Perhaps this warmer weather is enticing you to get outside, clear away the cobwebs or revamp your homes. If you’re looking for inspiration for your interior design, look no further than these up and coming arts exhibitions in and around Bristol this May…
At various venues, 14 & 15 May
This month art aficionados can see the work of 75 creatives in 18 venues across Stoke Bishop, Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym, and buy affordable original paintings, prints, drawings, photography, mosaics, turned wood, hand-created books, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and more, direct from the artists.
On 14 May, there’s also a free all-day drop-in craft workshop in Westbury Village Hall with recycling enthusiast Miss Rochie – who, on a simple peg loom, will help you weave your own magic into a communally created piece of fabric.
Venues include Oatley Hall, St Monica’s, Cote Lane, Westbury Village Hall, Stoke Bishop Village Hall and the University of Bristol Botanic Garden where artist Jackie Johnson will be spinning yarn from plastic bags and showing her crocheted plastic yarn evening dress, recently exhibited in London.
For more information, visit: www.bs9arts.co.uk
Pictured: Tiger Argentina by Laura Robertson
At Room 212 Gallery, until 31 May
Glos Rd Central are holding their annual Mayfest on 7 May, tying in with the launch of the Avon Wildlife Trust project ‘My Wild Business’. To coincide, Room 212 will be featuring artists inspired by nature and/or our fantastic city. Artist Tess Chodan of Hunter Collector – who restores beautiful domes, lanterns and cabinets and creates antique or sustainably sourced butterfly, moth and beetle displays – will show her work in Bristol for the first time.Other Bristol art will include watercolours by Emma Burleigh and Hannah Bailey, illustrative prints by Knitted Pea and Isabelle Deakin, lino prints by Mary Collett and Molly Lemon and ceramics by John Pope. On 7 May, doors will also be open to the Room 212 eco house – constructed from sustainable and recycled materials with a living roof, upcycled furniture and willow ‘fedge’.
For more information, visit: www.room212.co.uk
At Bristol Cathedral, until 30 May
Part of Bristol Cathedral’s WWI centenary commemoration We Have Our Lives, this free exhibition is curated by local historian and author Clive Burlton in conjunction with Bristol Record Office and Bristol Reference Library, and tells the story of Bristol’s transition from peacetime to wartime in 1914.For more information, visit: www.bristol-cathedral.co.uk
At M Shed, 14 May – 12 June
Briswool is a huge, intricately crocheted and knitted model of Bristol featuring all our favourite hang-outs. See it in all its woolly splendour and spot landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo and the M Shed cranes as well as the infamous Bristol crocodile, a Banksy mural and Wallace and Gromit, before making your own woolly additions.
Coordinated by Paper Village on North Street, the city of Briswool has seen dozens of customers and staff knit and crochet numerous models representing Bristol – from pubs to tiny bicycles. The finished model also includes the Colston Hall and Beese’s Tea Gardens in Hanham as well as the high-rise flats in Barton Hill.
For more information, visit: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk
Various venues, 14 & 15 May
Over 150 artists and makers share their work as part of one of the largest, liveliest and longest-running arts events in Bristol, now in its 14th year. Navigate a route around a network of shows, installations and exhibitions of work – ranging from fine art to street art and prints, drawings and sculpture to ceramics, textiles, photography, jewellery, glass, bespoke furniture, music and theatre – displayed in over 60 homes and public spaces across Southville, Bedminster and Ashton.
There will also be a programme of workshops and live performances. Visit ceramicist Yurim Gough, painter and puppet maker Caroline Watson, children’s book illustrator Henning Löhlein, Angie Parker for hand-woven floor art, and Roy Gallop whose ‘Wonky House’ workshop features mechanical toys and a human jukebox. Also expect marketplace shows in the Tobacco Factory, the Southville Centre and the Southbank Club, as well as local churches, the Margot May Tea Rooms and Mark’s Bread.
For more information, visit: www.southbankbristolarts.co.uk
At Lime Tree Gallery, 7 May – 8 June
A strong and vibrant exhibition featuring a wide selection of ‘painterly’ works by notable contemporary artists. Portraits from two artists, exhibiting in Bristol for the first time, feature strongly: Chris Bennett, a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and Aine Divine, finalist of the 2013 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year award.There is also still-life painting by up and coming young Scottish artist, Martin Hill, and Lime Tree Gallery continues its Swedish connection with evocative landscapes by Elisabeth Lindstedt and beautiful handmade jewellery by Swedish-born silversmith Moa Smith, who now lives in Bristol.
For more information, visit: www.limetreegallery.com
At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Arnolfini, until 17 July
Art from Elsewhere deals with current social and political issues through the eyes of contemporary artists from around the world. The cutting edge work – from video and installation, to photography and sculpture – is predominantly by artists from Africa, Asia and the Far East who explore themes such as life in conflict zones and migration.
This exhibition, shown jointly with the Arnolfini, brings together work recently collected by museums and galleries across the UK, purchased with five £1million awards from Art Fund International.
For more information, visit: www.arnolfini.org.uk
Pictured left: There Is No Border Here © Shilpa Gupta, 2006