Knowle West Against Racism artwork in City Hall

L to r: Lady Mayoress Bridget Lovell, Lord Mayor Cllr Jeff Lovell, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, Chair of Knowle West Health Association Board, Carol Casey, Flwood councillor Chris Jackson, PCSO Katie Allwood-Coppin.Sgt Alecto Shyne, Deputy Mayor of Bristol Cllr Estella Tincknell and Filwood resident Ken Jones with the art work at City Hall.
L to r: Lady Mayoress Bridget Lovell, Lord Mayor Cllr Jeff Lovell,  Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, Chair of Knowle West Health Association Board, Carol Casey, Flwood councillor Chris Jackson, PCSO Katie Allwood-Coppin.Sgt Alecto Shyne, Deputy Mayor of Bristol Cllr Estella Tincknell and Filwood resident Ken Jones with the art work at City Hall.

A handprint board created in Knowle West as a community response to racist attacks in the area has now taken pride of place in City Hall.

The art piece was produced at Knowle West Fest last August and supported by community organisations and the police as a statement of public unity – to show racism had no place in the area.

Residents added their handprints to show their support for the Knowle West Against Racism campaign – creating several boards which are also displayed around Filwood.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This piece of art really moved me when I saw it being created at Knowle West Fest.  To see my home challenging hatred and xenophobia is truly inspiring and makes me proud to be a Bristolian.

“I am honoured that the people of Filwood have chosen to have this painting displayed inside City Hall.  Its message of community and peace is something that I believe is really important to have inside our offices to remind us all of the spirit of the people we serve and represent in Bristol.”

Neighbourhood Manager Inspector Nigel Colston said: “The community’s response to Knowle West Against Racism has been fantastic, showing just how strong the area is and how well people pull together when they see injustice.  The handprints are a really simple, permanent reminder of this.

“Hate crime, in any form, is never acceptable and we continue to work with our partner agencies to stamp it out and support victims.

“I would encourage anyone who is or has been a victim of hate crime to contact us, so that we can investigate and lend support. Alternatively, you can contact an independent agency such as SARI, the Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind or the LGBT Forum.”