Sheltered housing scheme joins Bristol’s street art scene

October 04 2018
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BRISTOL has a reputation for street art - but it’s not just the hip streets of Montpelier and Southville where walls are being spray-painted.

Residents of a sheltered housing scheme in Fishponds also have their own wall art after commissioning an artist to spray a landscape scene on what was previously a rather boring, blank wall.

Charity Brunelcare, which runs the Colliers Gardens extra care housing scheme, in Delabere Avenue, Oldbury Court, decided to do something with the wall after speaking to tenants.

Centre Manager Julie Walker asked residents Eleanor Elton and Elizabeth Orchard to contact a Bristol artist who had created an art work on their previous house. So together they invited the artist, known simply as Andy, to come and decorate the wall at Colliers Gardens.

Andy took just one day to produce his country scene, which complements the nearby trees and gardens.

Tenant Brian Kelly looks out onto the wall from his apartment.

He said: “I became friends with Andy the day he did this. I enjoyed chatting to him and watching him do the painting – I think he has done a brilliant job. It looks amazing!”

Julie said: “We fundraised to pay Andy for his work, so this has become quite a community project over the last few weeks, with everyone getting involved and becoming intrigued to see the result.

“This isn’t just wall art – we have noticed a real buzz around the place, the wall has brightened everyone’s moods and is a real talking point.

“Friends and family have been popping in to see it. We are lucky to have this uplifting art on site!”

More information about Colliers Gardens and Brunelcare’s work can be found  at www.brunelcare.org.uk.