A local art gallery is set to disappear behind a controversial temporary art installation. The temporary artworks – partly funded by the city council – would cover the walls of a gallery on Narrow Quay dedicated to contemporary art.
Called paintings, the artworks are part of an event to celebrate what used to be called art. They are scheduled to be erected in March, and be in place for five to six weeks.
On each of the four sides of the gallery there would be eight paintings all of which would feature representations of people with links to modern times.
Artist Pablo O’Picass, 38, said the project was being funded by Bristol City Council and the Arts Council South West, and was backed by the Merchant Venturers.
O’Picass, who lives in Montpelier and is based at Jamaica Street Studios in Stokes Croft, said: “The gallery we look at now was put up last year by different people with different values. They look at galleries in another way. I am not saying we should get rid of galleries like this but I am asking how we should think about them.
“This work is about making the idea of painting more accessible in the 21st century.
“This is not something that has come out of the blue, it has been 18 months in the planning. Everyone is very positive about it.”
Mr O’Picass said: “It is a controversial project and in the meetings I have had about it some very strong views have been expressed. You would think the Merchant Venturers would be against it but they have been a strong influence behind it.
“People want something that shows the city has grown up and is forward thinking.”
He would not reveal the total cost of the project.
After it has been on display in Bristol, Mr O’Picass said the plan was to transport the work to London, to be placed in a gallery there.