World's biggest open-air art gallery

November 24 2016

A new scheme to feature giant art banners along the whole of the Gloucester Road has been launched by the Gloucester Rd, Cheltenham Rd and Zetland Rd traders with the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership and North Bristol Artists.

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A new scheme to feature giant art banners along the whole of the Gloucester Road has been launched by the Gloucester Rd, Cheltenham Rd and Zetland Rd traders with the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership and North Bristol Artists.

There will about 30 banners, approximately two metres tall, attached to lampposts, with artwork and words inspired by Gloucester Road and all it offers.  Each banner is double sided so can have different images on either side and can be in place for up to five years. The banners will create a fantastic visual impact to the street scene - an open air Art Gallery up Gloucester Road.

The words and images will inform passersby of all the fantastic shops and activities in the area on and around Gloucester Road. 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 said: “It’s a fantastic way for Bristol artists to show their art to every member of the community for years to come. If we can put banners up the whole road we will have created the longest outdoor art exhibition in the world!”

Everyone is invited to submit artwork and there’s space for over 60 images. All you need to do is create a piece of art to reflect a word, idea or image inspired by Gloucester Road, shopping local or the joys of living in Bristol. Artwork can be as graphic or abstract as you like but it will need to work in a large format – around two metres high by 80cm wide.

Well-known artists such as Alex Lucas, Jenny Urquhart, Cath Read and Hannah Broadway have already offered their artwork for the project and others are being approached. Local schools and community groups are invited to submit artwork.

The deadline for submission of artwork is February. So make a trip to Gloucester Road and get your creative thinking hats on!

For more information see Gloucester Road Art Banners page at www.glosrdcentral.co.uk