Bedminster invites artists to make street signs for shops

Bedminster BID are inviting  artists to submit ideas for sculptures (metal or other appropriate material) for outside of the shops of North Street.  Following on from the success of last year's pilot in which 5 signs were made including the project's favourite on El Rincon – representing the ethos of Bedminster - big, bold, creative and unorthadox. 

The artist brief


£4000 has been identified for the four sculptures. The purpose of the project is to create a more interesting and stimulating shopping environment that is different from anywhere else, encourages more visits, longer stays and thus more spend. This project and all our projects seek to do this within our stated vision...

Exploit and eventually explode the gap between art, advertising and entertainment, high street retailing and real estate development’ drawing on some of the lessons of Shoreditch which has reinvented itself as the UK government’s vision for the ‘largest concentration of creativity, media and technology in Europe’.

The place/site and context

North Street, BS3. Clearly most of the buildings are Victorian. North Street is already a successful shopping street being recognised in national awards (such as the Academy of Urbanism).

Project management and time frame

The project will be managed by George Grace of Bedminster Town Team reporting to the Marketing & Arts Group (sub group of the Town Team). The selection process is

1.       A short written submission supported with images sent by email by 20th July detailing past relevant projects, ideas for the signs. 

2.       A shortlist of a maximum of three artists based on the above submissions will be asked to present their ideas to the above sub-group at 6pm on 24th July at the Tobacco Factory. The final selection will be made by 31st July for delivery of the project by no later than 30th September 2017.

Please send submissions to:

George Grace;; 0780179064