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.
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
Saturday 14 September 2019 – Sunday 15 December 2019
The Georgian House Museum
Saturday 28 September 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019
Sunday 29 September 2019 – Sunday 01 December 2019
KWMC: The Factory, Unit 24 Filwood Green Business Park, 1 Filwood Park Lane, Bristol
Thursday 10 October 2019 – Thursday 21 November 2019