Welcome Building®, Temple Quarter

Bricks is in the process of developing a significant public art commission for Welcome Building®. The artwork will resonate with the bold new landmark building at a prominent gateway site into Bristol.

The Artist: Dorcas Casey

Selected artist Dorcas Casey is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Bristol. She is interested in dreams, intuition, folk rituals, memory and stories. She works with many different materials including fabric, plaster, bronze, and ceramics.

Dorcas Casey – Welcome Building Site Visit – March 2024

“I’m really excited about this project with a personal connection to this area having lived here for a long time. This is an area of constant flux and change and I’m interested in making a still moment amongst that; a space for something mysterious and magical to emerge in the heart of the city.”

Dorcas Casey

Artist Archive

I work with traditional sculpture materials like clay, bronze and plaster alongside historical objects and everyday bits and pieces to construct my sculptures. I like the idea of out-moded, discarded and marginal things returning as powerful presences. 

The Location: Welcome Building®

Welcome Building, 4 Glass Wharf, Temple Quarter, Bristol, BS2 0PS

Welcome Building® is situated at 4 Glass Wharf, Bristol, in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. It is near the historic Temple Meads train station, the Floating Harbour, significant (and relatively new) commercial buildings at 2 and 3 Glass Wharf, and backs onto the residential neighbourhoods of St Philips and The Dings. It is also located near a range of small independent businesses, which are located in the railway arches on Oxford St.

“We envisage that Dorcas Casey’s work will play a huge part in elevating the area and turning the place into a local landmark, and we’re delighted that she has been commissioned for this project. “

– Toby Pentecost, Senior Vice President and head of UK offices at Trammell Crow Company

The Community Engagement Programme:

Welcome Building® Public Art Programme will include bespoke engagement activities, in collaboration with the artist as part of their commission. These activities will respond to the artist’s practice, their proposals for the project and the local community. 

Sign up to attend a public workshop to be a part of this creative sculpture journey here. The next public workshop will take place on Wednesday 15th May, 4pm to 7pm at St Anne’s House, Brislington.

The Open Call:

Through late 2023, early 2024 we ran an open call for all South West artists to express their interest in developing a public art proposal for Welcome Building. From there, site visits were held for artists to see the space and talk to the developers of the site and Bricks producers, and then five artists were commissioned to develop Stage One proposals. Two of those artists were brought forward for an interview and presented their proposals to the Creative Commissioning Group, and from that Dorcas was selected to take her proposal forward.

Site Visit – March 2024
Site Visit – March 2024, Dorcas Casey & Jack Gibbon

We are delighted to see Dorcas commissioned to make her first permanent public artwork at the Welcome Building.

Her proposal really impressed the panel and we look forward to seeing this realised through summer with multiple opportunities for communities to engage in the process, and see the final artworks launched in Autumn 2024.”

– Jack Gibbon, CEO Bricks.
  • Dorcas Casey

    Welcome Building®, Temple Quarter Dorcas studied Sculpture at Winchester School of Art and completed a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE. She is an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy and has a studio in Stokes Croft.  She makes processions and sculptures for Glastonbury…

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