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Brilliant or Bonkers? Counterculture of the 70s in Bath

Exhibition and workshops created by Bath Arts Workshop History Group

Museum of Work at Bath, (MOBAW), 348,Julian Rd. Bath, BA1 2RH.

9th June – 31st August, open 10.30am – 5pm, every day.

Bath Arts Workshop was founded in 1969 by a group of young people who sought to create spaces for performance and arts inspired events in Bath and the locale.  Working co-operatively the collective was able to reduce costs by sharing space and equipment and securing material and resources at a discounted price for community theatre and arts projects.  One of the many lasting legacies of the workshop is the Natural Theatre Company, still travelling the world and based here in Bath.  Another key element of the Workshop – Comtek (Community Technology) – was concerned with ecological issues, recycling, alternative technology and the future of sustainable living on a local level. 

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the initial set–up of Bath Arts Workshop/Comtek and to celebrate the anniversary The Museum of Work at Bath presents an archive exhibition and workshop programme, with the participation of community energy / climate emergency groups, repair cafes and recycle / reuse projects active in Bath today.

Opening of the Exhibition

Sunday 9th June from 2-5pm

Events, activities, workshops, entertainment, technology and community engagement.  Print your own catalogue at the resident Pink Milk Float Mobile Press and enjoy activities such as film screenings, immersive installations, viewing archive posters and ephemera plus the DIY ethos of Bath Arts Workshop in 1969 – 79.

The Past, Present and Future of Community Energy

Saturday 15th June 10am-1pm

Bath & West Community Energy and 10:10 Climate Action speakers join 1970’s Comtek founding members to describe how local residents have been actively involved in renewable energy initiatives and explore what we can all do to build a cleaner energy future. Sessions on

  • DIY community technology in the 1970s
  • Taking Action on Climate Change
  • Community involvement in local community energy
  • a panel session asking how we can all get involved in reducing our energy demand and achieving 100% clean energy by 2030.

This seminar will be particularly timely following Bath & North East Somerset Council’s recent declaration of a Climate Emergency. This free public event will be guest chaired by actor-comedian ROB LLEWELLYN. More details

Brilliant but Bonkers Saturdays

Throughout the exhibition from June 29th till August 31st

join us for something different happening most Saturdays

DIY workshops ‘making through sharing’, repair cafés, events and film screenings – look out for a re – emergence of the BAW 21st Century White Rabbit Film Club with a programme of 70’s Arthouse/ Alternative Films screened at the Museum throughout the exhibition.

Discussions / Events / Workshops will run June-August

check on website

call Museum 01225 318348

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