£1,000 prize for artists to illustrate Bristol's Green Capital bid

An open call with a 1,000 pound prize has gone out to artists, photographers, film-makers and even musicians to submit their ideas for showing Bristol as a green capital.

The Bristol Green Capital Partnership wants to hear from local artists of all genres who believe their work can help illustrate what it means to be a green capital and engage with Bristol residents.

Alastair Sawday, chair of the Partnership, says: “We want Bristol to become a low carbon city with a high quality of life for everyone who lives and works here. At the moment, a lot of the work we are doing towards this goal probably doesn’t mean much to the majority of residents, which is why we want to enlist the help of a local artist to bring it to life

Leader of the council, Cllr Barbara Janke, said: “We have just submitted our bid for the European Green Capital Awards 2014 and we want involve as many residents as we can, encourage them to support our ambitions and hopefully make their own small changes to help make Bristol a truly sustainable city. Asking local artists for their interpretation of what it means to be a green capital should bring us a fascinating range of perspectives and opinions. ” 

Any interested artists should contact the partnership to register their interest before January. As there is no funding for the submission, artists can either submit existing work and explain their idea, or just describe their concept if they are a new artist and don’t have a portfolio.

“We’re not excluding people who are not already committed to the green agenda,” explains Alastair. “It could actually be helpful to have an artist who has a different perspective from ours

Depending on the number of entries, around 10 will be short listed in January and offered workspace at the Create Centre, where the Green Capital Partnership is based, if they want it. They will then work with the Green Capital team from April to June 2012 to develop their ideas into an exhibition. They will also have the opportunity to sell their work from here. All the work will be showcased at an exhibition taking place during Bristol’s Big Green Week, from 9th to 17th June 2012 and the winner will be chosen and awarded the £1,000 prize.

To register your interest or find out more, email green.capital@bristolgreencapital.org, telephone the team on 0117 922 4180 or visit their website: www.bristolgreencapital.org.

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