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Arts and crafts in Bristol

Bristol is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 428,000 and covers approximately 11,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Gloucestershire, Somerset.

From being a small coastal trading town a thousand years ago, Bristol grew around the river Avon to become a port city and after London, one of the countries top three commercial centres prior to the Industrial Revolution. The architecture of the buildings reflects this long history, with styles ranging from Norman and Gothic to Tudor, Georgian and Victorian as well more recent developments in the dockside area. Bristol was a county for five centuries from 1373, was made a county borough in 1889 and became part of the county of Avon from 1974 until it was abolished in 1996, when Bristol again became a county. Culture and the arts play an important role in the modern economy and the city has a number of theatres, galleries, arts events and creative companies including Aardman Animations, known for its production of stop frame animation films, and is also home to the BBC Natural History Unit. Performing arts venues in Bristol include Colston Hall, the Theatre Royal and Bristol Hippodrome.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has archaeological collections and locally created ceramics and glassware, alongside exhibits from other parts of Britain and Europe. It also has a collection of silver and paintings by artists including Pierre Auguste Renoir. Located in the former docks, exhibitions of contemporary art can be found in the Arnolfini gallery and in The Watershed Media Centre there are photographic and digital art works on display. Built during the 1790s, Blaise Castle House Museum has displays which include casts of Classical sculptures, such as the Parthenon marbles and a range of artworks and textiles. Visitors to the house can see a collection of thousands of costumes from the eighteenth century through to more recent clothing, including dresses, shoes, hats and accessories. There is also a collection of toys from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including dolls houses, train sets, games and puzzles. Other attractions in Bristol include Clevedon Court, Clifton Observatory and Caves, Bristol Cathedral and Kingswood Heritage Museum.

The Home Crafters

The Home Crafters

Yate Central, Bristol

The Home Crafters are a community of artists and designers local to Bristol, UK, creating all sorts of wonderful and bespoke hand-made ...

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Cotham, Bristol

I started making mosaics and stained glass, built up an Etsy site selling these then branched out into general craftwork, building up a ...

Dazzling Mosaics

Dazzling Mosaics

Kingswood, Bristol

This is a new project for me working with ceramics, coloured glass and dazzling gems trying new things creating anything which are individually ...

Helen Pearson

Helen Pearson

Mangotsfield, Bristol

I provide lovely homemade cakes and bakes and also supply vegan cakes. I cater a wide range of cupcake flavours. My kitchen is registered ...

Crafted By Magic

Crafted By Magic

Kingswood, Bristol

Crafted By Magic is the home of handmade beautiful pieces of Polymer Clay and Stained Glass for your garden, as well as the home, and stunning ...

Linen Prints

Linen Prints

Henleaze, Bristol

Bristol based designer and printmaker with a training in textile design. The studio specialises in limited edition works on paper, lino ...

Sam Gould Photography

Sam Gould Photography

Bristol, Bristol

I am a photography company creating prints, cards, T-shirt’s, cushions and more from my pictures. We take pride in our completely self ...

GailBs handmades

GailBs handmades

Stoke Bishop, Bristol

I have great enjoyment in making an eclectic mix of fabric water resistant travel bags, childrens water resistant rucksacks, knitted bags ...

Poetry Space Ltd

Poetry Space Ltd

Barrs Court, Bristol

We design, create and publish poetry books, handmade cards and gifts.

Karand Engraving

Karand Engraving

Winterbourne, Bristol

I make board games ie. chess, backgammon, solitaire, nine mens morris and also cribbage boards and any I am asked for Karand will send ...

Allsorts

Allsorts

Easton, Bristol

Handmade jewellery on thread and fire line, made with seed beads and crystals also handmade cards, papercrafting projects boxes, notelets ...

Mosaic workshops coming soon

Mosaic workshops coming soon

Kingswood, Bristol

Hi everyone at long last Im starting workshops for beginners to learn the introduction of this beautiful craft of mosics. They will be ...

New indoor stall and workshop

New indoor stall and workshop

Kingswood, Bristol

Im looking forward to moving into my new indoor stall and workshop next week at Westerleigh Park Westerleigh next week where people can ...

That pesky snow

That pesky snow

Cotham, Bristol

Hi crafters! I did my first craft fair this weekend at Chipping Sodbury town hall. About 40 stall holders showed up and we all went to ...


Damien Hirst

(Born 1965 in Bristol), Painting, Sculpture

Controversial British artist and sculptor.