Four-days celebrating art across the city from Friday 2 – Monday 5 May 2014

By Emma Farr

bristol art weekender

Organised alongside Bristol’s main visual arts venues, the Weekender is an example of how the Arts community can self-organise to make something extraordinary happen, something not just limited to buildings or gallery spaces but one that understands how audiences are increasingly open to exploring new experiences.

Events not to be missed:

Axolotl Milk Bar
Friday from 3–6pm – The Woodside Press – FREE
Edwina Ashton and her band of costumed creatures serve up tall glasses of milk in this pop-up bar at The Woodside Press.

Andy Holden and The Music of MI!MS Preview
Friday at 9pm – Spike Island – free
Andy Holden’s Grubby Mitts DJ set is much in mood with the exhibition; their music is collaged out of scraps and fragmented melodies, (ranging from happy hardcore to Andrew Lloyd Webber.)

Artist’s BBQ & Tour at Antlers Gallery
Saturday from 12–3pm- FREE (open to all)
Join the exhibiting artists for an informal afternoon lunch and tour of the exhibition.

Hatch Experimental Drawing
Saturday 2pm – 5pm – RWA
Sunday 2pm – 5pm (repeated)
FREE with Exhibition Entry (Power of the Sea)
HATCH seeks an engagement around drawing in its many aspects: process and outcome, traditional and experimental, manual and mechanical, universal and deeply personal.

The Official Bristol Art Weekender Party at the Arnolfini
Saturday night from 10pm–2am – FREE
Party til late to a selection of Indie pop, Northern Soul and Motown classics and enjoy a very special all-vinyl ‘C86’ DJ set by Ian Watson of London-based club night,

Park and Slide
Sunday 11am – 5pm (time tbc)
FREE ticketed

A water slide installed on Park Street in central Bristol, enabling people to navigate the city in a new way. This massive urban slide transforms the street and asks people to take a fresh look at the potential of their city and the possibilities for transformation. Imagine if there were permanent slides right across Bristol – this is our city, and maybe it’s up to us to shape its future? Come along, hold on and let go.


Jeremy Deller’s Sunday Service
Sunday at 12pm – The New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel, BS1 3JE
Ticketed at £4 or £2.50 concessions.

Public Art Now is a national programme of talks, films, publications and workshops dedicated to showcasing the most internationally significant forms of public art. At this inaugural launch event, Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller will be in conversation, challenging audiences to see his work a fresh through the lens of public art.


Home Presents: Bending Light

Sunday 4th and Monday 5th 12:00-17:00 and 16th-18th May 12:00-17:00
BV Studios – Free

Home is a curatorial research project that works both on and offline to explore the space between the virtual and the physical realms, and interrogate/question the role of the gallery within a post-internet culture, in order to stimulate a dialogue around the future of the traditional exhibition space.


Missorts by Tony White
The city provides the backdrop to a new fiction. Ten location-triggered stories are set to a contemporary soundtrack. Memorable characters weave through the stories; the contemporary urban setting populated by scenes of lost love and by confessions whispered in your ear.
This is an urban soundwork delivered directly to your smartphone as a mobile app –download from and begin at St Mary Redcliffe Church, BS1 6RA.


There’s lots more going on so make sure you don’t miss this weekend and pick up, or download, one of the new Bristol Art Maps to find out about the many other amazing exhibitions and events!


The full weekender guide as well as the Bristol Art Map can be downloaded from: