Mandy McIntosh's project 'Session; Sugar Version (Naked Like a Star or a Stone)' is working with the history of the Georgian House Museum to explore the psychological and emotional state of slave Pero and to consider contemporary issues around the over representation of black men in the mental health system. She has been meeting with The Two Way Street which is a support group initiated and run by African and African Caribbean mental health care service users to support one another. The group is excited to participate in the activities around Mandy’s project in the early part of the New Year, which will include art therapy sessions, sugar sculpting and junk percussion workshops.
Barby Asante's project entitled 'Bamboo Memories' explores the Bamboo Club’s social and cultural legacy as one of the first spaces in Bristol for social interaction between the Caribbean and Bristolian communities in the 60s and 70s. This Autumn Barby completed a series of interviews with Club owner Tony Bullimore and ex Bamboo Club members an in the early part of the New Year she will be hosting a reunion at the Rose Green Caribbean Cricket Club in Bristol. The cricket club was founded at the Bamboo Club and as such holds great resonance to the project.
Mark Wilsher is exploring the legacy of the New Room Methodist Chapel and its founder and preacher John Wesley. The project entitled ‘The Use of Money’, after Wesley’s famous sermon draws links with the Chapel’s location in Broadmead and its historical and contemporary links with the city’s trade. Mark’s project continues in next year with a series of workshops and meetings to open discourse between himself and individuals of the Methodist community on their faith and making money.