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Bristol's College Green to become art 'campsite'

John Easterby with a Portent
John Easterby (left) visited Bristol on Thursday to pitch a prototype tent

A green space in the heart of Bristol will be turned into an art "campsite" when dozens of printed tents are pitched there in September.

The project, Portents, will see artist John Easterby fill College Green with a canvas city of more than 50 tents.

Each tent will bear a print designed by different communities from the city.

The exhibition runs from 18 to 27 September 2010 and the tents will be illuminated during the hours of darkness.

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol, John Easterby said the project aimed to highlight the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.


"We're reaching out to all the diverse communities, different ethnic communities from all over Bristol and asking them to contribute a design.

"So when you come down Park Street on the 18th of September you'll be greeted by...a celebration of the extraordinary diversity that makes up Bristol."

On Thursday, John will be visiting the green, which sits immediately outside Bristol's Council House, for a site visit and to meet with some of the other artists involved.

John, who spent his childhood years in Bristol, is a fan of bringing art into public spaces and has partnered up with the city's Pierian Centre to develop Portents.

Two years ago he worked with the centre on another piece of public art in Bristol which saw four-metre banners of Tom Stoddart's photo-journalism hung from Temple Meads Railway Station.

The deadline for community groups to get involved has passed but John Easterby said there is still time for any groups interested in being part of Portents to come forward.

Contact the Pierian Centre on 0117 924 4512 or email: info@pieriancentre.com



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