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November 2019


August 2019



Lauren Curl is a Bristol-based artist and printmaker. Below she shares some words about the inspiration behind her piece “Story”. View more of her work at and

“For the last few years I have been photographing torn billboard posters as inspiration for my work which often finds its beginnings in the scraps and corners of our city. I love the combination of fragments of typographic marks or random words, floating in a chaotic ripped surface of these billboards and find it refreshing and cathartic to come across a totally ripped up billboard hoarding, rebellion against all the fast food and shiny cars that no one needs. The random words from these are dislocated from the corporate message and could almost be bits of Dada poetry that people can bring their own interpretations and narrative to, a bit like cloud watching.

“I’ve been using screen printing to translate these bits of urban surface, balancing the busy textures with planes of screen-printed colour. I’m also intrigued by how a three-dimensional surface is translated into a two-dimensional print and how we interpret this visually as a haptic experience. More recently I have been playing with putting the literal surface texture back in to the surface of my prints by laser engraving my screen prints on plywood, and use handmade collagraph plates to blind embossed similar textures into paper prints.

“By printing on wood I have also started making pieces into solid sculptural shapes with the protruding corner that invites people to get up close and investigate the surface of the prints. It’s when I hear “can I touch it?” that I feel a print has been successful. As an artist driven by my love of process and materials, I’m inviting people to share that same curiosity of the physical nature of things.

“As part of this body of work I have also had the opportunity to return my printed interpretation back to the billboard opposite where I took the original photos for the print. I chose ‘Story’ raises themes about the dominant story-tellers in today’s society, layers of consumerism reveal a new story here, offering a reminder to stay curious about the world around us and listen to each other’s stories.” 

Artwork by Lucas Antics, installed March 2019

Bristol artist Ava Osbiston worked with a childrens group at St Werburghs City Farm to ask, “What do you like about nature?”

She took the answers and assembled them into a collage piece that was installed in November 2018.

My Mother’s Aspirations for me… (installed October 2018)

Artist Aida Wilde ran a workshop at the ‘Picnic in the Park’ event at Mina Road Park in September 2018. The answers were assembled into a text based piece.  Read Bristol 24/7’s coverage of it here.

‘The Spark’ – Conversations About What Matters

In June 2018, artist Bill Posters spent three days talking to St Werburghs residents about what features of the neighbourhood matter to them most. The results of these conversations in the streets, shops, community centre and public spaces, as well as 60 paper surveys –  formed the content of a commissioned artwork that will be installed in the Burg Arts board in September 2018.  You can read the full report here.

Summary of ‘The Spark’ conversations

  • Residents of St. Werburghs place an emphasis of value on ‘the local’ as apposed to ‘the corporate’. This is evident in relation to local art, shops and food growing as apposed to corporate advertising and larger branded retail shops.
  • Residents value safe streets and public spaces above all else in their neighbourhood. This was valued by all those consulted regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or faith.
  • Nearly two thirds of those surveyed think that land and air pollution are big issues in the local community.
  • Local art is highly valued as apposed to corporate advertising which is not valued by residents and was the least valued aspect of a healthy neighbourhood.

Artwork by Alpha Wilson, installed May 2018

Artwork by Matt Bonner (Revolt Design), installed February 2018

A timely Autumnal piece, up till the end of November.
The leaves came from Mina Park.


Leo B is up this month and is our first international artist having sailed from Ireland on Thursday to participate in the project.

His website is here: