Venues in Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze
WHAT IS BS9 ARTS?
BS9 Arts was set up in 2014 and is Bristol’s newest locally based arts trail. As well as giving artists an opportunity to exhibit their work it aims to facilitate contact and collaboration among local artists. All exhibiting venues are within BS9. The current trail takes place annually over one weekend in either May or June.
There is no prior assessment of your work.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST, WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
Membership costs £50 per artist per year, whether exhibiting alone or in a group. In some group venues, artists will be asked for a contribution towards the cost of hiring the hall.
The membership fee covers the production costs of our full colour brochure, website design, advertising in prestigious city-wide and local magazines, coverage on local radio and TV where possible, third party public liability insurance, banners and posters. You have your own web page on the BS9 Arts website featuring four images of your choice with up to 100 words, plus the contact details you have approved. You are welcome to see the BS9 Arts accounts.
WHAT ARE THE TERMS & CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP?
The membership fee is non refundable.
Artists are expected to be present throughout both days of the Trail.
All members should be prepared to play a role in the running of the trail.
WHEN AND HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications start in August for the following year's trail. If you would like to participate in the 2019 Arts trail, please click the Contact box on the Home page and email the membership address with the following information: your name and full postal address, phone number/s, website if you have one, and if you live in BS9, whether you would like to show in your own home.
HOW MANY ARTISTS CAN PARTICIPATE?
Generally there are around 75 artists exhibiting in 15 to 20 venues. Should the need arise, we have a waiting list if we reach the point when numbers have to be limited.
HOW DO I FIND A VENUE?
You may want to open your own studio or home and, if you have space, accommodate one or more other artists. Alternatively you will be given a choice of one of our group venues. Please make it clear on application if you need help finding a venue.
WHO ORGANISES BS9 ARTS?
The organisation of BS9 Arts is co-ordinated by a small Committee of volunteers, who are generally all participating artists. An event of this size is complex and several months in the preparation. The Committee meets four or five times in the months prior to the Trail with individuals taking responsibility for specific tasks including finance, publicity, membership and so on.
HOW DOES THE COMMITTEE COMMUNICATE WITH ARTISTS?
The Committee organises about 3 meetings during the year when all members are invited to meet each other, to hear about the latest news relating to publicity, finances, community links etc, and to ask any questions. In addition the Committee occasionally sends an email out to everyone. Meetings take place at The Eastfield pub at 219 Henleaze Road.
HOW CAN I HELP?
We encourage all participants to be involved in many different ways such as distributing brochures, putting up banners and bunting outside venues, and publicising the event to friends and family via word of mouth or electronically to as many people as possible. Please contact the Committee chair via the Contact button on our Home page.
WHAT IS THE BS9 ARTS TRAIL?
It’s a FREE event which features the work of local artists in group and individual venues around the BS9 area. The next Trail will take place on 9th and 10th June 2018.
WHAT’S ON SHOW?
Every aspect of the creative arts will be on show: ceramics, painting, jewellery, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, mosaics and more. The artists will be on hand to talk about their work and answer any questions you may have. There is no pressure to buy, but if you are tempted, you will find the prices modest, as purchasing directly from the artists means there is no commission. Many artists also sell cards. Payment needs to be by either cash or cheque. There are convenient cash points in Westbury Village, at Waitrose, on Henleaze Road and on Stoke Lane.
WHERE ARE THE VENUES?
To help plan your visit there is a map on this website and, from April, a free brochure is available with a map locating all the venues. You’ll find it in local libraries, cafés, shops and galleries. On the day, all venues will be easy to spot: just look out for our colourful bunting and signage with the BS9 Arts logo. The brochure also has information about wheelchair access, refreshments and toilet facilities.
Parking is available near all the venues and public car parks are shown on the map.
There are excellent public transport links to the BS9 area and if you are coming from outside Bristol, BS9 is only a short distance from the M4 and M5 motorways.
CAN I TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE WORK ON DISPLAY?
If you would like to take a photograph, please check first with the artist concerned.