PMS resident & artist Sylvia Rimat and collaborating artist & gardener Charli Clark will be talking about their free wildflower installation and audio experience ‘Broad Meadow’, which is taking place in Broadmead Bristol from Fri 24th May until Thu 20th June 2024. The work will launch as part of Mayfest 2024 and also feature as part of Festival of Nature.

The work reconnects to Bristol prior to the 14th century, when Broadmead was a wet meadow, regularly flooded by the river Frome. The wildflower installation’s growing conditions and plant species have been carefully chosen to mimic the meadow that once may have existed there. Whilst sitting immersed amongst the 55 wildflower boxes, audiences will be able to access an audio piece via their smartphone that tells about our intertwined relationship with the plant world and takes the listener on a journey to experience the lost nature of Broadmead.

The talk is an opportunity to find out more about the research and design of the meadow, notions of identity and the influence of more than human species on the creation of the audio work and about the project’s workshop programme with secondary schools and community groups across Bristol.

Broad Meadow Credits: 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players. Further support from  Broadmead BID, Frances and Matthew Lindsey-Clark, Ashton Scaffolding Services Ltd, Mayfest, Bristol WORKS and Residence. Broad Meadow was developed in Residence at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, UK. 

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 7th June 2024 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

The Pervasive Media Studio is a partnership between the Watershed, University of the West of England and University of Bristol. The lunchtime talks are partly supported by MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol to support creative industries in the region. Watershed is supported by Arts Council England.

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

For more information on accessing the studio take a look here.

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.