Best of the West – September 2018

The best cultural events in Bristol and the Westcountry this month – selected by the Friends of the RWA…

This month sees the return of Bristol Open Doors, a fantastic opportunity to see inside Bristol’s finest buildings. Events take place on the weekend of 14-16th September – see the website for more details.

Meanwhile, here’s our pick of seven of the best cultural events happening in and around Bristol in September…


1. Art: Dawn Sidoli RWA: A Voyage of Discovery at the RWA


Don’t miss this free exhibition by renowned Bristol artist and Academician Dawn Sidoli, including works for sale. See the RWA website for a full list of events in September.


2. Art: Dutch Masterpieces at the Holburne Museum

A Magus at a Table by Jan Lievens (Leyden 1607 Amsterdam 1674), Upton House, Warwickshire ©National Trust Images/Angelo Hornak


Don’t miss this exhibition of Dutch masterpieces brought together from the collections of National Trust houses around Britain, including works by de Hooch, Cuyp and a Rembrandt self-portrait.

When: now until 16 Sept
Where: Holburne Museum, Bath
More information.


3. Art: 20×20 Arts at the The Old Town Quarry

An open art exhibition in which all the works must measure 20x20cm. Expect an amazing variety of art for sale despite that limitation…

When: 5-30 Sept
Where: The Old Town Quarry, Weston-super-Mare
More information.


4. Music: Christian Blackshaw and Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker at St George’s


Internationally-renowned pianist Christian Blackshaw joins members of the Berlin Philharmoniker to play Mozart and Schubert. World class classical music in Bristol.

When: 21 Sept
Where: St George’s, Bristol
More information.


5. Architecture: Same Bed, Different Dreams at the Architecture Centre

Fascinating exhibition bringing an ‘outsider’s eye’ to architecture in the Bristol area of Bedminster.

When: until 16 Sept
Where: The Architecture Centre, Bristol
More information.


6. Photography: Visible Girls Revisited at Trinity

Photograph: Anita Corbin. Credit.


In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin captured pivotal “coming of age” moments in the life of 56 young women – all members of different subcultural tribes: Skins, Mods, Punks and more. 36 years on, she finds out what became of them.

When: 6 Sept to 4 Oct
Trinity, Bristol
More information



7. Art: Hokusai and Hiroshige at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa


A major new exhibition of the masters of Japanese landscape prints begins this month, and runs until January..

When: From 22 Sept
Where: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

More information.



The Friends of the RWA is an independent charity that supports the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol’s first art gallery. 
For just £35 a year Friends can make unlimited visits to RWA exhibitions and enjoy a host of other benefits, as well as making an important contribution to the arts in Bristol and the South West. Find out more and join up here.

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