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Bristol’s primary art venues, artists and producers are collaborating for a weekend-long celebration of the visual arts.

We are delighted to share news of the Bristol Art Weekender – a new fixture on the UK contemporary art calendar. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend of 2-5 MAY, the first Weekender will showcase the city as one of the most vibrant and flourishing centres for art in the UK.

Spike Open Studios

Four-days celebrating art across the city, 2-5 May 2014

A FREE programme of exhibition, performance, talks and events will include several of Bristol’s dynamic artist-run initiatives and artists alongside internationally recognised artists:

  • Jeremy Deller will stages ‘English Magic’ at Bristol’s Historic Museum & Art Gallery
    The Observers ‘Rising Art Star Of 2014’ Andy Holden at Spike Island alongside annual Open Studios event
    Launch Of National ‘Public Art Now’ Programme with Jeremy Deller Lecture
    Situations stages Annika Kahrs’ concert for 100 Songbirds In Lord Mayor’s Chapel
    Celebrated British Artist, Richard Woods to transform Works|Projects

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The full programme will be announced 19th March

Jeremy Deller English Magic

The Bristol Art Weekender has emerged at a time of renewed energy in Bristol characterised by a willingness to promote the experience of visual art in the city across a variety of locations, artforms, timespans and encounters.

“The wealth of visual arts on display in the city at any one time is inspiring” – George Ferguson (Mayor of Bristol)

The artist’s studio is conventionally a place of seclusion, the gallery sometimes a daunting space to enter. Produced by Situations and in partnership with the city’s primary visual arts venues, artist-run initiatives and arts producers, The Weekender aims to open up connections between artworks, art spaces and artists across the city.

Thinking of the outside

For our part in the programme, Situations will shine a light on the more unusual locations for artworks and to this end we have commissioned a new temporary work – Annika Kahrs’ Concert for 100 birds in the historic Lord Mayor’s Chapel. We’ll also be launching Public Art Now with the Sunday Lecture by Jeremy Deller. [more on Public Art Now to follow in the coming weeks – Ed.]

Annike Kahrs Concert for the birds

Growing the festival from the ground-up

Rather than imposing a biennial exhibition model or curated group show across the city, the structure of this new, annual event will truly reflects the richness and complexity of the artistic activity taking place here in Bristol.

Developed in partnership with the city’s primary visual arts venues, artist-run initiatives and arts producers, the Weekender is an example of how the Visual Arts might use their inherent capacity to self-organise to make something extraordinary happen together which reaches beyond buildings and venues, understanding how audiences are increasingly open to exploring new territories.

“This uniquely Bristolian take on a biennial is a prime example of artists and visual arts leaders producing something greater together than any organisation could do alone.

“It demonstrates a shared commitment to the city and desire to reveal the enormous amount of talent, which is there, year round” – Peter Heslip (Director of Visual Arts for Arts Council England).

The Weekender also sees the launch of Bristol’s first Art Map, a quarterly guide to the best of visual art across the city, alongside a range of self-guided trails that offer the chance to personalise your experience of the festival.

Press Information

If you would like to be receive announcements or would like to have a conversation in more detail about this event, please contact Nate Taylor – nathan@situations.org.uk


The Weekender is produced by Situations in partnership with the city’s primary visual arts venues, artist-run initiatives and arts producers, including Antlers Gallery, Arnolfini, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Bristol Museums Galleries & Archives, Bristol Biennial, BV Studios, Field Art Projects, Future Perfect, Hand in Glove, Royal West of England Academy, Showroom Projects, Spike Island, Spike Associates & Spike Design and Works|Projects.

Funders & Supporters

The Bristol Art Weekender acknowledges the support of Arts Council England, Art Fund, Bristol City Council, Bristol Ferry Boats, Bristol Festival of Ideas, British Council, Clifton Hotels, Frameworks and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Bristol Art Weekender Funders Logos

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