Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival
FAB is Bath's only visual arts festival, we actively promote and celebrate contemporary art in the Bath area and beyond, showcasing early career artists and curators, and those who find it difficult to break into (or prefer to operate outside of) the gallery based art scene.
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Robert Good

Robert made his own journey across the walls with charcoal to tell the hardships from 'Antarctic Diary'.

Find out more about his work

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Oliver Goodson

Oliver's fantastical black and white submarine, created in a mechanical style with great intricacy.

You can find more of his work...

On this blog



Sarah Dowling

Sarah created a mixed media seascape for Tall Tales. Telling the story from the bottom of the ocean past a lone sailing ship to the flying seagulls above. 

You can find out more about her:

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George Chislett

George worked directly with the space to create a whimsical installation in his mechanical, illustrative style. The piece subtley tells a romantic tale with the symbolic use of keys amongst the winged creatures and hiding in the sand below. The centerpiece depicts the six winged mythical creature; a Seraph.

 You can find out more about George's work:

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Curator: Sophie Erin Cooper


What inspired the concept of a show working directly with the space for Tall Tales was creating a wall drawing for Fringe Arts Bath last year. The piece was in the Living Numbers exhibition, curated by Peta Lloyd, and looked at repetative actions. I drew fragmented moth-like creatures in graphite, the piece expanding over the duration of the exhibition - taking 20 hours in total. The use of graphite and the corner space meant the piece appeared invisible from far away, the intricacy only visible to those who looked closer. 

I have created both experimental and exhibited spacial installations and was curious to create a show where all the pieces worked directly with the space. This has given some of the artists the opportunity to work together and their work the chance to overlap and interact. The theme of Tall Tales encouraging fictitious and adventurous works.

Composition is very important to me and as someone with what I'd consider a creatively juxtoposed mantelpiece/home I enjoy the arranging of physical items. Curating this show however involved considering the artists different styles and how they would merge - as well as their needs within the space. The site specific works cannot be re-arranged and so involves risk taking and a great level of trust in the artists involved. The 13 other artists, of which you can find a full list here, have created a fantastic display of varied work and I am truly greatful for their commitment. Tall Tales celebrates versatility in art as well as artwork for the viewer - these installations final destination is the visitors experience.

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