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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

The Saturday evening OFFLOAD concert, promises to be a special one at the magnificent Pro-Cathedral. The Cathedral is owned by the developers, Urban Creation, who will be transforming the building into apartments. However in the meantime, they have given it to the artist group ART SPACE/LIFE SPACE who will be hosting a series of arts based events in the building. OFFLOAD will be the first major public event at the building, which historically served as a temporary cathedral for the catholic community before the main cathedral was built.
Pro-Cathedral, Park Place, Bristol BS8 1JR (At the top of Park Street behind ‘Fresh and Wild’)
Tickets: Festival day pass £6 (£4 concs.), Festival pass £15 (£12)
Advance tickets: Watershed Box Office on 0117 927 5100. Tickets can also be purchased on the door (£6/4).

Full Evening Programme

André Gonçalves (PT) Resonant Objects

Hilary Jeffery’s LYSN ensemble (UK/NL)

Steve Reich Pendulum Music

Joby Burgess (UK) — Solo Percussion including:
David Lang — The Anvil Chorus
John Lely — Desk Bells
Tansy Davies — Dark Ground
Gabriel Prokofiev — new work
Xenakis — Psappha

Minimaforms (UK) Smoke Signals


Monday, August 20th, 2007

OFFLOAD festival and day passes are now available to purchase via the Watershed Box Office. To avoid disappointed we’d recommmend that you book in advance as some workshops and panel sessions have limited numbers.


Event pass: £15 (conc. £12)
Day pass: £6 (conc. £4)
Tickets will be on sale via the Watershed Box Office from mid-August 2007.
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
Box Office Open: Mon to Fri from 0900hrs
+44 (0)117 927 5100


Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Sadly, OFFLOAD has not been successful in securing its core funding. Despite this situation, we’ve decided to continue with the project, streamlining the event and creating a situation from which we can build and grow the event. Thanks to everyone who has stuck with us and to all the OFFLOAD participating artists, who are making this event work.

OFFLOAD - NEXT PUBLIC MEETING: 18th July 07, Spike Island: 17.30

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

The next public meeting for OFFLOAD will be on the 18th July at 17.30 at Spike Island Meeting Rooms, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX.

At the meeting we will be discussing the final OFFLOAD programme, publication deadlines, new flyers, volunteer support scheme and how you can still get involved. Local artist Kate Rich, will also be discussing her ‘House of Benefit’ Accommodation Scheme, specially adapted for OFFLOAD.Looking forward to seeing your there.


Friday, July 6th, 2007

We are delighted to confirm that Simon Day and Conor Tobin have now joined the OFFLOAD team.

Simon Day is joining us from mid-July and will be working on OFFLOAD as part of the ‘Cultural Leadership Programme’ he is undertaking in association with Fierce, Birmingham. Simon has extensive experience in organizing and participating in theatre and live art events and is the director of B-Theatre B-Thetare, Birmingham. He is particularly interested in public, outdoor and participatory practices. Simon considers OFFLOAD as an opportunity to gain experiences in new approaches to media and public art curation practices. For OFFLOAD Simon will be extensively working with the core production team, conceptually supporting the finalizing of the programme and on the day-to-day running of OFFLOAD.


Conor Tobin, is a recent graduate from University College Dublin, where he studied History and Philosophy. As a student he specifically studied imperialism and its affects on the modern world and the contemporary philosophical, realism versus anti-realism, debate. A budding journalist, outside of his studies he also developed his interest in creative writing. Conor will be joining the OFFLOAD team, as an interim, working directly with artists and on OFFLOAD publicity.


Monday, June 4th, 2007

BVAC - Bristol Visual Arts Consortium has kindly provided in-kind support toward securing additional funding for OFFLOAD. We’ll be working with a freelance fund raiser over the coming weeks. Fingers crossed it all works out!


Friday, June 1st, 2007

We’ve now got office space for OFFLOAD Mon-Tue, every week at the Watershed (old eMedia office space). Drop by if you fancy a chat about the event.


Thursday, May 31st, 2007

We had a series of meetings over May with our local partners (Spike Island and Watershed). We also met with Bridget Crone, Director of Bath Media Arts. Bath Media Arts are coming onboard and supporting the project in kind by providing equipment resources and working with us on our ‘pocket’ panel discussions. Following on from our meeting-of-minds with Active Ingredient, Nottingham at the Enter_ Festival, we are now working closely with Watershed to bring the group to Bristol as part of OFFLOAD. Rachel and Matt from Active Ingredient joined Teresa and Kathy, Polar Produce and Clare Reddington for a meeting at the end of May and we’re looking forward to the group showing ‘Ere Be Dragons as part of OFFLOAD


Monday, May 7th, 2007

Theodore Spyropoulos, Minimaforms, visited Bristol and Polar Produce to check out the OFFLOAD site and discuss ideas for where and how to show their project, Smoke Signals.

Minimaforms was founded in 2002 by brothers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos as an experimental design practice that explores projects that provoke and facilitate new means of communication.



Monday, April 30th, 2007

Polar Produce presented ‘Come Outside’ at the Enter_Unknown Territories Festival in Cambridge, between 25th-29th April. The project was well received and Polar Produce will be extending and presenting it again at OFFLOAD in September.

Other Enter_ festival people who are interested in OFFLOAD including Mark Dixon, Active Ingredient and Mongrel. Also check out the forthcoming Social Technologies Summit at Futuresonic , 10th-12th May 2007.