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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: A call out to artists, craftspeople and makers in the Bristol area!

Share your work with the Bristol public! From 7 July – 2 September 2018, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize touring exhibition.

This inaugural Prize celebrates 70 years of Woman’s Hour and showcases the most innovative and exciting craft work in the UK today, as selected from open submissions by a panel of experts. It is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in partnership with BBC Woman’s Hour and Crafts Council. The exhibition features work by the 12 finalists spanning ceramics, textiles, woodwork, bicycle design, glass and more.

Alongside the touring exhibition, and within the gallery space, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will create an area in which to celebrate local makers and engage visitors with ideas about making today.

The ‘Make Space’ – incorporating seating, display space, reading material and self-guided activities for visitors – will host special events on some weekends during the exhibition.

During the week, local makers (individuals or groups) are invited to use the Make Space for a couple of hours, a day, or more to share their work with exhibition visitors.

You or your group might want to run a demonstration, involve visitors in a drop-in activity, get feedback on some new work, or simply use the space for your monthly knit’n’natter / studio group crit – with an audience.

Makers are welcome to sell work (with 10% commission going to the museum shop) and give out information, business cards and so on. There will be some restrictions on the types of activity permitted in the space for safety and conservation reasons, and the museums team will review proposals for suitability. Applications are open to everyone (not just women!).

If you would like to find out more, please contact Karen MacDonald for a proposal form, guidelines and more information.
0117 922 3658

Imagebelow: Snuff boxes by Romilly Saumarez Smith for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Spike Island: Open Studios 2018

Fri, 04/05/2018 - Mon, 07/05/2018

Spike Island Open Studios sees artists and tenants throw open their doors. You are invited to explore the working environments of hundreds of artists, designers and creative businesses. The weekend includes family friendly activities, tours, events and pop-ups by some of Bristol’s best street food traders.

Join us for the opening night of our spring exhibitions at Spike Island and celebrate the launch of Open Studios 2018.

From 6–9pm on Friday 4 May, you are invited to explore the working environments of artists, designers and creative businesses and be the first to see our new spring exhibitions with Alex CecchettiZoë Paul and Andrew Mania.

Enjoy street food from some of Bristol’s best independent traders and party in the sculpture yard with Casa Delirium DJs (from 9pm till late.)

Catch a Bristol Ferry Boat to get here from across the harbour and experience artworks on board. Full programme coming soon!

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Open Studio Dates
Friday 4 May 2018, 6–9pm
Saturday 5 May 2018, 11am–5pm
Sunday 6 May 2018, 11am–5pm
Monday 7 May 2018, 11am–5pm

Free, donations welcome

Photograph below by Lisa Whiting

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