Celebrating five years of The Edge

Whilst The Edge’s doors are temporarily closed due to covid-19, we’re offering online activities, cherishing creativity and marking our birthday from afar. During times like these, valuing how the arts can enrich our lives and enhance our wellbeing feels important. 

The Edge opened in 2015 with a formal opening on 11 May by the University’s Chancellor, The Earl of Wessex. Back in 2015 this special event included an evening of music, dance and debate. Over the past five years we’ve invited everyone to enjoy creativity, from opportunities to learn through workshops, classes and knowledge sharing events, to remarkable performances and exhibitions that aim to inspire, encourage play or spark discussion.

2020 has been taking an unexpected shape, yet we’re continuing to deliver creativity to you at home through online programming. From family workshopswellbeing classes, to creative skills workshops for students and the return of the Visions of Science Art Prize, we hope creativity is providing you with some joy and respite during this difficult time, wherever you are.

#ShareYourEdge

We asked our local community, students and staff what The Edge and creativity mean to them…

In order of appearance, thank you to Ellis Reed, Jake Bird, Victoria Willmott, Xue Ling Boey, Lizzy Cummins, Alex McCarthy, Maria Cristina and Priscila Buschinelli for sharing their answers and stories.

Your Edge Stories

Throughout May we’re collecting memories from our community to tell the story of The Edge.

You can simply share your favourite visit here or in a video, sentence or picture on social media by tagging us and #ShareYourEdge

 

"Life Drawing with Caragh Savage has been a great experience...

...I wasn't allowed to go to art college and too nervous / unwilling to go to university. Fifty years on, I’m doing both! Although it's only once a week for a few hours, I appreciate the concentration of fellow students, the effective teaching of skills and the supportive professional environment. Thank you! I hope to be able to return after the covid-19 shut down." - Lorna Thomas

"We really loved the indoor playground."

"It was a unique experience for the kids." - Hannah Waters

"I was very lucky that the year I joined the University of Bath coincided with the year that The Edge opened as a public venue, back in 2015. For me, The Edge was a touchpoint on campus to keep my passion for the Arts alive."

"I was involved in the installation of the first exhibitions and stewarded at the sell-out performance of Akram Khan to North East Somerset. Not only did The Edge feel a very special and personal place for me, it was a bridge between a BSc and working in the creative arts sector." - Martha Stone

"My kids loved the Brutalist playground and still ask when it’s coming back! Now he’s a bit older I just took my eldest to the Mariner exhibition and had a good chat about what it all might mean."

"Keep up the great work!" - Vanessa Langford

"I’ve held, as well as attended, some drink and draw and collaborative art events at The Edge, which were relaxing and inspiring and fun, letting you create art and sip on wine with good company. I also really enjoyed the ‘Playing the Picturesque’ Prior Park exhibit."

- Vanshika Randev

We want to hear your stories

Share Your Edge Visit

In celebration of The Edge’s 5th Anniversary we’re taking a trip down memory lane, and we’d love for you to add to The Edge’s story.

Photo credits
Life Drawing session with Caragh Savage
Brutalist Playground, Assemble, 2017 photo by Paul Blakemore
Akram Khan, photo by Jean Louis Fernandez
Mariner, 2020 photo by Paul Blakemore
Playing the Picturesque, You & Pea, 2019 photo by Anna Barclay