Martino Gamper

Archive of Ideas

Artist/designer Martino Gamper was commissioned in 2012 to design and build a portable display structure to house information, artist proposals and feedback from local people about Future Perfect

Gamper’s Archive of Ideas is designed to be collapsible and easily transported to community spaces around Hengrove to keep local residents up to date with the programme. The boards are made of laminated ply with brightly coloured interchangeable acrylic accessories to suit a range of display requirements. 

Local people were involved in drawing up the brief for this commission, appointing the artist and responding to initial design proposals. By taking residents through the commissioning process our aim was to shed light on the complexities and excitement that comes with commissioning artists to make new work. Gamper also hosted a visit to his studio in Hackney, London for the Future Perfect Art Steering Group and ran free furniture upcycling workshops outside Whitchurch Library for residents in Hengrove.

The Archive of Ideas has been growing and changing as the Future Perfect programme has been developing and has provided a catalyst for discussion among local people. It is also intended for use by local groups and has so far been used by the Hengrove School History Project – If you’d like to borrow it for a community event (it’s really good for displaying information), contact



Future Perfect is commissioned by Bristol City Council and is the first public art programme to be funded through a Neighbourhood Partnership in which governance is extended to members of the Hengrove community. Contact   Legal