Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath has something for everyone. From parties to public art, exhibitions to family activities, and architecture to conversations the programme is bursting with things to see and do.

Here you will find just a small selection of events and exhibitions that are part of the Art Weekender to give you a flavour of what to expect when we announce the full programme.

American artist Theaster Gates creates his first public project in the UK. A remarkable structure will rise up from within the bombed out remains of Temple Church. For 24 days and nights, this 14th century site will be transformed into an intimate gathering place in which to hear the city like never before.

Sanctum will host a continuous secret programme of performance sustained by Bristol artists. You may encounter a headlining band or come across a gospel choir handing over to a spoken word artist or anything in between.


Alongside Richard Long’s major new solo exhibition at Arnolfini, the artist will create a new work on The Downs in Clifton. Boyhood Line, 2015, is made from white limestone and traces a ‘desire line’ footpath, close to Ladies Mile, that has been made over many months by people walking across the Downs.

The Gain Line is a moving-image installation by artist Ravi Deepres, coinciding with the Rugby World Cup. The title refers to an invisible line on the rugby field that measures teams’ forward progress and their territorial advantage over their opponents. Throwing their bodies into the fray to surpass it, and putting their bodies on the line to protect it, players attach inordinate importance to getting beyond this symbolic threshold on the pitch.

Allowing you, the visitor, an insight into the variety of ways human beings have approached death and dying around the world and across time; this innovative new exhibition will open up the most universal of subjects.

From Mexico’s Day of the Dead and Victorian mourning rituals, to mummification and bespoke coffins; this rich and varied exhibition will showcase rarely seen items from our world cultures, archaeology, natural sciences, social history and art collections.

Jefferies and Higginson’s site-specific, interactive installation takes the form of a kiosk, from which they will be dispensing free, purpose made, souvenirs over the weekend. Through this action of exchange and dialogue, they hope to explore the nature of place, history and the value systems in traditional heritage.

Welcome to The Artist Hotel, Knowle West. It doesn’t exist yet. But join artists and architects, including 00:/, Studio Weave and muf to explore how a city-fringe community can manufacture and host its own hotel. Includes a curated tour of Knowle West, provocations and charette style discussions, and hands-on rapid prototyping.

View John Wood and Paul Harrison’s new video commission at Bristol Museum, then proceed to the RWA where Ian and Luci will lead an inclusive exploration of the city across space and time.


Check back soon for a new selection of highlights to look out for this autumn.