Community-produced works of art in the frame at Bristol’s City Hall
Six artworks selected for display in Bristol’s City Hall have been unveiled by Mayor Marvin Rees.
The diverse works, produced by local artists from across the city, is part of a move to bring art into the building. The side vestibules were opened up for community and cultural groups to display their work earlier this year.
Mayor Rees said: “This project is about ensuring that City Hall as a public building really represents the communities it works for.
“I hope that people will be able to feel greater ownership of the building and remind us of the many communities that make up our city.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward to donate their work so far. This is just the first stage of this project and I hope eventually to be able to have every ward in the city represented by a piece of artwork.”
While the current round of admissions has now closed, the mayor urged artists to contact their local councillor to find out more information on how to submit their work.
Kathryn Chiswell Jones, the manager for Artspace Lifespace, which curates the space, said: “Thanks to the backing of the Mayor and Bristol City Council, we have been able to programme 20 exhibitions featuring talks, installations, photography and community art (four of which were residencies); two fundraisers and two pop-up shops providing over 3,000 individual experiences over the past year.”
The works which made the selection are:
- Untitled, by Brushstrokes Group, Southmead 2017
- Untitled, by Jasmin Nowak Fearon and Cotham School, Cotham 2017
- Arts in the Park, by Rachel Heaton, Knowle
- Homeward Bound – Matthew, by Mr K Bradshaw, Stockwood
- ‘Totterdown Together’, by Jane Vellender, Windmill Hill
- One Community Handprints, Knowle West Against Racism, Created at Knowle West Fest August 2016
The first artwork to be received came from residents in Filwood, who approached the mayor with their painting created to represent the community’s rejection of racism.
Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant for Knowle and Filwood, Alecto Shyne, helped spearhead the work that created the piece in response to hate crime in the area.
She said: “This piece was created to be a rejection of hate crime on behalf of the community. At a meeting that we attended following a couple of incidences of hate crime in the area, residents told us that this was something that they would not accept in their community.
“Painting this picture was a way of helping the community come together to show that racism is not accepted here and show our unity in the face of this hate.
“The hand prints show a range of people with big, small and even multi-coloured hand prints coming together to create a painting as part of a community. We have given one of three paintings to City Hall to be displayed within it as a representation for our ward and our values.”
Bristol residents looking to enter a picture can find contact details for their local councillors on the council’s website (https://www.bristol.gov.uk/my-neighbourhood-search).
Any groups looking to hold an exhibit in one of the council’s vestibules can find more information on the Artspace Lifespace website: www.artspacelifespace.com