Aardman and Upfest at Bristol Dental School

Denticle, Bristol Dental School

The University of Bristol’s new, purpose-designed Dental School officially opened on Friday 8 September

The design of the building includes public art featuring bespoke characters The Denticles, created by Gav Strange, Director & Designer at Aardman, the Academy Award®-winning animation studio based in Bristol. These take the form of five sculptures at the front of the building as well as character cushions for the children’s waiting area.

Working with Upfest,  local artist Bex Glover designed and painted two murals to incorporate the toothy characters – one for the main reception area which features landmarks from all over Bristol and one for the children’s waiting area with animals, plants, and flowers local to the area.

The £36 million facilities are located at the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus and will provide the very latest clinical training for the education of dentists, hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, and wider dental team.

Spanning 7,300 square metres at 1 Trinity Quay, Avon Street, the Dental School will enable the University to increase the number of available student places by around 25 percent, with Bristol dental students contributing even more significantly to the local and national dental workforce. The refurbishment of the building has been led by construction company Kier Group. More information on the new Dental School

Dental School Students Sept 2023