Platform 14 review from previous exhibitors

Grow Bristol – Smart urban farming. May- June 2015. Low carbon and technology.

Pete and I want to thank you and all the team at Engine Shed very much for the last 6 weeks: the platform to showcase our work; the perfect environment to meet and ‘show and tell’ our work and plans to so many of the public, techies, entrepreneurs, investors, public sector, etc; and your great support and positivity and help in all aspects. All very much appreciated and we hope that we can work together again in the future.

In terms of outcomes, there have been a lot of potential for partnerships and loads of signposting to funding and further collaboration etc. (Just as an example, we were invited to a workshop at the Bristol Robotics lab and from which could lead to support from them in developing aspects of our work but also a whole new set of contacts…and so it goes on). Being there whilst Venturefest was on led to some great contacts and offers of support and we were able to link up with Bristol Futures team from Bristol City Council and show our system to delegations from Japan, South Korea and Denmark.

Room 13 – Children, creativity, enterprise. July – September 2015. Creative and enterprise

Thank you to everyone at Engine Shed for hosting our exhibition ‘Transformers’ over the summer.

As you know, Room 13 Hareclive is an independent artists’ studio run by and for children, based in a primary school in Hartcliffe. We’ve been running since 2003 and the studio has developed a strong culture of creativity, independent thinking, enterprise and responsibility amongst young people, as well as a reputation for high quality work and being a project that people across England and in fact the world visit to learn about the Room 13 approach.

We’ve long wanted to bring Room 13 Hareclive’s work into the city, and collaborating with Engine Shed was a perfect match for us.  Engine Shed too is all about innovation, creativity, enterprise, future thinking, and excellence within Bristol, though at an adult level, and you totally understood what our project is all about, and the need to encourage these things in young people.  It felt right and good for Room 13ers from Hartcliffe to have a platform at Engine Shed and to speak to others through their words, artworks and through the project itself.  Also, for us to be able to challenge and inspire our audience as to what young people are capable of, given the opportunity and the right environment.

The children themselves loved being involved with Engine Shed – giving presentations and running the shop at the event.  The exhibition also had an impact on their confidence and achievements: one young man (a Room 13er from many years ago who has since struggled with formal schooling at secondary school) came to see his artwork being exhibited along with his entire family, who took lots of pictures; and Lily, the main architect of The House, was blown away by the idea that it was on display to others.

Thank you to Engine Shed for inviting, welcoming and supporting Room 13 Hareclive.  We hope very much to collaborate with you in future.

Deki – Changing Lives through technology. September – October 2015. Creative and technology.

Thank you so much for all of your help and support last week with our Deki exhibition and event. Thank you also for facilitating a meeting between Vashti and Prince Andrew – it was a brilliant opportunity.

The event went so smoothly and it was such great week for exposure for Deki – we have already seen results in terms of increased lending over the weekend. We look forward to seeing the results from the exposure of the exhibition over the next 6 weeks.

The coverage/event pictures are on the Deki website.

LinkAge – Step Into My Shoes March – April 2016

Thank you to the Engine Shed for hosting our exhibition ‘Step into My Shoes’.

LinkAge has received some excellent media coverage as a result of our exhibition, featuring in local press, radio and television. We have also been able to make some new links with local businesses, as well as being approached by individuals who are now volunteering with LinkAge’s Befriending scheme.

The exhibition was a great opportunity for LinkAge to bring a group of young people age 16+ along to the Engine Shed for one of our stereotyping workshops. A polish based organisation ‘The Association of Creative Initiatives’ also visited the exhibition as part of an intergenerational partnership learning visit.

The exhibition has helped to raise the profile of LinkAge and the work that we do and we are grateful to the Engine Shed for the opportunity and thank them for their support.

UWE – Arch@20 – July 2016

The UWE Architecture graduate exhibition was a great opportunity for students to showcase their work to a wider audience in a central Bristol location. The launch event helped raise the department profile by debating important issues on architecture education and the future of design practice as well as enabling ongoing conversation and discussion amongst design professionals, students and educators. We are very grateful to Engine Shed for the opportunity and thank them for their excellent support. The launch event was well organised with great positive feedback from visitors, students and staff.

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