In 2021 Bristol City Council secured £4.7 million to help the city centre and high streets recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help get more people visiting and using these places. Part of that package focuses on investing in art, community and culture. Stapleton Road is one of the nine high streets to host activities as part of the City Centre and High Streets Culture and Events Programme.
Last year local organisation Play:Disrupt started the conversation by holding creative workshops on the road to find out how residents would like to see
the funding spent.
Bristol City Council then invited expressions of interest from organisations with experience working with the community and other stakeholders to co-design and deliver culture and events activity in the priority high streets.
Eastside Community Trust and Bristol Horn Youth Concern were successful in bidding to organise cultural activities and events in collaboration with residents and businesses on the road. Based on feedback from the work Play:Disrupt carried out we proposed to hold three street markets and paint shop shutters on the road. We were also asked to work with a Creative Producer Kerry Russell from Studio Meraki to support the commissioning of three new public artworks on the street.
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This project is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project.