Latest News, Opportunities, Jobs & What's On: April 2021

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of the Bristol Creatives' Ebulletin.  Spring is well on its way now the clocks have changed, things have started to warm up, and we look forward to being a bit more sociable with the new rules allowing groups of up to six to meet up outdoors coinciding over the coming long weekend and beyond!

We've got lots of great opportunites and exciting jobs, along with both online and some real life activities listed in our What's On section.  As well as the latest funding, support and exhibition opportunities in our News pages - hopefully you'll find something inspirational to occupy yourself with over the coming weeks!

We are working hard to ensure that information on the Bristol Creatives website is relevant and up-to-date. However, this cannot be guaranteed due to the ever-changing nature of the current situation. Please check with venues and organisers before visiting by calling ahead or checking their website directly as some organisers will be switching their exhibitions and events to online.

Are you running online classes, courses, performances or exhibitions?
If you are running any 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 or Online' clearly in the event title.  Get in touch if you need a hand -
NEW For 2020-21 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 Creatives 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 it's always a good time to update your Creative Directory listing(s) and to post details of your latest online 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 May 2021!

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:

Jackie Isard Botanical Illustration - Jackie is from Bristol UK and is a Fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists. She is a self-taught artist with a great passion for painting flowering plants, meadow wildflowers and pollinators. Painting the beauty of decaying plants is also one of her fortes. Her work is very detailed and botanically accurate. The majority of her work is watercolour on paper but more recently has started to use vellum. She runs regular classes and courses and is a very attentive tutor who loves to inspire and encourage!

Flagship Spaces is a new co-working space in the heart of The Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, in Bristol city centre. We offer a flexible workspace which has been carefully designed with the agile, modern business in mind. We provide custom designed furniture, private meeting rooms and plenty of break out space to brainstorm or recharge.

Lydia Clelland Art - I'm an artist and printmaker fascinated with abandoned places, I aim to connect with the histories of these places through the lens of their current presence. I do this looking at the movements of the weathering created by animals, plants, and people. Despite being labelled as ‘abandoned ruins’, these places are still very much alive. They are continually evolving and creating a new layer of narrative that can then inform the way we interact with the space.

Utility House - We're a community of four workspaces each over 1,000 sq ft in size. We have been fully let since we opened in 2015, but currently there is a rare opportunity to join our small community as our Studio 4 is up for grabs!  At Utility House, we meet the needs of Bristol’s creative, ethical and start-up communities by providing workspace that is practical, affordable and adaptable. 

Tim Southall - Cardboard Artist - I am a mixed media artist currently exploring the aesthetics of ribbed cardboard and other found materials. In my current work Integrity, being displayed as part of the Inside Out outdoor exhibition at 300 Gloucester Rd from 29th March 2021, I wish to encourage the viewer to explore, give attention to my sculpture and reflect on the sustainability, beauty, strength and textural qualities of cardboard. My work reflects my life as a Quaker, my career developing affordable homes and my wish that my artworks have a minimal impact on the Earth.

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

Kerry Russell - I have a broad range of technical skills and like to utilise them fully in my freelance work as a Multidisciplinary Designer Maker.  My work is consistently evolving and I enjoy challenging myself with new skills and making processes.  I work within a broad field of practice, from working on private commission for interiors projects & sculptures to engaging community arts projects and site specific instillations.  I have had the pleasure of teaching extensively throughout Bristol for the past eight years for a variety of groups, abilities and disciplines.

Lisa Malyon draws and paints the built environment in Bristol and beyond. Hand-drawn lampshades can be commissioned with views of buildings or structure of your choice - piers and bridges work particularly well. Lisa also offers wallpaper taken from her drawings (seen here in the Medical Research Library at Southmead Hospital).

In Bristol Studio is an artist-led space particularly suitable for designer makers. We specialise in hosting space for the noisy, messy and vocationally creative. We are home to artist makers who work across multiple disciplines, whose practice cannot necessarily be defined by one term but who relish the opportunity to utilise a broad range of making processes in an open and exploratory environment.

Sophie Howard Sculpture - I make sculpture, and like collaborative projects.  My sculpture is available through galleries, sometimes art fairs and art trails and from me. Teaching sculpture, most recently at Bristol Drawing School has long been part of my professional practice. Get in touch if you would like to ask about projects or commissions.

Pennywell Studios is a warm, bright, converted warehouse less than a mile from Cabot Circus in the heart of Bristol, we offer a variety of open plan studio spaces, hot desk options and workshop spaces for artists, creatives, small businesses and freelancers. Pennywell has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere with a number of break out areas including workshop spaces, a meeting room, a separate spraying room, a communal kitchen and a small dining area. We offer 24 hour access and high speed fibre optic broadband.


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.

Follow us on Twitter @bristolcreative and 'like' our Bristol Creatives Facebook Page!
Share | |
Join us Bristol Creatives E-bulletin Get listed

Sponsored by