Survey by Qualaroo

An Alternative Interpretation

Working together with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery we invited children and young people’s groups to share their thoughts and experiences on the exhibition Art From Elsewhere: International Contemporary Art From UK Galleries. The recordings are available for visitors to listen as they explore the galleries.

Through Discovery Pens you can hear trainee radio reporters who are taking part in ‘Project X’ with Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives and Ujima FM. Listen as they discuss the work and relate it to their experiences of living in Bristol. 

Arnolfini worked with a group of year 5 pupils from Whitehall Primary School, who shared with us their poems and musings about the pieces. Their questions and thoughts on what art can be gave all of us a new way of seeing the work.

We also invited a teenage ESOL (English for Speaker of Other Languages) group from City of Bristol College. The group is comprised of asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants from countries as diverse as Syria, Somalia and Lithuania. In response to an exhibition that explores the movement of people and the impact that global events have on individual lives, the group shared their own experiences of industrialisation, migration and setting up a new home in Bristol.

As ever, we were incredibly excited to have the opportunity to talk about the works with different people, and we are really pleased to share these conversations with visitors. Thank you to everyone who took part.

To hear the recordings pick up a Discovery Pen at the front desk or click below.

Sweatopia (The Cry of the Gland 2) by Jitish Kallat

Brasilian Bank by Meschac Gaba

'Peripherique' series by Mohamed Bourouissa

Sleepers by Yto Barrada

Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work) by Emily Jacir

View From My Window, 1978-1999 by Josef Robakowski

Language Series 3 by Rashid Rana

The 13th History of the Human Face by Eugenio Dittborn


Audio descriptions for blind and visually impaired visitors are also available for four of the works. Listen to these through the exhibition page or ask at the front desk.

Project X is designed to provide opportunities for young people to become more engaged in arts and heritage events that they might not normally attend. Their voices and opinions about their new cultural adventures be heard on their monthly radio show, ‘Culture Vultures’ on Ujima 98fm.  

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Tuesday 29 October 2019, 11:00 to 15:00


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