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Situations is an award-winning visual arts commissioning and publishing organisation which produces artworks, events and projects in the public realm. We believe public art has the potential to create unforgettable and inspiring experiences, to be the beginning of a conversation which changes the way we think about and interact with the world around us.


Missorts (2012)

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London-based writer Tony White (Foxy-T) has teamed up with musician Jamie Telford (ex-pianist of The Jam) to produce an immersive, soundtrack to the Portwall area of the city. Commissioned by Situations for Bristol Legible City, the work has been developed over 12-months involving fresh new writers from across the UK, rising stars in the theatre world, and the 100-year church organ of St. Mary Redcliffe Church. rnrnDelivered freely and direct to your smart phone, the soundwork weaves a fiction through the contemporary cityscape, with characters reoccurring across the ten stories. The stories are accompanied by a striking new musical composition specially commissioned from composer Jamie Telford for St Mary Redcliffe’s Harrison and Harrison organ in its centenary year.rn

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Nowhereisland (2012)

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Imagine an Arctic island travelling south – a landscape on the move. This summer, Situations were the producers of one of the most ambitious works of land art ever to be seen in the UK. Nowhereisland, Alex Hartley’s remarkable artwork, gather thousands of citizens across the world, whilst being welcomed by ports and harbours around the South West. Explore one of the most surprising public artworks of the Cultural Olympiad.

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Tomás Saraceno (2014)

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Artist Tomás Saraceno is working with Situations to develop a new public artwork for The University of Bristol’s Life Sciences Building. This commission is the second in a series of major commissions with the University of Bristol which began with Jeppe Hein’s Follow Me. More information will be available over the coming months.

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Oslo Harbour: Slow Space (2012–16)

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Situations are producing the public art programme for Bjørvika, Oslo Harbour from 2012-16. Our curatorial vision for the newly redeveloped harbour area is inspired by the principles of slowness as advocated through the Slow movement and takes these ideas as the starting point for a consideration of how artists might contribute to creating new social spaces across Bjørvika.rnrnThe artists have now been announced for the programme and include Amy Franceschini and Futurefarmers, Heather and Ivan Morison and Katie Paterson.

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Hew Locke, Ruined (permanent)

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Ruined is a permanent public artwork by Hew Locke sited in an 18th century cemetery garden. The work consists of a series of cast iron grave markers, which have been fabricated using the artist’s original designs and relate to the share certificates and historical documents of commercial companies, which no longer exist or have undergone transformation through takeovers, bankruptcy, nationalisation or other economic or political changes.

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Jeppe Hein, Follow Me (permanent)

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Jeppe Hein’s Follow Me was commissioned for the University of Bristol as part of the University’s centenary celebrations. The work is a mirrored labyrinth permanently sited in the University of Bristol’s Royal Fort Gardens and was opened to the public on 5th October 2009.

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Wonders of Weston (permanent)

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Wonders of Weston is a programme of permanently-sited artworks, part of the national Sea Change initiative (2008-2010), which aimed to support the revitalisation of British seaside towns. The programme was launched on 29 October 2010 and features artworks by artists Ruth Claxton, Tim Etchells, Lara Favaretto, Tania Kovats in association with landscape architects Grant Associates, architects raumlaborberlin and artist collective Wrights u0026 Sites.

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