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.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL
Saturday 01 June 2019 – Sunday 15 September 2019
RWA, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX
Saturday 15 June 2019 – Sunday 01 September 2019
Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LX
Monday 08 July 2019 – Saturday 31 August 2019
Hestercombe Gallery, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton TA2 6LQ
Sunday 14 July 2019 – Sunday 27 October 2019