It’s no secret that Bristol is a great city to visit if you’re interested in the creative industries. From fine art to street art Bristol has more than its share of all! We’re sharing our favourite art galleries and exhibitions that you can see in Bristol right now.
169 Annual Open Exhibition at RWA
The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition will be returning for its 169th year with a stunning variety of work from both emerging and established artists. This is a dynamic and varied exhibition that invites submissions using all mediums, showcasing some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond. All of the work is available to buy, making this event a perfect opportunity to discover new artists or invest in well-known names. This exhibition is running until January 8th, 2023. For more information about the Annual Open and to buy tickets, click here.
Rosemary Mayer Ways of Attaching at Spike Island
Ways of Attaching is the first institutional survey exhibition of artist Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014). It spans three decades of Mayer’s prolific and varied practice, from fabric sculptures, artist’s books and ephemeral installations of the 1970s through to ink drawings and pastels from the 1980s and 90s. Rosemary Mayer was a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery in New York, which was formed in 1972 as the first all-female cooperative gallery in the United States. The exhibition at Spike Island is running until January 15th, 2023. For more information on this free event, click here.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year at MShed
The world renowned wildlife photography competition from the Natural History Museum is back at MShed with 100 spectacular images. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights. This event will be running from November 27th 2022 until May 29th 2023, and it is definitely a must-see. For more information on the exhibition and MShed’s opening hours click here.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
We certainly haven’t forgotten Bristol’s favourite art gallery. In its prime location at the top of Park Street, Bristol Museum has housed an art collection since its origins in 1823. Today it’s collection is world-class, featuring pieces from some of history’s most famous artists, as well as a large collection of modern and local art. The museum is also famed for having one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside of Asia. The site is also home to a fantastic geology and natural history collection among others. Donations are welcomed but the museum is free to visit. For information on current exhibitions and opening hours, click here.
Arnolfini is Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts located on the harbourside in the heart of the city. Arnolfini has welcomed artists from around world throughout its history – sharing works by Paula Rego, Jannis Kounellis, Grayson Perry, Rachel Whiteread, Peter Doig, Richard Long, Chantal Joffe, Sonia Boyce and Frank Bowling, to name just a few – as well as supporting talent from in and around Bristol. The building itself has a rich history, and as well as the three floors dedicated to contemporary art, there is a bookshop and café here, meaning you can spend the whole day! They have some amazing exhibitions on this season. To find out more, click here.
If you're coming to Bristol to see the art, why not stay at Bristol’s first and only art hotel, the Berkeley Square. Where you'll be immersed in a world of creative contemporary art.
world of creative contemporary art, with live video paintings displayed in the main lounge area.