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Experience innovation in Bristol

Engine Shed’s former public exhibition space, Platform 14, has now been brought in to use as part of our Business Lounge.

Find out below what exhibitions were hosted here between December 2013 to July 2016.

If you are interested in commercial exhibition space here please contact us.

Previous exhibitions

Find out what our previous exhibitors had to say about using the space here on Platform 14 and how having a platform for their high tech, creative or low carbon project had an impact on their activity.

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UWE ARCH@20 from 6 - 20 July

UWE ARCH @20 presents work from UWE, Bristol’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment on the twentieth anniversary of the inception of the Architecture & Planning course at UWE. The exhibition shows the Department’s best graduate students’ creative architecture practice. It showcases work across a spectrum of architecture programmes including: Masters of Architecture, Architecture and Planning, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Architectural Technology and Design and Interior Architecture. The opening of the show on Wednesday 6th July at 6pm will include a launch event discussing the trans-disciplinary and collaborative ethos of architectural thinking and education the UWE, Bristol’s school of architecture has developed over the last twenty years.

Bristol Physics:Scientific solutions for business and industry

1 July saw a one day exhibition from the University of Bristol School of Physics from 9.30 am – 3.00 pm. They have exceptional technical facilities and internationally leading researchers. Their research portfolio includes development of quantum optical devices on chip, functional nano materials, revolutionary instrumentation for probing biological systems at the molecular scale, novel semiconductor devices and materials, big data processing and high speed data handling. They are open to new collaborations with industry on research challenges and improving experience for our undergraduates and postgraduates which aids their employability. Contact Jaap Velthius if you want to find out more.

Children's Scrapstore - The Story of Scrap - 3 May - 28 June

‘The Story of Scrap’ is an adventurous collaboration between students at Patchway Community College, local charity Children’s Scrapstore, Cameron Balloons, and Coniston Primary School in Patchway.

Taking inspiration from Brandon Stanton’s renowned  ‘Humans of New York’ collection, it uses images to illustrate how Children’s Scrapstore reuses manufacturing waste, for a new lease of life as children’s play resources, achieving environmental and social benefits and saving businesses disposal costs. The project exhibits the circular economy of scrap, and the journey of materials from their intended use, eventually into the Scrapstore where they are sent out to PlayPods in school playgrounds/made available to child minders, playgroups and anyone who works with children and adults in a therapeutic setting.

LinkAge’s Step Into My Shoes - 2 March - 28 April

‘Step into My Shoes’ explores society’s increasing issue of isolation and loneliness in older people.

Almost 5 million consider the television as their main form of company and an estimated 11,000 experience loneliness in Bristol.

The installation highlights LinkAge’s work in local communities and how innovative new ways of working, such as intergenerational activities, can help to tackle this issue.

11 Jan - 28 Feb 16 An apple a day:exploring health in every day data

This interactive exhibition, an apple a day: exploring your health in every day data stories, organised by Bristol Health Partners, explores how we can use data better to understand and improve health and care in Bristol. Bristol Health Partners is a strategic partnership that exists to improve the health of those who live in the city and the services on which they rely.

5 Nov - 17 Dec - Celebrating colour in Winter

The exhibition represents the starkness of Winter through a set of pale and colourless objects. These will be transformed over eight weeks by City of Bristol College students in innovative and creative ways. We wish to show how Winter coldness and paleness can be reversed with colour, energy and light.

14 Sept-30 Oct Deki: Changing Lives Through Technology

Deki have teamed up with Technical Evangelists from Microsoft to build an interactive display using Kinect, the aim of which is to connect passers-by with Deki’s entrepreneurs around the globe.

To date online microfinance charity, Deki and its community of over 3,000 lenders have crowdfunded over £500,000 in microloans and together changed the lives of nearly 18,000 people in the developing world.

This interactive installation inspired by the story of Halima Namutosi, a South Sudanese refugee, will demonstrate how entrepreneurs in the developing world are working their way out of poverty by being connected with lenders in the U.K. (and overseas) through the website deki.org.uk

15 July - 4 September 15 - Room 13:children, creativity, enterprise

Room 13, Hartcliffe: children, creativity, enterprise…Room 13 Hareclive is an independent artists’ studio based in the playground of Hareclive Primary school in Hartcliffe, south Bristol, and co-run by children and adults working together. The studio is a creative hub where transformations – material, ideas, personal and community – have been taking place since 2003, and this year Room 13 artists won the Bristol 2015 Green Capital arts commission for Dundry View Neighbourhood Partnership. This exhibition brings Room 13 Hareclive into the city and celebrates the creativity, independent thinking, innovation, collaboration and enterprise inherent in children and young people. The exhibition will run throughout the school holidays until 4 September.

2 July, 2.00 - 7.30 pm - Metrowest public consultation

A public exhibition about plans to re-open the Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest Phase 1. The project includes a new railway station at Portishead and the reopening of Pill station, with passenger services due to start in 2019.

The consultation runs from 22 June to 3 August. More information will be online at www.travelwest.info/metrowest from 22 June.

18 May - 30 June Grow Bristol smart urban farming:better city

Grow Bristol is a new urban farming enterprise developing and demonstrating innovative and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants and the wider world. We are creating a new kind of market gardening by bringing together techniques of vertical faming, controlled-environment agriculture and aquaponics to realise integrated vegetable and fish production in the urban environment. As part of the Urban Food Growing Trail, a Bristol Green Capital 2015 project, we are showcasing our novel closed-loop growing systems in the ‘Mini Grow Box’ and introducing visitors to our plans to transform a disused industrial site near Temple Meads into a productive farm and space for training and public engagement.

1 April - 13 May 2015 - Constructors’ Challenge - Bespoked

An exhibition of innovative bicycles that serve a purpose greater than getting from A to B. This exhibition aims to broaden and diversify the appeal of bespoke bicycles and to make people think creatively about how they use transport. In today’s traffic choked cities, the bicycle can slice through traffic delivering you and your cargo more efficiently and stylishly than any other means. Six teams of builders, designers and end users have been chosen to exhibit a custom built bicycle that has been created to serve a specific purpose and solve a real transport issue is someone’s daily life. For example, a bike with a printing press on the back, a tricycle that serves coffee, or a titanium fat-bike bike for a photographer to take his equipment into the mountains. Bespoked, The UK Handmade Bicycle Show will take place in Brunel’s Old Station 17th to 19th April 2015.

Feb-Mar 15 Grass Roots Carnival:An Afrikan Caribbean Journey

A Charity dedicated to educating and extending the appreciation of Afrikan Caribbean arts and culture, St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival (St Pauls Carnival) launched its 2015 programme in partnership with TSTM: Bristol (Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Memorial) at Engine Shed. TSTM: Bristol  is a pioneering and forward thinking architectural installation proposed for Severn Beach by architects M_A/D. On one hand the exhibition featured film,  costume, archive images and information about the St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival (now in its 47th year) and the other part was a consultative presentation of the memorial.  School and group tours of the exhibition as well as to Severn Beach were available. The business launch took place here 2nd February 2015.

13 - 30 January - Help shape a new Temple Gate area

Creating a first class welcome to Bristol around Temple Meads station has been a long held aspiration. Come and see proposals for improving this important gateway which in time, as development takes place, will become an integrated travel hub for Bristol. The plans include a more direct road layout creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists as well as new buildings and a new public square.

Consultation events were held on Tuesday 13 January 2015  and Wednesday 21 January 2015 where the team were on hand to discuss the proposals. Visit bristoltemplequarter.com/gate for details. The consultation will be open until 18 February 2015 to give your feedback.

August - December 2014. University research making an impact

The University of Bristol is home to some of the world’s most pioneering researchers, whose discoveries have had a major impact on healthcare, society, culture, the environment and business developments across the world. Our researchers are continually addressing some of the most pressing challenges that face us in the 21st century. The impact of their ambition and of the knowledge they are creating is both inspirational and life changing for our students, the public, policy-makers and industry partners.

14 April - 6 June 2014 - Connecting...

14 April saw the launch of Connecting…Platform 14s first exhibit curated by MA Curating students from University of the West of England. It’s a journey through through a circuit of shapes and colours, of art and technology, of past and future – through inspiration and collaboration. It explores the relationship between creativity and technology, our engagement with the world and the potential for creative development.

Dec 14 - April 15 - Ambitious City

Home to pioneering innovators in the Aeronautical, Digital, Media, Legal, Financial and Creative industries, as well as key institutions in the health, environmental and education sectors, Ambitious City, from The Architecture Centre seeks to present and promote ideas for Bristol’s sustained future. Curated in consultation with the Mayor of Bristol, Bristol City Council’s City Design Group, and The University of the West of England and organisations/ community groups. Presented are some of the city’s most visionary ambitions from those of individuals, to those of large organisations and institutions. Connected, Empowered, Healthy, Enterprising and Destination – Bristol and the region is all these things, and more.

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