Futur Ville


Futur Ville is a series of events inspired by the complex relationship between artists, creative communities, urban regeneration and cultural policy. The arts contribute more to UK economy than agriculture, yet creative spaces, studios and communities are being dispersed, displaced and dissolved. Futur Ville aims to instigate a wider discussion about the future of our cities’ art spaces and look at how we can make our cities nicer places to live without causing displacement.

Futur Ville launched on June 1.  The Futur Ville programme is funded by Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Event, Artspace Lifespace and with support from North Somerset Council.


September 28 – The People’s Mansion

Free daytime event and a ticketed evening ball.

October 18 & 19 –  Festival of the Future City: Futur Ville 

A two day programme of discussion, debate culminating in an event spectacular from the Invsisible Circus


FV Launches | At The Arts Mansion


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

or take 2 minutes to complete our launch event survey 

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.

As the future identity of Bristol becomes less clear in a time of rapid regeneration, come up to the big house high on the hill and join us to look down across the City and ponder possibilities, plot and scheme the creative community response to the commercial agenda.

Futur Ville is supported by Arts Council England, The Heritage Lottery Fund and with thanks to North Somerset Council.


This FV launch and finale event takes place at The Arts 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.