UWE and Arnolfini sign lease agreement

Issue date: 13 January 2005

ISSUE DATE: 14 January 2005

A lease agreement between UWE and Arnolfini has strengthened an already established partnership. The lease, which was signed in January 2005 will mean that UWE will use part of Bush House, above Arnolfini’s premises, for courses run by the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design (BSAMD), which is based at UWE’s Bower Ashton Campus.

Professor Paul Gough, Dean of BSAMD, said: “We are very excited to cement our relations with Arnolfini through the leasehold of one floor of their six storey building. Arnolfini is one of the major arts venues in the country and has an international reputation for its exhibition, education and live arts programmes. Over the last 18 months staff at BSAMD have been working closely with Arnolfini on a major commissioning project called ‘Situations’, and our latest arrangement consolidates an alliance of strategic importance for the university and the city.’

Caroline Collier, Arnolfini’s Director, said “When Arnolfini’s trustees bought Bush House as the first phase of our capital development, the intention was to let the upper floors and for Arnolfini to create expanded, renewed and accessible public spaces on the lower floors. We are delighted that UWE has chosen Arnolfini’s building as we prepare to reopen this year, so extending our partnership with the dynamic Bristol School of Art, Media and Design.”

The link between UWE and Arnolfini entered a new phase in 2002 with the appointment of Professor Deanna Petherbridge as the first Arnolfini Professor of Drawing. Deanna is an internationally renowned artist known for pen and ink drawings with social, architectural and political themes. Her new book on drawing histories is to be published by Thames and Hudson.

A major conference is planned in February 2005 ‘The Wrong Place: Rethinking Context in Contemporary Art.’ A joint venture between the two organisations, this three day conference will feature an optional day long seminar Untitled (A Theory of Parachuting) designed by the artist Jason Bowman. The speakers but will include artists, writers and curators of international standing. [see www.situations.org.uk/]

The first course run by UWE from its new city centre base will be a collaboration between three Faculties entitled ‘Enterprise and Innovation’ aimed at entrepreneurs about to embark on their first business venture.


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