OUR STORY SO FAR
TERRESTRIAL was founded by Tom Spencer. Tom is a producer and artist based in Bristol. He's previously organised shows and events in pubs, schools, farms, festivals, warehouses, castles, village halls and town centres, across the UK and internationally.
The company began with an extensive research project, through which a team of producers, artists, thinkers and helpers worked with Tom to explore the potential for a new organisation that could support groundbreaking arts projects in the region.
As part of our research, we hosted a series of artist residencies - opportunities for experienced practitioners to explore the region and help us to develop our ideas about how best to work in these unique places. With these artists, we set about meeting a range of local groups: we joined gardening sessions and litter picking walks, coffee mornings and community lunches, craft clubs and sports teams; and we chatted to local councillors and youth workers, small charities and independent businesses. Some of the brilliant artists who helped us on this journey were: Common Wealth, John Norton, Mark Storor, Ben Osborn, Eleanor Shipman, Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari, Priya Mistry, Alison Neighbour, Ania Varez, Clare Reynolds, Daniel Bye and Megan Clark-Bagnall.
As our ambitions have grown, we have developed relationships with funders, local authorities and other strategic investors and champions. If you are interested in supporting TERRESTRIAL's work, please get in touch.
TERRESTRIAL's first programme will take place in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset's largest coastal town. With a lively and fast-growing population, loads of brilliant community activity, and an inspiring natural landscape, we believe Weston is the perfect place to launch our work.
We have secured funding from Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation to make our projects in Weston possible. And we have established a close partnership with North Somerset Council - who will help us to collaborate with diverse local groups and unlock a variety of exciting spaces across the town.
Images: Mapping Weston (photo by Ania Varez)
Panorama by brilliant Weston-based photographer Paul Blakemore.