RE:COLLECTION - Regathering social practice


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RE:COLLECTION - Regathering social practice
A solo show by Ellie Shipman
Curated by Elita Robertson

Bricks Bristol, St Anne’s House, St Anne's Rd, Bristol BS4 4AB
2nd - 11th November 2023

RE:COLLECTION - Regathering social practice is a solo show by artist Ellie Shipman, curated by Elita Robertson, held at Bricks Bristol from 2nd - 11th November 2023.

RE:COLLECTION is an investigation of where social practice sits in contemporary art, where participatory artworks created by Ellie Shipman over the last 12 years are recollected, regathered and re-presented. In recollecting these artworks - often site specific commissions which have never been seen in a gallery space - the exhibition provides a space for these pieces to breathe, to come together and share a conversation for the first time.

From interactive sculptures such as The Decision Machine (2022), which will answer your questions with the crank of a handle; to How was the Birth? (2023) an a quilted medical screen collecting one word birth experiences; to 100 Years of Housing (2022), co-designed archive boxes responding to and now housed in Bath’s housing archives, the artworks remain live and active, awaiting your responses.

  • Opening night: 6 - 9pm, Thurs 2nd Nov
  • Open daily: 10am - 4pm, Fri 3rd Nov - Sun 11th Nov
  • Q&A with Ellie Shipman and Elita Robertson - Sat 4th Nov, 11am - 12pm
  • Lunch drop in chats: Weds 8th - Sat 11th Nov, 1 - 2pm
  • Second late opening: Thurs 9th Nov, 6 - 9pm

Guests have said:

"Wonderful to see your work all together. An absolute pleasure to see your visual and participatory style and practice expressed in this way."

"Such a varied body of work. Well worth having been recollected. Sparked off great conversations."

"So good to see this body of work - you've made ephemeral projects tangible and visual. A great testament to your skills and commitment. Thank you - very inspiring."


Recollecting RE:COLLECTION - Ellie Shipman and Elita Robertson
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In this Bricks podcast episode, artist Ellie Shipman and curator Elita Robertson discuss exhibiting social practice, working creatively with communities and bringing the personal into the participatory around Ellie’s solo show RE:COLLECTION - Regathering Social Practice at St. Anne’s House, 2 - 11 Nov 2023.

Ellie and Elita discuss participatory art, embedding personal and artistic values across your practice, what kinds of commissions to look out for and avoid, fair pay for artists and the importance of authenticity in participation. Ellie reflects on key turning points in her career to date, how pattern became ingrained in her participatory projects, and the process of regathering artworks created across the last 12 years from archives, universities and arts organisations for her solo show RE:COLLECTION - Regathering Social Practice.