A major new exhibition later this year will be a major show of support for the city’s contemporary art community as the arts industry struggles to survive.
Soapworks in Old Market will become home to more than 60 Bristol artists in a month-long programme of visual arts, performance, talks and events.
The exhibition from October 2 to November 1 will bring together major and established contemporary artists in Bristol, including Jo Lathwood, BEEF, Andrew Mania and Annabel Other, as well as emerging artists from Caraboo Projects and Rising Arts Agency, whose work recently featured on poster sites across the city.
The Centre of Gravity team is made up of curator Paula Orrell, artists Tim Knowles and Mariele Neudecker and producers and art workers John O’Connor and Rosie Bowery.
Etablished in 2018 by a group of passionate arts practitioners, they hope to showcase Bristol’s thriving visual arts community and work, and explore new opportunities for the arts industry by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a post-Covid world.
In a statement, they said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard to bring such a fantastic group of artists together who, as a collective, will address some of the challenges posed by Bristol’s economic and social inequalities and the lack of diversity in many of our cultural organisations.”
Lucinda Mitchell, project director at First Base, added: “Bristol has a thriving contemporary arts scene but sadly, there are fewer and fewer places for artists to display their work in the city.
“This has been compounded by the recent postponement of many national and international exhibitions due to take place this year.
“That is why we are pleased to support Centre of Gravity’s work at Soapworks, providing space prior to and after the redevelopment and ensuring that we showcase Bristol’s thriving and diverse creative community.”
Main photo: First Base