New street art on display at Temple Meads to welcome travellers
FROM today visitors to Bristol will be greeted by examples of street art for which the city has become famous.
Travellers arriving at Temple Meads station will be met by a new piece of work created by street artist Inkie, called Bristol to Brooklyn.
And a 10m-high inflatable artwork is also going on display on the approach to the station.
Alongside these new pieces, a scheme is being launched to create a new artistic gateway to the city. The people behind the new Enterprise Zone around Temple Meads have announced an open call to artists to come forward. Bristol-born artist and curator of the See No Evil project Inkie has produced the new artwork to get the scheme under way.
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The piece is being unveiled this morning on Platform Three by Bristol City councillor Simon Cook, Arts Council director Phil Gibby, and local Enterprise Zone business owner and founder of the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Network Jonathan May.
A 10m inflatable artwork created by Bristol street artists, Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas, will then be inflated for the first time and revealed outside Brunel's Old Station.
The new project is designed to provide a better welcome to the city from Temple Meads and raise awareness for Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. A competition is also being launched at the station by Bristol Festival of Ideas director Andrew Kelly to help visitors learn about the area and guide them on their way.
Proposals could include short films, posters, cartoons, essays, short stories, street art or drama.
The Creative Gateway competition will give ten awards of £500 for project proposals to be developed. An overall winner will be announced at the Festival of Ideas awards evening in with a prize of £2,500.
Simon Cook, said: "I am a strong advocate for cultural activity, as we have seen with the developments at Harbourside and in Bedminster.
"High-profile creative projects can raise the profile of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and indeed the wider city region, ensuring that we position ourselves as a city that does things differently and where talented people and businesses want to be."
Arts Council England's Director for the South West, Phil Gibby, said: "Arts Council England has invested £300,000 to develop cultural activity in Bristol Temple Quarter.
"This gives Bristol organisations the opportunity to champion new talent and create cutting edge cultural experiences. Bristol's cultural identity is vital to promoting the city and attracting businesses."
Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Festival of Ideas, said: "Temple Meads is a key gateway to Bristol and an important landmark in the city, but parts of the station and some of its approaches are confusing and lack interest. This competition will provide a better welcome to the city."