Greater Bedminster

‘The AV Hub’ by Elise Hurcombe


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‘The AV Hub’ has been a programme of nature-themed, inter-generational community arts projects and events enabling 800 Ashton Vale residents to be creative and play an active role in changing the social and physical landscape of their community. Street art, a community café and community garden have been just some of the elements that inspired this area to come together during Bristol’s Green Capital year. The community café proved to be so popular that residents have taken on the task of running it monthly into 2016 and, perhaps, beyond. 

Elise Hurcombe is a multimedia artist and project manager with a specialism for community engagement. She is renowned for her knit graffiti and also teaches this artform. 

•    25 workshops with Ashton Vale community
•    823 people directly engaged
•    Increase in community centre bookings and youth centre attendance 

It’s been great having a safe environment locally to take the children that we all benefit from and socialising with old and new friends. - Local resident.







*** NEWS UPDATE*** 8th October

A huge thank you is in order to everyone who was involved in the Ashton Vale Hub Celebration last Saturday. I think all those who went will agree that it was a huge success, and a great way to mark the end of the NAP project. From arts activities to bug hunts and games led by Festival of Nature and Playing Out, there really was something for every one of the 300 or so people who turned up. There was also a cake sale which raised £160 for the Ashton Vale Pre-
Photo: Frances Gard
School. We're delighted to say that over the course of this project, Elise has worked with approximately 800 people from Ashton Vale; visitors to the Community Cafe have risen every week, and numbers of young people joining sessions at Ashton Vale Youth Club have doubled since the project started. We'd like to say thank you to both Elise and all the residents from Ashton Vale for making this project such a tremendous success. 

What's next for the AV Hub?

Last weekend's celebration may have marked the end of Elise's Neighbourhood Arts Project, but it is by no means the end of the community spirit that has flourished this summer in Ashton Vale. The hugely popular Community Cafe, which began through the AV Hub, will continue on a monthly basis at least until May 2016. To keep up to date with Community Cafe sessions, make sure you join the Community Centre Facebook page

Until the next session comes around in November, check out the pictures from the weekend in the gallery at the bottom of this page. 

*** NEWS UPDATE*** 15th September

The AV Hub Celebration Event - but is it the end?

On Saturday 3rd October Elise Hurcombe and two local residents invite you to celebrate everything that the AV Hub has achieved so far and to look forward at its future. A whole range of extra activities will be available for local residents to get involved in between 10.30am and 4pm.

The Festival of Nature will be there, making bird feeders and running wild walks, for what will be their final outreach day of the year and their first ever event in Ashton Vale. As well as this, local resident Maria Metcalfe has worked with Playing Out to arrange a street party, local artist Sarah Jessie Peyton will run an arts workshop, and the pre-school mums will be selling homemade cakes.

Many other stalls and groups are expected to take part as well, including Linkage, to make the day event an all-inclusive, community event.

Flyer for weekends events...

For more information about the Ashton Vale Hub then get in touch with Elise -, visit: or call 0117 371 0115.



*** NEWS UPDATE*** 27th August

As we head into September, there are just two sessions left to come at the Community Cafe before the final celebration on 3rd October. If you haven't popped in yet for a cup of tea and an arts class, make sure you don't miss out. 

Check out the pictures at the bottom of this page to see the AV Hub highlights from over the summer.

*** NEWS UPDATE*** 25th July 

What to hear all about the project straight from the artist? We've just published an interview with Elise Hurcombe here.

Take a look at what's coming up next at the AV Hub...




What will a neighbourhood arts project look like for Greater Bedminster?

  • The project has been shaped from what we heard from individual residents, community groups and local businesses.

What’s happened so far?

Since September 2014 we’ve been consulting people living in the neighbourhood area to find out:

  • what issues need addressing in terms of the green agenda
  • particular areas that would be great to have an arts project
  • specific community groups or members of the community an artist, maker or facilitator should work with – ie schools, unemployed or older people

How have we engaged with this area? Well, we’ve…

  • talked at the neighbourhood partnership and local forum meetings
  • been working closely with Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood & Community Development teams
  • met with community leaders, groups and individuals
  • been busy on social media
  • left flyers in community buildings
  • held a public consultation meeting on the 12th January at Ashton Vale Community Centre
  • held a Creative Brainstorming drop in session on Saturday 7th March for artists to talk to the NAP team

What are the next steps?

“I’m a creative Bristolian and I’d like to get involved.”

Want to know more? Feel you could volunteer?

Get in touch –

Follow the neighbourhood arts project on Facebook

AV Hub Community Cafe

AV Hub community growing

AV Hub with the Youth Club

AV Hub General

AV Hub - End of Summer Celebration!