Have you visited the centre recently? Next time you do, look up! The community artwork project led by local UWE students is now installed on the top floor of the centre.
Graphic design students Jack Jones, Ella Coldray, Theo Edkins, Alex Trott and Neasa Tubridy – all in the third year at university – were given the challenge of developing a community outreach project themed around local history and community connections.
The students were keen to focus in on The Galleries & Broadmead to look at the importance that local shopping precincts play in the local community and, following a meeting with Galleries Centre Management, the idea developed to ask shoppers for their favourite memories involving The Galleries & Broadmead from the past 30 years.
Originally the project had been due to involve face-to-face interviews however, given the pandemic, the students took the safest option to run the survey online through local community groups and social media channels. The students launched the survey in February and were delighted to receive such a variety of different memories from a variety of age groups.
Jack Jones, one of the students leading on the project said: ‘It was so exciting to read the varying stories and memories sent through to us. Over the past couple of months, we have worked together to design banners which help make these stories come alive – so seeing these now hanging in The Galleries feels quite unreal!’
The banners feature phrases such as: ‘I remember when it was first built and feeling like the 1990s had truly come to Bristol’, ‘I met Barbara Windsor there once – she gave me a lush hug!’ and ‘I remember buying a baby blue fluffy cropped jumper from Bay Trading!’.
David Wait, Centre Manager at The Galleries said: ‘Supporting the local community is absolutely key to us at The Galleries, and the moment that we started discussing the project, we all agreed that it was the ideal way to help celebrate the centre’s 30thanniversary. Over the past 30 years, The Galleries has sat at the heart of the shopping experience in the city centre, and all Bristolians will have a memory relating to the centre – whether it was a teenage first date or taking their child to meet Santa for the first time. Over the past few months the team have been unfailingly enthusiastic in their approach to the project, and we wish them all the very best as they complete their degrees.’