Made In England
Made in England: Bristol
From the graffiti art of Banksy to the structures of Brunel, Bristol's artistic impact is clear.
As one of the biggest cities in England, Bristol has a rich cultural and artistic lineage.
The modern side of the city is reflected in music of Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. Coming to the fore in the 90s, these artists put the Bristol sound on the cutting edge of England’s music scene, in a style that became known as trip hop. Others such as Roni Size and DJ Krust have taken this style in a drum & bass direction.
Banksy's Mild Mild West
Bristol’s most famous and elusive artist is Banksy, who’s politically inspired graffiti art decorates and augments the walls and buildings of the city. Now world famous, Banksy began on the streets of Bristol, where pieces of his work can still be seen.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel is most famously associated with Bristol. The Victorian engineer left his unique mark on the city with eye-catching and iconic structures like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Temple Meads Station.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Bristol’s literary heritage includes poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Chatterton and Robert Southey. Wordsworth spent time in the city and his and Coleridge’s ‘Lyrical Ballads’ were first published in Bristol in 1798.
Actor Cary Grant was born in Bristol and playwright Tom Stoppard wrote for newspapers in the city for several years. Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons, Daniel Day-Lewis and Miranda Richardson are amongst the many performers who trod the boards at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as they learnt their craft.
Wallace and Gromit hail from Bristol. Oscar winning clay-animation company Aardman are behind the much-loved duo, as well as Morph and Chicken Run amongst many others.
Made in England
Made in England is a joint partnership between BBC English Regions and Arts Council England to bring audiences and artists together in unique collaborations to provide exciting new cultural experiences.
It is a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people - is expressed through creative and artistic forms.
Think about the Lake District - dramatic and elegant, the lush greens and icy blues depicting an unspoilt England. William Wordsworth was so inspired by the landscape he wrote poems, sonnets and ballads dedicated to it.
Non-traditional art is just as important to recognise - graffiti on the streets, estates built in the Sixties, and even regional accents. Does this architecture, history and culture inspire you to think of all things English?
If you’re bursting with enthusiasm at the thought of creating something - why don’t you see how you can get involved? Visit the main Made in England site to find out how you can get your creative juices flowing.
last updated: 18/04/2008 at 14:41