On the 12th June a graffiti artist was detained by police in St Werburghs for painting in the Mina Road Tunnel. Anyone who knows the area would probably be surprised to hear this- the tunnel has been one of the few tolerated (if not officially sanctioned) painting spots in the city for more than a decade.
A look at tagging, graffiti and decoding the streets…
Maryem talks about the threat to our vibrant local culture.
As the gentrification of Stokes Croft and St Pauls continues apace, looking at the gap in the high street makes me wonder where the symbols of resistance and underground culture will be allowed to survive.
Tracing 12 countries and almost 30 projects, this is a talk and discussion about how creative and cultural spaces can be catalysts for regenerating our communities and the infrastructure we need to thrive.
Henry Palmer grew up in the ward of Easton between 1998-2010. Back then, the European Commission classed it one of the most deprived wards in the south west of England. When returning to Bristol in 2016, however, Henry was shocked to hear his old area being described as ‘up-and-coming’. Exploring why and what this meant led him to write a book on the gentrification of Bristol. The book explores its financial and cultural consequences, points to real culprits deserving of our focus, and puts forth solutions in the form of Central government policy change and the need for understanding.