Daytripping in Bristol

So we made it over to Bristol on Saturday to check out the Across the Way show, amongst all the other little recommendations you guys gave me (thank you!). Unfortunately the weather was overcast and drizzly so we didn’t really fancy doing much leisurely strolling or cider-drinking, but we fitted a fair bit in.

We started by hiking up to Stokes Croft to find Here Gallery. It was an interesting area, the self-proclaimed ‘cultural quarter’ of the city with lots of interesting street art and nice looking cafes alongside a rough-and-ready kind of atmosphere – it reminded me of Mile End in London.

We found the gallery/shop with no trouble and it’s a gorgeous little treasure trove of prints, books and cards from tons of artists, both local and ones I was already familiar with having seen their work online. The exhibition space downstairs is small but perfectly formed. The prices were all really reasonable but I resisted buying anything due to a severe lack of wall space.


We lunched in Cafe Kino, a community co-operative just over the road from Here which served tasty vegan falafel and bean burgers, then headed down Jamaica Street back into town. We walked down Park Street, popping into a few nice clothes and interiors shops on the way, then found Start Gallery, hosting the Teasemade exhibition by local artists Peskimo and Chris Dickason. The whole show was lovely and I particularly fell in love with Peskimo’s bright, retro-feel work – we wanted to buy the tea tins print below for our kitchen but didn’t have enough cash – hopefully we can find it to buy online.

I also loved these characterful mural paintings going up the stairs into the gallery space, anyone know who did them?

I was impressed with Bristol’s arty community feel. Obviously Banksy had a big influence on the city’s art scene – there was lots of interesting street art at every turn and it has more than its share of small quirky gallery spaces. It’s a shame our visit was short but it was a nice taster for the city’s art scene.

Lots more photos on Flickr!


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