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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Art Guide

Autumn is definitely here. After the summer of long queues and street art we find ourselves searching for something we can look at from between the wrappings of our scarves. I’ve tried to save you a bit of time and brolly bashing by browsing through the flyers and websites. Hopefully I’ve found a couple of gems that you might be interested in this autumn and winter.

The big four have packed programmes: in the rear hall at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, artists from the Jamaica Street studios offer an exclusive preview of their work, before auctioning it off on the 3rd December. The collective are aiming to raise some much needed funds to buy their site outright so it’s worth raiding the piggy bank for a unique piece. Also running until the 7th January is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 exhibition-an annual show which always promises to impress. The RWA welcome in November with the opening of their 157th autumn exhibition which includes painting, photography, printmaking and architecture until 13th December.

Down the hill at the Arnolfini the count down to the climate change conference in Copenhagen is well on the way and two new exhibitions open on the 21st November. Over at

Spike Island the autumn show, “Like Love” by Sonia Boyce continues until 29th November so get over there to see the handmade wallpaper, text pieces and animation resulting from this partnership between Boyce and The Meriton, school for young Parents in St Phillips. Sonia Boyce will also be in conversation with Axel Lapp on the 11th November, free to all but booking is essential.

Also, over at Plan 9 group show “Friday 13th” opens soon showing work by a group of artists using drawing as the basis for their practice. The exhibition forms a collaboration between Plan 9, Bristol Diving School and the Bristol Drawing Club and runs until the 23rd November with a range of drawing club events throughout the show. After the huge success that was the opening of new gallery Motorcade/Flash Parade, we also eagerly await the next show in the BV Studios complex on Phillip Street in Bedminster. Keep an eye on their website for the latest news.

Finally, there’s a range of shows at Centrespace, tucked in by Corn Street, before the new year, including “Home Grown Bristol” opening on the 7th and the annual Centrespace Show; studio artists from upstairs exhibiting a variety of previously unseen works, opening on the 21st of November.

That’s all for now so layer up and head on out to discover the many and varied galleries we have here in Bristol. Keep an eye on the blog for updates of the latest and greatest and do be careful on the slippery leaves which are coating our streets like a beautiful autumnal blanket.


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