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 Visual Arts Bath Fringe Festival

Friday 27th May – Sunday 12th June

Bath Fringe Visual Arts presents the city’s largest annual programme of contemporary art, combining innovative work by today’s up-and-coming progressive artists, with a community-based slant.

Project ‘Open House’ will highlight work by a number of organisations and collectives for artists with mental health concerns or learning difficulties. Exhibiting beneath Design & Build (3 Fountain Buildings, Bath) are Studio Upstairs, a well-established artists’ community based at Spike Island in Bristol. They provide an environment where artists ‘have the liberty to think and speak – aesthetically, emotionally, socially – and to remain silent if they wish. It is a place where ‘madness’ is seen as ordinary through the extraordinariness of art’. Other groups involved are Artist First, Connections Day Services and Creative Links (through NESA in Radstock), and the project will also offer workshops for adults and children with learning difficulties.

BAD HAIR DAYS is a collaborative project from Bristol-based artists collective Chuck Norris who have evolved from the core group that presented ROW in Bristol and ROW - the RIPOSTE in Liverpool. It aims to support and promote accessibility to high quality contemporary art in Bath and to contribute to national debate in the visual arts through collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects. The artists involved have emerging profiles locally and nationally. For the Fringe, Chuck Norris will be exhibiting in 2-4 Hotbath Street (the former Knob Shop).

The Media Arts Café at Invention Studio will be hosting an exhibition by Bristol-based graphic artist Sickboy, who has shown work in this area as well as London, Brighton and Manchester alongside the likes of graffiti artist Banksy. His work ranges from large-scale spraycan art to T-shirts and canvases; for more details visit his website

Other highlights will include SWALC (South West Artists’ Little Cartel) with a sequel to their Fringe show from 2004; Art Cinema at The Love Lounge behind the Bell; and the launch night party at Media Arts Café, Invention Studios, featuring Stonegruve and Groovement Records DJs.

Full details will be in the Visual Arts programme, available from early May in many public sites throughout Bath, Bristol and surrounding areas.

The deadline for Visual Arts programme listings is Wednesday 20th April.


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