‘adventurous, all-involving three-day celebration of the visual arts across the two cities’ – Bristol 24/7

In its second year, the Art Weekender expanded to include the unique cultural offerings of Bath, to celebrate the vibrancy of the visual arts in the South West. Both Bristol and Bath offer two distinctive contexts for enjoying outstanding contemporary art, from international exhibitions and unique gallery and museum collections, new commissions and special performances, to open studios and public art. Over 50 artists and arts organisations offered the chance to experience the two cities as never before.


Feeling so proud of our vibrant cities as we come to the end #awbb #bath #bristol so much to build on…thank you” – @Lindsey

Intriguing, stimulating, sensory- reviews of the Architecture Centre Bristol for the Art Weekender Bristol/Bath #awbb – @Niaeirlys 



Theaster Gates’ first UK project, Sanctum, a temporary structure built out of the ruins of Temple Church, Bristol with the sounds of the city being performed 24 hours a day, for 24 days

Quilt Cowboy by Alexander Stevenson, a new commission for the Art Weekender, inspired by the collection of quilts and textiles at the American Museum, Bath

Bath Artists’ Studios led 13 minutes of Life Drawing on Trains on the short journey between Bristol and Bath. Hundreds of people were simultaneously life drawing in the Great Western Railway carriage

Exhibition at Arnolfini of acclaimed Turner Prize Winner, Richard Long’s TIME AND SPACE

Cool life drawing art project on trains from #Bristol to #Bath for the Art Weekender Bristol & Bath. Get involved! #awbb #ldot – @stephfog

The Art Weekender took place over three days and two cities in Autumn 2015, from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November.

Partners and funders

Our partners include: 44AD Artspace, Art in Bearpit, Architecture Centre, Arnolfini, Aural-l, Bath Artist’s Studios, Bath Museums Partnership (including the American Museum, Bath Fashion Museum, Bath Spa, Holburne Museum), Bath Spa University, BEEF, Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives, Bristol City Council Public Art Programme, Bristol University, Cleveland Pools, Field Art Projects, Future Perfect, G39, Hand in Glove, HO-ST, ICIA, Jamaica Street Studios, Knowle West Media Centre, Lockjaws, ONOMATO, Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island and Associates, The Kiosk Project, Trinity Centre, Visual Arts Southwest, Watershed Arts Trust.

The Art Weekender was supported by the Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations Project, part of a national initiative created by Arts Council England and Visit England.

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