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Eight must see art exhibitions in October

Written by
Hannahbella Nel

Bristol is a creative city all year round, and this autumn is proving an especially busy time for art lovers. 

October might nearly be over, but there are loads of great art events to immerse yourself in this month – here are eight eye-catching exhibitions in Bristol happening this weekend and beyond:

Love Supreme

Studio 89

Exploring manipulations of iconic celebrity imagery from the disco era, the Love Supreme installation from Studio 89 Music has been created as part of the Simple Things music festival.

So, when you take a break from the music at Colston Hall, you can pop around the corner to the Hours Gallery in Colston Yard and see an exhibition that aims to bridge a love for music with a taste for fine art.

Love Supreme. Until October 24. Hours Gallery, 10 Colston Yard, Bristol, BS1 5BD. For more information here



Ian McConaghy

At the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster you'll find six artists showcasing their work for Places – a personal exploration of space and our city. The artists include Chitra Carve, Anna Francis, Miriam Mallalieu, Ahley Thomas, Gareth Wood (aka Fuller) and Ian McConaghy, who'll be exhibiting both 2D and 3D pieces.

Places. Until December 29. The Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF. Find more information here. 

And Vinyly 

L-R: Spzero, M-One and Angus

A huge collection from over 30 of Bristol's talented urban artists, who'll be showing off their painting skills on bespoke, oversized vinyl records.

Artists for And Vinyly include Angus, Cheba, My Dog Sighs, M-one, 3rd Eye, Acerone, Spzero76, Lochness, Loki, Gemma Compton and many, many more. 

And Vinyly. October 23-November 8. Upfest Urban Paint Festival Gallery, 198, North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JF. Find more information here.


A Bristol Murmuration

Zoe Cameron- A Bristol Murmuration

A Bristol Murmuration is a unique art installation of 1,000 ceramic starlings and part of the Bristol Neighbourhood Arts Programme. Over 1,000 people from three different Bristol wards came together to create a beautiful murmuration of hand made starlings on the Clifton Durdham Downs.

A Bristol Murmuration. Until October 25. Clifton Durdham Downs, Bristol, BS9 1FG. Find more information here

Death: The Human Experience

Death The Human Experience, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Death: The Human Experience features around 200 pieces, representing what death means to us. This includes symbolised, as a euphemism, how we view death around the world and through time – from the Mexican Day of the Dead and Victorian mourning rituals, to mummification and fantasy coffins.

Death: The Human Experience. October 24-13 March 2016. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL. More information here.


Carrie Dare

An exhibition of 14 contemporary ceramic artists from Maze Studio. All the works in Alchemy use clay as a starting point, with each artist applying their own techniques to create stunning, delicate and distinct works of art. The diversity of each piece show the materials immense range of possibilities and beautiful finished creations. 

The artists featured include Rennee Betts-Secrett, Linda Brogan, John Buckley, Deborah Weymont, David Chiltern, Carrie Dare, Lyn Harradine, Mandy Macdonald, Alex McCarthy, Jo Newth, Pheobe Smith, Julie Mcdonald, Wenda Vincent and Jeanette Wilhelm

Alchemy. October 24-November 4. Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonards Lane, BS1 1AE. Find more information here.

The Duke of York

Art by Ruth Molloy, photo by Hannahbella Photography

Not only considered one of the best pubs in Bristol, The Duke Of York also a popular gallery space.

There are two artists currently exhibiting here. First is photographer Ian Jones, whose exhibition – the rather appropriately titled 'Time Out' – is a series of photographs of rest and relaxation, leisure and pleasure.

Second is Ruth Molloy, who is exhibiting prints of her paintings, along with a small selection of her rusted steel sculptures that reflect themes of nature and wildlife. 

The Duke of York art exhibition. Ongoing. The Duke of York, 2 Jubilee Road, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9RS. Find more information here.

The Spiralling Exhibition 001

The Spiralling

If you're looking for affordable art, this free exhibition curated by The Spiralling features more than a dozen artists, with many pieces priced under £100.

Artists contributing to the exhibition at The Island's Gallery Space include Dave Walker, FizzCat, Czee13, Bunny Boiler, Megan Williams and many more.

The Spiralling Exhibition 001. Until October 24. The Island, old Bridewell Police station, Nelson street, Bristol. BS1 2LE. More information here.

For more half term events, check out eight family friendly things to do.

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