What’s On

Opening in April 2022 and running for one year, Mangotsfield Folly will see the seasons change as local artists’ work are on display.

Five new artist commissions will include:

An artist residency by Feral Practice, exploring the area’s biodiversity with local residents and culminating in a display of work at the end of the year. See further about The Listening Station below.

A public commission by writer Holly Corfield Carr, a new card game, Impatience, has been created to be played in the vicinity of the Folly, culminating in the players writing a poem.

A new mural on the Folly structure by Bristol-based street artist and illustrator Lucas Antics with accompanying colouring-in sheets to download.

Participatory printmaking by Bristol-based artist Nick Hand who will be bringing his Printing Bike to Mangotsfield.

Bespoke signwriting by Eric Porter of the Straight and Narrow Sign Company

See below for information on upcoming events. Details for past events can be found HERE.

Sunday 26th March – Impatience with Holly Corfield Carr & Nick Hand & Blackened Diamond with Lauren Ainley

Impatience is a poem and illustrated card game for a possible place. Devised by the poet Holly Corfield Carr, the game is an endless rearrangement of a single sentence—Imagine the words please wait here blossoming impatiently.

Nick will be printing a series of playing cards on his printing bike, a bespoke bike built to carry an 8×5 Adana Letterpress printing press.

For those travelling along the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path, Holly will be demonstrating how to use the cards printed on the bike to play Impatience.

For full details of the event and how to play Impatience, Click Here.

Blackened Diamond

Free tickets for emerging artist @laurenainley dance performance Blackened Diamond on Sunday 26 March are now available to book via EventBrite. All are welcome!

The performances will be at 11.45am, 1.30pm and 3.45pm and will last around 15 minutes each. Please arrive 5 mins before the performance starts.

Blackened Diamond is a dance duet exploring Mangotsfield’s coal mining past (late 19th & mid 20th century). The duet analyses the once homogenous community. Expressing the support coal miners gave to each other, through closeness & similarity. This care the miners had for each other was tainted by the inhumane coal mining conditions.

Performers Lauren Ainley & Alice Gifford both graduated with BaHons in Contemporary Dance from @trinitylaban conservatoire of Music & Dance in 2022. Lauren is currently a member of the collective @chewedpink who are performing at Resolution Festival 2023 @theplacelondon. Alice has performed Choreography by KMDT whilst in her studies. They both share a passion for using the body as art & making dance accessible to all.

On-going Event – Colour in Anytime

If you’re visiting the Folly with children in tow, Lucas Antics have kindly prepared a colouring-in book featuring the local critters to get everyone involved!

Download it HERE.

Listen to the Listening Station by Feral Practice

Check back regularly for a full schedule of events and dates.