Arts programme
Bristol Legible City is a key project within the City Council’s Public Art Policy and Strategy. Bristol Legible City, with support from Adshel, commission artists to work alongside other professionals to realise projects that investigate and reinforce place and neighbourhood identity, and assist orientation and way finding during the day, and at night. Commissions are developed in response to the city’s urban regeneration areas, focusing on landmark buildings, streets and open spaces, key pedestrian routes, cycle ways and the public transport system.

Lead artist
Sean Griffiths, from Fashion, Architecture and Taste (FAT), is the Lead Artist for Bristol Legible City and is appointed to contribute at a strategic level to the development of the artist’s role within the project. Sean’s work has included suggesting a conceptual framework for the development of commissions. Projects within the framework include identities for cycle-ways, buses, bus stops and park and ride site. Completed work includes Walkie Talkie and High Life.

During autumn 2000, the Independent Artist’s Network presented ‘workplace’; a multi-disciplinary arts event that showcased emerging and established artists in Bristol and the South West. The event enabled more than 100 artists to present their work in a variety of empty or disused buildings and spaces. These industrial, commercial and historic sites provided a rare opportunity to discover contemporary art and performance in disregarded or unfamiliar areas of the city. Bristol Legible City - supported the event.

Bristol Bridge
Commissions will be developed as part of the extension, development and implementation of the Bristol Legible City pedestrian system. FAT have designed a solution for the vehicle and pedestrian deck of Bristol Bridge, one of the city’s most significant bridges, has large numbers of pedestrians crossing daily, and forms part of the Bristol Legible City pedestrian Blue Route.

Pedestrian’s Friend and City Gates
These are working titles for projects that will present a series of permanent or temporary artistic interventions, exploring the experience of being a pedestrian in Bristol city centre, and the contemporary significance of the city’s historical gateways.

Art and power
A membership led organisation of disabled artists, whose ambition is to play a key role in developing a more inclusive and creative city. The arts transport research project is extremely relevant. This aims to improve access to the city’s art venues for disabled people by improving the user’s understanding of the city’s public transport network. Informed by Bristol Legible City projects that aim to improve the quality of service disabled people receive. This may be from bus operators to improving the design and identity of buses, bus stops, timetables and other resources that are important when navigating the city. The projects have a wide scope and partnership approach, and illustrate how the arts can be an effective tool for delivering social change.

During summer 2003, the Independent Artist’s Network will present ‘dialogue’. The event involves artists from Bristol, Hanover and Porto (twin cities to Bristol) who are commissioned to produce temporary artworks and interventions at sites around Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Bristol Legible City and other organisations are supporting the event.