stirring @ the international festival of the sea
(Multiples, Public Art, Publications)


Bristol, thine heart hath throbbed to glory

Ann Yearsley - poem on the inhumanity
of the slave trade,

manuscript circa 1800: BCC Library Services


stirring, public art, multiples, publication, intervention, negotiation, bristol, maritime history, trade triangle, international festival of the sea, artist-led, site-responsive, design, sugar


Ann Yearsley

Paul Gough?s Faux Cenotaph: the contestation of rhetorical public space

Catherine Nash

Bristol & transatlantic slavery

Art in a vending machine...



Creative Commons License


40.000 sugar packets distributed in cafes,
bars & hotels within the festival boundary.

An intervention negotiated to draw attention to an essential
aspect of Bristols maritime history which was largely elided
in the Festival celebrations.

Bristol?s maritime heritage is a multi-layered construct.
We remind ourselves of historical realities when we begin to
peel away layers and look closely at seemingly innocuous things
like packets of sugar. Creatively this idea encourages us to
acknowledge the tensions & discomfort that has been so much
a part of the historical trade in sugar.?
Eddie Chambers

this project was realised thanks to support & advice from:

Eddie Chambers, Simon Cooper, Rupert Daniels, Mac Dunlop,
Andrew Kelly, Philippa Goodall, Tessa Jackson, Martin Lister,
Nigel Locker, (Venue magazine) & John Summers.

sponsored by G.W.R., (sugar)
Good Morning Disposables, (packet printing)
Watershed Media Centre, (postcard)
Easton Community Centre, (postcard)
Venue Magazine, (advert & Festival Brochure)



interfaces of location and memory