Studio Meraki was set up in 2016 to help build stronger communities by using creativity as a tool to connect, up-skill and empower. Since then we have worked with over 500 adults and children around East Bristol and have received funding from The Arts Council, The Lottery Fund, Quartet and the Police Commissioners Action Fund.
Who we are
We are three Bristol artists and makers; Kerry Russell, Steph Davies and Bianca Phardy Avis. With 20 collective years experience of working with adults and young people in the creative industry, and each with our own creative practice, facilitating accessible arts projects and outdoor learning is our passion.
Who we work with
Studio Meraki work with schools, community groups and individuals who might not otherwise have access to high quality arts experiences or vibrant outdoor spaces. We work in a collaborative way, responding to the needs of the community and keep them at the heart of everything we do.
What we do
We start small and aim high. Helping children and communities to rediscover creative expression with exciting, hands on experiences, we provide programmes and events ranging from creative up-skilling workshops for parents, to community led re-design of parks, to after school art clubs for children. We have seen how long term engagement can result in long lasting, positive change.
How we do it
Starting with existing groups, we build a vision which includes a multitude of local voices. Step by step we work to ensure that sustainability (economic, environmental and human) is at the centre of what we do.
Why we do it
All the artists within our collective live and work in the city we love. We share a passion for creative expression and the natural world, and believe that creative, inviting green spaces within urban areas are central to both the physical and mental wellbeing of local people.