This page provides information about galleries, shops and exhibition venues in Bristol.
6 Leonard Lane
Centrespace is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run gallery, focused on supporting new and established artists. It is located along a narrow lane (Leonard Lane) which runs between Corn Street and Small Street in the centre of Bristol. Exhibitions usually run for a week, and details of the upcoming programme can be found on the Centrespace website. If you are an artist looking for a venue to display your work, Centrespace offers a self contained, airy, refurbished space of approximately 120 square metres, with professional lighting. However, as it is not possible to see Centrespace from the main thoroughfares, it is worth making sure that your exhibition is well advertised beforehand.
212 Gloucester Rd
Room 212 is a gallery, shop and creative space located in the shop front of 212 Gloucester Road in Bishopston. In July 2013 it changed hands. Local artist Sarah Thorp has now taken over Room 212 and is developing it into an exciting space in which to view, buy and make art in Bristol. The space available has been extended into a back room behind the main shop front and there is now a great range of handmade items by local artists, ranging from large paintings to small pieces of jewellery and other items. Take a look at the Room 212 website to find out more.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has twenty galleries over three floors with a diverse range of objects, from sea dinosaurs to magnificent art. The museum is situated between the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building and Browns restaurant at the top of Park Street. The Second floor galleries hold collections of French art (including Renoir and Pissarro), pottery, ceramics, glass, silver and Eastern art. The museum also hosts some very interesting temporary exhibitions, information about which can be found at: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/exhibitions-bristols-museums
16 Narrow Quay
Arnolfini was established in 1961 and moved to its current harbourside location (a Grade II listed former tea warehouse dating from the 1830’s) in 1975. Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of educational activities. Five exhibition spaces, a theatre/cinema auditorium, Reading Room and Light/Dark Studios are housed in the Grade II listed, fully accessible building. The converted warehouse also contains one of the country’s best arts bookshops. Arnolfini’s café bar serves a menu of fresh, locally sourced food and fairtrade tea and coffee. To find out more about the programme of exhibitions and events at Arnolfini see: http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/exhibitions/
Bristol Guild of Applied Art
68-70 Park Street
The Guild Gallery has a new show every month featuring artists working in all mediums: ceramics, oils, textiles, photography, woodcarving, sculpture and mixed media. There is no admission charge and at least one of the exhibiting artists is usually on hand to welcome browsers.
123 Gloucester Road
Co-LAB Co-LAB is Bristol’s largest independent art and clothing shop. Supporting over 150 local artists, they sell unique and individual gifts in store and online. They have just re-located to Gloucester Road.
Clifton Fine Art
12 Perry Road
Clifton Fine Art is a gallery specialising in modern and contemporary art from the South West of England. The gallery is in the heart of Bristol’s Christmas Steps Arts Quarter. You can browse a virtual gallery on their website and/or visit the gallery or one of the shows that they take part in. For more information visit: http://www.cliftonfineart.com
Great White Art
8 Perry Road
Showing a range of work from street art to still-lifes, Great White Art is a new gallery in the centre of Bristol showcasing some of the best contemporary artists from the South West of England. The gallery was launched in September 2016 and, along with their new-look sister gallery, Clifton Fine Art, they aim to make Bristol’s creative and vibrant art scene more accessible, more affordable and more diverse than anywhere else in the city.
Lime Tree Gallery
84 Hotwell Rd
The Lime Tree Gallery specialises in contemporary Art and Glass, and holds regular exhibitions throughout the year, each one accompanied by a fully illustrated web catalogue. They have a particular love of contemporary Scottish artists, and have a varied selection of their art on show. Ranging from the traditional to the modern, the figurative to the abstract, each exhibition is complemented by a selection of fine individual Glass pieces, mainly from Britain and the Baltic States. Their on-line catalogue allows people to buy directly from the website or request further information on a particular work or artist.
Hamilton House Gallery
80 Stokes Croft
The Hamilton House Gallery is an ideal place to show your artwork or host an exhibition of any kind. The gallery has shown variety of artworks and exhibitions from professional artists and photographers to collectives of the non-art kind – and even a tipi show! Hamilton House Gallery strives to support emerging artists throughout the community of Stokes Croft, Bristol and the wider world, and also to bring the world of fine art to the world of Stokes Croft. It is also the home of Coexist IN HOUSE Shop. The gallery is a large, light and airy space with white walls and a grey concrete floor, situated on the ground floor of Hamilton House opposite The Canteen, with easy access to Stokes Croft (including disabled access via a ramp). The space can be used in many ways: 2D art shows, installations, and 3D work. The gallery can also be used for events and workshops for up to 50 people. The gallery space is spread across two rooms (please note: hire of the gallery space includes both rooms). The Hamilton House Gallery welcome proposals from groups and individuals. They accept proposals throughout the year, and also release dates for different programmes at certain time during the year. All events are promoted through the Hamilton House website, printed programme, newsletter and social media pages. For more information about gallery dimensions, prices and more visit: www.hamiltonhouse.org/gallery-space-hire-bristol
22 Stokes Croft
Based in Stokes croft, set within Bristol’s vibrant creative community, Twenty Two is a gallery and art space that champions British contemporary artists. With a regular exhibition programme of affordable works – painting, print, drawing & illustration, sculpture and photography – Twenty Two aims to inspire collecting contemporary art. The street-side location and open door policy stimulate public engagement. Artists interested in being commissioned for future projects are invited to send in work for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty Two is also available for launches and private hire by request.
8-10 The Arcade
Hidden is a unique gallery offering contemporary art by local and internationally known artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries. They are tucked away inside a beautiful Victorian shopping arcade at the heart of Clifton, Bristol, only yards from the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and in an area full of boutique and designer shops. Hidden stocks all sorts of art including quirky prints by upcoming local artists, investment grade work by a 20th Century master such as Picasso or Warhol and show stopping work by Banksy.
Clifton Contemporary Art
25 Portland Street
Clifton Contemporary Art is situated in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol, just a few minutes from the famous suspension bridge and Avon Gorge. The gallery features a rich variety of contemporary painting, print work, ceramics and sculpture, with an emphasis on West Country artists, from South West Cornwall to the Cotswolds.
The Searchers Gallery
Ruth Piper is a practicing artist who moved to Bristol from London in 2006. She launched The Searchers contemporary in September 2012. Her idea was to increase public access to contemporary art in the city and create a commercial platform for fine artists. The Searchers contemporary began as a ‘one year’ gallery project, and after eleven amazing shows, they have moved on from the gallery space at St Michaels Hill and are now a roaming group of artists. The Searchers aim to support and challenge each other in their individual practices, with studio visits, shared experiences and critical discussion that will hopefully lead them towards an exhibition together in 2014.
198 North Street
Upfest – The Urban Paint Festival, was created in 2008 between three crazy but art loving individuals. Inspired by Super Cans (Southampton), Cans Festival (London) and the growing number of paint jams around the UK, Upfest was born. Upfest was originally conceived to get a group of 20 like minded artists together for a day of painting here in Bristol, however the first festival quickly grew to 50 artists once the word was out. The first Upfest took place in October 2008 at The Tobacco Factory. Upfest has a permanent base in a shop in Bedminster and a great website where you can purchase work from the Upfest Urban Art Gallery.
The Parlour Showrooms
31/31a College Green
The Parlour Showrooms were two adjacent empty shops on street level in building, owned by the council and opened up for creative use by the Capacity Bristol scheme http://capacitybristol.wordpress.com/. Sadly, this gallery closed its doors for the last time in December 2013. Over 18 months the Parlour Showrooms worked with a huge number of artists and performers to create exciting and inspiring exhibitions and events. To see what happened visit http://www.parlourshowrooms.co.uk/category/archive/. The managers of The Parlour Showrooms (The Showrooms Projects) are relocating to an office above St Nicholas Market. Visit the website and join the mailing list to find out what happens next.
108b Stokes Croft
Established in 2003, Here is an award winning gallery and bookshop based in Bristol. They stock a select range of art books, magazines, underground comics, self-published zines, Japanese imports, and other hard to find titles, plus artist made cards, prints, jewellery and plush toys. They host regular exhibitions from local and international artists, showing fine art, illustration and photographic work, with an emphasis on new and emerging artists.
Heart Space Studios
Heart Space Studios has now closed its doors. After almost 5 years of offering ‘All Things Textile’ the venture has evolved into a new type of business. For more information visit http://www.heartspacestudios.co.uk
4 Boyces Avenue
Soma opened in Clifton in June 2004 as a shop and gallery promoting contemporary art, design and illustration. Soma specialises in limited edition prints by illustrators and printmakers and has several exhibitions a year. Alongside the prints In August 2017, Soma moved from their Boyces Avenue space to concentrate on the online side and exhibit at fairs and pop up shops. Keep an eye on social media to find out where the next location will be.
WHERE THE WALL
Not a gallery in the traditional sense, but a guided tour of street art in Bristol. WHERE THE WALL encourages, promotes and supports graffiti and street art in all it’s forms. Join the many people who come to Bristol to enjoy a Bristol Street Art Tour where you’ll explore artworks from artists that are diverse, independent and free – in a city that actively supports artistic freedom of expression.
The Island Gallery
The Gallery Space at The Island is a large room based on the 1st floor of the old Police Station, where it used to be the police station’s function room. It has lots of natural light that comes from the stunning overhead windows. This space is flexible to the requirements of the user. As well as the main space itself there is also access to a smaller space off the side, which can either be used as an extended part of the gallery or as a back of house area. For more information about the gallery see: http://theislandbristol.com/spaces/gallery-space/
View Art Gallery
159-161 Hotwell Road
View is one of the largest independent galleries in the South West and a great place to go and see some contemporary art. The gallery is split into zones over two floors, providing a large exhibiting space for each artist on show. The gallery shows a mix of media including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and a it also has a dedicated room for video and installations. An active events programme and frequently changing exhibitions keeps the art fresh for regular visitors. View are committed to creating a friendly and informal atmosphere, allowing people to feel comfortable to view art in their own way. They have an online shop where you can buy pieces of artwork by featured artists.
Studio and Gallery
84 Colston Street
Blaze studio and gallery is a cooperative of skilled craftspeople producing work and selling on the premises. They also have flexible Pop-up Gallery Space available for artists of all disciplines to show work for a two week period with a private view at the beginning. Blaze offer a wall space within the shop (about 2.3 x 3.6m) and one of their shop windows for the duration of your show. They will help to host a private view, promote your show through social media and contact the Blaze mailing list to help generate interest. They also look after and sell your work so there’s no need to invigilate during that time, unless you want to be here. The cost starts at just £50 with a highly reasonable 30% commission or £80 at 10%. For more information contact Lina, Lucy, Rosie or Marcus on 0117 904 7067 or email: email@example.com.
East Bristol Contemporary
Trinity Arts Centre
East Bristol Contemporary (ebc) is an artist-led gallery based at The Trinity Centre, Bristol. ebc seeks to counteract the lack of established showing spaces for grass roots contemporary artists in Bristol, and seeks to establish a unique and diverse programme of exhibitions and events. They run events for the public including artist talks/tours, workshops, opening events, young persons’ events, and discussions. Shows run on the first weekend of each month. For more information visit: http://www.eastbristolcontemporary.com
The Bristol Shop
The Bristol Shop is a website that sells some of the very best works of Bristol Art. Most art ordered from The Bristol Shop can be delivered free of charge within three days, but please check delivery details as some pieces of art are individual items that are made to order
18 Upper Maudlin Street
Flux is a gallery and jewellery studio where you can purchase contemporary jewellery, commission a piece, or even make your own. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/FluxBristol/
Jenny Life Gallery
Jenny Life‘s studio and gallery on Christmas Steps has now closed. However, you can still buy her work from her website: http://www.jennylife.co.uk
Shop and Gallery
82 Colston Street
MAKERS began as the collective vision of four creative friends, each with an extensive working background in Design, the Arts and Contemporary Craft. Their varied expertise and complementary skills give the shop its unique atmosphere. The Shop & Gallery provides a spacious showcase in which to browse. You can source locally crafted work by artists, makers and musicians, and be inspired by an aesthetic which celebrates the resurgence of ‘handmade’.
9 Perry Road
0117 330 8445
POTTERS is located in central Bristol, in a thriving arts and crafts district near the historic Christmas Steps, the Bristol City Art Gallery and the Bristol Royal Infirmary. POTTERS was established in 1996 as a co-operative to exhibit the work of more than 25 craft potters and ceramic artists. Together they work to promote and sell the best of British ceramics. POTTERS offer a friendly atmosphere in which to browse, with a diverse range of ceramics to enjoy and the opportunity to discuss how the work is designed and made.
Weapon of Choice
Weapon of Choice started out as a monthly live Graffiti and Hip Hop night, inviting some of Bristol’s finest artists to paint infront of a live audience. In 2009 Weapon of Choice opened a Gallery on Park Street showcasing both solo and group exhibitions from Bristol’s upcoming and most sought out after graffiti, street artists and illustrators. They also take part in many other projects, pop up shows and nights including ‘BrisFest’ and ‘See No Evil’. Weapon of Choice produce the WoC Magazine and sell a range of interesting products in their online shop. After 5 successful years on Park Street, WOC has now gone mobile and has a number of pop up exhibitions and collaborative projects such as Edition Fifty planned for the near future.
Fish with Feet
12A North View
Tel. (0117) 923 9674
Fish with Feet is a small gallery based in Westbury Park selling work by local artists.
206 Gloucester Road
Fig is a shop on Gloucester Road selling handmade gifts, bespoke jewellery, limited edition prints and cards made by six local artists.
It’s All Too Much
11 – 13 Stokes Croft
It’s All 2 Much art gallery is an independent art organisation based in Bristol. They promote original work by local artists, including painting, sculpture and photography, both in our their own exhibition space and in other selected spaces accessible to the public. This is achieved through artist residencies, themed installations, participatory events and art fairs as well as online through their website. Their aim is to complement the other galleries in the area by showing works that are interestingly different, but that would not be classified necessarily as any particular style such as, for example, underground or street art.
133 Cumberland Road
Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. It is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday 12–5pm (during exhibitions). The Spike Café is open weekdays, 8.30am–5pm and weekends, 12–5pm.
Mshed is Bristol’s museum dedicated to telling the amazing history of the city, through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. Located on the historic dockside, Bristol’s flagship museum has been designed to retain the unique character of the former 1950s transit shed. Three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world. From prehistoric times to the present day, explore the history of Bristol through the objects and stories of the people who made the city what it is today. You can see amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of the city through the interactive displays.
Antlers is a commercial art gallery, nomadic by design. Based in Bristol, they produce temporary exhibitions in varying locations, with their only permanent base being online. They represent a select group of contemporary artists through exhibitions, art fairs, consultancy and private sales. Antlers is committed to showcasing a burgeoning scene of artists who explore natural history, narrative and folklore through compelling and impeccably executed work. As well as selling original artwork, Antlers also have an active publishing wing, working with artists to produce limited edition prints and multiples. These are available to buy both during their shows and through their online shop.
Courtyard Gallery is Bristol’s latest roaming contemporary art gallery, now open at No.11 Gallery Portland Street, Clifton; and also open by appointment at 4.22 Paintworks. Started over 10 years ago in Hampshire, owner Tina Brown brings exciting new contemporary art & design, artists & makers to Bristol. No.11 Gallery is a joint venture with Louise Copping. It has been designed to be a welcoming and inviting place, where you can view impressive contemporary works in a relaxed and informative environment.
198 Cheltenham Road
7th SEA is a handmade emporium selling unique creations from its founders: Phoebe Wang, Linda Thomas and Emma Garner, along with the work of other talented artists and designers. They stock lots of unusual greeting cards, T-shirts, jewellery, artist prints & ceramics.
WORKS|PROJECTS is a commercial gallery established by independent curator, Simon Morrissey. The gallery represents a stable of distinctive British artists including Edwina Ashton, Melanie Counsell, Sarah Dobai, Andy Holden, Magnus Quaife, David Mackintosh, Richard Woods & David Wojtowycz. WORKS|PROJECTS presents a distinctive programme of solo exhibitions, off-site projects, curated group exhibitions and events in Bristol, and further afield, including in London where the gallery has a private showing space WORKS|PROJECTS STUDIO. The gallery aims to develop the profile of Bristol as a centre for the visual arts through attending high profile international art fairs, attracting public collections and private collectors to visit and purchase in the region and by directly developing the collecting of contemporary art in the South West.
Bristol Hand Made Glass Gallery
15 Perry Road
Founded in 1987 by Bristol Blue Glass (which was acquired in October 2006 by Creative Glass Guild) the Bristol Handmade Glass Gallery sells the full range of Bristol Blue Glass pieces, from paperweights to decanters and they also offer an engraving service. The gallery also sells stained glass and tiffany lamps, mirrors, lighting and hanging pieces, and commissions are welcome. They stock blown glass from local and national artists such as Peter Layton,Shakespeare Glass, Blown Studio Glass, Peter St Clair, English Antique Glass, plus an extensive range of jewellery from pendants to bracelets.
The Little Shop
125 Cheltenham Road
The Little Shop was launched in September 2013 by two Bristol artists: Alex Luca and Amber Elise. It hosts a range of artists’ work, including ceramic, jewellery, cushions, tea towels, prints and cards. The Little Shop showcases talented artists from Bristol and beyond and there are currently 15 different artists involved in the space. To keep things interesting, every 6 weeks we will change the artists over, giving more artists and makers the opportunity to exhibit their work. For more information please visit their Facebook page or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Milliners Guild
22 Upper Maudlin Street
Christmas Steps Arts Quarter
Telephone: 0117 329 3003
The Milliners Guild was created by Ani Townsend in 2013. The shop sells work by milliners and hat makers from all over the UK. They also run millinery courses. For more information, visit the shop or the website: http://www.millinersguild.co.uk.
Christmas Steps Gallery
11 Christmas Steps
Christmas Steps Gallery is a hireable exhibition, project and retail space situated in an affluent and culturally vibrant area of old Bristol. Located at the top of the Christmas Steps, can accommodate a range of projects including: art exhibitions, pop-up shops, fashion shows, product launches, talks, seminars, screenings and tutorials. This intimate gallery occupies a split-level venue rented as one hire. The building benefits from traditional features such as wooden floorboards throughout, large arched windows, a period fireplace and an exposed brick wall. There are mobile spot lights inside the gallery and a flexible hanging rail system with steel cables. It also has tea-making and toilet facilities on-site. For further information about hiring Christmas Steps Gallery including rates and availability email: email@example.com.
196 Gloucester Rd
Paper Plane is a creative co-operative and shop based on Gloucester Road in Bristol. The co-operative is made up of 7 permanent members and Paper Plane also invite guest artists to exhibit and sell through their shop. They aim to deliver original, high quality work and products, designed and made by the co-operative members and other small creative businesses across the UK. Products range from screen printed T-shirts and prints to jewellery, ceramics, home accessories and wall art. The Exhibition Room at the rear of the shop is a bright, blank canvas with white walls and grey floor. The space is available for exhibitions on a monthly hire basis. For rates and further information please contact Paper Plane at firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants will need to provide a proposal, images of their work and a personal statement.
The Edwardian Cloakroom and The Control Room
This project is a legacy of Bristol City Councils Capacity scheme, headed by Ruth Essex which aimed to turn Bristol’s disused spaces into creative places. Capacity changed the creative landscape of Bristol, providing the one thing that artists and arts organisations need: affordable space. This encouraged a surge of empowered creative communities and alternative creative economies to emerge and flourish across the city. The temporary creative space project continues the legacy of Capacity through offering affordable space to artists to show work. The spaces make an invaluable contribution to Bristol’s arts ecology. Opening the spaces for arts activity has opened them up to passers-by and visitors also interested in the architecture and histories of the venues.
The Edwardian Cloakroom is an architectural gem tucked away at the bottom of Woodland Road in Clifton. The cloakrooms have been closed to the public since 2001 and retains many beautiful original features including the black and white porcelain tiled floor.
The Control Room is a small cabin on the North side of Redcliffe Bridge on a busy commuter thoroughfare. The Control Room features 360 degree windows which used to house the controls for operating Redcliffe swing bridge.
For more information about these venues visit http://bristolcitycouncilcreativespace.wordpress.com/ or email email@example.com
Objets de Desir
Unit A Clifton Arcade
Beginning life as an online boutique established by Rachel Drake, Objets de Désir showcases a specially chosen range of handmade treasures created by emerging artists and designers from Bristol and further afield. They sell lots of lovely items including: art, jewellery, accessories and more.
64 Colston Street
Pirrip Press is a small design & print studio, specialising in Silkscreen printing. They make stationery, cards, artwork and all sorts of other printed ephemera. They also illustrate, design, produce and publish their own books and work with couples on wedding stationery.
123 Cheltenham Road
LoveBristol is a charity providing care and support for communities within Bristol. Their latest social enterprise, the 123Space arts venue, is situated in the heart of Stokes Croft. It offers a blank canvas for the community to connect and create together. The three rooms, one with floor-to-ceiling windows, combine classic gallery space with urban events space; often used for exhibitions, immersive events, workshops and gigs. With so much natural footfall and open plan infrastructure clearly visible from the outside, the range of events in this space always gain interest. With the charity supporting cutting edge campaigns, community improvement and local projects, there is no limit to what you might see when you walk past.
Bristol Contemporary Art
Bristol Contemporary Art gallery is an online showcase for some of the best of U.K. and South-West’s artists. Through this website you can buy artwork, find out more about the artists featured and keep up to date with upcoming exhibitions and art fairs.
Clifton Workshop (Caroline Quiroga)
139 St Georges Road,
The Clifton Workshop is run by Caroline Quiroga, who has a background in Surface Design with a degree in Graphic Information Design. Caroline designs and creates fresh and bold collections for your living space. All her handmade accessories are made using traditional screen printing. For more information about her shop and to view her online shop visit http://www.cliftonworkshop.co.uk
Independent Design Collective
76 North Street
Tel: 0117 239 1198
Independent Design Collective is a craft based gift shop located in the vibrant Southville area of Bristol, featuring and promoting designers and makers from the local area. IDC is run by Chitra Tarling, the creative force behind Karve Design, itself a Bristol based craft and design business. The shop features a breadth of different designers and artists, and regularly updates its collection, so there is always something new to discover.