Calling The Shots

CTS is all about widening participation and helping people express themselves through creative media. Our story began in 1998 with Stray, a film about the trials and tribulations of homeless teenagers. The film, made in partnership with Bread Youth Project in St Paul’s, Bristol set the tone.

Since then we’ve worked with hundreds of organisations, from the smallest, like local family charity Together For Short Lives, to some of the biggest, like Channel 4. 

Sometimes it can be really hard to engage meaningfully with particular communities and ‘hard to reach’ demographics. Creative media such as film, photography and music can really help break down barriers and give people not only a voice but also skills they can develop over a lifetime.

We’re currently up-skilling 16-25 year olds and commissioning 72 short films for Arts Council England and Channel 4 through their Random Acts TV arts strand.

We have developed skills and capacity in communities and organisations throughout the South-West and nationally.

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Unit 4
Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road
Bristol BS1 6UX

+44 (0)117 930 0141
[email protected]

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Calling The Shots

What's on

Natural Selection

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Saturday 01 June 2019 – Sunday 15 September 2019

Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019

RWA, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX

Saturday 15 June 2019 – Sunday 01 September 2019

Evolver Prize 2019

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX

Monday 08 July 2019 – Saturday 31 August 2019


The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

Thursday 08 August 2019 – Saturday 31 August 2019

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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