For the first time, Bristol will play host to an exhibition by world-renowned artist and activist Yoko Ono.
The new show will open in September 2019 and will explore space reclamation and city legacies, encouraging open dialogue about Bristol’s past, present and future.
The exhibition asks viewers to think about their role in cities’ legacies, and will feature several noted pieces of Ono’s work, including films the artist made in the 60s and 70s.
The show will also feature a more recent work, ARISING. First exhibited at The Venice Biennale in 2013, the piece has been updated for Bristol.
The piece addresses the abuse of women and will shine a new spotlight of the city’s connection to the slave trade, encouraging viewers to start conversations about the city’s past and what its future holds.
“It is a way to bring a new spotlight onto Bristol’s heritage and involvement with the slave trade, and as with all great art, it gives us permission to open dialogue,” says curator of the exhibition, Jimmy Galvin.
“It helps create a better understanding of ourselves and our city’s past, as well as its future, and what role we need it to perform.
“Art is the platform that enables everyone to join in the conversation, and I believe it is the job of art to reach out to the wider communities and keep us all engaged.”
Yoko Ono is widely known for her complex, thought-provoking artwork and her new exhibition will open up conversations throughout Bristol about the city’s past, its current state and what the future holds.
The exhibition will take place from September 28 to December 31 2019 at The Georgian House Museum