Wrap up warm, prepare to be dazzled and get wandering!

December 20 2016

BISHOPSTON and the surrounding area will once again be a feast for the eyes when the dazzling Window Wanderland returns to illuminate local streets and shops for the third year running on the weekend of February 4th and 5th.

BISHOPSTON and the surrounding area will once again be a feast for the eyes when the dazzling Window Wanderland returns to illuminate local streets and shops for the third year running on the weekend of February 4th and 5th.

As usual the event looks set to be a community affair, with local business, schools and community groups collaborating in a very special way to deliver a unique and inspiring event for all the neighbourhood to enjoy. The event is open to anyone and everyone and calls for people to throw open their curtains and light up their home or garden for two nights of the year.

Many local businesses on the Gloucester Rd have kindly loaned their large shop windows to artists and makers. Zzzone Photography on Zetland Rd are working with local artist Laura Robertson, who has already created a fantastic display for their window. Jonny Green from Zzzone said: “We love getting involved with the artistic community in and around Gloucester Road. It is our pleasure to exhibit local artists as part of Window Wanderland and this road offers a great opportunity for them to be seen.” 

Tax Assist Accountants have offered their windows for a 3D installation as Yvonne Smith explained:

“From our office on the Gloucester Road we have visited the Window Wanderland event every year and thought it was a fantastic community experience. Unfortunately, the end of January is a hugely busy time for us as we work to meet the deadline of submitting all our clients tax returns; so, we have never felt that we could participate in the event ourselves. 

“This year we thought ‘why not offer our windows to someone else?’ and so contacted Dom to find out if this might be possible. She put us in contact with a local artist, Sarah Jayne Gardens, who has agreed to fill the space with something beautiful made of willow. We can’t wait to see the end result.”

The window at Horders will be playing host to local artist Bev Cavender (aka The Knitted Pea) who draws on her long-standing love of flora and fauna, to produce striking, colourful designs. She is really excited to be taking part in the Bishopston WW, as she believes it brings much needed light & creativity to the long winter nights, and is a positive community event that everyone can enjoy.

Further treats are in store from Carly Etherington who is a painter of cats in Bristol, she also volunteers at The Moggery cat shelter. Carly will be bringing her cat-themed window to Lunar Optical, Window Wanderland sponsors, for the duration of the event. 

Other things to look out for include North Bristol drop-in’s Bristol themed display at Gloucestershire Cricket club, a display created in partnership with the SendaWelcome group at Boston Tea Party and the usual Wanderland shenanigans on Thornleigh Road including Keith's Crazy Golf! Of course, this is all in addition to hundreds of windows in local homes. 

There's still time to sign up and add your house to the online map and to be on the printed map make sure you sign up by January 21st.   

Remember – you don’t have to be artistic, just join in and have fun!

For more details see www.windowwanderland.com