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
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
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.
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
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.