Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath: explore more!

Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath is a three-day celebration of the visual arts across the two cities taking place from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November. Now in its second year, the Art Weekender is produced by Situations in partnership with over 30 arts venues, artist-led groups and arts producers. The weekender brings together exhibitions, one-off special events, artists’ talks, family activities and trails, public artworks and performances by outstanding contemporary artists in multiple locations across the two cities. There is free access to almost all venues and projects.

Photography © Max McClure

Courtesy of Situations

Photography © Max McClure

Courtesy of Spike Island.

Come and explore the art in the heart of the West: visit artists’ studios, follow a trail to the unexpected and see the two cities through new eyes.

From one of the foremost American artists of his generation, Theaster Gates, to acclaimed Bristol-born sculptor, photographer and painter, Richard Long, to Mexico’s Day of the Dead family workshops and unique opportunities to meet Bath and Bristol based artists and see their work close up; check out our Highlights for further details to plan your visit.


Our partners include: 44AD Artspace, The Architecture Centre, Arnolfini, Art in the Public Realm Bristol, Art in Bearpit, Aural-l, Bath Artists' Studios, Bath Museums Partnership (including the Victoria Art Gallery, Fashion Museum Bath, Holburne Museum and American Museum), Bath Spa University, BEEF, Bristol Drawing Club, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, Bristol 2015 European Green Capital, Bristol City Council Public Art Programme, The Canteen, CHAMP, City Ideas Studio, Cleveland Pools, Coexist, English Heritage, The Factory, Future Perfect, Fringe Arts Bath, G39, Hamilton House, Hand in Glove, HO-ST, Human Hotel, ICIA at University of Bath, Jamaica Street Artists, Knowle West Media Centre, Labspace, lockjaws*, muf architecture/art, National Trust, ONOMATO, PAPER Arts, Playable City, Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island and Associates, St. George's Bristol, Test Space, The Kiosk Project, Trinity Centre, Visual Arts South West, Watershed and Wriggle.

This year the Art Weekender is supported by the Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations Project. Part of a national initiative created by Arts Council England and Visit England, it brings together the two cities of Bristol and Bath and two key sectors of their economies, the cultural and the tourist, in a partnership not only to encourage existing visitors to stay longer and explore further but also attract new ones.

To a visitor interested in arts, culture and heritage, the two cities combined have everything to keep them engaged and entertained for weeks, from Roman Baths via Brunel to Banksy. Few visitors to either city understand just how close and accessible they are to one another – just 12 minutes apart by train.

When you add Bristol and Bath’s diverse mix of independent shops and local markets, quirky pubs and buzzing nightlife, funky cafes and fine dining, green spaces and world class architecture, you have a destination second to none.