Local people have been helping celebrate the reopening of Bath business.
The Bath Business Improvement District (BID), in conjunction with Bounce Back Bath and Minuteman Press Bath, have lined some of the city streets with a rainbow of artwork created by those who live and work in the local area.
In July, the Bath BID invited the public to enter their Bounce Back Bath Art Competition, with the aim of inviting locals and visitors to rediscover all the wonderful things Bath has to offer.
The competition was open to everybody living and working in Bath and North East Somerset, with entrants separated into three age categories – Under Ten, Under 21, and Over 21.
Dozens of entries were submitted and 48 were picked by our judges to be reproduced by Minuteman Press as two-metre-long giant bunting, which can be found on lamppost pennants in Southgate Street, Brunel Square and Churchill Bridge throughout August. All the entries are available to view in a colourful window display in 24 New Bond Street.
Bath BID CEO, Allison Herbert, said: “We are so pleased to see the city coming back to life after a very tough few months. This is just one of a number of safe, socially distant, joyful events celebrating the creativity of the people of Bath. We can’t wait for people to come along and see their artwork on display. We are excited to be flying these bright, cheerful flags high in the streets of Bath, welcoming people back to the city and celebrating all that is brilliant about Bath.”
Local artist Kathryn Parkin contributed one of the pennant designs and was thrilled to see it up.
“It is an honour to have my drawing of Eagle House in Northend hanging on 2m bunting in Bath City Centre. I am proud to be a part of the #RediscoverBath project, welcoming people back to the city and showcasing what we have to offer.”
While the banners are on display, the public will be able to vote for their favourite piece of artwork.
An expert team of judges have selected a shortlist for each age category, with voting set to take place on the Bath BID’s Facebook page. Winners will receive a Bath Gift Card to spend in one of over 200 businesses in Bath.
Allison Herbert later told Bath Newseum: “There are 10 more flags to go up – they will be high on Churchill Bridge and I think the other one will be in Orange Grove, but we had an issue with our cherry picker, so they can’t go up until Tuesday. These things are sent to try us!”