• BristolArtWeekender

Four days celebrating art across the city 

130 local and international artists involved

The inaugural Bristol Art Weekender was a four-day programme celebrating art across the city and showcasing Bristol as one of the most vibrant and flourishing centres for art in the UK. The Weekender’s FREE programme of exhibitions, events, talks and walks was carefully selected to blend internationally significant artists with emerging talent, giving visitors a chance to experience a real diversity of exhibitions, public artworks, performances, interventions and studios over the weekend.

From Luke Jerram’s 300-foot slide down Park Street, to an intimate performance of Franz Liszt’s Legende #1 for 70 songbirds in one of Bristol’s oldest chapels (Annika Kahrs), Bristolians discovered one-off performances and site-specific installations in unexpected locations.

Other highlights included Jeremy Deller’s Venice Biennale exhibition English Magic at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Observers ‘Rising Art Star of 2014’ Andy Holden at Spike Island, and a temporary pavilion built by young people in Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze.

See the full programme here.

The Weekender ran for four days, across the May Bank Holiday, from Friday 2 – Monday 5 May 2014.

Credits and thanks

Situations produced the Weekender in partnership with Bristol’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, Spike Island, Spike Associates, Hannah Sullivan & Martha King (producers of The Parlour Showrooms) and Works|Projects.

Partners and funders

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England, Art Fund, Bristol City Council, Blink Giant Media, Bristol Ferry, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Clifton Hotels, Frameworks and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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