Exploring arts options in our community

May 10 2016

Meet artist Anna Blightman, our new columnist and curator at the Kingfisher Cafe. Anna has been exploring Fishponds’ cultural heart since she arrived here last summer and finds out it’s beating very nicely indeed...

anna blightmanMeet artist Anna Blightman, our new columnist and curator at the Kingfisher Cafe. Anna has been exploring Fishponds’ cultural heart since she arrived here last summer and finds out it’s beating very nicely indeed...

ON moving to Bristol from Berlin last August and doing what all new movers do, I spent most of my first two weeks in the centre of Bristol, parking at Cabot Circus and walking around on foot.
I was totally overwhelmed and excited with the amount of “things” happening. In particular the amount of cultural opportunities and ideas that were being given the chance to develop and find their own crowd to come and enjoy.
Then I started looking on the internet, and even more activities, shows and public performances were there for the taking. Buzzing with a new vigour for life and glad that I had moved to Bristol, I then hit the peril of all parents with small children. How was I going to fit in all these meetings, masterclasses, courses and openings when I get, at most, one night out a week?!
I reclused myself back to where our home is, Lawn Road in Fishponds, and started to look more locally, so that my one night out wouldn’t always be spent on a bus or better still, would finish early enough that said children could be in tow.
Fishponds is also alive with community, handmade and crafting groups, all of which I joined and tried out. Meeting wonderful, enthusiastic people, and more importantly people with a love for the area, I had a real feeling of possibility. Most of these groups happen at The Kingfisher, which seems to be a real hub for the area, brave enough to try out new ideas and ventures.
I have now started with the monthly exhibitions held at The Kingfisher, curating works from local (and further afield) artists. Having held two previous shows, May brings a third, local photographer to the cafe. Mark Heslop has been taking photographs for over 30 years. Following a hiatus period he was recently introduced to an online site where he was tasked with posting a photo a day… taking inspiration from local landscapes, his work captures Bristol from his own perspective. The opening is on the May 5 at  6pm.
This month I am tasking myself with seeking out other art possibilities, places to exhibit and artists working in the local area, as artists studios start to open up and I get introduced to more and more residents. My goal is to bring arts and culture well and truly into the heart of Fishponds…I think we’re ready for it! Please get in touch if you’d have anything I should check out, or would like to be involved in anyway.






Anna Blightman
anna@thedistantfuturealwayssoundslovely.com