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Something Close To Nothing – Podcast Episode

23 March [1 hr 3 min]


Tim Ryan’s podcast ‘Something Close to Nothing’ takes us on a 24 hour tour of the Feeder Road in mid November, through storytelling, interviews with fishermen, and his own personal reflections.

The podcast is a love letter to coarse fishing in general, viewed through the lens of the Feeder Road, Bristol. A unique space, capable of visually articulating its own history. Its industrial failure and the nature and wildlife that now thrives in and around its ruins.

Places are like people. They are complicated and don’t always say what they mean. Sometimes they are haunted. By a past, a present or a future. The Feeder is unique in that it fizzes with all three simultaneously

Tim Ryan


Through storytelling, interviews with fishermen, and his own personal reflections, Tim’s podcast takes us on a 24 hour tour of the Feeder Road in mid November. The episode features interviews with the generations of fishermen that have frequented the banks of the free-to-fish canal (some for over 70 years) and highlights how the utilisation of marginal and neglected spaces can sometimes protect them from further damage. Sharing a vested interest in the canal’s well-being, the fishermen have helped nurse the traumatised body of water back to life.

A billboard advertising Something Close To Nothing. A black and white design with a background of barbed wire. White text reading: Something Close To Nothing, A Bricks Podcast Episode about the fishermen of the Feeder Road by Tim Ryan.

Something Close To Nothing is a Hollywood hit!

We partnered up with JACK ARTS, part of the Build Hollywood family, who kindly donated four advertising billboards which were temporarily playing host the promotion of Tim Ryan’s darkly enchanting podcast.

The billboards live on East Street, Temple Gate Middle, Whitby Road Brewers, and White Road Tailway Bridge. Thank you to JACK ARTS for helping make this happen.


  • Tim Ryan

    Tim Ryan is an artist living in Bristol working across sculpture, drawing and AV.