'Primary Structure', 2014. Photo: Max McClure. Image courtesy of the artists, Arnolfini and Bristol City Council.
The Bristol Arena will be a new world-class 12,000 capacity entertainment venue for Bristol. Located on the former diesel depot site adjacent to Bristol Temple Meads station and within the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, this £91M venue will host over 100 music, sport, exhibitions and events a year. As part of the development, and in keeping with the Council’s public art policy, a budget for the development of a public art strategy and commissions programme has been agreed by Bristol City Council.
Working with the music of Philip Glass, Bristol artist Luke Jerram is working with St George’s Bristol to develop ‘Apollo’ a new artwork, created to help fundraise towards the venues capital appeal, Building a Sound Future.
The renovation of the Stoney Street pedestrian public right of way was conceived and designed as a route and a destination social space to articulate through the use of materials the disjuncture between the crust of human occupation above ground and the bedrock beneath.
During the summer of 2016 work to improve the main facade of Bristol’s Royal Infirmary (BRI) - once voted the ugliest in Bristol – was completed, transformed by the addition of an elegant aluminium and glass skin. The redesign which formed part of a £92 million redevelopment of the hospital, also included works to create a new Ward block, Welcome Centre and Helideck.
Bristol City Council’s Primary Capital Programme (PCP) is designed to include artists in the development of primary schools in the city with artists both involved in the design of these important educational spaces and contributing works specially made for their communities. Framed within the parameters of Bristol City Council’s innovative public art strategy, The Primary Capital Programme is the most extensive programme of commissioning contemporary art for school environments in the UK.