Art fairs and children are not natural companions. The thought of wilfully taking little legs into a room of very expensive, smashable things no doubt fills you with horror, whilst sticky fingers on canvases and bored whining seem inevitable.
Well, friends, good news! The Other Art Fair arrives in Bristol to take up residency in the Arnolfini from 1-3 September and they want families to join them!
As well as giving you the opportunity to discover 80 of the best UK based emerging artists, there will be loads of family friendly events. One of the highlights is Cardboard Castle, an Arts Council England supported project, where you and your nippers are encouraged to decorate huge cardboard and willow structures. Fair Manager, Jessica Chow says, ‘It’s going to be really fun seeing children and parents get involved in the castle and watching it grow throughout the weekend.’
You can also look forward to The Print Wagon, where artist Aidan Saunders will be offering an interactive print experience that will teach you linocut’s rich history of activism and protest. Expect messages of love, hope and a little fear!
And there’s also ‘I, the Poet. You, the Poet.’ where you’re invited to create poetry and imagery in response to the person before you. Like a Consequences style poetry mash up, everyone’s entries will then be included in a short film from the 3 days.
This is also where you’ll be able to see all the #ColoursofBristol entries that Bristolians have been submitting via Instagram. A rainbow showcasing our city in all it’s glory!
Under 16s go free, but we’ve teamed with The Other Art Fair to give you grown ups free tickets too. Just visit the website and enter the code BARTSMONSTER to nab yourself free entry on 2-3 September.
‘Parents can bring children without worrying that they will get bored! It’s important for us to also encourage children to get involved – the artists we work with are so creative and inspiring.’ JESSICA CHOW, FAIR MANAGER
We hope you enjoy The Other Art Fair!
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