|Bridge – The Bristol Design Show
West of England Academy
hosted Bridge, from 2 to 29 April
A mixed show, Bridge was a collaborative exhibition between
Bristol School of Art, Media & Design and Bristol designers.
Bridge celebrated creativity, art and the design
talent in Bristol today, and in our everyday lives, tracing the journey
from art education to the commercial design world, as well as paying
tribute to one of Bristol’s
most prolific and successful designers – Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
objective, was to raise awareness and understanding of design in Bristol
today, by alerting people to the design agencies in the city, which
have produced commercial and recognisable design.
It showcased Bristol’s
creative talent and included the Longest Bridge in Bristol – a drawing
made by local artists and children – a knitted railway and great examples
of Bristol design.
From interiors at the award–winning Café Maitreya
to Sky Starter packs and design for Formula 1, a range of design was
displayed, including work from Home design agency, whose work for
Royal Mail was exhibited.
Cheddar Grove School visiting Bridge (Mark Simmons).
Emma Collins, one of the show’s organisers and Managing Director
at Bristol’s design brand and communications agency Home said,
“We are so thrilled that Brunel 200 has
provided an opportunity to bring designers and artists together. It’s
a great way to show the people of Bristol the talent that exists within
our City today, to find out a bit more about art and how things are designed.
This show is designed to be open and accessible for all and we are delighted
that the RWA has opened it’s doors to provide a fabulous venue for
this unique show”.
Nick Capaldi, Arts Council, stated that “…this was exactly
the type of partnership the RWA should be involved with, celebrating
all forms of creativity and opening it’s doors to new communities
Approximately 2,000 people were involved in the project,
either via contributing or visiting, comprising:
13 design agencies
48 local people (aged 18-70)
300 primary school children
150 secondary school children
35 guests at a talk on architecture by George Ferguson
60+ guests at a talk on the value of design
1,200 visitors to the show
Emma was the driving force behind the project,
and through working with other design agencies and individuals, she has
proposed that Bristol develops a Design Festival. Bridge had plenty of
local publicity, as well as a full page in Design Week, which has led to
London Design Festival wanting to discuss the future possibilities of such
She commented in evaluation that, “Brunel does do something to people – whether
it’s to capture their imagination or just some basic level of respect
for a great man, having Brunel as the thrust behind…this exhibition…was
of great help”.
Cheddar Grove School visiting Bridge (Mark
Visitor quotes to Bridge included:
“I enjoyed both the fine art and the design elements – Yay
“Inspirational and awareness raising.”
“The exhibition caught the spirit of Brunel as designer, entrepreneur,
and radical innovator.”
Paul Gough, Dean. Bristol School of Art, Media & Design,
website can be found here: www.bridgeshow.org.uk
Design by Bristol school children, showing the Longest Bridge in Bristol.