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Autumn Art Lectures Secrets of Bristol's Royal Academy of Art

Bristol 650

Arts Complex Lecture Theatre B.H05, 7 Woodland Road, BS8 1TB  |  Free

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The Autumn Art Lectures are here again and this year we are on the move. To coincide with Bristol 650, the year-long celebration that marks the anniversary of the 1373 royal charter, our new series will focus on some of the historical, cultural and conceptual spaces of Bristol.

Opened in 1858 as Bristol’s first art gallery, the RWA (Royal West of England Academy) has a fascinating story and cast of characters. Join Alison Bevan, the RWA’s Director, to learn about its founder, the astonishing Ellen Sharples, through its unusual war-time roles, to its profound relevance today as a source of creative inspiration for all.

Autumn Art Lectures

Art and the City: Bristol at 650October-November 2023

This year’s lecture series will be an opportunity not just to talk about Bristol and its (in)visible histories, but also to step into the city itself. Events will be hosted in venues that span Bristol – from the Cathedral at its heart on College Green, to Spike Island in the midst of the river that defines the city’s cosmopolitan past and present. Our speakers include curators, artists, and academics, who together will take us on a journey through both familiar and unfamiliar aspects of the city’s history, including its place in the wider world.

Check out the events in the Autumn Art Lecture series:

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