Broad Meadow

A wildflower meadow installation and audio experience by artists Sylvia Rimat and Charli Clark

Step into the lost nature of Broadmead.

Imagine a colourful, tranquil wildflower meadow amidst the hustle and bustle of Bristol’s built-up shopping centre, Broadmead. With their new project Broad Meadow, artists Sylvia Rimat and Charli Clark are growing that very place.

Smell the sweet scent of flowers, hear the buzz of wings and submerge yourself in the lost nature of our city centre. You’re invited to take a seat and relax in a wildflower meadow installation that gives you a taste of what life used to be like in Broadmead.

Immerse yourself in the wildflower meadow installation and audio experience, addressing our intertwined relationship with the plant world and connecting us to Bristol prior to the 1500s, when Broadmead was a meadow, regularly flooded by the river Frome. The wildflower installation’s soil structure and plant species have been carefully chosen to mirror the meadow that once may have grown there.

The installation is made up of 55 wildflower boxes that have been planted in workshops with secondary school students across Bristol and with community groups. After the project ends, the boxes will be distributed to Bristol schools and communities to continue to thrive as mini meadows.

Fri 24 May 2024 until Thursday 20 June 24

Open daily 11am – 6pm (Fri 24 May 3pm – 6pm)

Free event 

Booking info via Headfirst to reserve a free place or just show up

Location: Broadmead West, Bristol City Centre, BS1 3EA (outside Boots)

Age advice: 11+

Please note you will need to bring your smartphone and headphones to listen to the audio piece. We will hold a few headsets and audio devices for people that don’t have access to a smartphone or who may find it difficult to download the audio work on their phone.

There will be 3 days of free family fun activities for ages 3-10 with creative, nature inspired arts and crafts activities, playful storytelling and wildflower seed bomb making.
Saturday 25 May 2024
Wednesday 5 June 2024 (World Environment Day)
Sunday 9 June 2024
Everyone is welcome.
Drop-in between 11am – 3pm

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery Players and Broadmead BID. Further support from Frances and Matthew Lindsey-Clark, Pervasive Media Studio, MAYK, Ashton Scaffolding Services Ltd, Bristol WORKS and Residence.

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