Come and see our exhibition with WEA contribution

We are delighted that WEA Bristol poetry group with tutor Cathy Wilson are part of the ‘Learning City: A Self-Portrait’ exhibition which runs from 25 August to 5 September and explores the different ways people learn and how spaces, people and objects support that learning.

The focus is on how people learn outside of the structured education system, whether it’s through community centres, social groups, protests or charities. An interactive display will bring together photographs, film, drawing, personal stories, craft objects and cultural artefacts.

The exhibition brings together contributions from a number of community groups, including Dhek Bhal, Easton Community Centre, Barton Hill Settlement, Knowle West Media Centre, Rainbow Project, Travelling Light Theatre, Workers’ Educational Association, Wild Walks to Wellbeing, Refugee Women of Bristol, Countering Colston, St Mungo’s, Worker's Educational Association and others.

Address:  Hamilton House Gallery,80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Events programme:

25. August 18:00 – Exhibition opening

Free tickets here:

2. September – Join us for a day of talks exploring how we learn in the city through everyday practices, public pedagogy and social and community engagement.

Speakers include:

—— Prof Keri Facer (University of Bristol, learning cities)

—— Prof Robin Hambleton (UWE, inclusive cities)

—— Prof Leon Tikly (University of Bristol, globalisation and education)

—— Dr Magda Buchczyk (University of Bristol, curator)

—— Dr Cassie Earl (University of Bristol, critical approaches to public pedagogy)

—— Simon Newitt (Off The Record)

—— Gideon Thomas (community researcher)

—— Eleonor Shipman (community artist)

—— Cathy Wilson (poetry group)

For detailed timings see:

5. September 17:30 – Closing event with Tommy Jarvis (Bristol Learning City) and Prof Judith Squires (University of Bristol), followed by a poetry evening celebrating the learning city

Free tickets here:

‘Learning City: A Self-Portrait’ forms an integral part of the Reinventing Learning Cities project, which has at its heart a desire to study and interpret the many different aspects of learning which take place in Bristol. See project blog here:

Hamilton House is the perfect venue for the exhibition, with its dedication to learning, creativity and community action. The building plays host to countless artists, designers and educators, as well as classes, courses and talks on different topics. For more details about Coexist and the Hamilton House activities, see here: 

Co-funded by AHRC Connected Communities ( and the Brigstow Institute (