Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, has today (Monday 13 November) unveiled six pieces of art that have been loaned to the council to be displayed at City Hall.
The works have come from across the city and have been created by local artists and members of the community.
Each piece has been hung and displayed in different locations throughout City Hall that are accessible to the public.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This project is about ensuring that City Hall as a public building really represents the communities it works for. By giving people space inside the building to display their creativity I hope that people will be able to feel greater ownership of the building and remind us of the many communities that make up our city.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward to donate their work so far. This is just the first stage of this project and I hope eventually to be able to have every ward in the city represented by a piece of artwork. Whilst the current round of admissions has closed, if you have a piece of art that you’d like to be considered for this I urge you to contact your local councillor and find out more information on how to submit your work.”
The announcement is the latest move to bring art into the building with the side vestibules having been opened up for local community and cultural groups to display their work earlier this year.
These spaces are being managed by registered community art charity, Artspace Lifespace.
Kathryn Chiswell Jones, Company Manager for Artspace Lifespace, said: "Bristol City Council recognise that the arts and culture sector is a valued part of our local economy. It is fantastic to see them exploring alternative ways of supporting the sector as they take control of the financial challenges affecting direct council investment.
“An example of this is working with Artspace Lifespace to open up the Vestibules at City Hall to give cultural and community groups a unique environment to display their work. Thanks to the backing of the Mayor and Bristol City Council, we have been able to programme 20 exhibitions featuring talks, installations, photography and community art (four of which were residencies); two fundraisers and two pop up shops providing over 3000 individual experiences over the past year."
The pieces come from wards including Southmead, Knowle and Windmill Hill.
The first painting that was received came from residents in Filwood who approached the mayor with their painting which was created to represent the community’s rejection of racism.
Alecto Shyne, Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant for Knowle and Filwood, helped to spearhead the work that created the piece in response to hate crime in the local area.
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. We have given 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 for their local councillors on the council's website (https://www.bristol.gov.uk/my-neighbourhood-search).
Any groups looking to hold an exhibit in one of the council’s vestibules can find more information on the Artspace Lifespace website: www.artspacelifespace.com