Old City Quarter


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Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE

Nelson Street is one of the worlds largest urban art projects, this installation is part of the cityscape and an all year round attraction.

About See No Evil Nelson Street

In August 2011, Bristol was the setting for one of the most ambitious urban art projects in the world. Between August 18th-20th, some of the world’s leading street artists took  over Nelson Street in the heart of the city, as part of the new international arts  event,  See No Evil.

Bristol has long been the centre for urban art in the UK and it hosted a project that  created some of the world’s largest scale paintings. Over twenty internationally renowned artists took up residency in Bristol city centre as part of a free, three day long arts and music event.

Artists  included New York based muralists, Tats Cru whose aerosol based work is dubbed to have ‘changed the perception of graffiti as art’ and LA artist El Mac whose work is prolific across every continent. As well as the US contingent, artists from France, Holland, Spain and Brazil  also brought their own unique styles to Bristol. Bristol born Inkie, one of the most notorious and prolific graffiti artists to emerge out of the 80’s Bristol scene was joined by a raft of UK artists including Zeus and Nick Walker.

See No Evil  culminated on Saturday 20th August in a Block Party curated by local crew Team Love. This celebrated the best of Bristol’s art and music culture with live street painting, bands and DJ’s, cartoon drawing, screen printing, a pop up barber shop and fancy dress emporium, street theatre, street dressing and included a mini garden area stretching along the length of Nelson Street.

The Westgate, a disused building designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the Battersea Power Station and iconic the British red telephone box,  opened its doors for three nights of the best of Bristol music and art. To find out more please visit www.seenoevilbristol.co.uk

 Who’s Lenny – See No Evil’s Official Video

The official video, named Who’s Lenny, aired at Bristol’s Watershed on 3rd October, showcasing exclusive, visually stunning behind the scene shots from the week long installation. Hurricane Media’s John Lanyon directed the video using the latest filming technology, so viewers get a bird’s eye view of the street. Meanwhile the time lapse, filmed across four nights shows the artwork come to life.

The documentary features interviews with world class artists, from El Mac to Tat’s Cru and Nick Walker and focuses on both See No Evil and the history of Bristol’s graffiti culture, finishing with the answer to the age old question ‘Who’s Lenny?’ The trailer, which was filmed and edited on the weekend of the event has already gone viral on Youtube with over 47,600 views. Hurricane Media hope for the same success with the 16 minute documentary which captures the electric atmosphere and unorthodox spirit of Bristol.

The film was produced by Hurricane Media with the support of Bristol City Council to serve as a lasting legacy to the project.


Other attractions within the Old City :-

Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Bristol Old Vic Theatre’s home is a gorgeous Georgian auditorium that was built in 1766 in the Old City quarter. Bristol Old Vic Theatre is enjoying a renaissance in its fortunes. It now produces award-winning and critically-acclaimed classics, new works and a range of shows for families, as well as experimental work in the Studio, Basement and Paintshop performance spaces.

Guilbert’s Chocolates Ltd

Guilbert’s is the only remaining chocolate maker in the city of Bristol. Piers Guilbert opened his first chocolate shop/ factory at 40 Park Street 100 years ago. This site was bombed during the war and in 1958 Guilbert’s moved to Leonard Lane.

St John the Baptist’s Church

St John the Baptist’s Church is a major part of Bristol’s cultural heritage, with its stunning Gothic city gate with the elegant perpendicular spire, which is found as you walk down the slope of Broad Street in the Old City.

St Nicholas Market

The Glass Arcade at St Nicholas Market in the Old City area of Bristol offers affordable food from around the world, all under one roof.

Choose from sellers of local cheeses, Portuguese cuisine, The Bristol Sausage Shop produce, Italian dishes, Pie Minister meals, Moroccan specialities, a juice bar, soup and salad, Caribbean food or Turkish delicacies.

For more information relating to whats on in the Old City Quarter check out the main tourism website