FaB Festival 24 May - 9 June 2019
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FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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.


Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road BA1 2RH

open 10.30am to 5pm daily - 26 May to 10 June




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.

Visit bathphotographyfestival.co.uk/about for further info, or email bathphotofest@fringeartsbath.co.uk.



Venues: Society Café & Boston Tea Party (Kingsmead Square, BA1 2AB) and Green Park Brasserie (Green Park St, BA1 1JB). Click each business' name to see their opening times - 26 May to 10 June

FaB @ Milsom Place, Unit 26 upper level Milsom Place, Milsom St & Broad St, BA1 1BZ

25 May open 6-8pm - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


Biography in Cloth

This exhibition brings together work by 18 artists from near and far examining the idea and materiality of 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,  for more information contact  cloth@fringeartsbath.co.uk



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


FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June

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Culture Exchange

Young ART students from St Petersburg visit Bath to learn English through Art. They share images of their beautiful city exhibiting alongside local artist Mike Rennie. 

Art students from St Petersburg aged between 11 and 20 stayed in Bath over the Easter period learning English at Bath Academy with an emphasis on Art and Culture. During the week spent here they visited galleries, museums and sites of cultural interest in London, Bath and the Southwest.

In Bath the group visited 44AD Art Space to view the exhibition by local artist Mike Rennie, here they were able to speak to the artist who has a body of work that reference his time spent in St Petersburg, a complete coincidence but from this meeting a joint show has come about, FaB has provided the opportunity for the young students to show their images of their city alongside the paintings of Mike Rennie.


Bath Academy, 7 Chapel Row, Bath BA1 1HN

25 May open 6-8pm - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri - 11am to 3pm Sat & Sun - 26 May to 10 June


FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June



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



FaB Photomarathon

The FaB Photomarathon 2018 exhibition is curated by Bartek & Edyta

FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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

A collaborative multimedia exhibition, this new artwork will be donated to NHS House.

During the exhibition there will be free creative arts, health & wellbeing workshops as part of the engagement programme. For more details: www.creativityworks.org.uk, call 01761 438852 or contact philippa@creativityworks.org.uk

The Fresh Art @ project promotes positive wellbeing by engaging with cultural settings and community to create artwork to enliven clinical environments and is supported by Creativity Works, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP), Bath Museums and Virgin Care.

Curated by Creativity Works.

Bath Artists Studios, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road BA1 3AJ

Open 29 May to 8 June - 12noon to 5pm daily

Closed Sunday 3 June.

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FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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, for more information car@fringeartsbath.co.uk



FaB @ Milsom Place, Units 20-22, 23 lower level, Milsom Place, Milsom St & Broad St, BA1 1BZ

25 May open 6-8pm - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June

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.

FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June




Get to use an ex-toiletry vending machine to see mini 6 X 6cm zines & pin badges.  Bring some pound coins to see something original and own some affordable ephemera!

gRiPe features original work from artists/writers/photographers/illustrators, work which is in some way reflective of things which annoy or bother the artist.  As well as different approaches to making zines.

Project conceived & curated by Joseph Simons


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Venue: online, open 24/7



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


FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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



FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June



Textiling with the more-than-human

KINdoms explores textile arts inspired by eco-feminism/phenomenology. Dispensing with the hierarchies between humans and non-human species – this exhibition probes our connections as part of a larger web.

As meshes of plant, animal, mineral networks, textiles are nomadic across species, time, place and material state, so artists 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. Connecting with real or imagined trees, animals, seasons, or the soil via textiles.

This exhibition features the work of an international and local cast of artists from Japan, Germany, and the UK working with stitch, print, weave, knit, dye etc in various scales and flows of agency between 2D/3D, image, text, trad crafts & new techs. It indicates ways of dialoging with ‘natural’ worlds.

Curated by Patricia Brien

 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


Junko Oki - post-punk textile artist

Junko Oki creates finely embroidered works on old textiles in the tradition of BORO. While her distinctly individual style reflects traditional genres the work is deeply personal and conveys an energy which traverses time and space.

Fabric is an interface between the body and the environment. It is a skin. Oki's insistent and meandering stitching and piercing of that skin composes new narratives. Time Travel (2017) combines the patina of age, of wear, of time passed with a spirit of pure disruption. A post-punk statement of intent.


TALK: Boro: of time, place & need

Speaker: Tim Parry-Williams (MA Textiles Course Leader Bath Spa University) 16:00, Friday 8 June


 Juliet Duckworth  Mapscape  (2017)     1.4m x 2m calico, acrylic, mud, stitch and oil paint

Juliet Duckworth Mapscape (2017)   

1.4m x 2m calico, acrylic, mud, stitch and oil paint


Juliet Duckwork's body of work - Unfolding Landscape - is about the transience of nature and how time and erosion alter it irrevocably.  In Mapscape the piece evolved over several weeks to demonstrate this interest. By burying and weathering materials and leaving them for lengths of time Duckworth explores how these materials become stained and decayed and how creases and folds naturally occur.  As there is no control over the results of the ageing process there is an element of chance in the outcomes and consequently the process becomes the subject.

Artist talk - Thursday 7th June 14:00



Bridget Kennedy

Artists Bridget Kennedy + Sabine Kussmaul in conversation with curator Patricia Brien June 9, 1400

Born out of the1960s, with its noble and optimistic visions for the future, the nuclear power industry appears not to have met all these idealistic ambitions. Fears for the future arising from the uncertainty about power plant safety and nuclear waste disposal has influenced public confidence and given rise to the consideration of a future beyond the human. In face of the vast scale and complexity of 21st century power politics, I have responded on a domestic scale.

As a homage to the laborious hand-work of the ‘copper ladies’, who worked out of the copper mine at Parys Mountain on Anglesey, I chose to make a series of weavings with fine copper threads, recycled from electrical cables. Copper becomes a symbolic material in the work: from its role in Michael Faraday’s early experiments, its use in cables transporting power into our homes, to its potential use as a containment material for nuclear waste. Whilst evoking a past tradition of hand-making, the act of weaving with this material also hints at a time, far into the future, when natural fibres may no longer be available, energy sources are depleted and human resourcefulness turns to recycling a now-redundant power distribution network.

 Bridget Kennedy,   Daughter Elements  2018

Bridget Kennedy,  Daughter Elements 2018

 Nikki Allford,  Shapeshifts  2018

Nikki Allford, Shapeshifts 2018

Nikki Allford

As a maker and installation artist, Nikki Allford works with found or throwaway materials, transforming and manipulating materials with a twist that injects the familiar with new insight and unsettling expectations. Her installations have a presence that disrupts a space, often responding to a sense of place.
Allford investigates the way repetitive actions can result in the
formation of a work.  Structures are built from the accumulation of
lines and tape. The resultant pieces can be read as abstract or as
hinting at other qualities - the work shapeshifts - reminiscent of  the innards of the body, skins, webs, pelts or pools of blood or water, slices of bone, or flowers.
Tape rolls are left in place. This simple gesture contextualises the
forms so the materiality of the piece- the very products that it is made from are clearly referenced. This act anchors the piece to both method and maker.
Nikki Allford is a maker and Installation artist based in Bristol, UK.


Sabine Kussmaul

Sabine Kussmaul is a visual artist based close to Macclesfield, UK. She has a background in Fashion Design and Illustration and currently studies for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of Chester.

In her current practice Sabine explores the relationships between self, body and environment, using drawing, installation and video. She works in the studio and also outdoors on the hills of the Peak District, where she makes three-dimensional line installations. 

Line is an essential ingredient in her practice. She uses it as a means to bring an embodied dimension of movement and journeying to her drawings.  Line also functions as a metaphorical device that connects elements in contexts and works as a means to introduce the element of time, as things happen, ‘along a line’ or ‘one after the other’. 

Microbes, rhythm, big construction, 2014.

This work uses line in the form of improvised hand stitching as a means to draw images, weave clouds of colour and construct shapes onto transparent fabric surfaces. Kussmaul allows the threaded lines to develop freely, ambling about and letting images
emerge. she notes that the threads 'curl into rounded shapes' seemingly from their own volition; The nature of the thread. the repeated process of stitching into the fabric and pulling it out again makes the yarn arrange itself in organic shapes of curls and curves. 

 Sabine Kussmaul   Film still,  Moving Lines  

Sabine Kussmaul 

Film still, Moving Lines 

Moving Lines

This video shows how installations made from elastic textile bands on the hills of the British Peak District. The installations are made in response to the land and its features and in consideration of the actual conditions of wind, rain and topography. One single line or whole installations move in response to the wind. The lines emit strangely hypnotic and constantly changing sounds. The lines’ movements seem to reference line features in the visual landscape. I can be seen handling and engaging with these lines, at times struggling for control.

 Kussmaul, S.  Microbes, rhythm, big construction , 2014. Transparent fabric, thread, canvas, acrylic paint, in Perspex box.

Kussmaul, S. Microbes, rhythm, big construction, 2014. Transparent fabric, thread, canvas, acrylic
paint, in Perspex box.

Artists Sabine Kussmaul + Bridget Kennedy in conversation with curator - Patricia Brien June 9 1400


 ‘Hanging by a thread’  Branch, thread, concrete  240 x 100 x 50 cm

‘Hanging by a thread’

Branch, thread, concrete

240 x 100 x 50 cm


Nicholas Cheeseman

The sculpture combines a 9ft embroidery made from white thread and a found branch that has been stripped of its bark.  The embroidery depicts the map of the first public park in Munich that stretches from the heart of the city, following the line of the river Isar, to the northeast city limits and the countryside. 

To some the embroidery appears fragile and points to the relationship between urban spaces, the natural world and ourselves. To others the map appears web like and unifying, reflecting the balance that can be achieved between humanity and nature. The materiality of the wood and thread are an intrinsic part of the sculpture. The texture and strength of the thread are in contrast to the smooth rigid surface of the bare wood. The complimentary opposite nature of these elements allude to the relationship that is being explored between nature and the urban environment.




Amanda Lwin

Fishing nets woven by Polynesian sailors are one inspiration for Amanda Lwin’s handwoven textile. By mapping wind and sea currents within the lines and nodes of their weave, these intricate nets revealed an unseen natural infrastructure that conditions the course of journeys, and allowed their creators to navigate vast oceanic distances.

Deptford is a neighbourhood in South East London with an evocative maritime history. Alluding to these associations, Lwin’s handwoven net charts electric power cables under the streets of this neighbourhood, starting from a major substation on the Thames. The work’s title is drawn from poet Kei Miller’s 2014 collection, in which a Cartographer and a Rastafarian dispute the properties and capabilities of mapmaking in asserting control over territory.

Produced specifically to fill the space above a cafe courtyard during the Deptford X Festival, ’The Cartographer Tries to Map her Way to Deptford’ belongs to the artist’s ‘Capricious Cartography’ series – mapmaking that is more equivocal, mutable and unstable than traditional cartography. It was originally suspended above the heads of cafe customers: recalling both an acrobat’s safety net, or a hunter’s trap; equally robust and fragile. In this time of uncertainty about how Britain relates to the world, of heightened sensitivity towards maritime borders and fishing rights, Lwin’s handwoven artwork affirms our continued dependency on physical connections to people, places and ideas that lie beyond the scope of our immediate understanding.

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Lisa Porch

Lisa Porch is a practising textile artist and academic. Her practice is concerned with two main discourses ‘Language’ and ‘Loss’. ‘Language’ explores marks, text, emergent writing and vocabularies. ‘Loss’ explores mourning and absence. She has a research interest in how conserved and archived textile artefacts in museum spaces can be used as metaphors for absence and curated decay in conceptual textiles.

Her work for KINdoms ‘Stonecrop and Slate’ was inspired by observations of stonecrop growing vivaciously over sunken slate and stone gravestones; a shared materiality and a metaphor for life and death coexisting as part of a whole. Multiples of wrapped yarn stems are hand embroidered with French knots and laid on slate.

Artist talk: Saturday 26th May 1400 & Saturday June 2, 1700



Alison Harper

Angel Wing is constructed from the stitched inner polyethylene linings of paper coffee cups. This piece refers to our relationship with matter; by altering and reinventing these materials commonly seen as ‘waste’ Harper is questioning how we exist in the world, reassessing stasis and inertia and our impact on the biodiversity of the planet and also on ourselves.

Artist talk: Thursday, June 7 14:00

 Alison Harper,  Angel Wing

Alison Harper, Angel Wing


Milly Rowland

rowland has recently graduated with a MA Fine Art student from Birmingham City University. Compelled by capturing biodiversity and layers of life, creating worlds of imaginary creatures she likes to highlight creatures that are somewhat maligned, with a healthy sprinkling of tentacles and strange biological growths her works are teeming with almost recognisable life. 

Artist talk: Saturday 2nd June 17:00



  Physalia Unraveled

Physalia Unraveled

 Annelies Egli with Joanna Espiner

Annelies Egli with Joanna Espiner

annelies egli & joanna espiner

A visit to the West coast of Ireland resulted in a collection of plastic string, strands and cords, all picked from the beaches of Kerry and then later topped up by bags of the same from the Isle of Harris/Scotland. The woven, predominantly green bits of plastic cord that can be seen in this work, revealed an inner core of monofilaments which I removed painstakingly during a week of illness last autumn whilst confined to bed. I threaded them onto wire, thus producing long bendy strings. At the beginning of this year I began collaborating and experimenting together with fellow artist Joanna Espiner (see Fab exhibition This Temporary Matter at 94-96 Walcot Street).

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



The word live has two meanings. It refers to existence itself -the perpetual process of growth and decay- and to the most vivid of performances – spontaneous and in the moment. This exhibition, and its associated events, bring both definitions together.


Visit the www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/2018-events tab above, and the Walcot Chapel venue page on the Bath Fringe Festival website here: www.bathfringe.co.uk

Walcot Chapel, Walcot Gate BA1 5UG

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June

Curated by Geoff Dunlop, 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?

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



FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June



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: 1 North Parade Road, BA2 4EU

open 11am to 5pm daily (closed Weds) open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June



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.



FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


Nature Morte


Nature Morte exhibition is a reinterpretation of so called ‘Golden Age’ Dutch Still Life. 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?

Within ‘Nature Morte’ contemporary artists explore their own interpretation of this contradiction. Topical themes are discussed utilising tropes of the Still Life genre. Photographers, poets, painters, sculptures and more re-imagine their modern experience through this lens. Work exhibited is personal, political, universal and most of all beautiful.  

Nature Morte invites you to re-envision the Still Life, all are welcome to linger a while.

Follow our Instagram account at instagram.com/naturemortefab18

Curated by Heather Griffin, contact at nature@fringeartsbath.co.uk



FaB 2, 6-7 New Bond Street Place, Bath BA1 5BH

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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.



Curated by Sophie Lowe.


44ad artspace, 4 Abbey Street, BA1 4NN

25 May open 6-8pm - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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 photography, print, illustration, collage, installation and film.

Curated by Emma Roch, contact at human@fringeartsbath.co.uk



FaB @ Rupert & Buckley, 1st floor, 15 New Bond St, BA1 1BA

open 9.30am to 6pm Mon to Sat - 11am to 5pm Sun - 26 May to 10 June


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

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FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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, contact via radical@fringeartsbath.co.uk


FaB 3, 29a Westgate Street, Bath BA1 1EP

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


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.

Meta-Modernism: www.metamodernism.org

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


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

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


FaB 1, 94-96 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG 

25 May open 6pm 'til late - #FaB18 Opening Night Arty Party

open 10am to 6pm daily - 26 May to 10 June


This Temporary Matter

Taking its lead from vanitas and memento mori concerns, This Temporary Matter further explores these ideas by bringing together ephemeral works created in materials that also have a definite life span. The exhibition space will therefore be ever-changing as the show's duration serves as a ticking clock for each work's actual birth and death.  Each piece's use of interesting/experimental mediums will challenge traditional notions of material choice and longevity in meaning as well as substance, and 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, visitors will physically and philosophically be placed in the present to celebrate the unique moment happening right here, right now.

Curated by Zoe Toolan