Lockdown Arts – Call Out

Posted: 12th May 2020

The Burg Arts project is a community arts billboard in the St Werburghs neighbourhood of East Bristol, UK. From 2010 – 2013, the site featured a prolific series of artworks organised by local artists. In 2018, Adblock Bristol re-launched the project working with local groups to produce a series of large-format outdoor artworks. The project is ongoing.

By providing a positive alternative to corporate advertising, the Burg Arts project is part of the wider community campaign against the 8 corporate advertising billboards in the area that often promote fast cars, junk food and multinational chain stores.

First artwork deadline: 25th May 2020

Since the beginning of the lockdown and the social distancing measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, a new reality and set of priorities has appeared in public life. The crisis has exposed underlying inequalities in the UK that mean the most vulnerable have been hit hardest by the pandemic. At the same time, measures that were previously dismissed as unrealistic – such as housing the homeless and providing a basic income for people who can’t work – were implemented in a matter of weeks.

We are inviting artists to submit artworks that reflect this new political situation and potential. We can’t go back to normal. Normal was a crisis. Using our arts billboard, we’d want to support calls for a just recovery from the Covid19 lockdown. Let’s invest in the health and wellbeing of people and our public services, not executive pay packets or major polluters. Let’s take the compassion of the thousands of mutual aid groups that have recently sprung up and build solidarity and community across borders. We need to #BuildBackBetter.

Billboard spotted in London and photographed by Rosie Strickland. 
Picture courtesy of Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft – PRSC

Some sources of inspiration:

Amplifier’s Global Call for Inspiration
—-> Check out all the amazing poster prints already submitted.

Build Back Better
Campaign calling for a recovery that protects public services, tackles inequality in our communities, provides secure well-paid jobs and creates a shockproof economy which can fight the climate crisis.

People’s Republic of Stokes Croft
Word on the street blog lookin at Bristol’s visual culture under lockdown – 12th April 2020

Images, poetry and video

Support a Just Recovery – Art Kit by 350.org

Propagate Collective
The Propagate Collective, based in London, works with local campaigns to produce visuals that amplify grassroots social struggles.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact us at arts@adblockbristol.org.uk. Please note that we don’t have funding to provide any artist fee, but we will pay for the artwork to be printed and installed. 

To join the Adblock Bristol Arts Group please email arts@adblockbristol.org.uk.


  • Send a very quick expression of interest with a couple of rough sentences about your ideas to arts@adblockbristol.org.uk 
  • Someone from the Adblock Bristol Arts Group (5 people) will contact you and remain your point of contact.
  • The first artwork deadline is 25th May 2020. We will only display 1 artwork at a time on our Burg Arts board – so there will be a chance to submit more artworks after this date. Please email us as soon as possible and before 25th May 2020 so that we can begin a conversation with you.


Our Burg Arts billboard is approximately 6 metres wide by 3 metres tall.
Digital designs should be sent in PDF or JPEG form.
Size: 1524mm x 737.5mm (quarter size). 300 dpi. CMYK colour profil

Alone Together Again – by Margot Bowman
Take Care of Vulnerable People – by Felipe Arantes Silva
Artwork by Peter Brawne
Artwork by Peter Kennard