Events & Exhibitions

Finding Common Ground has teamed up with the Bristol Artist-Led Forum for this arts exhibition at the former Gardiner Haskins buildings, the old Soap Factory. Centre of Gravity is the brainchild of a small group of artists and producers, bringing together over 60 artists for a month in this iconic building. First Base, the company developing the site has been very supportive of the artists’ endeavours.

Forevolution, presented by BA-LF engaged thousands of people in activities and events. We are currently busy reviewing all the input we have had from the public and will make our research available widely. We look forward to being able to bring these activities to Bristol’s communities.

Images of the Sun Will Rise and So Will We with Shelby X Studios, Lauren Maria Hill and Katya Sykes, Finding Common Ground installation with Lizzie Philps and Unlocking Bristol. All works invited public participation- and succeeded beyond expectations!

‘Alternative Approaches to Architecture- working with students & communities’

Saturday, October 22nd, 2020 – 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Performance Space @ Centre of Gravity
The Soapworks Access via Old Bread Street Bristol BS2 0FQ (

‘With exciting examples of co-design from Bristol and beyond, this presentation will reveal techniques developed with communities.

Rachel will introduce the work she is planning with her current students around Old Market and Easton and present examples that she’s used in other parts of Bristol over the past few years. Anna will demonstrate the potential impact from a community point of view as a partnering artist/community activist. Thomas will tell the story of what the impacts were from the architecture student point of view and how these approaches led to him designing public spaces with street kids in Myanmar. We’ll bring in some interesting examples from around the world as well as from Bristol.

Professor Rachel Sara, Oscar Naddermier Professor of Architecture, National Teaching Fellow, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design.

Anna Haydock-Wilson, Community based artist and project manager, Cumberland Basin

Thomas Sale, Project Manager, Doh Eain (“Our Home”), a multi-discipline restoration, participatory public space design and capacity building social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar.

You can view the presentation here filmed by Lisa Friedburg (BA-LF) and the presentation files are also available