Your guide to art in Bristol
Artists on Show in Bristol
Galleries / Art Spaces / Organisations
Founded in 1961, the Arnolfini is Bristol's longest-standing contemporary arts venue. It took over its present premises - a former tea warehouse - in 1975. Major renovations started in 2005 and the Arnolfini's excellent new facilities are now complemented by an expansive specialist arts bookshop. Alongside its gallery shows, Arnolfini presents an extensive programme of events: art performances, talks, music, dance, education activities and more besides.
Artists' studio complex and art centre Spike Island is presently undergoing a £2.25 million capital development with architects Caruso St John heading the design team. Spike's new gallery and enhanced public spaces open to the public in January 2007. Alongside contemporary art exhibitions, Spike hosts artists' and writers' residencies and offers a diverse events programme, including talks followed by an informal dinner for all attendees.
Situations is part of the Place Research Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Focusing on questions of place and context in the making and showing of contemporary art, Situations commissions and curates shows in Bristol and elsewhere; networks with international research institutions and arts practitioners; and organises talks and publications.
Station, R O O M, Plan 9, Cube
Over the last half-decade, Bristol has proved fertile terrain for artist-led and not-for-profit initiatives and independent 'culturepreneurs'. Artist-run curating and commissioning organisation Plan 9 has its base camp online, taking over vacant spaces for temporary shows and events.
Artist-architect collaboration R O O M organise exhibitions, talks and a publications programme in a distinctive contemporary building near the Bristol dockside.
Also by the docks, the diminutive Station's appealing Victorian premises were once a fireboat station and railway lodge; now, they host exhibitions by artists working in a wide variety of media. Station's mission statement stresses its goal of fostering close contact between artists and the general public.
"Microplex" Cube, offering film and video screenings, performance events and club nights, caters even for Bristol's smallest art consumers: carer-and-baby film screenings take place frequently on Tuesday mornings.