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The Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is billed as 70 hectares of raw business potential

But it is far from a blank canvas

Bristol’s forgotten city district

For over 200 hundred years pioneers, industrialists and workers have chanced their luck in this ‘edge place’, and left their indelible mark on what is a rich but often overlooked landscape.

From marshland to gasworks, from livestock jams to high-speed rail, from graft and grit to glass and steel… you are invited to explore The Zone and contemplate its past and possible futures.

Investigating human stories and relationships

Through a series of specially commissioned short film, lens-based projects, screenings and events, Second Chances investigates the human stories and relationships behind innovation and enterprise.

These commissions are intended to provoke and raise questions about whether new and old can mix, and what kind of culture and ethics should govern such an eclectic industrial and creative space.

This narrative map charts the richness of Temple Quarter, with its industrial glories, hidden gems, tall stories, and many strange and marvellous enterprises.

Amongst the sometimes forgotten landmarks and legends, the map offers an irregular guide through a sample of the artwork, stories, subjects and installations created as part of Second Chances.


Second Chances is part of Animating the Zone, a series of commissions to engage people with Bristol Temple Quarter through new cultural experiences designed to surprise, question and delight.

They will pop up, excite and re-invent perceptions and potentials.

The lead producing partners are Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England.

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