Our exhibition for the Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath is ‘Side by Side’.
Side by Side is an exhibition of collaborative work produced by artists from Jamaica Street Artist Studios in Bristol, and Bath Artists’ Studios.
Working between the cities, pairs of artists responded to the Bristol Green Capital theme of Resources to produce series of art works.
This exhibition is an opportunity to be introduced to the cities’ artists, as they are introduced to each other.
Our cities’ creative community is one of our greatest Resources, used to problem solving, thinking laterally, and never taking things at face value. The ability to adapt to new ideas and face challenges head on are everyday practice for the artist.
Using the word ‘green’ as their starting point for the project, and the group of painters, sculptors, photographers and illustrators found new creative partnerships and new ways of working in the development of the project.
‘Side by Side’ is the second exhibition in a series of projects bringing together the artists’ studios in the Bristol and Bath area. The first ’Side by Side’ exhibition was held in March 2010 at Bath Artists’ Studios and was curated by Lucy Ward and Claire Loder.
Side By Side runs from Friday 30 Oct – Sunday 1 Nov, 10am – 5pm with a private view/opening party taking place on Friday 30 Oct, 5 – 8.30pm.
The exhibition features the following artists from Jamaica Street Artist Studios and Bath Artists’ Studios;
- Martyna Zoltaszek (illustrator) and Mary Jane Evans (ceramicist)
- Abigail McDougall (painter) and Ben Hughes (painter)
- Trish Lock (conceptual artist) and Charlotte Moore (painter)
- Adrian Skyes (painter) and Georgia Cox (painter)
- Jessa Fairbrother (photographer) and Fay Stevens (performance artist)
The exhibition is part of the Art Weekender – Bristol & Bath. 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.
Throughout 2015, all eyes of the world will be on Bristol, the 2015 European Green Capital. Bristol is the first UK city to win this prestigious award which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase what’s possible when everybody comes together to inspire, create and achieve a shared vision for Bristol; making it a healthier, happier city and becoming the blueprint and role model for city living worldwide.
The Bristol 2015 Lab is a public engagement space for the Green Capital year, running family friendly, educational and inspirational events covering Green Capital themes: nature, transport, food, resources and energy. ”
Jamaica Street Artists is a collective of about 40 artists, working in Stokes Croft, Bristol. The group is a unique and ambitious collective, with members exhibiting, collaborating and working both nationally and worldwide. JSA has been established for over 20 years and the studio is housed in a grade II listed former carriageworks – an iconic landmark in Bristol.
Bath Artists’ Studios is the largest provider of studio space in Bath, offering a supportive environment for artists to work, teach and develop their creative practice.
BAS hosts a full programme of regular classes and workshops in a range of arts practices and tutors are all practicing artists, some teaching from their studios and some from the school room.
BAS also has a gallery and project space, a flexible facility for artists and arts organisations to make and test new work or to stage exhibitions, events, talks and interventions.
Side by Side image credit: Ben Hamilton