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The Architecture Centre
Narrow Quay

Wed 30 Aug 2017
18:30 - 20:00

£7 / £5

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Curator Theresa Bergne and Engagement Manager Jo Plimmer discuss the Future Perfect public art commissions in Hengrove South Bristol that took place from 2012-16. One of these commissions led Jo to meet Garth England, who shared his remarkable collection of drawings with her.

A selection of Garth’s drawings were used as part of a theatre curtain design for Hengrove Community Centre by artist Nils Norman. This then led on to the development of a fully illustrated book, Murdered by Straight Lines: Drawings of Bristol by Garth England (Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 2016) which is available to buy in the exhibition at the Architecture Centre.

In this talk Theresa and Jo will discuss how working with local communities to bring to light the history of the area in Hengrove was key to the artist commissions realised by international artists Martino Gamper, Nils Norman and David Thorpe.

Future Perfect was an ambitious programme of public art commissioned for Hengrove, in south Bristol. It was commissioned by Bristol City Council and was the first public art programme to be funded through a Neighbourhood Partnership in which governance is extended to members of the Hengrove community. Future Perfect was curated by Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne and was commissioned by Aldo Rinaldi, Senior Public Art Officer at Bristol City Council.

For more information visit the Future Perfect website:

Future Perfect


This event is part of the Opening Doors to Heritage programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.