A thriving art scene

Be inspired by the numerous artist studios and creative spaces across the city, from Old Market to The Island, and Co-LAB in Broadmead.

Awarded UNESCO City of Film status, Bristol offers cultural cinema, pop-up screenings and festivals for film fans. Film-makers will find popular locations, skilled crew and world-class education.

Visit Spike Island, a gallery in an old tea warehouse, or see local emerging talent in Hangfire Bristol or Soma. Take advantage of a variety of workshops and unlock your creative potential.

Hamilton House hosts a wide range of artists, and runs events spanning physical therapy, music, and capoeira, while the Folk House teaches everything from stained glass to wood carving as well as hosting regular exhibitions.

For jewellery and crafts, check out the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, and pick up something beautiful. Enjoy events, talks and contemporary art at the spectacular Royal West of England Academy in Clifton, the UK's only regional Royal Academy of Art.

By the waterside, Arnolfini gallery showcases contemporary art across dance, performance, music, and visual arts, while Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has a wide range of collections in the centre of the city.

Of course you simply have to wander around to discover the city’s most famous artist. Banksy's original artworks can be seen all over Bristol, and you can take a walking tour to guide you.

Stokes Croft and Southville are both great places to enjoy urban art,but you can find hidden gems in every corner of the city. Discover up-and-coming artists at Upfest, Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival. And if you want to make your mark, why not try a graffiti workshop? 

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