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You are invited to: is this Bath?


Is this Bath? the artists

Perry Harris

My map of Bath is a cartoon aerial view to reflect memories of my time living in the city. Rather than showing every road & building I have drawn places that are of personal significance. As well as showing places where I have lived, worked & other more personal events, it also shows some of my favourite places to walk in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city.

About the artist

I draw cartoons, mainly of Bath & post them on Twitter, under the name @uhperry .My website shows a wider selection of artwork from the last 30 years.

I currently have a print exhibition at Society Café Bath in Kingsmead Square (May 20th –June 28th ).



Alex Bell

The Real Bath*

What is the authentic experience of Bath and how do you find it? How much of Bath’s seemingly historic fabric is original, and how much is reproduction architecture? How much of Bath’s tourist haunts are really essential viewing to our millions of visitors? How many of Bath’s squares, streets, shops and restaurants offer a truly unique experience?

For a visitor to Bath, time is scarce. We need a new map to describe The Real Bath* – omitting the phoney and accentuating the best of the city, interspersed with some personal highlights and memories.     


About the artist: Alex moved to Bath in 1996 to study architecture and has found it impossible to leave. He now works as an architect at DKA on Sydney Buildings. His map is loosely inspired by Situationist International’s ‘Naked City’. He lives in Bathampton with his wife Rachel, two chickens, his guitars and telescope. Alex also develops iPhone apps for the construction industry and amateur astronomers. He tweets as @BrickitPro.


Carla Stobbs

From visiting the tourist centre in Bath, my experience of the maps available of the city wasn't an exciting one. I feel like there is much more to Bath than the usual places we are told to go and see. From this, I began to explore and discover organisations in Bath that are sustainable and ethical. I think what Bath needs is a new and exciting map with a vibrant and quirky design that fits in with the uniqueness of the city, but furthermore benefits the locally sourced trade. The map currently features an example of places I have visited myself, but more could easily be included. Hopefully this would encourage not just tourists, but locals as well to discover new places in Bath and boost the independent businesses in the city.





Brendan Stone


During training for the Bath Half Marathon I recorded my routes on my GPS enabled phone. After several runs I began plotting them together on a single map to build up a picture of where I run in Bath. Frankly, it was boring! I took the same 2 routes each time with only slight variations. It got me wondering what Bath would look like according to ALL of its runners and joggers.

I sourced approximately 3000 routes from, processed, mapped and styled them to produce the final piece, an attractive and interesting insight into people’s movement within Bath."


Jess Cook and Tom Hughes

"They say that home is where the heart is, and this rings true for me in Bath. This is not just because I live here, work here and also fell in love here, but because of the uncanny heart-shape of the city itself." Jess Cook

About the artist, Tom Hughes: I am a 3rd year student studying in Falmouth, Cornwall. I love illustration, design and anything different and clever. I love to draw anything that's a bit out of the box. My drawings can be quite creepy and have realistic tendencies but I think, in an odd way, they do go hand in hand with my design work as well.







 Dan Brown

Join the dots

My GPS watch logs a faithful record of the route each time I go out running. I thought it would be fun to try to create something suitable for the festival by tracing a route, only following existing roads and footpaths across the width of Bath.

Done on the hottest evening of the year so far, the route was 5.76 miles long, each mile indicated by the lap markers. It took 49 minutes 53 seconds.

Bath is a beautiful city which I have explored in detail and its landscape and setting makes it perfect for walking, running and cycling.

Map © 2013 Getmapping plc

About the artist: I am a photographer and manage the Bath in Time website, a vast archive of historical images of Bath and the surrounding area.


Kate Banahan

I'm a recent graduate of Bath Spa University and studied Creative Arts. In my third year my work dealt with the experience of mapping, time, travel and memory.

Mapping is a method of understanding where I am, and a process to collect information and re-remember experiences. I am continuously constructing my own map of my presence. Each individual person has their own personal map with the knowledge of where to go - this fascinates me. We all have our personal routes and memories of mobility.

This map shows everywhere that I haven’t walked in Bath. Streets yet to be explored. I like to live by this statement, ‘You have to do the journey, in order to get somewhere’. Which will be true as long as time ticks.



Marcus Tullius Cicer

Unmapped Bath

I have seen it all in this magnificent City of Bath from AD43 until today…The smelly sweat of Romans and Rugby players….viewed Bathonian Bathing Beauties in the hot waters of Sulis…(lets just hope Sulis Minerva does not find my curse tablets)Looks now like the job here in Bath is done in making Bath Roman friendly ..Oh yes...The last Roman in Bath….Marcus Tullius Cicer...Onwards..


Marcus Tullius Cicer...The last Roman in Bath….on his post in York Street  T: @georgianbath







April George

Mapping the city of Bath through a collection of small, intimate images of pavement cracks: each crack can be viewed individually or as part of a collective, resulting in a visual map of Bath. The cracks, as broken landscapes, can be seen as a metaphor for underlying divisions or social shifts that occur beneath the façade of a seemingly affluent tourist city. Their production and display as tourism postcards is a visual comment on this observation.

This piece is part of an ongoing project, documenting and investigating architectural features within the urban environment and their role from a domestic and gender-based perspective.

About the artist:Through the employment of different working methods and materials, references to the domestic and at times traditional crafts, are used to critically question contemporary thoughts and values. Mixed media installations – incorporating experimentations and visual investigations made through drawing, paint and mark making – form the basis of my studio practice whereby line, structure and texture provide important elements for the transposition of my ideas as an artist.


Daryl Hoadley

The information on my poster shows the hometowns of students joining the Graphic Communication course at Bath School of Art & Design. I arrived as a student in Bath in September 2010, along with thousands of others who are now moving on, a cycle that runs through Bath every year. Being a city with two Universities, I wanted to create a map that highlighted this cycle. The poster is part of a system; as a new year is added to the front, past years fade away.




Leah Crews

Moving from an island to study at university in Bath, I have a sense of two different, very separate lives. The city is like another world with its own style, rules and daily life completely different from my home life. Within this 'world' there are more mini worlds that seem to exist simultaneously: my student life in a house share in Oldfield Park; my studies at Bath School of Art and Design; my work life at the Garrick's Head pub and my social life - a wobbly line around the pubs and clubs in the city. Each map ball represents one of these self contained worlds.





Sophie Wiltshire

I was a student at Bath Spa for 3 years, and my map features my friends and myself, and reflects my experience of Bath. I still miss it, and the buildings featured in my map are taken from student photos and memories I have, rather than being 100% architecturally accurate.




Nick Veitch

This map was created using Flickr “looking for geoencoded images that were taken within the city limits of Bath. Then through a series of complicated software procedures, this data was gridded and plotted as a contour, and adjusted to show 'Hotspots' of activity superimposed on the openstreetmap map of the city… The hot areas are places where the most pictures are taken (mostly where you expect, but there are some interesting bits).”





Samuel Lindup

Growing up in Bath for most of my life, apart from the last few years; I see Bath as, though beautiful, a very difficult and expensive place to dwell.  The more I keep visiting Bath for work and pleasure I take visual notes in my mind, understanding why people want to live there, mapping out pockets of beauty, of old architecture and how life used to be, in an almost time capsule view of Bath.




Is this Bath?

Is this Bath? presents a collection of work that navigates Bath’s Bath, probing the city’s famed image by mapping unseen layers of local experience.

The work above, by Jess Cook and Tom Hughes, is one of the 14 maps selected for the exhibition.


Words of wisdom

"artists use map imagery to express the geography of their souls"

(Map monkey, 2013)


On the FANTASTIC blog 'Random notes: Geographer at Large' (recommend taking a look) it is discussed how maps are produced for a range of culturally spanning purposes: from trendy mobile phone covers to high end fine art pieces. And then there's the genuine cartographers who want to show you how to get around.

In the realm of Is this Bath?, the request for people to use a form of mapping to convey their experience of Bath hopes to reveal how people live amongst the streets found in maps given to visitors to the city, bringing to life a Bath filled with genuine, current and navigable stories.


Map monkey, 2013, Maps as Art, Art as Maps, Random notes: Geographer at Large [blog] 15 February. Available at: [Accessed 20 Feb 2013]





Thank you to everyone who has submitted ideas for the Is this Bath? exhibition. There's some fantastic work in there, which will hopefully all contribute to a varied exhibition that discusses how people live in and use the city. The amount of people who had ideas for maps of Bath in the pipeline before the Call Out even existed was surprising - and just goes to show how much of an interesting place Bath is... this space!