TERRESTRIAL means both ‘relating to the earth’ and ‘an inhabitant of the earth’, so it embraces both a place and the people who live there.
We believe that the towns, terrain and communities of the Avon region of the West of England (made up of the counties of North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, and Bristol) can support an arts ecology that is locally thriving, internationally valued, full of surprises, and open to all.
We believe strongly in the power of co-authorship - in the wonderful things that happen when innovative artists and groups of local people work together to explore creative ideas.
Images from TERRESTRIAL’s launch walk event by Tilly May Photography.
You could describe TERRESTRIAL's approach as a nomadic 'Town of Culture' for Avon. Each year, in a single town or area, we will commission and produce a range of bold, socially engaged arts projects - which could involve music, dance, storytelling, sculpture, podcasts, games and more. Each project we help to produce will be co-created by an innovative artist or company and an existing local group: a school, a social club, a charity, a group of residents.
We want to provide opportunities for people living in, working in, and visiting the region to create and share extraordinary experiences. We’re particularly keen to collaborate with people outside city centres, with people facing barriers that make it harder for them to access cultural events, and with people who have been led to feel that the arts are ‘not for them’.
We believe that artists are great instigators: they are often brilliant at sniffing out underground stories, asking difficult questions, or getting the party started. We want to support artists to take risks, develop skills and learn from these experiences.
Images: A to B Walk (photo by Tilly May), Artists on the beach (photo by Megan Clark-Bagnall); Keynsham Signpost (photo by Priya Mistry); Residency Doodle (by Alison Neighbour).