Futur Ville


International and local speakers explore the complex relationship between artists, creative communities, urban regeneration and cultural policies through talks, panel discussions and group workshops.  Speakers and panellists include artists, architects, developers, international master planners and local writers.

DAY 1 
12pm – 5pm. Bar open until 19:00
10am – 5pm
Join our Creative Placemaking workshops
Place Guarding: activist art against gentrification
Tickets for the summit range from £20-£45 available from Headfirst Bristol 
A vision of the future from the shadows of the past!
Interactive experiences, bedazzling Circus and mind altering music!
An immersive theatrical soiree putting the Art back in the Party!
Dress Code – Weimar Cabaret meets Dada Disco!


The Arts Mansion, Ashton Court 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. Please contact us in advance with your requirements so that we can make any necessary adjustments.

The Futur Ville programme is supported by funding from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Artspace Lifespace. 


Is this only for arts organisations?  No, we welcome people from all communities and different disciplines to participate. This is a wider discussion than the arts and we have local writers, architects, masterplanners as well as artists speaking at this event.
What refreshments are provided? We will provide tea, coffee and snacks. Please feel free to bring your own lunch and have a picnic inside or on the South Lawn of the beautiful Ashton Court Estate. Food is also available to purchase from the Courtyard Cafe.
Where can I buy tickets? Tickets are available from Headfirst Bristol
How much are tickets? Tickets are from £20. We don’t want price to be a barrier so please contact us if you want to participate.

Other Events in the Programme

The People’s Mansion – September 28

Inner City Intervention – Celebrate Bristol –  October 12

Launch Event – June 1

At our launch event on June 1, we opened up Ashton Court Mansion with a free exhibition looking at cultural spaces across the city and asked the public about what spaces you miss in the city and what facilities are needed.

What cultural spaces do you think are needed?

How do you think we can make places nicer without making them more expensive? 

What spaces that have closed down do you miss?

Share your views @artspaceuk and tag #Futurville #Culturalspaces #nicewithouttheprice #missthatplace

The Invisible Circus brought 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 held workshops collecting stories of inspiring women of Bristol to be included in a project called Avona’s Tide for the Goram Fair.