Twelve new artworks commissioned for South Bristol Community Hospital at Hengrove Park will be celebrated at a special event with members of the local community who helped to create them, on Thursday 13 September.
The artworks by Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, collectively entitled South Bristol 360, are a series of circular wall-mounted enamel plaques that show unique beauty spots and places with special sentimental value to people in South Bristol.
Neina English, Matron/Manager of SBCH, said, “The artworks inspired by people from South Bristol will be a welcome addition to the community hospital, set in the heart of South Bristol. I am delighted that local people have contributed to these artworks and would like to thank all those who helped create them on behalf of the staff and patients at SBCH.”
During their research in January 2012, the artists gathered favourite views from walkers from the Walking Health Two Hearts group, NLarge, a group of young photographers based at Knowle West Media Centre, members of Broadoak Social Club’s sequence dance group, children from Victoria Park Primary School and young people from Eagle House Youth Club.
Among the views identified by the groups and made into the artworks are the Withywood Senior Club House which has since been demolished, birds flocking on Leinster Avenue, Coronation Road, Bristol seen from Dundry, Hengrove Park playground, Filton Broadway in the 1960s and the Balloon Festival.
The designs were inspired by the blue and white delftware pottery made at nearby Water Lane in South Bristol in the 18th century and reference the form of the cameo. The artworks were made by local company Wards of Bristol, are mounted at eye level and dotted at locations around the interior of the hospital, including day rooms.
Grennan and Sperandio’s work always involves the participation of members of the public. Their past projects include the production of collaboratively-made comic books, a series of large inflatables sited around Edinburgh, the US reality TV documentary series, Artstar, and Colchester Round, where four very different musical groups played each other’s music.
The project was commissioned by Bristol Infracare LIFT and curated by Ginkgo Projects.
To find out more, visit the artists’ blog at: www.southbristolfavouriteviews.com or www.ginkgoprojects.co.uk/projects/index.php?id=1177
Photo: Jamie Woodley.