Drawing on the Gloucester Road for inspiration

November 03 2014

WHAT started out as a project to draw Gloucester Road, has now turned into a fundraising initiative.

WHAT started out as a project to draw Gloucester Road, has now turned into a fundraising initiative.
Bishopston resident Tim Foster spent six months closely observing the high street, and drawing in detail the buildings from Somerville Road to Zetland Road.
He has now produced large prints of his findings and plans to sell them in several stores in Gloucester Road, with a significant proportion of the money going towards the shop's chosen charity.
Tim - an organic gardener - said: "When someone said they'd like a copy, it made sense to get a limited number printed. Now, part celebration of the famous road, it has turned into a way of raising money for charity."
The shops stocking the print are housing charity, Shelter; La Ruca, which will be supporting the rebuilding in Chile following tsunami damage; and Harvest, which will donating money to Greenpeace.
Prints will be sold at £40 each, with £22 going towards the charities. The remainder of the price covers production costs.
Tim added: "A lovely side effect of the six month project has been observing closely the amazing architecture.
"I'm usually more interested in plants but these buildings are so varied it was fascinating. From the low modern shops and cafes on the parade to older, four storey buildings.
"I did have to restrict the section drawn to the lower part otherwise I'd never have finished this year. The only bit I cheated on was the new library and flats: I copied the anticipated appearance rather than draw a lot of scaffolding."

Tim Foster