11 June—1 September 2017

Bristol 2015: It Doesn’t Stop Here

Bristol 2015: It Doesn’t Stop Here celebrates the city’s year as European Green Capital, showcasing the projects and events which helped to make Bristol a healthier, happier and more environmentally sustainable city in 2015.

Interactive digital screens will show photos and videos of the exciting things which happened all over the city and a searchable map will feature the events and projects that took place by neighbourhood. Learn about energy saving in Easton, discovering nature in Hartcliffe, and making ceramic starlings in Westbury-on-Trym.

Visitors can play the Sustainable Shaun game to help Shaun the Sheep build an eco-friendly city for stray animals, making sure to keep them all happy by monitoring resources, food, energy, transport and nature issues.

The game, developed in partnership with Aardman, is now being played in over 100 countries around the world.

The display will also include brand new, specially commissioned artwork called Our Hived Mind by Bristol artist Anne Deeming and a poem called A Longer Water by Holly Corfield Carr.

In 2015, thousands of local people pledged to make a difference to Bristol’s future. Join in and make your own pledge. It doesn’t stop here!

Our Hived Mind

‘As our knowledge of the delicate ecological balance of our world becomes more sophisticated we have a growing need to use resources responsibly, efficiently and in ever more inventive ways.’

Our Hived Mind

© Jake Hancock Photography

Anne Deeming’s sculptures and installations explore our sensory reactions to forms, textures and colours. She investigates the slippage between the familiar and foreign, domestic and industrial, the useful and useless and examines the gaps between sculpture, contemporary design and applied arts. Taking its title from the sense of a collective unconscious or action Our hived mind is created from materials linked to Bristol’s history, such as felted wool, compressed coal, rubber and glass. Each small piece draws our attention to its traditional use but also to the way we might use, re-use or recycle it today. The honeycomb structure of the work is borrowed from the collective efforts of the bee – itself a reminder of the fragile nature of our eco system.

A Longer Water

Holly Corfield Carr makes site-specific poems, often concerned with the environment in which she finds herself. A Longer Water considers the sounds, sites and song of the Floating Harbour, the body of water that surrounds M Shed, which you can see from this window.

The Floating Harbour was built in 1809 to allow ships safe passage into the city. Before this, travelling on the River Avon was subject to the Bristol tides which are the second highest in the world. A Longer Water imagines a walk along the high tide line of a future Bristol. Follow the poem from left to right and travel upstream from the Cumberland Basin (where the harbour drains back into the Avon) all the way to the small gate in the harbour wall where the River Frome emerges from its long journey underneath the city.

Holly Corfield Carr is an award-winning poet and writer. She lives and works in Bristol by the banks of the River Frome, although the Frome has moved underground and in its place flows the M32.