Bristol Art Weekender: Gallery Spaces Review

It has been a jam packed May Bank Holiday weekend of arty goodness! The Gallery Spaces team have done a round up of some of the weird and wonderful things we have seen and done for your viewing pleasure…

Antlers BBQ and Artists Talk 

Everybody loves a BBQ – especially on a sunny bank holiday. Antlers pulled out all the stops and had John Watson formerly of The Gallimaufry and Michelin starred Casamia fame, making caramelised red onion and rocket burgers and pork and apple delights. Drinks were flowing in the sunshine and down by the water was definitely the spot to be. The main event was an Exhibition Tour hosted by Jack Gibbon, with Geoff Diego Litherland, Jemma Appleby and Karin Krommes talking about their current works in the exhibition Exploration.

Exploration is free and  open to the public 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm until 8 June 2014.

Antlers Gallery, currently at Purifier House

Spike Island Open 2014

The Spike Island Open event never fails to disappoint and this year was no exception! Over the Bank Holiday Spike Island opened it’s doors to over 80 artist studios for the public to explore and there was an amazing variety of work on offer.

Our pick of the best was: 1) Edwina Ashton’s fantastically bizarre offering Kittens in a Basket which saw Edwina’s kittens (not the animal sort) running a photo studio – where visitors were encouraged to enter the Spike Island Associates Space to be petted and prepared to have their photo taken. 2) The dark and intriguing paintings of Michael Hayter who is exhibiting in our Christmas Steps Gallery in July with his show Art Opens the Heart. 3) John Wood and Paul Harrison Assassins series – violence and humour in holy matrimony.

Michael Hayter, Spike Island Artist Studio

I’M STAYING, Shaun C Badham

We have been a fan of Shaun’s work for a while and were delighted to see this latest offering. Arnolfini hosts the first open commission of this year’s Bristol Biennial – spelling out “I’M STAYING”, the work comments on our relationship to place, community and change. The work will move around Bristol over a two year period. Initially displayed on the outside of the Arnolfini building, viewers are invited to vote online and choose the next site for the neon artwork to be installed. Vote here! 

Shaun B
I’M STAYING, Shaun Badham

The Christmas Steps pub launch

So this isn’t directly art related but a sunny Bank Holiday just isn’t the same without a beer garden, and our pick of the pubs during the Art Weekender had to be The Christmas Steps. This brand new hang-out was launched through a collaboration between the team who run Crack Magazine and The Spotted Cow pub. Need we say more.

CS pub
The Christmas Steps pub



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