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Where The Wall

Where The Wall Graffiti Workshop

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - June 24 @ 2:00 pm

It’s no secret that our city is a hub for street artists, with huge murals and eye-catching designs at every corner. But for those inspired to create their own art, award-winning company Where The Wall are hosting graffiti workshops at The Island in central Bristol, allowing participants to put their skills to the test. The ‘spray sessions’ take place on the last Saturday of every month, from 28 January, and see budding artists taking aim with water-based spray paints and…

Music at the Lord Mayor's Chapel

Music at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel

March 11 @ 1:15 pm - September 16 @ 1:15 pm

The Lord Mayor's Chapel presents it's 2017 music season from March to September. Entrance is free, with a retiring collection at the end of each concert. Sat 11 Mar, 1.15pm. Music for Guitar with James Watson Programme to include works by Bach, Scarlatti, and Villa-Lobos. Sat 25 Mar, 1.15pm. Music for Baritone and Organ Henry Lunn and John Marsh. Sat 1 Apr, 1.15pm. A Concert in aid of Prostate Cancer Research Charlotte Newstead (soprano) accompanied by John Marsh. Fri 14…

Art Exhibitions Bristol April 2017

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

April 8 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones, M Shed, 8 April – 3 September See 12 human skeletons from Bristol and London, each with a unique story to tell – from a young man buried without ceremony in Tormarton 3,500 years ago during the Bronze Age, to a Romano-British couple found in a single stone coffin at Mangotsfield, and a child from a Victorian convent burial ground at St Catherine’s Court – who had undergone a post-mortem craniotomy. Children can reveal some of…

Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern

Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern

April 10 @ 8:00 am - October 29 @ 5:00 pm

Joyce Petschek: Breaking the Pattern, 18 March – 29 October, The American Museum in Britain Fans of Joyce Petschek might fancy a jaunt to Bath to see her exquisite textile art curated in a major solo exhibition for the first time in Britain. For much of her life Joyce has been passionate about Bargello, a traditional needlework technique consisting of upright flat stitches in varying lengths. The name originates from a series of 17th-century chairs found in the Bargello Palace…

Monteverdi 450

Monteverdi 450

April 12 @ 7:30 pm - May 28 @ 7:30 pm

12 April – 28 May, 7.30pm Monteverdi 450, Colston Hall Bristol is the place to be for classical music over the coming months, as a landmark tour celebrating 450 years since Monteverdi’s birth premieres at Colston Hall. Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir join forces with acclaimed soloists and period instrumentalists to present the Italian composer’s three surviving operas: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, L’Incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo. Spanning the full gamut of human emotion through tales of…

Art Exhibitions in Bristol April 2017

Basim Magdy Exhibition

April 14 @ 11:00 am - June 18 @ 6:00 pm

Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned For A Century Of New Beginnings Arnolfini 14 April – 18 June The first UK solo exhibition of this Egyptian artist focuses on his film work – layering past, present and future, and revealing social blueprints and ideologies that unfold across time. Situated somewhere between fact and fiction; rooted in dreams, scientific theory and failed utopian ambitions; full of humour and quiet melancholy, his works on paper and in film, photography and slide projection…

Coldharbour Gallery Spring Exhibition

Coldharbour Gallery Spring Exhibition

April 24 @ 9:00 am - May 31 @ 5:30 pm

Spring Exhibition, Coldharbour Framery & Gallery, until 31 May Coldharbour Gallery is celebrating the arrival of spring with bold, bright colours and garden themes – Abigail McDougall returns with her latest Kew Gardens paintings in her trademark vibrant shades, while Rupert Blamire adds new zingy glazes to his ever-popular range of ceramics. The team is also delighted to welcome Bristol-born sculptor Christine Baxter to the gallery, with a selection of her bronze resin and cast stone pieces for home or…

Art Exhibitions Bristol April 2017

Lines in a Landscape: Drawings from the Royal Collection

April 24 @ 10:00 am - June 4 @ 6:00 pm

Lines in a Landscape: Drawings from the Royal Collection, RWA, 1 April – 4 June A major new exhibition of landscape drawings selected from the Royal Collection and generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen, featuring works by some of the masters of Western European drawing, and including rarely seen works by Van Dyck, Canaletto, Gainsborough and Claude Lorrain – widely considered to be the greatest landscape artist of the 17th century – alongside fascinating examples by lesser-known names. Celebrating…

A winter's tale

The Winter’s Tale

April 25 @ 1:30 pm - April 29 @ 7:30 pm

25 – 29 April, 1.30pm & 7.30pm The Winter’s Tale, Bristol Old Vic Travel from court to country and tragedy to comedy as Shakespeare’s classic tale of the paranoid King of Bohemia, who groundlessly accuses his wife of infidelity, unfurls at Bristol Old Vic. Tickets from £14.40 to £30; bristololdvic.org.uk Feature image © Johan Persson

The Beaux Stratagem

The Beaux’ Stratagem

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - April 29 @ 7:30 pm

Kelvin Players present The Beaux' Stratagem, a wild comedy of love, loathing, lust and looting Archer: "Instead of riveting your eyes to a beauty, try to fix ‘em upon a fortune – that’s our business!” Aimwell: “No woman can be a beauty without a fortune I am a marksman!” George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem, one the most enduring of 18th century comedies, comes to Kelvin Players’ Studio Theatre at the top of Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road, from 25th to 29th…

My Body Positive

‘My Body Positive’ 8-Week Course

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - June 21 @ 9:00 pm

'My Body Positive' Course, 26th April - 21 June, 7pm-9pm ‘My Body Positive’ are offering an 8 week series of workshops in Westbury-on-Trym that will help you be a truly mindful eater, and so much more. These sessions will help you un-learn your diet mentality so you are free to make your choices from a different mindset.  All food is allowed and nothing is forbidden, there are no rules, no plan to follow and nothing to count or measure! This…

Haydn Nelson mass

Haydn ‘Nelson’ Mass

April 29 @ 7:45 pm

26 April, 7.54pm Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass, Clifton Cathedral Haydn’s mighty mass takes centre stage beside works by Bruckner and Mendelssohn in Bristol Cabot Choir’s latest concert, starring soprano Charlotte Newstead and conducted by Rebecca Holdeman. Tickets from £10 to £15; bristolcabotchoir.org

Natalie Haupt

Natalie Haupt Afternoon Piano Recital

April 30 @ 3:00 pm

Bristol-based pianist and teacher Natalie Haupt performs a selection of pieces by Fauré, Schubert, Kurtag and Mozart alongside duet partner Rustom Battiwalla. She will be wearing a custom-made gown, created by her daughter Nina and eco-fashion designer Linda Thomas. nataliehaupt.com

Daughters of the Curry Revolution

Daughters of the Curry Revolution

May 5 @ 8:00 am

5 – 7 May, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm Daughters of the Curry Revolution, Trinity Centre Afreena Islam explores what it means to be her dad’s daughter in the context of the anti-immigration rhetoric she is surrounded by, fuelled by childhood memories and secondhand stories. Tickets from £10 to £12; 3ca.org.uk

Fresh Art Fair

Fresh Art Fair

May 12 - May 14

Just under an hour up the motorway, Bristolian art lovers will discover The Fresh Art Fair, a brand new national show at Cheltenham Racecourse, with a mission to make quality art more accessible to the regions. Featuring over 5,000 artworks, 400 artists and representation from 45 galleries, The Fresh Art Fair was launched by former chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi subsidiaries Anthony Wardle and his daughter Eleanor. Some of the established and emerging artists with works on show include notable pop-artists and co-designers…

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