Best of the West – November 2018

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

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


1. Art: Academician Candidates’ Exhibition 2018 at the RWA

‘Where He Leads, the Past Will Follow’ – by Rosalind Robinson. Available to buy in the 2018 RWA Open Exhibition

The Annual Open Exhibition is in full swing until 25 November, but don’t forget to turn left at the front desk and pop in to the free exhibition of 2018 Academician Candidates. The standard this year is incredibly high, and includes Wendy Elia, Anna Gillespie, Nik Ramage and Rosalind Robinson (interviewed on The Floating Circle here). All works are for sale as part of the Open.


2. Art: Benoît Maire at Spike Island

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This major solo exhibition Thebes at Spike Island features more than one hundred works by French artist Benoît Maire, ranging from paintings and sculptures to furniture, everyday objects and films. Free entry

When: now until 9 December
Where: Spike Island
More information.


3. Theatre: Bristol Old Vic Heritage Launch

For the first time in its history, Bristol Old Vic will be opening up its archives and delving headfirst into its 250 years of heritage. A series of events take place on the weekend of 9 November.

When: 9-11 November
Where: Bristol Old Vic.
More information.


4. Music: Brodsky Quartet at St George’s

The renowned string quartet bring ‘In Time of War’ to Bristol, a special programme created for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. 

When: 9 Nov
Where: St George’s, Bristol
More information.


5. Art:  David Hockney’s Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy at The Holburne Museum

David Hockney – ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’

Hockney’s beloved portrait is visiting Bath until January. Holburne Director Chris Stephens, co-curator of last year’s record-breaking Hockney retrospective at Tate, will be giving a lunchtime talk on November 28.

When: until January
Where: Holburne Museum, Bath
More information.


6. Sculpture: Cemetery sculpture tour at Arnos Vale

Discover beautiful carved memorials, their symbolic meanings and the stone-carvers behind them at Bristol’s Victorian city of the dead.

When: 17 November
Arnos Vale
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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