our projects

Playing Out: creative interventions and play with Bristol residents

SGSU associate and architect George Lovesmith and SGSU director and artist Ellie Shipman have been collaborating on a project by national play organisation Playing Out around encouraging families to play outside more on housing estates in Redcliffe and Lawrence Hill, Bristol. George has been leading creative play sessions and co-designing interventions […]

What Was and What Could Be: Bretton Greens

SGSU associate Katy Hawkins is leading a project called Bretton Greens, creatively exploring green space with communities in Bretton just outside Peterborough. SGSU director and artist Ellie Shipman joined the project to facilitate a creative workshop and walk with residents of Bretton exploring memories and ideas for the area through walking […]

Bath Spa BA Fine Art – creative community engagement workshop

In May 2017 SGSU Director Ellie Shipman visited Bath Spa University to facilitate a seminar on creative community engagement with BA Fine Art first year students. Presenting a range of inspiring case studies as well as examples from her own creative practice Ellie invited the students to consider the challenges and […]

Conversations with older people from Asian backgrounds

SGSU director and artist Ellie Shipman was invited to facilitate a series of creative workshops exploring life with older people from Asian backgrounds for Savannah Development Foundation. SDF supports work which benefits Black, Minority and Ethnic communities in Bristol and the charity wanted to find out more about how older people […]

The Bearpit consultation

This Spring we were invited to support the Bearpit Improvement Group (BIG) in their consultation around their next steps for the Bearpit. Having seen extensive transformation over recent years, including paving, step access, new cafes, stalls and businesses and stair access, BIG are now asking communities what would make the […]

Sustainability analysis and toolkit for architecture firm tangentstudios

Since November 2015 SGSU Director Eleanor Shipman has been working with tangentfield, the live field-research strand of Bristol-based architecture firm tangentstudios, to develop a toolkit to help reflect on and share their methodology and best practice when working on live, participatory projects. The toolkit development included a series of illustrations […]

Recycled Island Children’s Workshop at Meltdown Festival 2015

In summer 2015 SGSU Director Eleanor Shipman was invited to develop a creative workshop for children at David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival. To encourage recycling and free play, Eleanor created an imaginary island floating in the Clore Ballroom with young attendees and their parents. First asking children to go on a […]