08 Dec 2016

Mayoral & Vision

Have your community’s art displayed inside City Hall

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Rees, wants to display your art inside city hall.

The Mayor received a piece of art from Filwood residents last month which will be the first Part of an exhibition that aims to include a piece of art from every ward in the city.

Each piece will be displayed inside the Cash Hall at City Hall which is the largest room in the building and also home to the staff café.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is about connecting City Hall with Bristol’s many diverse communities.  By bringing together paintings from each ward, I hope that we will be able to create a picture of the city’s cultural make-up that reminds us all to think about the implications for each of these areas as we make decisions that affect the whole of Bristol.

“If your community has a piece of art that you think well represents your local area and that you’d like to go on display in City Hall, I encourage you to talk to your neighbourhood partnerships and local councillors in order to put it forward for consideration.” 

Residents from Filwood recently approached the mayor with their painting which was created to represent the community’s rejection of racism.

It was created during Knowle West Fest last summer, held shortly after a racially motivated attack in the area.

Alecto Shyne, Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant for Knowle and Filwood, helped to spearhead the movement in response to the attacks.

She said: “This piece was created to be a rejection of hate crime on behalf of the community.   At a meeting that we attended following a couple of incidences of hate crime in the area, residents told us that this was something that they would not accept in their community.  Painting this picture was a way of helping the community come together to show that racism is not accepted here and show our unity in the face of this hate. 

“The hand prints show a range of people with big, small and even multi-coloured hand prints coming together to create a painting as part of a community.  Today we are giving one of three paintings to City Hall to be displayed within it as a representation for our ward and our values.”

Bristol residents looking to enter their painting can find contact details of both their local councillors and neighbourhood partnership on the council's website(https://www.bristol.gov.uk/my-neighbourhood-search).