and-Space-ish leaning (or are appropriately festive for this time of year!).



Nightwatchers – Designing for the Tower of London. Watershed. December 4th 1pm. 

A lunchtime talk by the creators of the nocturnal interactive experience Nightwatchers. This deals with issues of surveillance and technology as well as how to enliven the experiences of past, present, and future.

Find out more here.


I am Making Art. Spike Island. December 5th 12pm – 4pm.

A hands on craft event led by Anna Marrow of Spike Print Studio. You can make Christmas gifts as well as exploring creative methodologies of making and practice! Great fun. Booking required.

Find out more here.



Hollow: An Artwork in the Making. Arnolfini. December 4th – December 6th.

A new artwork by Katie Paterson, commissioned by the University of Bristol, to be revealed in 2016. This weekend you’ll be able to find out more about this work and handle some of the samples of the tree species that are going to be part of it. An interesting look at the vitality of matter and non-human agency and you’ll probably learn something about trees.

Find out more about the talk Katie is giving about the artwork on the 3rd here and the weekend event here.


Tobacco Factory Christmas Markets. December 6th, December 13th and December 20th 10am – 3pm.

South Bristol Christmas fun every Sunday this December at the Tobacco Factory market. Buy some really good cheese, homemade gifts for yourself or other people, a new vintage coat to wear, and you should really buy the hummus from the Stokes Croft based company ‘Moist’. On December 6th the market will expand onto the road and there’ll be a Christmas tree sale.

Find out more here.

routeLandscaping Change III: Route. Arnolfini. December 10th 6.45pm – 9.30pm.

Connecting artists, writers, humanities scholars, and the community the Landscaping Change series explores the meaning of place, especially when the places we know change. This evening will focus on the routes we make as we traverse places and how we make connections between them.

Find out more here.

12239945_694043190731074_2449602886973850814_nInterZone Voices – Amplifying Migrant Voices at the Morocco/EU Border. Hydra Bookshop. December 10th 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

An evening of talks, music, and film focusing in on the events occurring along the Moroccan border. The aim of the night is to amplify the stories of the migrants and refugees in engaging ways to emphasise the personal importance of conflict.

Find out more here.

pictonPicton Street Christmas Fayre and Festival. December 12th, 11am onwards.

North Bristol festive fun with all you could ever want from a Christmas market in Montpelier including fairy lights and glitter. There’s even a nautical dress up theme! This one is endorsed by one of our editors in particular who notes that ‘they serve the mulled wine in pint cups… it’s lethal’. Do an ethnographic study! Consider how this spatial intervention interrupts our urban habits! Or just drink the mulled wine and eat a mince pie.

Find out more here.

wonderful_lifeaIt’s A Wonderful Life screening. Watershed. December 18th – 23rd, various screening times.

It’s Christmas time! Put down that new issue of cultural geographies for a minute and go look at James Stewart’s face.

Find out more here.


Have a happy festive time!

Screens – Waking a presence in Bristol’s concrete underbelly

By Jethro Brice

Screens, by artist Dani Landau, is a pop-up installation which recently featured in a contested public space in Bristol. The work explores themes of urban renewal through the affective, material dimensions of processes of construction and deconstruction. The installation mobilises tensions between the virtual and the actual, and speaks to an interest in the more-than-human aspects of geographical processes of spatial distribution and bodily encounter. My particular interest in Screens arises with my own research (see profile) which explores the use of art methods to elicit affective registers in geographical research, and more specifically, in processes of change that operate in landscapes at different scales. I met with Landau for a post-exhibition ‘crit’; while this review reflects my own impressions, it is also informed by a lively discussion with the artist.

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Qualitative research at WOMAD

By Nina Williams

WOMAD (World of Music Art and Dance) is a wonderfully eclectic festival, attracting a variety of visitors (including an admittedly large proportion of bare-footed middle class families seeking a weekend of escapism) and an even greater variety of entertainment sourced from around the world. Situated on an idyllic site (which includes an arboretum), it is often recognised as a family festival, bringing together a diversity of music, arts, dance and food to suit a range of tastes. Although I am yet to partake in the dance workshops, cooking classes or yoga mornings on offer, each year I come away having heard some fantastic new music. Highlights have included Portico Quartet, Jambinai and Songhoy Blues, as well as some old favourites, such as Gil Scott Heron, Jimmy Cliff and Tinariwen. One of the things I enjoy most about the festival is not knowing exactly what I will encounter, not having an itinerary of bands to see but instead getting to discover new acts.Continue reading “Qualitative research at WOMAD”