Latest News & CV-19 Resources, Advice, Opportunities & Online Activities: October 2020

Welcome to the October 2020 edition of the Bristol Creatives' e-bulletin.  I hope you are all keeping safe and well, and that you are managing to find ways to be creative and productive during these unusual times.  

Whilst physical/in real life exhibitions, workshops, classes and courses that adhere to social distancing rules are slowly starting up again, we also have a number of virtual events you can take part in listed on our What's On pages.  We also have the latest news, advice, guidance and details of grants and funding opportunities.  As well as a load of great creative opportunities - read on to find out more!
Are you running online classes, courses, performances or exhibitions?
If you are running any in real life or online/virtual activities - we encourage you to list them in the What's On/Event section of the website so that we can help you promote them!  If they are taking place online please mark them as 'Virtual' clearly in the event title.  Get in touch if you need a hand -
NEW Visual Artists Association Membership Discount For Bristol Creatives
We are also delighted to have been invited to become an Associate Partner of the Visual Artists Association (VAA), a professional body for artists in the UK, in return the VAA are offering Bristol Creatices Gold Members a 10% discount off their STANDARD membership fee and 20% off their PREMIUM fee. 

There are many benefits of joining VAA, including free Public and Products Liability Insurance (£5m), Forum Community Access, Training Academy, Artists Marketing 101 Guide, Networking & Events, Resource Centre Access and Trade Directory Access, for more details visit  Please contact to receive your Visual Artists Association discount code.

Bristol Creatives Gold Membership

Don't forget if you are one of our paid Gold Members then it's always a good time to update your Creative Directory listing(s) and to post details of your latest exhibitions, talks, workshops, courses, opportunities, jobs and news on the website, and we'll include them in the next e-bulletin that will go out on around 1 November 2020!

In the meantime don't forget to visit NewsJobs & Events for the latest opportunities and listings, and join over 9500 followers on Twitter @bristolcreative and 'like' our Facebook Page too!  

Please Note: we have also recently updated our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.


A big welcome to our NEW Gold Members:

CAM Valley Arts Trail - The group comprises 45 local artists and craftspeople who support and nurture each other as well as wanting to encourage local residents in their community to explore the arts.Cam Valley Arts believes in putting something back into the local community by providing opportunities through its autumn Arts Trail. Free Workshops are provided for everyone, old and young, to explore the world of art and crafts.

Hannah Weeks' main interest lies in exploring and capturing the subtle yet complex details of life through the technique of batik, portraying moments and locations which have become distorted as memories, complimenting the scenes with a vibrant, dream-like quality.<--break-> In Hannah’s recent work, the curiosity and wonder felt when admiring the grandeur of life and nature is referenced by the oversized suns and moons which watchfully hover over tranquil scenes. These pieces, conceived using wax, dye and cotton, create soft yet vivid wall hangings, capturing peaceful locations which are warped by lively colour. Inspiration arrives in the form of poignant scenes, such as the warm afternoon light illuminating a leafy canopy or the stillness of a Moroccan courtyard in the heat of the day.

Also a big thank you to the following members who recently renewed their annual Gold Membership:

Design Militia - We are design agency focused on creative website design in Bristol. We create stunning and powerful websites and identities for brands that want to achieve more. We partner with clients local to Bristol, London and across the globe to help their business reach their potential online. We’ve partnered with enterprise, startups and small business across a wide range of industries.

Rumba Graphic Design - We are a small design consultancy based in the centre of Bristol and specialise in corporate identity brand building, corporate literature, advertising and digital. With over 20 years experience we’ve worked extensively with both the public and private sectors and combine a rigorous work ethic with a friendly and approachable personal style. Our emphasis is on working directly with a client so that design solutions fulfil the brief, together with attention to detail and a tight rein on cost and delivery deadlines.

Amy Shiner - I grew up in beautiful Pembrokeshire in West Wales before moving to London to study Printed Textiles and Decorative Arts. Whilst living there I worked in Notting Hill for an interior design business as a consultant and teacher whilst also carrying out private commissions. My paintings are various sizes although I do like to work in large format, and to use a range of media including Italian plaster, gold and silver leaf, acrylics and pigments. I enjoy experimenting with all of the above to create artwork richly layered with colour.

Ruth Molloy - Working in steel, drawing from nature. My designs can be placed indoors or outdoors. I work mainly with laser cut steel and apply a rusted patina by hand.

North Bristol Community Project - We are a friendly local charity who aim to promote wellbeing through access to education, leisure and volunteer opportunities. We run a variety of different workshops including arts for wellbeing, sewing courses, print making, after school arts club, and computer skills for over 55s.

Urban Design Studio - Urban Design Studios renovated a previously unloved building in the heart of Stokes Croft into a small complex of six creative studio spaces clustered round a secret courtyard, plus an unusual retail unit.  Aimed at young creative business, there are self-contained studios from 32 to 63m2. Each unit is unique and has its own front door, entryphone system, wifi internet and kitchenette with hob, fridge and sink. The studios are just 200m from Broadmead and the bus station with good public transport. There are also shared shower facilities and plenty of space for bikes.

Gather Round Co - Gather Round is a co-working space built by creatives, for creatives. Our exquisite workspaces are carefully curated coworking environments, that put community at the heart of the experience. We aim to build thriving communities of like-minded creative folk through a diverse mix of people and creative businesses. As creatives, we know how important it is to be flexible. We offer three different tiers of membership, along with the option to purchase day passes for guests or friends if they want to come and work and enjoy the space too.

AlderDoodle (Ramona Alksne) - I'm a Bristol-based, Latvian-born calligrapher & letterer. I love all things paper and typography, whether it's pointed pen calligraphy, a fairytale themed letter illustration or a hand painted wedding jacket. I'm at my best with a pen in one hand and a nice cup of brew in the other.  Contact me for custom orders! I'd love to help!

cool4cats - I'm a paper engineer based in Bristol, I design pop-ups, but especially 'cut-and assemble' card kits, which build into a range of automata (moving paper sculptures)  I also undertake commissions to create 'cut-and assemble' card models, both static and moving.  I have undertaken comissions for Bristol City museum, 'M' shed, the Great Britain trust, the Bethnal green toy museum, the museum of London and have worked for Scholastic,  other publishers, and book packagers, designing and illustrating 'pop-up' books.

Emma Jean Kemp is a figurative sculptor based at In Bristol Studios, who works in various matierals including clay, metal, plaster and resin.  She loves making and exploring new process to realize ideas in a 3D form.  Emma also runs courses at her studios, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for sculpture: from working from life models in clay, to casting hands in plaster to silicone mould making and bronze resin casting. 

Old Market Manor provides membership for an affordable solution for those who require workshop or studio space. It gives designer makers access to temporary and permanent bench spaces. It also accommodates people looking for longer term space for them to incubate their business in an inspiring creative venue. The facility offers a joinery and furniture making workshop, with all the machines and equipment found in commercial business, as well as metal fabrication. We also house a jewellery studio; this is a shared studio space that has shared equipment.


Several other members also joined up or renewed this month, but haven't listed themselves in our online Creative Directory yet so we can't highlight you here!  Visit our online Help page for information on how to add your listings to the website, or email for more information.  It's easy to do and it will help with your marketing, and generate new work opportunities too!

Not a Gold Member already? Then join now! Our Gold Membership Scheme is excellent value for money enabling you to promote your work and other activities to over 2000 people each month.  Plus it's a great way to support Bristol Creatives - we rely on Gold Membership Fees to keep the website running and up-to-date, and to send out these e-bulletins!

It costs from as little as £30 a year for which you can post your news, opportunities, announcements, studio listings, jobs and what's on events on our website, which has over 7500+ unique visitors a month.  Your listings will also automatically be included in these monthly e-bulletins, which go out to over 1800+ subscribers and we'll share them on Twitter @bristolcreative which has over 9500+ followers too. All in all a very affordable and efficient way to promote what you do!

You will also be able to set up a listing(s) in our exclsuive online Creative Directory and be showcased in our Members' Showcase Banner on our homepage and benefit from a range of discounts on things like art materials, printing and delivery.  It's great value for money and an excellent way to promote yourself and your creative practice.  For more information about the benefits and to join today visit Gold Members.

Finally, as usual there's loads going on in Bristol this month and with lots of new opportunities, events and jobs being posted all the time - keep checking the website regularly for the very latest listings.  Please feel free to forward this e-bulletin and recommend Bristol Creatives to your friends and colleagues as we are keen to get the word out about our network so that we can help support and promote visual and applied arts in Bristol.

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