News Flags pave the way for sustainable living AN exciting new art trail is being launched this month across Horfield and Lockleaze, promoting healthy and sustainable living. Designed to connect Horfield Common to the diverse, natural spaces of Stoke Park Estate, 52 large banners will be installed on lampposts to get residents to follow the flags between the two green spaces. The project, Flagged Up, is being led by artist Deborah Weinreb, who has held community workshops over the summer to create colourful banners with inspiring words and images associated to environmental awareness. Deborah Weinreb said: “It has been a lot of fun and a great privilege to work with such lovely and diverse communities. “We have been engaged and creative in many different ways and inspired each other about ideas of sustainability and good practices.” The process itself has provided community groups and residents with an opportunity to debate the issues and get involved in a variety of nature-themed arts activities - sometimes involving nature itself. Anna George, a local resident and project participant said: “I have had great fun taking part in lots of Flagged Up’s workshops over the summer, they have been both inspiring and thought provoking. I’m really looking
forward to seeing the images up on the street.” The project, which launches on October 10, was commissioned by the Bristol 2015 Neighbourhood Arts Programme – as part of Bristol being awarded European Green Capital. The banners will be in situ for six months, giving locals plenty of time to follow the trail. The flags will then be donated to community buildings in the neighbourhood.
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To celebrate the launch, there will be an 11.30am walk from Horfield Common by the top of Wessex Ave, and a 12.30pm walk at Groundworks in Romney Avenue. There will be an opportunity meet the artist and see pictures from the project, as well as enjoy homemade soup. To find out more about the Flagged Up project, visit: www.bristol2015.co.uk/hl or Facebook.com/flaggedup, or call: 0117 371 0115.
Room 212 news ROOM 212 artists will be bringing the Day of the Dead to Gloucester Road this month with a themed window display and exhibition. Running over the Halloween period, from October 20 to November 4, artists will be displaying painted mannequins, corsets and exotic headpieces to reflect the Mexican festival which celebrates and honours those who have passed. For more details on Day of the Dead activities, visit Room 212 on Facebook.
THROUGHOUT October, Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp will be exhibiting work from local photographers. Showcasing their works, from October 1-18, will be Jon Craig, who has a reputation for capturing special events in Bristol; wildlife photographer and Bishopston local Stephen Portlock; and Mark Hayward, who takes atmospheric photographs of the surrounding countryside. All three photographers are taking advantage of the softer light of autumn to explore Bristol and capture images for the exhibition. They will be using the gallery’s in-house services at 212 Productions to print their images as the fine artist papers and canvases lend photographs a different, more painterly quality.
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