Artists and experts discuss the future of the Tropicana

Wayne Hemingway addresses the Tropicana meeting.

Wayne Hemingway addresses the Tropicana meeting. - Credit: Archant

Artists, designers, councillors and architects met at the Tropicana last week to discuss the future of the building,

North Somerset Council suggested it may be willing to surrender ownership of the former pool, while new ideas for the building’s future were explored.

As revealed in the Mercury last week, the council has struck a deal for urban renewal experts from Hemingway Design to front efforts to find new ways to revive the one-time lido.

Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition in 2015 breathed new life into the dilapidated building, and has inspired the creative community to now seek fresh ways to reinvent the site.

Former fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, who runs Hemingway Design, invited 100 creative minds to attend two meetings at The Bay last week to pitch new ideas.


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Representatives from English Heritage, the Arts Council, Bristol City Council, Glastonbury Festival, stage company Theatre Orchard, art studio Spike Island, design consultants LDA Design and Somerset Film were among those to explore the site and join discussions about what comes next.

For a full round-up of the meeting, including ideas about who would run the site and what events could be hosted there, pick up a copy of this week’s Mercury.

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