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Bristol’s Top Exhibitions this Summer and Autumn

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See something new this summer with our exhibitions round-up for Bristol

Bristol is well known for its art, with regular walking tours of the city showing off the wonderful street art that lines its walls, after all it is the hometown of Banksy. However, it also boasts a wealth of galleries and museums displaying artwork in expertly curated exhibitions. We’ve created a round-up of our favourite Bristol based gallery showings and exhibitions for the next few months, so you can see something new and soak up the creative feel of the city. 

Centrespace Gallery 
In the creative space that is the Centrespace Gallery, Karen Paddington is exploring human and animal identities and inviting you to ‘inhabit animal-energy and allow it to inhabit you.’ This London based artist combines film, animation, sound, video performance, drawing and sculpture to look at the notion of becoming animal. ‘I use ambiguity, absurdity and humour to blur boundaries’ says the artist. Slow motion footage of animals in their natural habitats put animals as the protagonists of her film work. On the opening day you can meet the artist and enjoy drinks from noon-8pm, a wonderful chance to get a further insight into this interesting artistic concept. 
This is free to see and is on 30 August – 4 September 2019

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This Action Lies 
Spike Island 
Head down to see a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins, in a display of unique moving image work. This Action Lies is a 30-minute film which will be presented alongside two sealed 35mm film canisters, solemnly lit by a spotlight. This short film is about the limits of observation, or about staring very hard at something while listening to something else. The artist’s work combines scriptwriting with documentary and engages with issues prevalent in the artist’s personal life. His work is witty, smart and provocative, and this short film premiered in the UK at Tate Modern in November of last year. 
This is free to see and is on Now – 8 September 2019

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Banksy’s Devolved Parliament
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 
Long term Bristolians may remember Banksy’s 2009 takeover of the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, where over 100 works by the anonymous graffiti artist where displayed amongst the classics, and modifications being made to (fake versions) of famous paintings. People queued around the block to catch a glimpse of the top-secret commandeering of the historic museum and turned out to be an amusing and cheeky success, attracting over 300,000 visitors. This year a piece from the exhibition returns to the main foyer of the museum to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. A piece that feels even more timely ten years on, Banksy’s Devolved Parliament is a canvas painting of the House of Commons completely occupied by confusing and bored looking monkeys. On loan from its’ owner for a short few months, this is a great chance to view an original Banksy piece (after you’ve seen all the ones on the streets, that is). 
This is free to see and is on 28 March – 1 September 2019

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On Set with Aardman: Making Early Man
M Shed 
An award-winning Bristol export, animation company Aardman have been creating award winning films for over 45 years and have yet to slow down. The stop-motion animators have produced big pictures like Chicken Run and Flushed Away and are the creators of the much-loved clay characters Wallace and Gromit! Last told a prehistoric story with Early Man, featuring the all-star voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. Head to the M Shed this summer to get an insight into the development of the mammoth movie, including original drawings, tiny clay models and all the latest VR technology used to create the family hit. 
Tickets cost £6 (under 16s go free) and it’s on Now – 3 November 2019

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 
M Shed 
The National History Museum’s internationally revered photography competition will be bringing its (no doubt) stunning pieces to the M Shed this year. The competition is in its 55thyear and has produced some truly iconic pictures of the natural world. With entries coming from 92 countries and attracting almost 50,000 photos per competition, this is an undoubtably exciting exhibition to be heading to Bristol. The competition is also open to both professional and amateur artists, leaving it open to discovering some brand-new talent or enjoying art from a well-established photographer.
Ticket information is not yet available, and the exhibition is on 23 November 2019 – 4 May 2020