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Share your skills with the community!

Find out about how you can get involved in all sorts of local projects from greening the Cumberland Piazza to helping implement the HCCA traffic strategy, making our streets safer. Let us know about things you’d like to do to improve our neighbourhood

Enjoy a presentation by HighWaterLine Bristol and Bristol City Council Flood Risk Team on how high tides might affect us in the future

 HCCA AGM, Tuesday 18th Nov 7.45pm at Holy Trinity Church, Hotwell Rd


Bristol needs your vote to secure £120,000 Big Lottery grant to ‘Grow Wild’


Bristol needs your vote! The ‘People’s Plant Project’, is in the running to win a £120,000 grant to transform the city; bringing a flowerbed of colour to the Cumberland Piazza and providing the Bristol community with some of the UK’s rarest native plants to be displayed via ‘pop up’ gardens around the city.

Bristol is up against four other cities across the UK in the Grow Wild competition. Bristol’s project, The People’s Plant Collection is all about transforming dull, abandoned areas into vibrant, colourful wild flower spaces that communities across our wonderful city can enjoy. You can read more about our campaign at:

Bristol Zoo and Bristol City Council  will work with the local community to grow native plants at the Cumberland Piazza and will help with our skatespot and pillar painting.



We would be very grateful if you and your friends, families and colleagues could;

  1. Vote for Bristol – the national vote opens on 07/10/2014; we really need you to pledge your support. You can vote by calling 0808 228 7704 or online by clicking here. It’s easy to do and only takes a few seconds.
  2. Share this campaign with your friends, family and colleagues.
  3. And if you have time you can help us spread Bristol’s message through our Thunderclap Twitter campaign. It’s really easy and very quick to set up with a huge impact for the campaign.

By voting for Bristol – The Peoples Plant Collection, you will be supporting the world’s first community plant project which will rejuvenate the Bristol landscape – a legacy created for the people by the people.

Vote Bristol!

Ideas, Visions and Summer Arts Projects

hotwells rdCP vision sketches 1

Hotwells Arts has been working with HCCA, to plan more improvements to the Cumberland Piazza and we’d love to get feedback from you on our ideas. We’ve also been engaging with the High Water Line, an international arts project, to gather stories and histories from local residents about community resilience and flooding. Earthed are coming to the Ashton Meadows area [opposite the Create centre] to create temporary land art installations. Their first event is The Earthed Weekender on 14th/15th June as part of Bristol’s Big Green Week.

Artists Dave Bain and Oli Timmins are developing some fantastic ideas for involving local people in painting the pillars in different colours and this will be a chance for anyone in the community to have a go. Here are some visuals of how the painted pillars could make a difference to the space, to make it more striking and distinctive. We also have plans to create new planters on a more architectural scale, with Bristol Wood Recycling Project.

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Colour mock-ups by Dave Bain, Visualisations by local residents Leon, age 12 and Anna age 45

We will run some workshops for local people to create character designs for the pillars and walls, inspired by the history and stories of the space. . So if you’d like to join a workshop, get in touch.

photo 1     oli2     Oli Lazy days

Examples of Oli’s work

davebain1     Dave Bain robots      Dave Bain creatures

Examples of Dave’s work

We are currently engaging with Bristol City Council who are helping us to secure permissions for our ideas and will update this blog post with news of dates or workshops and more detailed plans as soon as we know more

Let us know what you think of the ideas, and find out how to get involved in any of the projects by following this blog, emailing or leaving a message for HCCA on 01179291883


Making a Skatespot Happen in Hotwells!

People in Hotwells & Cliftonwood, would like to see more for our kids to do, and have voted for a skatespot under the flyover! Have a look at what our kids say and see how you can help…

Local year 7 kids made a film in a day during February half term, inspired by a project called 80 by 18 and this is the story they wrote, rehearsed, filmed and helped edit  to see the film open this blog in your browser

We found the ‘man in the red trousers’ and he said ‘great idea!’ So we’re going to make it happen and this is how!

  • We have consulted extensively with skaters and all of them have advised that a flat piece of smooth tarmac under cover is the way to start. Syd from Fifty Fifty says
    ‘Skaters are a global community, when they travel they seek out the best spots and they’d come to Hotwells. This would be great for local kids because these skaters would teach them skills.’
  • It’s not all about the money. There’s a skate spot under the M32 that’s had a maximum of £1000 spent on it and it can be found on an Aussie website!
  • To start with we are seeking permission from the council to tarmac a small area shown between these pillars below.

ALU_1702                          ALU_1701

  • When that area starts to attract skaters, the next step is to make some films with our local young people to profile skating here.
  • From then on DIY practices could be used to create ‘jumps’ and we can hold some events.
  • Once we’ve assessed how and what people are using the area we can start fund raising for new elements- could be extending the tarmac, putting a ‘cage’; around the space so it can be used for ball games too; more artwork; grind poles, jumps- aim high!

We hope to be working with local artists Dave Bain and Oli Timmins to paint the pillars surrounding the tarmac as a project with local people. They’ll also do murals on other parts of the site. If you want to get involved ‘follow’ this blog or e-mail specifying skatespot and/or art at the Cumberland Piazza.

This project will only work with maximum involvement from local people, so how about it?



Aspirations for 2014

Happy New Year from Hotwells Arts, and here’s what we’re thinking about for 2014!


Cumberland Piazza is finally getting it’s trees this year, eight Acer Rubrum Armstrong, to be planted in a group  – a variety of red maple that has an upright columnar form- and we’ll celebrate by renewing the tired old planter bags with something made to last.

We’re engaging young people in the space through a summer festival exploring how a wheels space could work on site and link with another site near the Festival Way Path by Ashton Meadows. We’re talking to yr 6, 7 and 8 kids at the moment, and producing a short film telling their stories. Helping us are a few grown-up skaters, a designer, some artists and musicians, but we’re on the look out for any adults and kids who want to work together on this!

We’re also keen to get some signage and interpretation in to the space to profile all the amazing local heritage. If you’ve seen any great examples in other places, send them in or let us know and also send us your ideas.

painting fly

The painting that we did last year is amazingly still in tact and no graffiti has been added to the space since, so we feel it’s time to paint those pillars properly and while we’re there, wouldn’t it be lovely to do something on some of the flat surfaces? For the future, we have a wish list of artists and projects whose work we’d like to see influence the space and we’d love to have your suggestions and ideas as well.  Here’s some examples that are inspiring  us:

  • The High Line utilises an old high railway in New York and is a fantastic example of a community led regeneration scheme which incorporates art amongst other things.
  • Jaime Gili‘s project worked on a 1961 landscape park.   he has a particular interest in concrete architecture of the 60s – there was a lot of it in Caracas where he grew up. More of his work can be viewed at Saatchi and here.
  • Lothar Goetz
  • Gordon Young has done some interesting urban landscape projects – including an iconic gateway for Blackpool which also functions as a climbing wall
  • Exyzt 
  • Dave Bain is a Bristol based artist and illustrator
  • Oli Timmins is a Hotwells based artist and graphic designer
  • Situations have links to many public art projects- check out their fantastic ‘The New Rules of Public Art’

The best way to get involved in is to ‘follow’ this blog so we can communicate directly with you. If you prefer, e-mail Hotwells Arts at

Come to our public meeting 19th Feb at Young Bristol 7.30pm (dockside opposite Mardyke Arms, Hotwells) and discuss options for the Piazza.

Our Kids want a Skatepark!

Are you a young person or a parent? Do you or your kids like mucking about on scooters, skateboards, bikes or doing other street sports like Parkour?

For years we’ve been hearing from Hotwells and Cliftonwood kids about what they’d like to under the flyover and  a wheels park is always suggested, amongst ideas for a roller coaster and a beach!

So, how can we help? Well, the way to do it is to do it!

In June 2014 Bristol’s Big Bike Ride closes the Portway – Perfect!

What do we need?

  • Ramps and mats
  • Demos from street sport experts
  • Graffiti workshops

Have you got?

  • Old doors, carpets and planks
  • ideas for graffiti art
  • a facebook or twitter account that you can use to share this blog- sign up to
  • ideas to help us make a film to raise funds
  • Comments to share with us

How will it all work?Well first we need your support and involvement; then we’ll work out exactly what we want to do; then we’ll apply for some funding; advertise;  have a great event; make a film; ask the council, local people and funders to support the creation of a SKATE PARK in HOTWELLS!

Here’s what some other communities have acheived:

Deptford got a designated youth space, Broadway Fields, designed by young people through consultation and partnerships with local authorities and creatives

West Bristol Arts Trail 12th/13th October 2013

All 12 posters have lines of poetry and are at the printers being made massive! Can’t wait to see what they’ll look like on those pillars!


In Spike Island Print Studios on Wednesday silk screening the posters for Voices of the Pillars with Liz and Bob! The print studios are fantastic and we recommend you have a look here for courses and membership.

voices of the pillars

Art under the Flyover launches it’s second 2013 event at the West Bristol Arts Trail in 3 weeks time! Click on the map to see  where we’ll be.

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We have an exciting arts programme and are inviting you to come and create with us on sat 12th Oct! Paint shades of grey, plan to build a fort and add to the poetry and prose with our creative writing session. See ‘Workshop’ page for more detail.

another meaning to concrete poetry posters coming soon...

another meaning to concrete poetry posters coming soon…

Come and add to the councils anti-graffiti techniques!

Come and add to the councils anti-graffiti techniques!