Bridging Arts links real people to real issues with real action.
We bring people of different cultures, interests and backgrounds together. We commission work, stage and tour exhibitions, develop educational resources and offer workshops:
Heart of Conflict looks at World War One in Cornwall. We’ve worked with local people to stage exhibitions and workshops, organise talks and produce Education Packs. Our exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, ran from December ’16 to June 2017.
In 2018, we organised talks and poetry workshops in Hayle, Cornwall, to mark the centenary of World War One and we also travelled with Camborne Youth Band to France and Belgium to visit the Western Front and the Menin Gate. Afterwards, we staged an exhibition – PLAYING FOR CAMBORNE: MUSIC AND RUGBY IN WORLD WAR ONE AND NOW at Heartlands, Pool, Cornwall.
Stitch looks at the links between pattern, place and heritage. We first worked on Islamic traditions of embroidery and pattern and created sewing kits and an Education Pack with the Royal School of Needlework. We’ve recently been working with the Masbro Centre in Hammersmith, London, on workshops for older people.
I Packed This Myself worked with migrant workers and local communities in Cornwall. The aim: to bring people and groups together to increase understanding and break down prejudice.
Susan Roberts has worked for charities including Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Christian Aid and the Musicians Benevolent Fund – before co-founding Bridging Arts in 2003. She was Director of Notre Dame Refugee Centre from 2010-14.
Kemal Ahson is founder and director of Lifeworld. He has project and research management experience at local, national and international levels.
Andrew Dobbie (Chairman) is a retired journalist, now working part time for the UN refugee agency UNHCR. He has worked in newspapers, radio and news agencies in the UK and abroad in a career spanning more than 40 years. He helped establish the AlertNet website for emergency relief organisations run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Zorica Nikolic-Parry is head of finance and facilities at the College of Optometrists, a membership organisation and an examining body for optometrists. She has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Zorica is a qualified ACCA accountant.
Liz Hutchinson is director of communications at the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. It speaks up for the disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences, demonstrating their value and contribution to our understanding of the world. She has led marketing and communications for a number of organisations in the public and charitable sectors.
Bridging Arts was set up in 2003 by Susan Roberts and Julia Fairrie, who were both working for Christian Aid at the time. Julia has since left the charity sector to found the arts consultancy Fair and Co.