Talks & Seminars

Bristol Arts Channel: reaching local audiences through lockdown

Explore how the Bris­tol Arts Chan­nel brought a diverse pro­gramme of in-per­son cul­tur­al con­tent online in record time.

As new themes and conversations emerge from the Bristol + Bath Creative R+D partners, we’re taking the opportunity to showcase some of these thoughts with you. Through a series of free, online talks we’ll share new insights arising from creative industries and technology research in the South West. This month we’ll be delving into the notion of physical/digital event hybridity, hearing how the Bristol Arts Channel brought a diverse programme of in-person cultural content online in record time.

Between 1 June & 6 July 2020, Bristol Arts Channel worked with over 60 organisations, festivals & independent artists based in Bristol to showcase a programme of over 140 online events, reimagined & accessible for an audience at home. From day-long music festivals, reworked archive recordings to live cinema watch parties, Bristol Arts Channel explored how a digital offer in a localised region could contribute to creating a sense of community in a time of social distancing.

In this free online panel discussion, join Clare Reddington, Watershed CEO, Katherine Jewkes, Curator Bristol Arts Channel and La Toyah McAllister-Jones, Executive Director of St Pauls Carnival to hear the story of how the Bristol Arts Channel was imagined and delivered. The session will explore the what, how & why of the initiative, with key insights from the Bristol Arts Channel team on the development & possible futures of the project.

There will be a Q&A session from the audience after the panel discussion.

Bristol Arts Channel is supported by Bristol & Bath Creative R&D and The Space, alongside a team of volunteers and its founding partners - Watershed, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall, St Pauls Carnival, Trinity, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol, MAYK, Arnolfini, Paraorchestra and Bristol Museums.