New Room: Emerging Hope Project

In previous years, the New Room has joined forces with The Ark team and Broadmead BID (Business Improvement District), as well as schools and youth groups across Bristol, to produce an Easter animal trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter – including Cabot Circus, Broadmead and The Galleries.

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, that wasn’t able to happen in 2020 and it has also been necessary to cancel this year’s event… however, the New Room team have come up with an idea they hope will brighten up the world this Easter and beyond.

The name of their holiday project this year is ‘Emerging Hope’ and they are using the image of a butterfly to represent new life and hope.

In the life cycle of a butterfly, a caterpillar has to hide away in a chrysalis until it re-emerges in its new and beautiful form. You can watch a video on the life cycle on Youtube to learn more.

In the Christian calendar, the Easter period is also about new life and new hope. Christians remember Jesus’s death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday. You can find out more about this here: The Christian Story of Easter and here: BBC Bitesize Easter

This last year has been a challenging one for so many and the way our lives have had to change. What does Emerging Hope mean for each of us as restrictions start to change?

How to take part

The New Room is re-opening on 17 May. They want to share colour and hope with everyone who visits their courtyard in Broadmead.

This Easter, they are inviting everyone (children, but also adults as well – in fact anyone!) to decorate a butterfly. These will be included in a display in their courtyard when we reopen on 17 May as a message of Emerging Hope.

To take part:

  1. Click HERE to visit the New Room’s website where you can download a butterfly template.
  2. Print and decorate the butterflies and make them as colourful as possible using pens, pencils, crayons or paint. (you can use stickers and other craft materials as well, but the finished design needs to be flat – so no feathers or anything that would stick up)
  3. Write your name on your template eg ‘by David’.
  4. Send it to them! Take a good close up photo of the butterfly on a camera or mobile phone and email it to them at: – Put the decorated butterflies in an envelope and post them to: The New Room, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE
    All butterfly designs need to be with them by Monday 10 May.

All the designs they receive will be laminated and displayed in their Broadmead Courtyard after 17 May and they very much hope you will visit and see your design on display!

The Ark Team in The Galleries

As shops begin to reopen in Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus, there is still an opportunity to see artwork created by local schools. The Ark Bus team has collected drawings by children and young people and are making giant heart collages (containing more butterflies!) which will be displayed in The Galleries through April and early May.

Can you spot them all?