Uniting Communities along Bristol’s Waterways
This project sets out to talk to Bristol’s citizens and find out what they think about how the city can best grow. As a group of social engagement artists working with communities across Bristol we are interested in what unites us across the city. Focusing on the rivers Frome, Malago and Avon to link neighbourhoods,we have begun conversations with people in Begbrook/Frenchay, Eastville/Easton, St Anne’s, Bedminster, Hotwells, Hartcliffe and Withywood.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions we were unable to gather people out in their neighbourhoods, so we found alternative ways of connecting. Last autumn, we teamed up with Bristol Artists’-Led Forum and Diverse Artists Network to co-create participatory activities to. We presented these activities at the Centre of Gravity exhibition at Gardiner Haskins during October 2020. Forevolution, engaged thousands of people in activities and events. We are currently busy reviewing all the input we have had from the public and will make our research available widely. We look forward to being able to bring these activities to Bristol’s communities.
During the summer of 2020 we led Walk n Talk events within our riverside neighbourhoods looking at how we can help communities be part of the decision making and planning in relation to changes in the built and cultural environments of Bristol.
We’re still fundraising, but we’d love to hear from you if you want to join the conversations and journey with us to find common ground.
Who are we? As artists we’ve been co-creating with communities for a couple of decades, creating community gardens, performances, films, songs, maps and, as activists we’ve help people share their ideas.
It’s not just artists, we’re also working with community groups, including Action Greater Bedminster, Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association & Frenchay Village Museum. And we’re talking with ACORN Union, Liveable Neighbourhoods, Extinction Rebellion, Bricks Bristol, UWE, Bristol University, Bristol Health Partners, Bristol City Council Communities and Public Health and local planning groups.
HighWaterLine Bristol report, 2015, Isobel Tarr & Anna Haydock-Wilson is a great resource in community engagement around social issues and a production guide for a city wide project.