Nils Norman: Theatre Curtain for 'Future Perfect'

Date 07.12.13

Time 2 - 4pm

Location Whitchurch Library, Whitchurch District Centre, Oatlands Avenue, Bristol BS14 0SX


Work begins this month on an exciting new art commission for Hengrove and Whitchurch by international artist Nils Norman. The artist will start work on designs for a theatre curtain for Hengrove Community Centre on Fortfield Road, which will document key historic events and local stories, as suggested by residents.


Contributions so far include Whitchurch Aerodrome during the war, Bristol Bulldogs Speedway Track in the 1920s, and the area as the Gretna Green of the West Country. If you live or have lived in the area, and have stories or photos to share, Nils Norman would like to hear from you to inspire the design of the curtain. To get involved and have your suggestion immortalised in the new theatre curtain you can either:

- Bring stories or photos to scan to our Community Stories Event at Whitchurch Library, Saturday 7 December, 2-4pm.

- Hand your written story or photo to Whitchurch Library staff until 14 December.

- Email your story or photo to or ask us to come to your community group.

Hengrove Community Centre secretary and local resident Jean Young is excited about the project, saying “It would be fantastic, especially as Nils Norman proposes to include local peoples’ thoughts and ideas in the collage and final design. The present curtains are the original ones, now many years old and need to be replaced - something the committee could not afford to do.

Ray Andrews, local resident and member of the Future Perfect Art Steering Group adds “We seriously deserve better here in Hengrove and Whitchurch – something that is iconic, stimulating, reflective and involves each and every one of us. This is what the Future Perfect programme promises to deliver.”

Councillor Simon Cook, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for leisure and tourism, said: “This is an important project for Hengrove, one that will enhance the local environment, bring the local community together by asking them to contribute to this new art commission.”

Ward councillor Barry Clark added: “This project has been created with enthusiastic involvement from local people and will leave a great practical legacy for the residents of Hengrove and Whitchurch.”

Councillor Sylvia Doubell said: “"This is exciting project that will  form a trail, through Hengrove  and Whitchurch linking the area through play areas and a path in Hengrove Park with a curtain for the community hall all with a common theme that will reflect the history and ethos of the area. Local residents are already contributing their memories to be included in the final design for the curtain and I look forward to seeing the finished  project"

The project forms part of Nils Norman’s Future Perfect public art commission which will consist of three visually linked components forming a trail through Hengrove. As well as the new theatre curtain, he will also be installing a specially-designed paving addition to the new gate, pathways and drainage system on Hengrove Park at the entrance to the St Giles Estate. These elements will provide improved access for pedestrians as well as buggy and wheelchair users, and will stop motorbikes entering the site. Nils Norman will also create a series of new play areas in Hengrove, made with logs and other natural materials to encourage children to devise their own imaginative games.

For further press information, images and interview requests, please contact Peter Wood PR and Media Officer, Bristol City Council, 0117 922 2651 or Leela Clarke, Future Perfect Marketing Manager, on 07855898117