The RWA as part of the Bristol Art Weekender

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Taking place over the bank holiday weekend of 2-5 MAY, the inaugural BRISTOL ART WEEKENDER will showcase Bristol as one of the most vibrant and flourishing centres for art in the UK.The Weekender’s FREE programme of performance, sound, video, film, painting and sculpture, reflects the richness of the visual arts in Bristol.

Here at the RWA we have scheduled an exclusive programme of events for the Bristol Art Weekender. 

The Power of the Sea: Making Waves in British Art – 1790 – 2014 From 5 April – 6 July 2014

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Detail from Waves Breaking on Shore, Sunset, Sydney Mortimer Lawrence 1894 • oil on canvas • 137.2 x 274.5 cm Southampton Cit Art Gallery

Open Saturday 3 May, 10am- 6pm, Sunday 4 May, 11am – 5pm  • Normally closed on Mondays but opening on Bank Holiday Monday, 5May, 11am-5pm  • Ticketed: Adult £5, Concessions £3.50 Monday 5 May will be Entry by Donation

‘From the sublime spectacle of crashing waves to the vast expanse of the oceans, the sea has long fascinated artists in Britain. The Power of the Sea showcases responses to the subject by internationally-renowned contemporary artists alongside key historical works ranging from Constable and Turner to Nash and Wadsworth.’


Hatch Experimental Drawing

Saturday 2pm – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm  • Free with Exhibition Entry

HATCH seeks an engagement around drawing in its many aspects: process and outcome, traditional and experimental, manual and mechanical, universal and deeply personal. We invite varied approaches – from those that encompass transcriptions of the known world to ephemeral interpretation and invention that endeavour to bridge us into the unknowable.’

HATCH will be leading drop-in activities around the Gallery for all to take part in – no experience necessary

The Greenhouse; A special Scribble and Sketch and Storytime session!

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Saturday May 3, 10.30am-1pm (Storytime at 11.30am) • Free with Exhibition Entry

‘Children’s book illustrator and art workshop leader, Sarah Smith, will be reading from her new book – The Butterfly House, released by Tate Publishing on 1 May. To tie in with the story, the theme of this month’s Scribble and Sketch will be The Greenhouse. Copies of Sarah’s new book will be available from the RWA shop.’

 Sea Readings

Saturday May 3 12pm • Free with Exhibition Entry

As part of the Power of the Sea exhibition, the RWA are hosting a series of short readings on the theme of the sea, delivered in the exhibition spaces by a range of writers, lecturers and students from Bristol and Bath. Readers will include Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts (Associate Professor in English Literature, UWE, Bristol), Dr Anna Farthing (Director, Harvest Heritage, Arts and Media) and Dr Peter Reason (Emeritus Professor, University of Bath). Texts will include Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe.

 The Power of the Sea Gallery Walk and Talk

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Janette Kerr – Holding my Breath II

Janette Kerr and Andrew Hardwick • Saturday 3 May 12pm  • Free with Exhibition Entry

‘Join the exhibition curator and president of the RWA, Janette Kerr, and exhibiting artist Andrew Hardwick for an informal tour and discussion around the Power of the Sea exhibition. This is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the themes of the show, as well gaining an insight into how a large historical and contemporary exhibition is curated.’

 Bodies of Water Film Screening 

Saturday 3 May 2-3.30pm • Free with Exhibition Entry • Bookable event –please contact RWA

 Curated by artist film-maker Kayla Parker in response to The Power of the Sea exhibition, this programme of short films invites viewers to reflect upon their relationship with the waters that surround the British Isles. These films explore the effective and affective ‘power of the sea’, whose rhythms infiltrate our dreams and memories, pacifying our minds, absorbing and smoothing trauma.

Bodies of Water features Hinterland, Esther Johnson’s 16mm study of a South Yorkshire community’s experience of living on the fastest eroding coastline in Europe, and Nathaniel Lane’s The Ferryman, a poetic study of a young boy’s rite of passage, filmed on black and white Super 8mm in North Cornwall.
Running time of film programme: 70 minutes

Introductory talk and Q+A discussion, after the screening: 20 minutes

Other Art Weekender events in Bristol

JEREMY DELLER and JMW TURNER will bevying for top billing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery wih Deller’s Venice Biennale exhibition English Magic alongside an intimate show of eight exquisite Turner watercolours. Across the city, renowned art space Spike Island builds on the ever popular OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND, offering the chance to glimpse behind the scenes of over 70 artists’ studios and unveiling three new temporary works commissioned especially for the weekend.


Meanwhile in Spike Island’s enviable gallery, ANDY HOLDEN presents film, large-scale sculpture and performance exploring the output and legacy of the MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity) artistic movement, which Holden founded with friends before training as an artist in 2003. In addition, Holden’s band THE GRUBBY MITTS will give a rare performance in the Spike gallery to kick off the Friday night celebrations. Just a short ferry ride across the Harbour, Arnolfini present Between Hello and Goodbye: the Secret World of Sarah Records - a fascinating exhibition about the enigmatic 90s Bristol record label, including the preview of Lucy Dawkins’ documentary about the label, My Secret World and performances from selected artists.


Encouraging us to venture beyond the gallery and museum, Situations invites us to seek the unexpected with a new work specially commissioned for the Weekender: ANNIKA KAHRS’ Concert for the Birds in the Lord Mayors Chapel – a bold and stirring installation of 100 songbirds in audience to a piano recital of Franz Liszt’s Legende # 1, a solo piece of twitter-like trills.

Bristol’s growing number of critically significant commercial galleries contribute to the programme too: Celebrated British artist, RICHARD WOODS continues to traverse the boundaries between art, architecture and design, transforming WorksIProjects’ space, and nomadic gallery, Antlers Gallery will be programming a tightly selected group show including the work of KARIN KROMMES and GEOFF DIEGO LITHERLAND. The Weekender will also, spotlight several of Bristol’s dynamic range of artist-run initiatives, including Hand in GloveThe Parlour Showrooms, BS Deathdrive, Spike Associates and Bristol Biennial.


Director of Visual Arts for Arts Council England, Peter Heslip says: “The Bristol Art Weekender promises to be a new fixture on the UK contemporary art calendar. This uniquely Bristolian take on a biennial is a prime example of artists and visual arts leaders producing something greater together than any organisation could do alone. It responds to a flourishing audience for art, which is increasingly curious and open to encountering the work of artists in new contexts. It demonstrates a shared commitment to the city and desire to reveal the enormous amount of talent, which is there, year round. I think they’re on to something here.”


Bristol’s mayor, George Ferguson, says: “The Bristol Art Weekender is an exciting collaboration of Bristol’s visual arts sector. The wealth of visual arts on display in the city at any one time is inspiring and this new, four-day arts festival will further underpin the city’s cultural credentials.”


Phil Gibby, Area Director for South West Arts Council England, says: “The Bristol Art Weekender is a very natural development for the city. It offers people from across Bristol the chance to engage with art in new and exciting ways, and also showcase the extraordinary array of talent on offer here. Do get involved!”


The Weekender also sees the launch of Bristol’s first ART MAP, a quarterly guide to the best of visual art across the city, alongside a range of self-guided trails that offer the chance to personalise your experience of the festival.

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Bristol 2014: The City and Conflict from the First World War to the Present Day | Bristol Festival of Ideas

Bristol 2014: The City and Conflict from the First World War to the Present Day

Bristol 2014 is an extensive programme of activity marking the centenary of the start of the First World War and looking at other conflicts that have had an impact on the city over the last century.

The programme includes: major exhibitions at MShed, Royal West of England Academy and other sites; an online map and free smartphone app; a mass-reading of a free, specially produced book on Bristol and First World War; a wide range of lectures, talks, seminars, debates and guided walks; digital film-making workshops and other arts’ projects; new local history publications; concerts, film screenings and other performances at venues across the city; material to help people research their family connections to those who fought in the First World War.

The programme aims to be diverse, engaging, inspiring, informative. Some elements will be entertaining; some will be poignant; some provocative.

Themes to be explored include: the changes in ideas, opinions and technology that results from war; combatants, refugees, asylum seekers and others who have come to Bristol because of war; the lives of military service personnel, non-combatants and conscientious objectors; the Bristol home front in the First World War; the role of the suffragettes; family stories and urban myths about Bristol and war over the last 100 years; the impact of war and conflict on children; the changing perceptions of the British Empire in the last century; artists’ responses to war including in visual art, literature, film and drama; military hospitals and medical advances; the arms industry; the role of volunteer groups in war time; memorialising the dead; post-war development schemes in Bristol.

You can read a summary of the plans of the programme by clicking on the link HERE.

Festival of Ideas events linked to the programme include:

Ian Morris: War: What is it Good For? – Fri 11 April 2014, 18.00-19.00

Young People’s Festival of Ideas: The Army Wants You, But Do You Want it? – Wed 7 May 2014, 19.00-20.30

Till the Boys Come Home: Screening and Discussion – Sat 10 May 2014 10.30-12.00

The Complete Blackadder Goes Forth Debate: Screening and Discussion – Sat 10 May 2014, 13.00-17.45 (with breaks)

Tim Butcher: The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War – Mon 12 May 2014, 12.30-13.30

Lucienne Boyce: Walk: From Women’s War to World War: Bristol Suffragettes – Sat 17 May 2014, 10.30-12.45

Kamila Shamsie: A God in Every Stone: Fiction and the Chaos of History – Mon 19 May 2014, 18.30-19.30

Richard J Evans: Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History – Wed 28 May 2014, 18.30-19.30

The full Bristol 2014 website will be launched in July 2014 at, with a temporary version available from April. It will include What’s On information for all the events, background articles, an historic timeline, digital films, news stories, arts projects, an online map and downloadable map app and much more. In the meantime you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Bristol2014.

Bristol 2014 is a partner in the First World War Centenary

It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is coordinated by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West).

Image © IWM (Art.IWM PST 8129)

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Polly Frances Elizabeth: The Power Of The Sea: An Interview With The Curators

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The Power Of The Sea: An Interview With The Curators

The Power of the Sea is curated by Dr Janette Kerr, and Professor Christiana Payne. I was lucky enough to meet them at the view of The Power Of The Sea, and asked them a couple of questions about the exhibition. It was a very interesting conversation, and their enthusiasm and passion for this exhibition was evident.

Why do you think Bristol is an appropriate city for an exhibition about the sea?

Dr. J Kerr: Bristol has a very strong maritime tradition and links to the sea as it is a port. Historically, the harbour reached right into what is now the city centre, so the city would be very much linked with water and waves. There are also the links with the SS Great Britain and the Matthew, which were both ships which went on long sea voyages, and are now docked in Bristol.

[Newspaper stories on the launch of the SS Great Britain are included in the exhibition, which I really liked.]

Prof. C Payne: The space at the RWA is very suitable as well, with the large, light filled main gallery and the smaller galleries to the side. It works well with the pieces for this exhibition.

How have artists relationships with the sea changed over the time period examined in the exhibition?

Prof. C Payne: Well I think it has changed, but there are also recurring themes. It has always been a very two sided view-there is a lot of destruction and death associated with the sea. It’s something which is actually very topical, with the recent high tides and the destruction of the railway at Dawlish.

Dr. J Kerr: Yes, and the MH370 disaster. There’s a Turner painting in the exhibition with wreckage in the foreground, and it is evocative of the pictures of wreckage from the plane crash.

Prof. C Payne: Also the issue of climate change, the rising sea levels. But then on the other hand people go on holiday to places by the sea. They want to look at the sea. It’s bleak, but it’s also inspirational.

Dr. J Kerr: One of the changes is choice of medium. There has been an introduction of media and film, which wasn’t there for the earlier artists. We have a video installation by Joanna Millet, which focuses on the movement of the sea, and being moved by that. She’s turned the images on their sides, and it creates a completely different effect. It looks almost like hair. It’s not been manipulated, it was just from turning it on another angle. I think whichever medium is used though, there is still a strong emphasis on observation. There’s a long history of artists going out on boats to observe the sea, so they were surrounded by it. Artists today are continuing this tradition. Norman Ackroyd, Sax Impy, Len Tabner, John Brett…they all produce work based on observation.

Sax Impy, Celtic Night Sea

Prof. C Payne: There’s a story that Henry Moore used to spend so much time at sea, he impaired his vision. He couldn’t see properly on land. He also kept a stuffed albatross in his studio.

A Winter Gale in the Channel, Henry Moore, 1872 • oil on canvas • 61 x 106.7 cm, © Wolverhampton Art Gallery

I mentioned that I thought people were both scared of the sea, as it represents something unknown, but also fascinated by it for the same reason.

Dr. J Kerr: I think that’s very evident in the piece by Andrew Friend. He’s not just imagining being at sea, he’s imagining disappearing into it. And the work by Rona Lee-the land and the sea are inverted, and you realise just how deep the sea parts are.

 And All The Seas Were Ink, Rona Lee, 2012, chromed polyamide laser built globe

Prof. C Payne: The exhibition coincides with the re-opening of the Dawlish railway, and the release of the film Noah. The sea is something that’s being talked at the moment, and our relationship with it, the fascination with it.

The Power of the Sea is at the Royal West of England Academy until Saturday 6th July 2014. For more details, please visit their website. For my review and a look at some of my favourite objects from the exhibition, see this post.

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Polly Frances Elizabeth: The Power of the Sea, at the Royal West of England Academy

Polly Frances Elizabeth Polly Frances Elizabeth: The Power of the Sea, at the Royal West of England Academy.

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The Power of the Sea, at the Royal West of England Academy

Last night I was lucky enough to go to a preview of new exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy-The Power of the Sea. I’ve always loved the sea, and felt very drawn to water, so I was very excited about this exhibition. It didn’t disappoint.

One of the first pieces I came across on entering the gallery was Maggie Hambling’s Wave Tunnel, a bronze sculpture which really captures the movement and shape of waves. It was strange to see something ephemeral and foamy in such a solid material, but at the same time the solid bronze conveyed the strength and power of the waves. The oxidised colour of the metal evoked the beautiful blue-green of sea water, and the piece had a wonderful texture which really gave a sense of rushing and swirling water. A brilliant introduction to the exhibition.

Another piece which grabbed my attention was Succession, by Jethro Brice. It is a model of what the artist imagines could happen if sea levels rose due to climate change, and settlements had to be built amongst the water. I found it very interesting, and I’m always intrigued by anything with a miniature scale.

I liked the inclusion of practical details such as each home having a boat, and rooftop gardens to protect plants from the waters. As well as being a very beautiful piece, it’s a fascinating glimpse into a possible future.

Waves Breaking on Shore, by Sidney Mortimer Lawrence, caught my eye thanks to its incredible treatment of evening light on waves. The golden green sky and the rich gold and lilac hues on the waves capture a coastal sunset perfectly. I was happy to discover that this painting probably shows Porthmeor Beach, where I spent many childhood holidays. It is lovely to think I may have played among the same rocks depicted in the painting!

Currents, by Annie Cattrell, is a simple but brilliant piece of sculpture. Clear plastic panels give the effect of rippling water spreading out before you. The piece is perfectly shown in the light filled main gallery, as the light bouncing off the plastic really emphasises the impression of shimming ripples.

This Sax Impey painting was my favourite in the exhibition, but I completely forgot to write the name of it down. I love the treatment of the sea foam-it looks like it could come flying off the canvas and hit you, as the forceful waves crash down. The shades used in the painting are very dark, giving the waves a mysterious and dangerous atmosphere. I felt it summed up mankind’s relationship with the sea very well-fascinated by its beauty, but fearful of its unknown might.

Wave Machine, another Annie Cattrell piece, is shown in one of the smaller side galleries, along with And All The Seas Were Ink by Rona Lee.

Foreground: Annie Cattrell, Wave Machine, 2012, water, motor and glass Background: Rona Lee, And All The Seas Were Ink, 2012, chromed polyamide laser build globe

This makes for an interesting view and juxtaposition, and I enjoyed getting a photo with both pieces and the wall of maritime related quotes behind. I found Wave Machine soothing, with its gentle motion. And All The Seas Were Ink, on the other hand, is quite unsettling. It has a jagged, textured surface, and takes the form of a “reverse” relief globe-the sea-bed is elevated and the land reverted. It shows just how deep and unknown the seas actually are, and how insignificant the land looks in comparison.

Another piece which I couldn’t photograph, but which I found very moving, was the video installation Overflow, by Joanna Millett. It is in the downstairs gallery of the RWA, so if you visit make sure you don’t miss it.

I really enjoyed The Power of the Sea, it was not only a very beautiful exhibition but a very thought provoking one. I liked the inclusion of artists across a large time period, showing the enduring relationship with the sea, and the recurring themes of enjoyment and beauty, but also destruction and mystery. I also liked the inclusion of some maritime objects, such as a sextant, and articles on the launch of the SS Great Britain. I really can’t recommend this exhibition enough, it has perfectly captured the mysterious, alluring nature of the sea. Whether you are an art lover, a sea lover, or both, this exhibition will captivate the senses.

The Power of the Sea is at the Royal West Of England Academy now, and runs until Sunday 6th July 2014. There is also a fully illustrated book to accompany the exhibition. For more information, please visit their website.

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The Power of the Sea Lecture Series Announced

Set to be one of the one of the region’s most impressive and popular exhibitions for 2014, The Power of the Sea (5 April – 6 July) demonstrates the contrasts and continuities in artists’ engagement with the sea over a period that spans more than two centuries.

To accompany the exhibition, a series of lectures from a range of speakers, renowned as experts in their field, has been programmed.

This series will explore the way historical, modern and contemporary artists have responded to the sea through their work.

Saturday 5 April, 2pm
Michael Porter RWA, Gwavas Lake and Beyond

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Michael Porter RWA

Michael will be talking about a series of mixed media works that are based on an area of sea traditionally called Gwavas Lake, close to where
he lives in Mounts Bay, Cornwall. This series was originally made for an exhibition at Tate St Ives in 2001. Michael will also show a short film of him working on the images.

Saturday 26 April, 2pm
Jenny Gaschke (Bristol City Museums and Art Gallery) Painting Disaster: Shipwrecks in Art from the 17th-19th Century

Francis Danby ARA, The Shipwreck,1859 • oil on canvas • 77.5 x 107.4 cm, © wave Wolverhampton Art Gallery Overflow , Joanna Millett Michael Porter RWA To book please call the RWA on 0117 973 5129 or alternatively pop into

Francis Danby ARA, The Shipwreck,1859 • oil on canvas • 77.5 x 107.4 cm, © wave Wolverhampton Art Gallery

For centuries, the graphic depiction of shipwrecks and even the mere threat of being shipwrecked off a dangerous coastline have been compelling subjects for European artists. This lecture explores the changing meaning and handling of this ever popular and gruelling topic, from the religious and metaphorical to the sensational and sentimental.

Friday 9 May, 2pm
Dr Dorothy Rowe (University of Bristol) Crossing the Black Atlantic:Contemporary Meditations on Turner’s ‘Slavers’
This lecture will consider Joseph Mallord William Turner’s 1840 painting Throwing over the Dead and Dying – Typhoon coming on (also
known as The Slave Ship) within contemporary art historical discourses on the Black Atlantic.

Saturday 10 May, 2pm
Dr Sophie Gilmartin (Royal Holloway College) The Perils of Crossings: Nineteenth Century Navigations of the Sea
Explore the shipwreck and navigational metaphors in Dickens’s Dombey and Son, Charlotte Bronte’s Villette, the personal letters and journals of women at sea, and through 19th Century paintings.

Wednesday 14 May, 6.30-8pm
Joanna Millett, artist – Overflow

Joanna Millett; Overflow

Joanna Millett; Overflow

An introduction to the artist’s work in film, video and sound; new installation work Overflow and its relation to the ‘Rough Sea’ films of the late 19th and early 20th century. The artist will talk about her film ‘Overflow’, a two screen video and sound work which obliquely references ‘Rough Sea’ films from early cinema. Such films presented wave movements towards spectators as both compelling and disorientating, at times a dynamic that appeared to break out of the screen.
This is a FREE event, supported by Arts Council England.

Saturday 31 May, 2pm
Professor Christiana Payne (Oxford Brookes University) Painting the Open Sea: Henry Moore, David James and Julius Olsson

A Winter Gale in the Channel, Henry Moore, 1872 • oil on canvas • 61 x 106.7 cm, © wave Wolverhampton Art Gallery

A Winter Gale in the Channel, Henry Moore, 1872 • oil on canvas
• 61 x 106.7 cm, © wave Wolverhampton Art Gallery

This lecture will consider the connections between these artists and the reasons why paintings of the open sea became so popular during these years.

Wednesday 4 June, 6.30-8pm
Dr Cathryn Pearce, (Greenwich Maritime Institute) Jibber the Kibber, Pirate Wreckers and False Lights: Wrecking in British Folklore
Dr Cathryn Pearce will introduce a new perspective by looking at several important stories to determine how they came into the folklore, what their role was, and how they became accepted as evidence of actual practice.

Saturday 7 June, 2pm
Christine Riding (Royal Museums, Greenwich) One Haunting Conception: Turner and the Trafalgar Paintings

This lecture focusses on Turner’s lifelong engagement with the sea, from the early exhibited marine paintings that established his reputation to the final experimental canvasses that challenged his audience’s preconceptions.

Saturday 14 June, 2pm
David Tovey (author, lecturer, curator) St Ives: the Artists and the Fisherfolk in the Late Nineteenth Century

Alberto Ludovici Jnr - Fish Sale, St Ives

Alberto Ludovici Jnr – Fish Sale, St Ives

This talk will review the artistic and historical significance of paintings by St Ives artists depicting the different pilchard, mackerel and herring fishing seasons that the Cornish fishermen could exploit, and looks at the relationships that formed between the artists and the fisherfolk and the extent to which the fishermen were presented as national icons.

Saturday 5 July, 2pm
Professor Sam Smiles (Art History & Visual Culture, University of Exeter) ‘That made me a painter’ – Turner and the Sea

In this talk Professor Sam Smiles will review Turner’s multifarious depictions of the sea in all its moods over five decades: from his early
pictures to his final and most haunting images produced in the 1840s.

Tickets £5, FRWA/RWA Academicians/Artist Network Members/Students £3
Special £8 ticket available, to include free exhibition entry (2pm lectures only).
Talks will last up to 90 minutes, including questions/discussion.

Kindly supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Kindly supported by
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art


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‘The Power of the Sea’ at the RWA, bristol

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Seascape Study: Boat and Stormy Sky, John Constable RA, c.1824-8, oil on paper laid on board, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Given by Isabel Constable 1888. © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photographer: John Hammond

Two pieces from the FutureMuseum collection – Succession and a new work commissioned for the show – will be included in next month’s exhibition Power of the Sea: Making Waves in British Art 1790-2014, at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. The show combines historic and contemporary responses to the sea:

EXHIBITION DATES: 5 April 2014 – 6 July 2014

Royal West of England Academy Queen`s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX 0117 973 5129 |

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Bristol 2014 programme receives Heritage Lottery Fund support

Bristol 2014, the city’s programme of commemoration to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, has secured £127,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This funding joins investment made by Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, The Society of Merchant Venturers and Rolls-Royce to create a major programme of commemoration in Bristol in 2014.

Most of the Bristol 2014 activity will take place in the summer and autumn of 2014, but some projects are already underway while others will continue for at least another year. The HLF funded project is a core element of a wider programme of work this year. The Bristol 2014 projects include the  ‘Back from the Front’ exhibitions, Royal West of England Academy, July – September 2014 including:  ‘Brothers in Art’: a show of paintings by two major British artists from the First World War, Paul Nash and John Nash, both of whom served at the front and who were later commissioned as official war artists; and   ‘Shock and Awe’, an exhibition of work by artists who have been exposed to the front-line experience of war and by those who have responded to recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, and the Death of Nature, an ongoing series of work by leading contemporary artist Michael Porter RWA. Started in 2011, the series has grown organically over the last three years, providing a timely commentary on the environment.’ 


Michael Porter RWA ‘The Death of Nature’


Casting a Dark Democracy, Tim Shaw RA,2008, steel, black polythene, oil and sand


There will be 20 new arts projects specially commissioned by Bristol 2014 thanks to investment by Arts Council England. Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said:

“Bristol 2014 is one of many projects across the South West we are supporting  through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts programme that commemorate the centenary of World War I. The city is planning an extensive and extremely important programme of commemoration that will bring together people from every community in Bristol.  We are delighted that our £55,000 award will support the exciting arts programme, which will see 20 artists commissioned to look back at the war and create new work that speaks to today’s audiences.”


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