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Joff Winterhart

Reimagining the rich, wild and varied history of the Temple Quarter, thirteen years after first setting my eyes on it…



Joff Winterhart lives and works in Bristol, mainly as someone who draws a lot, often working with young people and old people. In 2012, his comic-strip book, Days of the Bagnold Summer, was published by Jonathan Cape and was shortlisted for the Costa Books Awards. He plays drums in the band Bucky and has a greyhound called Peep-Peep.

Project Description

Joff is creating a new map of the Enterprise Zone, which re-imagines the space, based on the findings of the other artists in the project.

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.

” In their words… “

I have really enjoyed being part of the ‘Second Chances’ project and making this map – getting to see some of the processes of the artists involved, and also the rich, wild and varied history of Temple Quarter itself.

After living in Bristol for 13 years, it was fascinating to get multiple insights into an area I have often wondered about, peering through the wooden barrier of a huge building site or getting lost in St. Phillips on my way home from a band practice on Feeder Road.

I could have easily drawn 3 entirely different maps of this area, so abundant were the stories of its past, characters and projects of its present, and plans for its future.

And of course, all those dead animals.