Art / Exhibitions

Bristol’s streets become canvas for young creatives

By martin booth, Monday Jul 13, 2020

A month-long outdoor art exhibition has taken over spaces that would usually be given over to adverts across the city.

Work by dozens of young Bristol artists is now on display on almost 400 Out of Hand sites as part of the Whose Future exhibition.

The aim is to provide a platform for new voices while also asking questions about Bristol’s future.

“Feeling like we are part of this city is really empowering,” said illustrator and filmmaker Ella Trudgeon, standing next to one of her pieces on Station Approach near Temple Meads.

“Hopefully seeing work that celebrates diversity will inspire people.”

Ella Trudgeon in front of her artwork on Station Approach – photo by Martin Booth

On nearby Redcliffe Way, artists Jasmine Thompson and Parys Gardener were also seeing their work on display for the first time.

“I hope these start a conversation,” said Parys, whose work has also appeared on the front cover of Bristol24/7 magazine.

“This is what we are saying. This is our message. And we are saying it ourselves.”

Jasmine added: “It’s really amazing to see everybody’s work on display, taking over the city. I hope that people embrace it.”

Parys Gardener (left) and Jasmine Thompson (right) are two of the artists whose work is in the new outdoor exhibition – photo by Martin Booth

Rising Arts Agency, Out of Hand and Bristol City Council have joined forces for the exhibition in response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter campaign, as well as inequalities suffered by young people and the impact on them from the wider Covid-19 lockdown.

Rising Arts is a community of young creative thinkers aged 16 to 30, whose mission is to empower Bristol’s under-represented young people to fulfil their creative ambitions and to affect wider social change through the arts.

Main photo by Martin Booth

Read more: Rising Arts Agency asks, ‘Whose Culture?’

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