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Two people looking into a studio space at St Anne's House during the Open House event

St Anne’s Open House

Friday 02 June 2023

Sat 03 & Sun 04 June 2023

During the month of June we opened the doors to St Anne’s House for a full weekend of open studios, art, exhibitions, music, local food and drink, workshops and film screenings.

We loved hosting the long weekend, with a special opening night on Friday which included the duo exhibition by Ben Hartley and Buoys Buoys Buoys, with a performance by Plague Stone Party. Ciccio’s Kitchen joined us on the Friday night and provided delicious food throughout the night. AJM played some tunes in the evening, and we enjoyed visitors exploring through the artists studios.

On the Saturday, there was a crafts workshop with Ubuntu Play Therapy, a paint throwing workshops with Lara Bell, food by Romeo’s Pizzeria, and short film screening with MAYK. The final day offered a workshops with Careful Now! Collective and food by Romeo’s Pizzeria.

We saw many local residents, and others from Bristol visit us and bring a buzz of energy and creativity with them as they spoke to tenants and artists about their works and spaces.

A young toddler watching an artist do printmaking with their mother
An artist and tenant showing their artwork to a visitor during Open House

On the Sunday there was a poster making workshops with Careful Now Collective, and food by Romeo’s Pizzeria.

Bristol Ferry and Bricks partnership

During the event we partnered with Bristol Ferry to provide transport to St Anne’s from the centre via ferry. On the Friday night there were two trips, and on the Sunday there were three. The boats were a huge success and gathered lots of support during the ticket sales, with the trial effort to see if this offer could continue beyond the weekend.


OOPARTs with Ben Hartley and Buoys Buoys Buoys

Out of Place Artefacts, is a duo exhibition by Ben Hartley & Buoys Buoys Buoys. Lo! Artefacts from a lost history and a speculative future; relics and sigils; they take you now on an otherworldly journey into a space where time is in flux. Explore how the past becomes shrouded in mystery, where legends and stories form.

Ooparts is an exhibition about objects, how they act as vessels for the stories bestowed on them through folk tradition and community play, and their importance in the construction of heritage and identity. Using speculative futures and fictionalised Welsh artefacts, the exhibition brings together imagined relics reinterpreted with scavenged things, demonstrating how these everyday objects and materials can become vessels for legend.

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