Events and exhibitions

‘EMPTY YOUR BAGS’ - Art Exhibition
 6 August - 6 September 2016.


Bristol based artist Duncan Mckellar has spent the past three months making new work at the Create Centre Bristol. Almost everything on display has been created during this period using found objects from the city’s streets.

Duncan Mckellar has worked in Painting, Sculpture and animation since graduating from the Slade School of Art in 2003.

Throughout his life the artist has always collected objects of interest from his surroundings. These range from fossils and stones in rural environments to urban detritus.

The artist has described this obsessive hoarding as a form social anthropology or contemporary archaeology. He also has a deep hatred of litter.

The found material can be split into three groups: Things which have an intrinsic history or patina from their use/state of decay. Things which are so ubiquitous that they can become units from which artworks can be built such as Nitrous Oxide canisters or cable ties and things which have direct associations with places, activities or memories.

Many of the found objects originate from Bristol’s vibrant nightlife. Costume jewellery, bright feathers and black P.V.C lend a darker mood of underground activity to much of the work. Other pieces act as diary entries for specific times, places and emotional periods in the artist’s life.

Only in the past twelve months has a process of arranging these objects been developed to a level which has satisfied Mckellar. Much of this development has taken place during the evolution of this exhibition. He has described the process of working at Create as being like a laboratory in which new pieces could be created and tested. This principle of working in the gallery and allowing the space to generate new work is something which the artist finds fascinating and exciting.

Up until 2016 this collection of ‘trash’ remained hung in bags at various storage locations. The artist has described getting to a point when he had to consider whether this collection of bags was the artwork itself.

This exhibition represents a literal emptying of these bags.

There will be a film by Lutia Swan-Hutton called 'Better Than Before' in the exhibition and the overall
show is curated by Charlie Caldecott.

The show opens on Saturday 6th August 2016 from 10am-4pm and will close on
Tuesday 6th September 2016. It will be open every Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and will be open
on three Saturdays altogether, 6th & 13th August and 3rd September. Saturday hours are all 10-4.

Address: Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 2NX.
(A fun way to get there is to take the Hotwells ferry from behind Temple Meads station and get off
 at the Nova Scotia landing stop near Create Centre)

duncan art
Artwork:.'Untitled', Date: 2016, artist: Duncan McKellar.

Transformabin is now at Create!


As part of Bristol's 2015 Green Capital celebrations, 14 unique community inspired projects were commissioned for each of it's Neighbourhood Partnerships. Mufti Games with Baggator Young People’s Project successfully pitched to Ashley, Lawrence Hill and Easton Partnership to create a fun project highlighting issues relating to household waste, fly-tipping, and recycling in the local area. 

From this the Transformabin was created; a communal bin converted into a playable games station. The simple labyrinth style game highlights the effects that waste has on our city, combining fun and imagination with a positive envorimental message.

The Transformbin is a permanent fixture at Create and can be found in our gallery,
Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.

Regular Activity


'The UK discards nearly a million tonnes of textiles every year ' (WRAP)

This exploration of some of the aspects of textile sustainability consists of two parts. Firstly the CREATE Centre hosts a permanent exhibition of information about textile sustainability, including advice, explanations, and facts and figures. This exhibition is open during CREATE opening hours. The second part is the practical activity days that take place on most Wednesdays from mid morning to mid afternoon. Here the exhibition is extended to include examples of domestic items made from fabrics that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. In addition, such items as cushions, tea cosies, table mats and many other items are being made on the spot, with the intention of encouraging visitors to start or continue their own work. At all the times the exhibition and practical activities are open, free small fabric pieces are usually available so that visitors can take them to incorporate in their own projects.

FABRICation is run by Mike Timmins, who is experienced in decorative textiles as well as textile science and technology.