It's no secret that our team at Bigg love the city of Bristol, not least because it was recently voted the coolest city in the UK!
Since Bristol is best known for its relaxed, creative culture, we thought we'd give you a quick insight to Bristol's art scene.
1) We’ve got the best graffiti you’ll see.
Thanks to the likes of the annual summer graffiti festival, Upfest, near our office HQ in Southville, we're lucky enough to have some of the best street artwork in the country by the likes of the talented Kobra, Nomad Clan and Xenx & Will Barras. (With some pretty impressive Instagram accounts showcasing their work). We're excited to see what this year brings when it returns for its 10th Anniversary festival in July.
2) Arnolfini Gallery
Based in the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, the Arnolfini is an international arts centre and Bristol's hub for contemporary art, artist performances, music, dance, poetry, book readings and more. A number of festivals and exhibitions are regularly hosted in the gallery. Most recently, Grayson Perry exhibited his work in a 2017 show which drew in more than 300 visitors per day.
3) Spike Island
Just across the river from the Arnolfini Gallery, via Bristol’s famous SS.Great Britain is Spike Island. An international centre for contemporary art and design and a working space for artists, designers and creatives alike.
4) Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Showcasing some impressive historical displays, Bristol Museum offers a wide collection of art, nature and history based exhibitions. Head up to the second floor for European, Victorian and Contemporary Art- as well as an impressive collection of Chinese Glass.
5) Independent Galleries
North of the river, up on Gloucester Road you’ll find some of Bristol’s finest independent galleries, including Matchbox and Room 212 who promote some of Bristol’s best artists by selling locally made art and gifts.