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Jennifer Tee - St Werburgh’s Primary School, Silver Birch Annexe

As part of the Primary Capital Programme series of art commissions, Amsterdam based artist Jennifer Tee will develop an art work for St Werburgh's Primary School, Bristol.

Artist proposal:

Jennifer Tee thinks of herself as a quasi-anthropologist, and is fascinated by cultural identity, rituals, and folklore. She creates installations, sculptures, videos, performances, and environments that tell or re-tell stories. Her works often amalgamate materials sourced from other countries—a palm tree from Brazil, bamboo from China—as the backdrop for choreography. Weaving is also a recurring theme in her works, whether in the form of spools and looms or tapestries. Her embroidery and festival-like performances fall in the direct lineage of the Situationists; she has also said that her work is influenced by Jean Tinguely’s machine assemblages, and the geometric minimalism of Ad Dekkers.

For St Werburgh’s Jennifer is developing a suite of glazed window designs for the existing period windows that feature across the Cutler’s Brook annex site. As part of the work the artist is investigating stained glass, stenciling and printing techniques that can be deployed as the location of the final works is finalised through a dialogue with the school and Public Art team. As a starting point for the design, Jennifer will learn about the school’s ‘Forest School programme’, an area of the curriculum that Head Teacher Claire Smith is particularly passionate about; Botanical illustrations. These illustrations are a recurring natural motifs and are likely to feature in the design scheme, inspired by both the Forest School and current research being undertaken by Jennifer at the University of Cambridge Herbarium and National Herbarium of the Netherlands for ‘The Marque Public Art Commission, Cambridge, and Central Station, Amsterdam’.

This commission is funded by Bristol City Council and due for completion in 2014. 

The work is due for completion in 2014.


Jennifer Tee 

Jennifer Tee (born Arnhem, the Netherlands, 1973, lives and works in Amsterdam) has exhibited widely, with recent solo exhibitions at Project Art Centre, Dublin, (2013); Eastside Projects, Birmingham, (2010); Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2009), and SAFN Contemporary Art, Reykjavik (2007). Recent group exhibitions include Nether Land, Dutch Culture Center, Shanghai World Expo (2010), Double Dutch, Hudson Valley for Contemporary Art, New York (2009) and the Prague Triennale (2008). In 2004 she represented the Netherlands at the Sao Paulo Biennial. Tee is current developing major public art projects for the University of Cambridge and Amsterdam’s Central Station.

St Werburgh’s Primary School

St Werburgh’s Primary is an inner city culturally diverse school in Bristol. The school is located in the heart of the vibrant St Werburgh’s area; which is within 2 miles of the city centre. Pupils range from the age of 4 years to 11 years old and the school has a rich and exciting ethnic mix which creates wonderful opportunities to celebrate difference and diversity within its community.

This commission is part of a series of public art commissions curated and managed by Arnolfini for the Primary Capital Programme (PCP); a Bristol City Council and LEP,(Local Educational Partnership) initiative designed to transform aging primary schools across England into state-of-the-art learning environments over the next 15 years. More information on Arnolfini’s involvement here.