Bristol Loves Tides in Redcliffe

Added 8th November 2016

A community project about a place surrounded by water in the heart of Bristol that is home to 60 or more nationalities.


The 'Hi-Rise' Redcliffe flats in Bristol are surrounded by water with the Floating Harbour on one side and the Tidal New Cut on the other. The flats are home to people from many nations. This Bristol Loves Tides project was funded by Bath Spa University through the Institute for Education to explore how an arts activity provokes new conversations about people's understanding and ideals of peace. 


A community boat trip out through the entrance lock on the tides was organised to get people interested in creating an art installation in the ceiling of the Redcliffe Children's Centre  The project was supported by the Redcliffe Children's Centre and led by Emma Butcher. Emma engaged the parents over a period of time adapted the project to fit with parents and children's creativity and incorporated the Bristol Loves Tides activity into the work she was doing with children as part of their curriculum. On top of this she facilitated the space and identified families who wanted to share their stories.

Thanks to Ben the 'Bristol Boatman' and Bristol Packet Boats

After the boat trip families and friends come together to build and personalise one or more of the historic Bristol boat

Boat Party- families brought in food from their country of origin to help celebrate the display of boats in the ceiling.

Families made labels about "where they have you been", "where they are you going" and "where they would you like to go", to fill a blank geography globe

Last boat to be made and launched into the ceiling - Somali Flag Boat



The installation will stay in the ceiling for a while and then the plan is to sai the boats in the Floating Harbour 

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