The art trail, created after the Pride celebration was canceled, hopes to celebrate the creativity of the LGBTQ+ community.
Organizers of the Bristol Pride Art Trail (PAT) hope it will help those who are “still in the closet” see that there is a community for them in the city.
The event was launched after the Bristol Pride Festival was canceled.
PAT creator Keir Gravel said the trail will be a “great symbol” of the community.
The trail includes 13 works of art that have been placed downtown.
They focus on issues such as mental health, blocking and identity.
Mr. Gravel, who is a Bristol photographer, created the trail to offer something for those disappointed that the Pride festival is not happening for the second year in a row.
“The trail is a great symbol of the LGBTQ+ community and its creativity,” he said.
This project can help those who haven’t yet come out of the closet know that there is a community for them.”
Photographer Karen Freer said it was unfortunate that the Pride events were canceled, but the situation made the art trail even more important to help people feel “connected.”
“The photography I have is part of a larger project I’m doing with the LGBTQ community,” she said.
“The man in the picture was in the opening, trying to figure out where he fit in.”
Dave Hall does printmaking as a hobby and made his cassette tape work, which is also on display, during the three months he was laid off from his day job.
“I was talking to my friends about getting back outdoors and getting together and dancing after the lockout, so I made this print with 24 songs attached,” he said.
“In the absence of Pride, it was a great way to reach out to people.”