The Bristol Biennial is building new foundations as an interactive contemporary Arts Festival.

Deadline for Applications 2nd January 2014, 5pm.

The Bristol Biennial is intended as a collaborative project between institutions, groups, associations and individual practitioners within the creative arts sector. Its objective is to create an interactive and international platform to raise the profile of Bristol based emerging artists. By instigating and promoting new collaboration and discussion through an international network, local artists can gain access to new artistic territory.

The theme for 2014, Crossing the Line, gathers a crowd of meaning, to encourage an exchange of ideas, bringing out the best of innovative and interactive work. Using a dynamic programme of spaces and locations in Bristol, artists are asked to consider: place and space, international exchange and the relationship between artist and audience.


The programme is open to proposals from artists working with: Live Art, Performance Art, Music, Visual Arts, Video, Sculpture, Drawing, Animation and cross-disciplinary collaboration.


The Bristol Biennial will take place in various locations in and around the city. The Biennial team will match selected projects to locations, which include re-appropriated existing space, disused sites, creative buildings and public spaces. Artists are also encouraged to suggest locations.


The Festival is presented over 9 days from the 12th-21st of September 2014.
The Open Call runs from the 14th October to  the 2nd January 2014
Successful artist and art group applications will be notified during the second week of January 2014.


Subject to funding necessary production costs will be provided.


For your application please include the following:

  • Current CV
  • Your project proposal (500 words max.)
  • Budget, including materials and equipment
  • Examples of previous work (incl. website links) 10-12 still images, or 5 minutes of Video. If sending via e-mail please use https://www.wetransfer.com/ for large files, sent to the address below.

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Admin, Bristol Biennial
Studio 108:1 Spike Island Studios
133 Cumberland Road

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