You & Your Work is a community interest company which produces a regular performance platform and commissions participatory performance arts projects, engaging diverse communities within Bristol.
You & Your Work CIC (Y&YW) both commissions and showcases risk-taking and high quality work by early to mid career performance-based artists, who have an interest in socially engaged and participatory arts practice. We aim to reach and engage diverse communities and build new audiences, by facilitating opportunities for performative, playful and discursive exchange. By commissioning and hosting performative encounters in unusual contexts, Y&YW seeks to critically explore as well as bridge the gap between community and ‘high art’ (gallery) artworks.
Since 2007, Y&YW has showcased eight highly successful contemporary performance festivals, each one increasing in size, impact and audience attendance. As part of these festivals, we’ve commissioned nine live and mediated artist’s projects which specifically engaged local communities such as Polish migrant workers, women with refugee status from Easton in Bristol, elderly people from a sheltered housing scheme and Romanian-Roma families, as well as the general public as passers-by to our various site-responsive projects.