Horfield’s Treasure Hunt idea wins Green Capital funding

April 24 2015

A PROJECT, coined by Redland artist Chrissie Decker, has been selected as the winner of the European Green Capital arts initiative for the local area.

A PROJECT, coined by Redland artist Chrissie Decker, has been selected as the winner of the European Green Capital arts initiative for the local area.

The 'Green Treasure Hunt', which is to be developed over the next few months, will link Horfield Common, Golden Hill Community Garden, Gloucester Road, Horfield Prison's bike workshop, and Clay Pit Road by the Downs.

The brief for the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland neighbourhood partnership area was developed by the Bristol 2015 arts team, and challenged entrants to link local green spaces, explore less well known routes, and promote sustainable travel.

A sum of £10k has been handed out to each neighbourhood partnership across the city, as part of Bristol being European Green Capital 2015, to invest in a green arts programme.

Chrissie was awarded the project because the arts team felt that it could “capture people's imaginations”.

They said her project responded well to the brief, was clearly thought out, and would make the Green Capital year mean something to residents from local area.

The treasure theme is intended to excite and inspire all ages, and the panel liked the idea of creating 'Pocket Plazas' – small plots of land with art installations, each corresponding to the five themes of European Green Capital 2015: water, waste, energy, transport, and nature.

The installations will link up green projects in the area creatively and will challenge participants to find miniature installation ‘green treasures’.

Chrissie said: "I am thrilled to be creating the Green Treasure Hunt for our neighbourhood. It is a fantastic opportunity to design something that is both functional and playful.

“I want to involve local people and groups to help shape it and once finished I hope it inspires people to explore the great things going on in our community and discover a new way of getting around it."

Chrissie Decker