Best of the West – October 2018

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

Here’s our pick of seven of the best cultural events happening in and around Bristol in October…


1. Art: 166 Annual Open Exhibition at the RWA

The RWA’s renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 166th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists from around the country, including Academicians. Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture and much more – and everything is for sale. And this year, for the first time, artwork will be for sale online – keep an eye on the RWA website for details.



2. Sculpture: Face to Face with Angela Conner at the American Museum & Gardens

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An exhibition of fourteen portrait busts of important American and British figures including Lincoln, Churchill and Roosevelt, executed with great sensitivity and skill by the renowned British sculptor Angela Conner.

When: now until 28 Octobert
Where: American Garden & Museum
More information.


3. Literature: Bristol Festival of Literature

The annual lit festival returns, with a variety of events around Bristol, all celebrating creative writing, but with the accent on fiction.

When: 19-28 Oct
Where: Various venues.
More information.


4. Music: Mitsuko Uchida at St George’s

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The legendary international pianist brings her Schubert solo recitals to Bristol.

When: 12 Oct
Where: St George’s, Bristol
More information.


5. Art: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis at Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

An exhibition celebrating the work of Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, whose artistic partnership spanned five decades. Their creative output included iconic book cover and poster designs and wonderful watercolours recording the Bath Blitz.

When: until 25 November
Where: Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
More information.


6. Photography: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 at the M Shed

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The Natural History Museum’s acclaimed wildlife photography exhibition comes back to Bristol with 100 stunning images.

When: From 20 October
M Shed
More information



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

Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The exhibition of the masters of Japanese landscape prints continues – don’t miss it!

When: until January
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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