This page provides information about arts trails and open studio events in Bristol and surrounding areas.
Bristol Art Weekender
The inaugural Bristol Art Weekender took place over the bank holiday weekend of 2nd-5th May 2014, and showcased Bristol as one of the most vibrant and flourishing centres for art in the UK. The Weekender’s free programme of performance, sound, video, film, painting and sculpture demonstrated the richness of the visual arts in Bristol. For more information see: www.bristolartweekender.co.uk
North Somerset Arts Week
North Somerset Arts Week is organised by North Somerset Arts. It showcases the work of over 300 artists in almost 100 locations around the North Somerset Area. For more information see http://www.northsomersetarts.org
BV Open Studios
The 2017 Open Studios weekend takes place at BV Studios in Bedminster on Friday 21st April – 6pm till 10pm, and Saturday 22nd April & Sunday 23rd April from 11am to 6pm. On Saturday and Sunday you can take a leisurely stroll around the 38 studios to enjoy the exciting artwork of each artist and skilled practitioner. You can expect to see work across all forms of fine art, illustration and design, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, installation, film & video, sound art and performance, plus the wonderful pole dancing studio. For more information see: http://www.bvstudios.co.uk/
Spike Island Open
On any given day at Spike Island, artists are working away in studios, designers and other creative practitioners are running their businesses, students are learning and visitors are attending exhibitions and talks by the most exciting figures in international art and design. It’s unlike any other arts organisation in the United Kingdom, both for those based here and for those who engage directly with these people, processes and conversations through our public programme. Once a year everyone in the Spike Island community comes together to showcase the breadth and diversity of the activity that takes place here. The weekend offers visitors not only the opportunity to explore parts of the 80,000 sq ft former Brooke Bond tea packing factory that are not normally accessible to the public, but to meet the people who work here and to get involved themselves. The 2017 Spike Island Open takes place from 28 April to 1 May. Further information can be found at: http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/exhibitions/spike-island-open/
Stroud International Textiles SELECT
After six years of running an annual Festival, in 2011 Stroud International Textlies launched their new initiative SELECT which is a series of high profile major exhibitions and linked Symposiums and seminars in venues in and around Gloucestershire. The 2017 Spring Select takes place between 29 April – 28 May. More information can be found at: http://www.sitselect.org/
Severn Vale Art Trail
Local artists, supported by use of the facilities at The Hatch Camphill Community, Thornbury and District Museum, Thornbury Pound Cottage Gallery, TomatoJack Arts, The Hub Celebration Fairs and Thornbury Town Council come together under the umbrella of Thornbury Arts Festival to take part in the Severn Vale Art Trail. The trail presents a wealth of talent including paintings in oil, watercolour and pastel, ceramics and sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, jewellery, textiles, stained glass and woodturning. From Friday April 28 – Sunday May 7 2017, the public are invited to visit the artists in their own studios, or shared exhibition space, to talk about and appreciate the works on display and hopefully to make one or two purchases of work that catch the eye. The exact location and times when the studios are open can be found by downloading the Guide or picking up a printed copy of the Art Trail Guide from Thornbury Town Hall or Thornbury Library. For more information see: http://thornburyartsfestival.com/art-trail/
Southbank Bristol Arts Trail
The Southbank Bristol Arts Trail is a weekend of arts and performance in homes, churches, community centres and public houses around Southville, Bedminster and Ashton. Over 55 venues open to show work from over 130 artists, makers, performers, musicians, and others. The 2017 Southbank Arts Trail takes place on 13th and 14th May 2017. Venues are open between 11 am and 6 pm, welcoming the public to view and buy art, enjoy performances and music and take part in lots of activities, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To plan your route, take a look at the trail map page. For all information about the trail see http://www.sbaweb.co.uk.
BS9 Arts Trail
One of the most recent additions to the Bristol art trail calendar, the BS9 Arts Trail features the art of 76 local artists over the weekend of 10th-11th June 2017 (11am to 5pm) in 12 venues around the beautiful green spaces in BS9 including the Downs, Golden Hill, Westbury Wildlife Park and Blaise Estate. To find out more visit: http://www.bs9arts.co.uk
Easton Arts Trail
The Easton Arts Trail is organised by volunteers from the local community who have created an annual community event that celebrates the quality and diversity of creativity in Easton. They are an artist-led organisation, founded in December 2006 by local artists, with the aim of showcasing the broad range of creative talent in Easton by providing a platform for local artists, makers and performers to promote and develop their work in their community. On the weekend of 3rd & 4th June 2017, the people of Easton will open their doors to invite you to visit the area and experience one of Bristol’s most creative neighbourhoods. More than 110 artists, makers and performers will be taking part in this year’s event. Many of the people taking part will be exhibiting their work in houses throughout the area, but there are large group venues where visitors can see several artists in one place. Find out more at: www.eastonartstrail.co.uk
Jamaica Street Artists Open Studios
Jamaica Street Artists are committed to developing a creative and diverse exhibitions programme, showcasing the collective talent of the artists within the studio. The studio holds an annual Open Studio, spanning three days, opening up the iconic building to the public. The 2016 Jamaica Street Open Studios took place from 10th-12th June at 37-39 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8JP. For more information see: http://www.jamaicastreetartists.co.uk/
Hamilton House Open Weekend
In September 2017 you can satisfy your curiosity about that building on Stokes Croft with Banksy’s iconic ‘Mild, Mild West’ piece on the wall (80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY. The annual Hamilton House Open Day is an opportunity to explore the whole of the building and to experience the abundance of creativity that goes on there. You will get to meet some of the hundreds of talented painters, designers, cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators who are based here, see them in action and have a chat with them about their work. There will also be talks and workshops from the likes of CoResist and the Misfits Theatre Company; taster sessions from the Wellbeing Rooms; a selection of dance classes; tasty and nutritious food from the Coexist Café; guided tours of the building; screen-printing workshops; a kids’ area and a programme of films made by groups based in the building. For more information see: http://www.hamiltonhouse.org
St Werburghs Arts Trail
St. Werburghs is an area in central north-east of the city, surrounded by the M32 motorway, railway embankments and lots of allotments. The tenth St Werburghs Arts Trail took place in houses, shops, parks, pubs, community spaces, and other local venues on the weekend of the 24th & 25th September 2016. For more information see: http://www.stwerburghsarts.org.uk
Art on the Hill
Now in its ninth year, Art on the Hill is the Windmill Hill and Victoria Park Arts Trail, which is located in a compact area of hilly streets and green spaces in the south of the city. The 2015 Windmill Hill and Victoria Park Arts Trail took place on the 1st & 2nd October 2016. For more information see:http://www.artonthehill.org.uk/
West Bristol Arts Trail
The West Bristol Arts Trail began in 2008 and has grown quickly since then. Venues are located around Clifton, Cliftonwood, Hotwells, Redland and Cotham and over 100 local artists show their work in all areas of art, craft and design. The 2017 West Bristol Arts Trail takes place on 14th and 15th October. For more information see http://www.westbristolarts.com
The Front Room Arts Trail
The Front Room Art Trail, in Totterdown, Bristol, was first held in 2001. It’s the oldest of Bristol’s various art trails and now attracts around 180 artists across 60 different venues, with thousands of visitors coming from across the city and beyond. The Art Trail is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to display their work to the public, and it’s also a great opportunity for the public to visit, view, discuss and buy original works of arts and crafts directly from the artist. The art on show can range from painting and ceramics to jewellery, glass and photography, to film, performance art, sculpture, and absolutely not forgetting cake! There’s truly something for everyone, and it’s free to come in and look around! The Art Trail is also lots of fun for kids, with events ranging from painting your own duck to story-telling, treasure hunts and street theatre. Many local venues also get involved, with events throughout the weekend. You’ll find fine entertainment each night of the trail, ending up in a big concluding party. The 2016 Front Room Arts Trail took place on 19th and 20th November. For more information see http://www.frontroom.org.uk.
North Bristol Arts Trail
North Bristol Artists is a group of over 100 artists who live or have studios in the North Bristol area. They are a mixture of new and well-established artists, working in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, print, textiles, pottery, glass, jewellery and more. The annual Arts Trail takes place on the last weekend in November in over 50 venues, covering Bishopston, Cotham, Henleaze, Horfield, Montpelier, Redland, St Andrews and Westbury Park. The 2016 Trail took place on 26th – 27th November 2016. Maps of the Trail are available at every venue. For more information see http://www.northbristolartists.org.uk.