FaB Festival 25 May - 10 June 2018
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#FaB18 exhibitions 


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Art Manifest(o)s

How does art manifest? What’s the purpose of art manifestos? How does an art manifesto manifest? CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit brings together artists from a wide range of disciplines to explore the above questions.

Curated by CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit


FaB Art Market



Our annual pop-up Art Market is a great place to get yourself a masterpiece at street-market price. From Oil Painting to Watercolour, Sculpture to Screen-Printed T-Shirts, the FaB Art Market is a treasure trove of original and collectable wonders, mixing both established local artists and new upcoming art masters of the future.


The #FaB17 Art Market saw 19 Artists and Groups selling their wares in leafy Kingsmead Square surrounded by street performers and the Bath Fringe Festival's Bedlam Sunday Oddities.

 Image  ©  Fringe Arts Bath - FaB Art Market 2013 #FaB13

Image © Fringe Arts Bath - FaB Art Market 2013 #FaB13


Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018

Location: Kingsmead Square (T.B.C)

Trading time 1pm-4pm (no vehicle access after 12noon)

Setup 10.30am-11.30am

Please note:

Price: £20 per pitch

Payment: we'll be in touch nearer the date to collect payments

We DO NOT provide tables or covers, you are welcome to bring these

Pitch size approx 2x2 metres (this will fit a good size pasting table)

Please make sure you become prepared for all weather and that you can protect your stock (it's normally a lovely sunny day!)

There will be NO parking on site and NO mains electricity or running water

You are welcome to share pitches eg. studio groups

All fees will go back into the event, Fringe Arts Bath activities and Bath Fringe Festival

We are unable to guarantee the weather, but if the event is cancelled by FaB we will provide a refund

More information will be made available to stall holders ONE week before the event

Please call Arran on 07967 745 351 for more information


A group of 6 artists present works created in response to the collection, including ceramics, print, paint and a short film demonstrating the working side of art practice that lies behind what is seen.

Featuring works by Ryszard Sliwka, Charlotte Moore, Mark Thomas, Jan Byrne and Anna Kot.




Festival 2018


Image © Simon Taylor Photography


Bath Photography Festival 2018

In association with ‘Fringe Arts Bath Festival’ we bring you the first ‘Bath Photography Festival’. The aim of the festival is to promote photography as a way of communicating ideas and thoughts. Bath has a rich photographic heritage; it is the home of the Royal Photographic Society and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey is only 15 miles away.


Real / Unreal


We are bombarded with photographic imagery every day, through news channels, social media, posters, signs and product labels. These images can inspire us, make us question and influence us. However, are these images real or portraying the truth?

Ever since the photography was invented, images have been doctored. The media lends itself to many editing processes; this allows the photographer to change what they see and therefore the viewer’s perception.


Call out (now closed to entries)

We would like to invite photographers to submit a series of images that respond to the theme, ‘Real / Unreal’. This is a chance to promote and share your work in Bath.

Visit bathphotographyfestival.co.uk/about for further info.



Biography in Cloth

Can we find the resonance of a person in cloth?

Can we connect to people and locations through cloth?

Can cloth reverberate with the presence, or absence, of us?

Often we see, or handle, cloth and remember forgotten connections, memories, traumas, even fantasies of who we might like to be.

Cloth is flexible - we are interested in putting together an exhibition which allows the space of cloth, and marks left on cloth, to investigate and refer to human experience.

Curated by Carole Waller and Joanna Wright, submit via cloth@fringeartsbath.co.uk

 AGNES RICHTER: German seamstress Agnes Richter (1844–1918) was a patient at the Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic during the 1890s. While held at the asylum she would  densely embroider  her standard issue straitjacket.

AGNES RICHTER: German seamstress Agnes Richter (1844–1918) was a patient at the Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic during the 1890s. While held at the asylum she would densely embroider her standard issue straitjacket.



Bath Spa University MA Fine Art students present a group show investigating the concept of change. With site-specific installations and resident artists this show will develop over the festival.

Curated by Kate McDonnell



Doorways are thresholds to somewhere new. Doorways are the physical symbol of the transition – of change – between the ‘now’ and the ‘next’, from ‘here’ to ‘there’; moving in, moving out, moving on. Familiar in ritual, religion, myth and literature, they have emotional power – they are the liminal space between two states of being; a transition that has to be negotiated before the ‘next’ can begin.

This exhibition invites artists to explore the symbolism and significance of doorways as the space between the ‘now’ and the ‘next’. Is a doorway full of the promise of new beginnings, arrivals, opportunities? Or laced with the fear of the unseen? Do open doorways suggest a refuge, an entrance or an exit? Life or death? Do closed doors represent protection or imprisonment? Does it matter what side you’re on?

Curated by Mike & Dona Bradley, doorways@fringeartsbath.co.uk


1 city, 10 hours,

20 themes, 20 photos



The FaB Photomarathon

Sat 5 May 2018


The FaB Photomarathon charts a psychogeographical ramble through the streets of Bath. See a different side of Bath in the results of this creative annual event which draws photographers of all ages and skill levels.

That’s right, the challenge is laid down again! You have 10h to take 20 photos following 20 themes in the correct order. Both film and digital entries are welcome, the results will be exhibited during the FaB Festival fortnight.

Fresh Art @ Bath

Fresh Art @ Bath 2018 has created a collaborative multimedia exhibition inspired by the collections of the Holburne, No 1 Royal Crescent and the American Museum in Bath. This new artwork will be donated to NHS House. During the exhibition, there will be a free engagement programme of creative arts, and health & wellbeing workshops.

Curated by Creativity Works.

A Visual Feast

Georgian splendor reimagined for the 21st century.

You are invited to feast your eyes on our magical chandelier and a banquet of cyanotype prints inspired by the Holburne Museum’s collection. 

A project by the Gardener’s Lodge Art Group at the Holburne Museum, curated by Andrew Peacock and Elise Menghini.



Let’s completely reimagine Bath’s transport, there are no costs involved, no targets to be reached, just wild and imaginative thinking.

This city has been arguing about transport. Grey men in grey suits walk grey corridors tinkering with grey plans to create grey solutions. This is not working.

Art has a great capacity to transform thoughts into imaginative spaces that can help individuals reimagine the world that they presently inhabit, into a world that has other possibilities.

The two themes for this exhibition are data and transformation.

What ideas can artists put forward to initiate behavioural and social change? What information can artists show that will create a new zeitgeist, and effect policy change that makes the last 100 years of the ego-centric automobile seem redundant and wasteful?

Curated by Joanna Wright, submit via car@fringeartsbath.co.uk

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it's the city's great public spaces -- from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades -- where people can stroll and play.
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.


Using a vending machine to dispense mini zines and other affordable ephemera.  This is very much aimed at artists / writers / zinesters / photographers / illustrators, ALL creators who have not been shown before OR who might have been rejected frequently, those with work that maybe a bit too edgy or completely nuts.

Work should in some way be reflective of things which annoy or bother. The work can and should be as edgy as the artist feels is necessary, as it should be an honest as possible expression and possible venting opportunity. I’d like it to be a collection of all the wrong art, ‘bad’ art as some might say.

There is NO SUBMISSION FEE to enter, so do anything you like, photocopy, make collages or create a mini folding photobook, print on your home/office/library printer!  Or hand write a story!

The size you have to work with is 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, I am aiming for zines or similar mini books, but anything that fits the dimensions will be considered!

All work will be sold at £2 to whoever wishes to use the vending machine.

Submission details:

Submission is free. However the £2 vending price goes towards the cost of the machine and materials. 

The size you have to work with is 6cm x 6cm x 2cm

We may copy the artists original zines in order to increase/replace stock in the machine. However copies will be marked in order to draw a distinction between those and the artists originals.

Unsold zines and items can be collected after the exhibition has ended, dates to be arranged.  

See updates below for “Micro Zine Instructions”  which will include a template you can work from.

Curated by Joseph Simons, submit digital samples of existing work or your idea via gripe@fringeartsbath.co.uk

If for any reason you are unable to create a mini zine etc, submit anyway and we might be able to arrange something!



Logo Idiom.jpg


Idiom is a call for artists whose work is text /language based and who are engaged with working with writing in innovative formats. This is not an exhibition in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, Idiom will be a curated website of writings that (depending on the nature and quality of the work submitted) may turn into a publication. All works selected will be published on the Idiom and Fringe Arts Bath website.

Work submitted must in some way make reference to the City of Bath with its associated identity as heritage, history, its links to water, the concept of art as ‘Fringe’ or as a response piece to an exhibition / artwork / performance that will be shown during the Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2018. The work can be in any format / structure (for example, an exhibition review, narrative, dialogue, oulipo inspired work etc.). I am looking for innovation, experimentation and originality with work that clearly relates to the event theme but which also challenges the boundaries of writing / text / language.

Work can be submitted between March 20th and June 20th.

Curated by Fay Stevens, submit via idiom@fringeartsbath.co.uk

It Sounds Devicive!

We are surrounded by devices & machines that create sound all day, every day. These can be found in our household or work spaces. Some are quiet, others loud & others unheard. What are the devices or machines telling us? We often ignore them & the sounds they make. We can even be the ones making the sounds, using the devices or machines without realising.

It Sounds Devicive! Has a fascination with the mechanics of sound created by the devices we hear every day. Can we form a dialogue with these devices in the space they inhabit?

Curated by Lee Riley



Textiling with the more-than-human

KINdoms explores textile arts inspired by eco-feminism/phenomenology. Dispense with the hierarchies between ourselves and non-human species – we only exist as part of a larger web - the elements are in & around us.

As meshes of plant, animal, mineral networks, textiles are nomadic across species, time, place and material state. So, explore textiles as an interface, (de)construction or surface with Others / Self. All around us is vibrant matter, invisible yet perceptible eg. air, rainwater, starlight. Connect with real or imagined trees, animals, seasons, or the soil with textiles.

Work with stitch, (3D)print, weave, knit, dye etc in any scale and a flow of agency between 2D/3D, image, text, trad crafts & new techs. It can be a way of dialoging with ‘natural’ worlds & source materials of low eco impact.

Curated by Patricia Brien, submit via kindoms@fringeartsbath.co.uk

 Elastics with the Niers - pass it on  Film Still 2018  Patricia Brien   Photo: Jacques Cop

Elastics with the Niers - pass it on

Film Still 2018

Patricia Brien 

Photo: Jacques Cop

 Elastics with the Niers - pass it on  Film Still 2017  Patricia Brien  Photo: Jacques Cop

Elastics with the Niers - pass it on

Film Still 2017

Patricia Brien

Photo: Jacques Cop

 Elastics with the Niers - pass it on  Film Still 2017  Patricia Brien  Photo: Jacques Cop

Elastics with the Niers - pass it on

Film Still 2017

Patricia Brien

Photo: Jacques Cop

 Junko Oki Time Machine, 2017 202 x 195  boro (cotton, linen, silk)  Photo: Kristien Daem   

Junko Oki
Time Machine, 2017
202 x 195
boro (cotton, linen, silk)

Photo: Kristien Daem




An ambitious series of exhibitions and events focussed on the vital themes of growth and decay.


You can say the word live in two ways. live is an initiative that will bring both definitions together, in a series of exhibitions, installations and performances in the heritage city of Bath. live is planned as a key element of FaB18, next year’s manifestation of the city’s celebrated festival of contemporary visual art. It is scheduled for the two weeks May 25 – June 10, 2018.


As well as a series of exhibitions of arresting and original artworks -some of them made from living materials-  there will live interventions, involving performance artists, poets, musicians, film and video makers. This list of potential participants is not exclusive. We are also encouraging the participation of thinkers, scientists, activists and other kinds of specialist, who can lead conversations in unexpected directions.


Like the word live, the themes of growth and decay can be addressed in different ways: seen through the lenses of philosophy, science, politics and humankind’s troubled relationship with the rest of nature – at the level of the globe, society or the individual person. The creators of live sense the need for an inclusive and diverse approach when addressing matters so urgent and essential. We intend this initiative to be provocative and surprising, beautiful and inspiring.


The core venue for live will be Walcot Chapel, in central Bath, the tree-filled cemetery which surrounds it and the intimate park alongside. The Tardis-like chapel has been a welcoming venue for memorable exhibitions and events for several decades now. On this occasion, we intend that it should take on something of the form of a living, growing (and possibly decaying) organism. And this sense of growth and decay will spread out into the surroundings… into the graveyard, the park and along Walcot Street into the heart of the city. We wish to explore ways of using growth and decay as the medium as well as the message, but this does not preclude other media, whether established or exploratory.


Transformed by inventive visual art, Walcot Chapel will also be used for intimate performances (of various kinds) and open conversations, led by people with something to say, and with open ears and minds.


We expect live to pop up in several other venues across Bath and beyond. And we are working to establish productive relationships with kindred organisations. FaB has been successfully organising exhibitions in an extraordinary range of venues for a dozen years now. And, over time, it has built up positive relationships with hundreds of curators and thousands of artists, as well as scores of institutions. This is a tradition we are determined to help grow.


Curated by Geoff Dunlop, submit via live@fringeartsbath.co.uk

Living in Hyperreality

Hyperreality is the semantically postmodern condition of being unable to distinguish reality from the simulation of it. French philosopher Jean Baudrillard coined the term in the 1980's ascribing it to the world he knew then, for the native internet generation, living in the simulacra is now as natural as living in the real; the disassociating effects of the digital are felt more than any other generation that came before. Today the merging of learned and imagined mythologies collide with indistinct spaces, virtual human relations and a cacophony of truths and non-truths. So how do emerging contemporary artists explore their lived and experienced hyperrealities?

Accepting any medium in response to the theme. The exhibition will occupy three dimensions of the space and particularly invites photographic, screen-based and sculptural pieces. Information on how to submit can be found here

Curated by Kristian Stapleton, submit via hyperreality@fringeartsbath.co.uk


LoL = Lexicon of Lust

In Art we feel that meaning has become meaningless. Or do we - perhaps we don't mean that? We welcome work that is playful, ambiguous, theatrical, dystopian, humorous, contrarian and perhaps even alludes to the figurative. A good title will go a long way. No paintings, drawings or performances thank you - just 'things' that we can 'lust' over.

Curated by Death and Glitter, submit via lust@fringeartsbath.co.uk

Exhibitions at ICE Space: I.C.E. Artist Studio & Workshop, 1 North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU


An exhibition of works celebrating the fleeting moments in life. The sensual moments that remain in our memories but in reality were a brief sight, sound, feeling, touch. Something that was not tangible at the time but stirred within us a deep emotion thus creating a piece of art.

Like a murmuration of hundreds of starlings moving as one across a dusky sky, conveying a sense of suspended reality then as quickly as they appeared they have gone, but an erie, impossible, energy remains, static around the place they were.

Works are welcome from any media, we especially encourage younger artists to exhibit with us.


Open 4 to 10 June.


An exploration of light from natural and artificial sources in the modern age.
Curated by young creatives from the local area: Eli, Jake,  Sasha,  Zenna and Herbie.

Open 28 May to 2 June,  from 11am to 5pm daily (closed Wednesdays)

Nature Morte

Nature Morte' aims to reinterpret Golden Age Dutch Still Life paintings. Still Life traditionally attempts to preserve the ephemeral through meticulous depiction of organic material in different stages of bloom, growth and decay. These paintings often represent human mortality. The paradox lies in the legacy of the work, far outreaching both the subject matter and the artist. What are we preserving by painting flowers when we are also transient?

I am seeking artwork that distils the rich lingering of a Still Life, yet, is rooted conceptually in topical issues. Thus re-imagines and rejuvenates the genre.

I will be inviting artists to respond to the contradiction of Still Life and to capture the relevance of Still Life in contemporary society. Artists of all disciplines are welcome to aid my metamorphosis of this trope.

Curated by Heather Griffin, submit via nature@fringeartsbath.co.uk


Normal papers

This exhibition invites its audience to look more closely at incidental mark making of doodles, the simple beauty of a to-do list, colour coding, setting out of information, work plans on the back of an envelope and so on,
in order to appreciate their unassuming simplicity and visual qualities.

Included are images of to-do lists, working plans and visual problem solving, diagrams and doodles, whether on scrap paper, the back of an envelope, in chalk on the ground, or on a 3D object. In most cases, the work selected will not have been originally intended to be an artwork for display.

The work presented could include the original object (2D or 3D) or a photograph of the object, (please specify in application).


Curated by Sophie Lowe.

Only Human

Only Human explores the themes of human vs technology and the impact on our mental health.

Technology has made us all into clones leaving us running our lives through a screen, camouflaged with a filter and pending on that one extra ‘like’ to make us ‘feel good’. We must celebrate our individuality and not be afraid of showing it. For, after all we are all only human.

Artists have responded to this with their views, or personal experiences of these issues.The work exhibited includes textiles, photography, paint, print, illustration, collage, installation and film.

Curated by Emma Roch, submit via human@fringeartsbath.co.uk


Pavilion of Painting

The ‘Pavilion of Painting’, an experimental art space with a focus on painting
in its widest form, from drawing to performance, figurative painting or landscape to abstraction.

A space for the imagination, encouraging and reflecting, with a knowing reference to a biennale pavilion or the Royal Academy ‘Summer Show’, a large open invitation and invited artists group show, and an artist residency programme on site.

The ‘Pavilion of Painting’ a survey of painting today, so vibrant in the area of Bath, Bristol and South West and celebrating collaboration with galleries and art schools: ‘a space for the imagination and a place for everyone to explore.

Curated by David Moxon & Neil Fuller, submit via pavilion@fringeartsbath.co.uk

Radical social practice

Artists who engage with social and environmental issues. Who have a belief in cultural and creative expression as a means to affect deep and lasting social change.

Art that;

  • can ignite outrage, demand change, provide a platform for reflection and collaboration.
  • brings people together, fosters understanding, empowers individuals and builds communities
  • deals with matters of the human condition exposing beauty, horror and humour.
  • invites visitors to participate by sharing stories.
  • changes the way we perceive the world.
  • is a dialogue striving to structure, shape, transform society and the environment.
  • stirs consciousness.
  • questions society's deepest assumptions.
  • engages, facilitates and participates communities in an interactive exchange.

If we want respect, love and beauty, we must actively promote it through our art.

Curated by Tom Barker, submit via radical@fringeartsbath.co.uk

Soft Rebellion

Soft Rebellion is an exhibition centred around the Meta-Modernist school of thinking. This exhibition will showcase artists whose work embodies a sense of sincerity, informed naivety and optimism.

Our aim is to celebrate a passion-driven, fluid, and sceptical (but non-cynical) outlook towards art. Communicating a sense of subjective truth while being conscious of the interpersonal. We don’t reject any style, method or material -but we're mindfully in opposition to sensationalism, irony-for-irony-sake, Zombiism and Absolutism.

This is a soft artistic rebellion -not pure but pragmatic, passionate but informed. we aren’t looking to overthrow modernist and post-modernist teachings but instead move forwards without the negative constructs or connotations of both.

All mediums, methods and proposals welcome.

To submit work or a proposal, email up to 500 words and accompanying images to  rebellion@fringeartsbath.co.uk by 20th March 2018.

Meta-Modernism: www.metamodernism.org

Curated by Toby (Tobes) Rainbird, submit via rebellion@fringeartsbath.co.uk

 The Jersey Triangle. Digital Collage. By Sam Morgan. 2017

The Jersey Triangle. Digital Collage. By Sam Morgan. 2017



Contemporary culture is increasingly characterised by a nostalgia for the very recent past. This exhibition will seek to examine this phenomenon with a focus on the impact of nostalgia on our cultural, political and economic lives, whilst examining what has led this re-organisation of contemporary experience.

Submissions from all disciplines welcome

Curated by Charlotte Martin, submit via souvenir@fringeartsbath.co.uk

This Temporary Matter

Taking its lead from vanitas and memento mori concerns, This Temporary Matter will further explore these ideas by bringing together ephemeral works created in materials that also have a definite life span. The show's duration will therefore serve as a ticking clock for each work's actual birth and death, and the use of interesting/experimental mediums will mean that the work will challenge traditional notions of material choice and longevity in terms of meaning as well as substance. By using both form and concept to examine the absurdity/humour/excitement/sadness/wonder/freedom/truth in the fact that everything has an ultimate end point, the audience will physically and philosophically be placed in the present to celebrate the unique moment they're experiencing right here, right now.

Curated by Zoe Toolan, submit via temporary@fringeartsbath.co.uk


Without darkness there is no light

Artists and investigators of this phenomena have explored the effects of light and darkness, both scientific and by reflective inference of meaning - across the centuries. 

We are looking for applicants who are similarly inspired to work with this natural force within their practise - artists, scientists and investigators of light and working in any media.


Please submit proposals to Kathy Wyatt  'Without Darkness' at info@fringeartsbath.co.uk


Images below 'to inspire' only - the final selection of artists has not yet been made.