In the City Series | JULY | Making in the City

A 6 month series of live performance at The Parlour Showrooms
July – Dec 2013

The first event in the series: Making In the City takes a closer look at creative communities in Bristol. The event aims to uncover artists’ extensive use of disused space in the city and question how artist-led spaces can be sustained. Making In the City will comprise of a performance, a talk and an exhibition.


MY SON & HEIR by Search Party | performance | Fri 12 – Sat 13 July | Fri 8pm & Sat 6pm | £7 | The Parlour Showrooms, 31 College Green, BS1 5TB


My Son & Heir is a rabbit-skinning, back-garden camping, plastic-gun wielding, towel-whipping, lager-drinking, Harley Davidson-buying reflection on how we raise boys. This relentless celebration of parenthood questions the responsibilities of parenting, shifting perceptions of love and what it means to be a man.

Search Party are an internationally celebrated performance company. They are part of Residence, an artist-led community based in Bristol.

Commissioned by The Showroom Projects with support from University of Chichester.


Ilana Mitchell in conversation | talk | Sat 13 July | 10.30am – 12pm | £4 | The Parlour Showrooms, 31 College Green, BS1 5TB

Ilana Mitchell, artistic director of Wunderbar, discusses the politics of artistic practice in the city; drawing upon her experience of working in public and artist-led spaces.

Ilana Mitchell
The Star and Shadow Cinema

Co-curated by The Showroom Projects, Cara Davies (UOB PhD researcher) and Residence


THIS MADE CITY | exhibition | Sat 13 – Sun 21 July | 10am – 6pm | Free | The Parlour Showrooms, 31 College Green, BS1 5TB


Alongside the performance and talk will run This Made City, an exhibition using photography, installation and sound to explore the politics of the space around us. Curated by The Showroom Projects, the exhibition invites the public to consider why arts are important to a city. This exhibition deliberately coincides with the Bristol City Council’s impact assessment of Business Rates relief; a scheme which has enabled many of Bristol’s creative spaces to continue to exist.

We invite you into our temporary artistic landscape, to consider why arts are important to a city and its people. Meet the artists and engage in the political and social conversations around how we make our city and where we place art and artists within it.

More: talks | ideas forum | choral singing | artist hosting |

Curated by The Showroom Projects with support from Bristol City Council


Residence at the Parlour | games | discussion | Sat 13 July | 12 – 4pm | Free | The Parlour Showrooms, 31 College Green, BS1 5TB


Join Bristol based artist-led community Residence to settle some age-old art battles once and for all with a game of ping-pong. A game of versus, choose your battle, support your team, help decide.

Residence is a collective of 17 artists, ‘we share space, resources, knowledge and opportunities. We make live performance, including live art, script based work, devised performance, community and interactive work, we are united by a curiosity towards each other’s practices, and a commitment to supporting each other. Our work takes us all over the world; look at the blog and our members’ page to see what we are all up to. We currently reside in the milk bar, a tall and thin Victorian shop in the centre of Bristol inside which we make things happen; new work, workshops, eating, drinking, occasionally sleeping, thinking, yoga, we have tiny ideas, make new and old collaborations, and other things too’.

Co-curated by The Showroom Projects and Residence

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