Henleaze, Stoke Bishop & Westbury-on-Trym
'A Bristol Murmuration' by Zoë Cameron.
GREEN SPACES | NATURE | INTER-GENERATIONAL | WHOLE AREA
‘A Bristol Murmuration’ saw 1000 ceramic starlings created by residents of all ages in Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym, through a series of public workshops held over the summer. These hand-sculpted birds, came together in a spectacular installation on Durdham Down in October 2015, breaking down boundaries between people and raising awareness about the decline in the British starling population.
Zoë Cameron is a Bristol-based clay artist with extensive experience in community arts and a strong interest in stimulating engagement with the environment.
- 1040 people made ceramic starlings to contribute to the installation
- Delivered 21 workshops
- Approximately 11000 people saw the artwork during its 11 day installation
- The project received extensive media coverage, including features in BBC Autumnwatch, ITV West news, Bristol Time Out, Bristol 24/7, BBC Radio Bristol, Ujima, BCFM, Bristol Post and several local community publications
Such a wonderful art work. I absolutely loved it! It’s so lovely to see how each bird has its own character, and also a super way to raise awareness.
A huge thanks to Ibstock Bricks at Cattybrook, Almondsbury, who have donated local clay and will be firing the birds on top of their bricks.
Founded in 1864, their bricks built the Severn Tunnel (74,400,000), Portishead Power Station, Fry's chocolate Factory in Keynsham and the offices of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Bristol. Still going strong- they now even make swift and bat box bricks to be incorporated into new houses, and sustainable eco-bricks!
***NEWS UPDATE*** 3rd November
Murmuration Starling Collection Update!
The birds have been distributed among 3 venues for collection within a 2 week period:
NUMBERS 1-299: Tues 3rd Nov 3pm onwards Stoke Lodge walled garden. Continue around the back – birds and hazel on grass along the wall under a tarpaulin. There is pedestrian access at all hours, but the car park will only be available during car park opening hours.
NUMBERS 300-599 & Unidentified birds: Tues 3rd Nov 3pm onwards, Westbury-on-Trym Library garden. Access through the gate during library opening hours.
NUMBERS 600-1012: Fri 6th Nov midday onwards, Eastfield Inn garden, 219 Henleaze Rd, Bristol BS9 4NQ. Birds will be cordoned off to ensure children don't handle unsupervised. They will be kept near the rabbits! This is a great family-friendly pub.
Birds with lost numbers: Westbury-on-Trym Library – see above.
An instruction sheet and register to sign off when you have collected your bird is in position next to each batch. Please ensure you are collecting the right numbered bird.
Please handle the birds carefully. They are fragile and have sharp screws attached. Boxes are arranged in 100s. Drilled hazel poles are nearby with an honesty box: £1 each please.
Please note, any birds or hazel not collected by 16th Nov will be taken away as we cannot store them here indefinitely.
The birds are weatherproof, but hazel poles will need replacing eventually.
For any broken parts, we recommend Araldite glue or similar epoxy glue.
***NEWS UPDATE*** 27th October
Come and be reunited with your starling!
After 11 fantastic days, the stunning Bristol Murmuration must now disband so that the individual clay starlings can be reunited with their creators.
If you participated in workshops this summer and made one of the birds, please come up to exhibition site on Durdham Down between 9am and 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday 28th October, with your bird's allocated number so that we can return it to you.
If you would like to have your bird back but are unable to make this date, please email the NAP team as soon as possible so that we can let you know where the birds will be left in case you'd like to pick them up at a later date.
***NEWS UPDATE*** 21st October
"An unexpected treat."
"What a fantastic display - so many different models of birds. Well done to all the residents who made them."
"This is a fantastic community project - how lovely to draw together so many people. I miss the real thing [starling murmurations] too."
You can get a sneak peak of what all the birds look like by checking out the launch photos at the bottom of the page.
***NEWS UPDATE*** 30th September
Announcing - A Bristol Murmuration Installation!
We're delighted to announce that A Bristol Murmuration is to be publically installed on Durdham Down for an exhibition that will run from 17th - 25th October. The exhibition is FREE and will be open every day from 8am - 6pm. Come on down and spot individual birds, hand made by residents from the surrounding area.
Opening event: Meet 10am Cafe Retreat on the Downs for 10.30am walk to the installation. Please use public transport due to limited parking.
Associated walk: Sunday 18th October, 10.00am - 12.00pm, led by Richard Bland from Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge (booking essential via 0117 9030 609 or send an email).
Download the press release for the installation here .
Want to be part of the installation? There are still places available to sign up as 'twitcher'-themed volunteer steward. Register your interest by clicking this link here. Make sure you sign up by 6pm on Monday 12th October.
If you'd be interested in signing up as a volunteer 'Twitcher'-themed steward for the installation, please register your interest here. Stewarding shifts will be 2 – 2.5 hours long, and volunteers are welcome to take on as many or as few as they’d like to.
***NEWS UPDATE*** 3rd September
Extra workshop dates announced!
10th September (Residents only) at St Monica's Care Home and Retirement Village, 2.30 - 4.30pm.
And there will be a Pub 'BirdCrawl' - open to all - on 11th September!
3 - 5pm at Black Swan, Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym
5.15 - 7.30pm at Prince of Wales, Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym
Come along for a drink and make your ceramic starling!
***NEWS UPDATE*** 24th August
Interested in being part of the public exhibition of A Bristol Murmuration? Zoë is looking for volunteers to help steward the installation mid-October and help look after the 1000 ceramic starlings while they're in flight.
Volunteer shifts will be around 2 hours long, and you are welcome to take on as many or as few of these as you like. You will need to be friendly, polite and happy to answer questions about the installation from members on the public. Don't worry, when then time comes we will give you a thorough briefing and tell you all about it!
If interested, please take a moment to fill out this short form here so that we can get in touch.
***NEWS UPDATE*** 19th August
Check out the pictures from Zoe's workshops so far at the bottom of the page!
***NEWS UPDATE*** 13th August
Final updated flyer with all the workshop dates and locations below...
***NEWS UPDATE*** 30th July
The full workshop plan is starting to take shape across the three neighbourhoods. Here's a work in progress flyer to give you a taste but please make sure you contact Zoë directly via the Facebook or email above to confirm exactly where she will be. If you have a good idea and want to get Zoë to attend then get in touch.
***NEWS UPDATE*** 17th July
A huge flock of 1000 ceramic birds are going to be created in free public workshops across the areas. Zoë will work with you demonstrating clay techniques. They will be installed en masse at a public green space mid October before being flying back to their creators.
email Zoë if you would like to get involved.
What will a neighbourhood arts project look like for Henleaze, Stoke Bishop & Westbury-on-Trym?
- The project has been shaped from what we heard from individual residents, community groups and local businesses.
What’s happened so far?
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 are we engaging with this area? Well, we’re…
- talking at the neighbourhood partnership and local forum meetings
- working closely with Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood & Community Development teams
- meeting with community leaders, groups and individuals
- keeping busy on social media
- leaving flyers in community buildings
- held a public consultation meeting in the area from on Thurs 19th March at Canford Library, W-o-T.
What are the next steps?
- The artist/maker or facilitators brief will be publicised for 5 weeks. The commission will be for £10,000 which includes all project fees, materials & expenses, although volunteers may be provided to assist on the project. See the brief below:
“I’m a creative Bristolian and I’d like to get involved.”
- Watch out for further creative briefs on other areas
- Register your details with us
Want to know more? Feel you could volunteer?
Get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org