Art Banners are going up this month

October 27 2017

If you go down to the North Bristol Art Trail this month you’re in for a big surprise. If you down to the Gloucester Road you won’t believe your eyes!

If you go down to the North Bristol Art Trail this month you’re in for a big surprise. If you down to the Gloucester Road you won’t believe your eyes!

After a year in the planning the Gloucester Road Art Banners are about to be put up along the whole of our wonderful High Street of independent shops and businesses. 

About 30 banners will be installed in November, in the build up to the North Bristol Art Trail (see page 7). Attached to lampposts, with artwork and words inspired by Gloucester Road and all it offers, each banner has a different image on either side. 

Financed by Gloucester Road BID traders, Neighbourhood Partnership and the North Bristol Artists, the banners will be placed on street lamps stretching from the Arches on Cheltenham Road up Pigsty Hill to Filton Avenue, with a spur on Zetland Road. 

From well known street artists such as Inkie and Alex Lucas to much loved North Bristol artists Jenny Urquhart, Mary Collett and Toni Burrows the vibrant, fun artwork will brighten up the high street. The hope is to encourage people to leave their cars behind in order to stroll up and down the high street, admiring the art and learning about the wide range of shops, galleries, health, beauty or spiritual centres, cafes, restaurants and bars.

The project is being put together by North Bristol Artist Sarah Thorp, whose Gloucester Road gallery, Room 212, shows work by a huge range of Bristol artists. Sarah teamed up with her neighbour, public artist Deborah Weinreb (+D) to put the Art Banner project together. Deborah created the Flagged Up Project as part of the European Green Capital 2015 resulting in street banners which can still be seen up on lampposts throughout Horfield and Lockleaze.

The open submission for artwork, launched last year, attracted over 150 artists with some fantastic images to choose from. Other ideas are already coming out of the project such as Gloucester Road Art Bin Stickers and Gloucester Road Art Bags to encourage everyone to ditch the plastic. 

Room 212 will be selling prints of the artwork used for the banners so you'll be able to own a little bit of Gloucester Road creativity!