Bristol Biennial

In 2012, the inaugural Bristol Biennial, directed by Catherine Bourne, hosted 118 local, national and international artists. Bristol's first Biennial celebrated the visual arts in multiple locations across the city, reaching over 10,240 visitors.

In May 2013, the Bristol Biennial Community Interest Company evolved to encompass new directors and a new team. As part of Bristol Art Weekender in May 2014, Bristol Biennial launched a major new commission, a travelling artwork called I’M STAYING by Shaun C. Badham.

The second festival, Bristol Biennial 2014 took place between 12-21 September 2014, with a programme of exhibitions, performances and events in venues, outdoor spaces and unexpected sites across the city. Working with over 50 talented artists selected through an open call, Bristol Biennial 2014 took Crossing the Line as its theme, connecting artists and audiences in exciting, participatory ways.

Recognising the talent and commitment of early-career artists in Bristol, as well as a lack of open opportunities and the loss of artist-led infrastructure in the city, Bristol Biennial is focussed on championing emerging artists, supporting their ambitions and bringing their work to a wider public.

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Radical Clay: Teaching with the greatest potters of the 1960s

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Saturday 22 July 2017 – Sunday 10 June 2018

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Arnolfini

Wednesday 27 September 2017 – Sunday 24 December 2017

Empire Through the Lens

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 2018

Kim Yong-Ik Solo exhibition

Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX

Saturday 30 September 2017 – Sunday 17 December 2017

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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