Futur Ville

Futur Ville Launches | At The Arts Mansion

01.06.2019  |  11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Futur Ville launches on June 1

The Futur Ville programme is funded by Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Event, Artspace Lifespace and with support from North Somerset Council.

Futur Ville is a series of events inspired by the complex relationship between artists, creative communities, urban regeneration and cultural policy. The arts contribute more to UK economy than agriculture, yet creative spaces, studios and communities are being dispersed, displaced and dissolved. Futur Ville aims to instigate a wider discussion about the future of our cities’ art spaces and look at how we can make our cities nicer places to live without causing displacement.

Our launch event on June 1 when we open up Ashton Court Mansion with a free exhibition looking at cultural spaces across the city. We will be asking you about what spaces you miss in the city and what facilities you think are needed.

Free Family Friendly Day-Time Activity

The Invisible Circus brings the magic, laughter and marvels of its much-acclaimed street performance festival Weekend of Wonders to Ashton Court Mansion as part of the launch of Futur Ville event with free street performances and entertainers on the lawn for families all afternoon.

Arts Enlarge will also be holding workshops on the South Lawn to collect stories of inspiring women of Bristol to be included in a project called Avona’s Tide for the Goram Fair.

As the future identity of Bristol becomes less clear in a time of rapid regeneration, come up to the big house high on the hill and join us to look down across the City and ponder possibilities, plot and scheme the creative community response to the commercial agenda.

Futur Ville is supported by Arts Council England, The Heritage Lottery Fund and with thanks to North Somerset Council.


How much does the event cost?

Free admission. Donations welcome

Where is the event?

This event takes place at The Arts Mansion, Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN.

How do I get to Ashton Court Mansion?

Public Transport: First operates a bus from Bristol to Ashton Court every 20 minutes (journey time 13 mins approx)

From the Centre: 71 to Bower Ashton Campus, Bower Ashton + 10 min walk

From Anchor Road: X2/X3 to Clanage Road, Bower Ashton + 11 min walk

By Car: 2 miles from the city centre to the west, off the A369 to Portishead. Entrances at Bower Ashton, Long Ashton and Leigh Woods.

The nearest car park is Kennel Lodge Road Car Park. Parking costs £1.20 per day.

Accessibility:  Arts Mansion entrance is via the Great Hall Gallery which faces onto the West Lawn. You can walk around the North Side of the Building (Wheelchair accessible) or along the South Lawn (steps either side) to reach the Arts Mansion entrance.


The Winter Garden Bar will be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tea, coffee and food are all available from The Courtyard Café.

Are the circus performances open to the public?
Yes, there will be free family-friendly circus performances on the South Lawn which all are welcome to attend.


September 28 – The People’s Mansion

October 18 & 19 –  Festival of the Future City: Futur Ville 

Plus keep an eye out for art interventions across the city this summer!