St George

Discover East Bristol created by Dave Bain, Hannah Bailey, Dawn Cooper, Lucy Davey and Zoe Power. Designer Chris Woodward and digital designers Dan Hayman and Peter Horsham.


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Ever since I got involved with Friends of Troopers Hill I have thought that a map showing the range of green spaces in St George was something that was needed to raise awareness of what is on people's doorstep.  I am really pleased that Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Project funding has allowed this to become a reality and allowed us to produce something that is not only useful and informative but also stands on its own as wonderful a work of art.

‘Discover East Bristol’ is a beautiful, accessible and informative map that encourages a broad spectrum of residents from the St George and Greater Fishponds areas to enjoy, and take pride in, their local green spaces for many years to come. Content, derived through a series of interactive and creative community workshops, has been incorporated into both the physical and online versions of the map. A cohesive marketing campaign will be developed by the artists and Bristol City Council in spring 2016, to promote both the map and the variety of green spaces in the area to local residents and the rest of Bristol.

The project team comprises of eight experienced creatives, including illustrators Dave Bain, Hannah Bailey, Dawn Cooper, Lucy Davey and Zoe Power, designer Chris Woodward and digital designers Dan Hayman and Peter Horsham. They share a wealth of experience in community arts projects, both locally and nationally, and specifically in creative mapping design. 

  • Worked with 8 different artists & directly engaged 468 people
  • Printed 10,000 physical maps identifying public green spaces in St George and Greater Fishponds to be used by local residents and wider Bristol 
  • Created online interactive map with downloadable activity sheets









***NEWS UPDATE***  3rd December

Did you see the Bristol Post today? Make sure you grab a copy quick to pick up your free Discover East Bristol pull out map! The map and guild, which has now been printed, is being distributed across Bristol as speak, all in good time for the launch next Tuesday. 

***NEWS UPDATE***  17th November


Quite literally! Look here for a sneak peak at the Discover East Bristol maps as they're printing...

***NEWS UPDATE***  5th November

Announcing - Map Launch date!

We’re delighted to announce that on Tuesday 8th December, the Discover East Bristol Map and website will be available for the whole St George and Fishponds community, and Bristol residents present and future!

Make sure you keep an eye on the Discover East Bristol website so that you can be the first to see it and know where to pick up your copy. It will be your pocket companion to discovering the wealth of green public spaces in the East of Bristol for years to come. For more details about the Map Launch Event, please click here. 


***NEWS UPDATE***  8th October

Curious about what it takes to design the Discover East Bristol map? Our Neighbourhood Arts photographer Frances Guard has been in the Artists' studio to see what goes on behind the scenes. Take a look at the gallery at the bottom of the page to see how they work.


***NEWS UPDATE***  30th September 

Don’t miss Chris Woodward from the Discover East Bristol creative team on BCFM radio tomorrow morning. He’s on at 7.30am so this is one for the early risers out there.

For those of you who are students at University of Bristol, you may have seen some of them at the Green Capital fresher’s fair event last week. Students of Bristol, discover the green spaces Bristol has to offer in St George and Greater Fishponds. 

***NEWS UPDATE***  14th September 

Over the summer, the St George Bristol mapping team have been beavering away, pulling together designs and illustrations for the Discover East Bristol map. Here's a glimpse of what illustrator Zoe Power has been drawing for a whole stack of family activity sheets for St George. They'll be available to download via the Discover East Bristol interactive online map, launching later this year. Check out the gallery at the bottom of the page for more illustrations and ideas about what the map will look like.

Photo: Zoe Power
















***NEWS UPDATE***  20th July

Please help our team by taking part in this very short survey about your local green space. 
Click here to take part

All the answers will help the team understand the green spaces in the Bristol East area from the perspective of those that live near them.


***NEWS UPDATE***  14th July

Already this month, our St George project team have met with ‘Friends of Troopers Hill’ discovering local knowledge, historical facts and key landmarks for the area. Illustrators Lucy Davey and Dawn Cooper (examples of their work pictured below) will be taking the visual lead on the map artwork.

examples of St George illustrators work

What will a neighbourhood arts project look like for St George?

  • 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 on Sat 7th March at St Aidans Church Hall, St George. 

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.”

Want to know more? Feel you could volunteer?

Get in touch –

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Work in Progress

The Artists at work (photos by Frances Guard)