Bristol Biennial is an international, artist-led festival of visual art, taking place takes place between 12-21 September 2014. Every two years, Bristol Biennial showcases exceptional emerging artists and projects that encourage public interaction. The festival also forges international partnerships and exchanges, providing local artists with new opportunities and networks.
In 2012, the inaugural Bristol Biennial hosted 118 local, national and international artists. Bristol's first Biennial celebrated the visual arts in multiple locations across the city, reaching over 10,240 visitors.
In May 2013, the Bristol Biennial Community Interest Company evolved to encompass new directors and a new team, and Bristol Biennial is now entering its second edition.
In 2014, Bristol Biennial takes 'Crossing the Line' as its theme, exploring notions of engagement and collaboration.
Bristol Biennial will work with talented artists selected through an open call, in partnership with local businesses and communities. Expect a programme of exhibitions, performances and events in venues, outdoor spaces and unexpected sites across the city.
Bristol Biennial is embarking on a new partnership with International Performance Art Association (IPA) Istanbul and in association with the Island, a multi-use arts facility and creation centre in the old police station in Bristol city centre. IPA brings together performance artists from around the world in order to foster cultures of exchange and mutual support.
This international collaboration will begin with an exciting two days event in September as a part of Bristol Biennial 2014. For the event ( WE NEED A TITLE!!), IPA and Bristol Biennial in association with the Island will co-curate a dynamic programme of talks, workshop and performance. Invited artists and producers will share their experiences, ideas and processes, alongside special platform showcasing emerging practitioners.
The collaboration with IPA will continue beyond the festival, with a series of residency and exchange opportunities!