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London | Sunday 22 September
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HighWaterLine Bristol Sept 14

© Drawing the chalk line in city centre, HighWaterLine Bristol, 2014 Photo Sarah Quick

Video of HighWaterLine Bristol

Residents created a public artwork from 9th-21st September 2014 by artist Eve Mosher by physically drawing a chalkline of the high water mark set out by scientists of future flooding in Bristol. Local people from many different backgrounds drew a 32 mile long line around the river and harbour areas of Bristol, handing the sports chalkier creating the line from one community group to the next.

The project aims to stimulate residents to use art to engage people in Bristol with conversations about flooding, climate change impacts as well as solutions.


Avon: Tow-path, Portway and Cumberland Basin

Ashton Gate and Ashton Vale including Grenville Smyth Park


Spike Island and Malago

Historic Centre


St Judes and St Pauls

St Werburghs, Easton and Eastville

St Phillips Marsh


From Brislington to Beese’s Bar and Tea Gardens

Why Bristol? – High Water Line Bristol September 2014

In January 2014 with the storms and high tides Bristol suffered the most dramatic flooding from the Avon River in over 20 years. Bristol is very susceptible to flooding through increases in the levels of the Bristol Channel passing through to the River Avon according to Bristol City Council data.

The UK Climate Projections 09 report cites that the Bristol tidal surge height will increase most rapidly between 2010-60. Project advisor Lindsey McEwan, Professor of Environmental Management, Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience, University of West of England (UWE), states that ‘Bristol is one of the five key areas of the UK that need to address community resilience to floods’.

HighWaterLine 2014 is partnership with the Unearthed History Collective, University of West of England, Bristol Civic Society, St Werburghs Living History, Alison Crowther Associates and Bristol City Council Flood Risk Management Team.

Excitingly Bristol is also the European Green Capital in 2015 and we would like to continue the project as part of the years activities.



Project manager Isobel Tarr organised workshops and tools to support Bristol communities in developing new ideas for a resilient future. These included a history walk: Water in St Werburghs: Past, Present & Future, as well as an evening of talks and discussions on flooding at Beese’s Bar and Tea Gardens.

HighWaterLine Bristol is funded by Arts Council England (Invisible Dust in Museums), Lush Foundation and USA HighWaterLine Foundation support.

For more information and background see Eve Mosher – HighWaterLine

or visit the event website HighWaterLine Bristol

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