David Griffiths is a documentary photographer and writer whose interests include the built environment, geography, infrastructure, the nature of place, and the relationships between memory, light, and space. His photography is concerned with how we see places, individually and communally, and how all of us have personal definitions and emotions associated with public spaces.
David will use his time in Broadwalk to exhibit some of his existing work from Bristol, and during the time that he has access to the space he will continue to make new work in and around Knowle West. David would like to create images both of the area itself and also a series of portraits of the people who live and work there. As the project progresses he will fill the space with images of Knowle West and the people who live there created during the project, making an ongoing, evolving, exhibition. After the project finishes he would like to find funding in order to create an exhibition of the finished set of images.
David will hold a workshop discussing ways of documenting environments and spaces through photography, with examples from his own practice and from other photographers. He will ask participants to spend some time over the next two weeks making photographs of the spaces they regularly interact with or are important to them, which he would then print and display a selection of the images alongside his own ongoing project.
In The Studio
Gary Topp Executive Director of the Arnolfini, Bristol
Gary Topp has been the Arnolfini s Executive Director since February 2019 taking the organisation through a period significant change and progress to re-establish Arnolfini as a leading UK centre for contemporary arts in a partnership with University of the West of England. He has been chief executive of a range of cultural organisations across the UK and in Australia over a 30- year career including Yorkshire Culture, Greening Australia and Culture Central. Gary began his career as a visual arts curator and museums manager in Dorset and Teesside. He has extensive leadership experience working within the context of social and economic change and placemaking. He is Chair of Trustees at the Leach Pottery, an FRSA and holds a number of other board and advisory roles.