The Arts Society Bristol

Suggestions for your reading or viewing. Please let us know your suggestions for books, films, websites other members may be interested in.

For our January - July 2021 ideas, see here
JANUARY 2022 IDEAS - some local - some not - recommendations from our members ...
City of Women: Female Artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938

City of Women: Female Artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938

by Sabine Fellner & Stella Rollig

Recommended by JN - many important women artists carved out successful careers in early 20th-century Vienna. They exhibited across Europe, and their work was acquired by royal, state, and private collectors.

Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy

More from David's Ipad

A book from 2021 based on a wealth of conversations and correspondence between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford with exchanges illustrated by a selection of Hockney’s new, unpublished Normandy iPad drawings and paintings alongside works by van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel, and others.

On now at Bristol Museum

Art works chosen by Grayson Perry and guest celebrities during season two of the hit TV series, Grayson’s Art Club feature in this brand new exhibition spread across three floors in the museum.

Click here for details.

And here to see the exhibition being curated.

Available now

Do you know which chemical element gives Bristol Glass its distinctive blue colour or where might you find Western Spike Speedwell, Fingered Sedge and Autumn Squill? Perhaps a little late for Xmas, but still fascinating - a quiz of Bristol Miscellany from Bristol Books. All the answers can be found in their excellent publication Manson's Bristol Miscellany.



by Nick Hunt

Imagine - a patch of Arctic tundra in Scotland - the continent's largest surviving remnant of primeval forest in Poland and Belarus - Europe's only true desert in Spain - the fathomless grassland steppes of Hungary.

From December 1st

Don't forget to sign up for The Arts Society ARTVENT calendar! Open something different every day - for a range of thought-provoking and diverse topics, including golden artefacts, star signs, pantomime, angels, winter landscapes, holidays and festivals, as well as the scents, plants and songs of the season. Click here to sign up.

From December 1st

Centenary Exhibition of the British Society of Master Glass Painters comes to All Saints Church, Clifton

This rare and exciting stained glass touring exhibition comes to Bristol to showcase a striking display of stained glass by some sixty artists from the UK and around the world, exploring a variety of subjects and themes that have affected, influenced, and inspired a range of contemporary glass artists. It offers a unique insight into the fascinating history of stained glass. Click here. And did you see this amazing "door"?

On Now

Rossetti’s Portraits

A unique show devoted to one of the giants of Victorian art – the first ever exhibition dedicated to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portraits. Accompanied by photographs by Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites which explore the legacy of the Pre-Raphaelites and their influence on contemporary art. Click here for details.

Thomas More: A Very Brief History

Thomas More: A Very Brief History

by John Guy

Recommended by member JN. John Guy is an expert on this period and this is a slim volume so not daunting for non-historians to read. For us, it is of particular interest where it touches on the work of Hans Holbein the Younger. More was an early commissioner of Holbein's work when he arrived, penniless, in London.

John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace

John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace

by Andy Friend

Of particular interest to those on our Compton Verney Study Day Visit visiting the exhibition of the same name. Recommended as a beautiful and well-written book, it draws on original research and describes an intimate picture of John Nash, his work and his relationships with his wife and other artists of the period.

November 28 & 29

The annual Trail in North Bristol - 2021 will be the 20th anniversary of the first NBA trail - and they are hoping to have some very special events to celebrate, as well as make up for the face-to-face events missed in 2020. Look out for a huge variety of skills - from abstract and fine art to embroidery, mosaics, weaving and woodturning!
Meet and talk to the artists, view their work, and learn about all the processes involved. Click here.

The Places In Between

The Places In Between

by Rory Stewart

Following our fascinating lecture on tribal rugs in September, member HA recommends Rory Stewart's account of his walk across Afghanistan in January 2002 which was immediately hailed as a classic of travel writing - a moving, poetic vision of an awesome landscape and it's peoples.


Did you see?

the photographic exhibitions at venues including the Bristol Museum until end of October.
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Dr Finkel at Cheltenham Literature Festival

At the Cheltenham Literature Festival

is one of our favourite lecturers from 2020-21 - Dr Irving Finkel with "Stories Of The First Ghosts" on Friday October 15. See here.

October 16 & 17

The annual Trail in West Bristol - a well established part of the Arts calendar in Bristol with approximately 100 local artists in 50 venues exhibiting in both group and individual venues.
Meet and talk to the artists, viewing their work, and learning about all the processes involved. Click here.

DAY - Tuesday 19 October 2021

Something a little different - The world’s top ballet companies come together to celebrate dance. Fill your day with dance, streamed for free across six continents. Click here.

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Thank you to member SH for these ideas

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2021)
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers (Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021)
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2020)

Ships Of Heaven

Ships of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain's Cathedrals

by Christopher Somerville

Recommended by Church Recorder KF, "Christopher writes beautifully about a selection of fine cathedrals, from Romanesque Durham to 20th century Coventry. He talks to clergy and staff, guides and stonemasons to explore the unusual from crypts to spires".

September 4th & 5th

The annual Trail in BS9 - a well established part of the Arts calendar in Bristol with around 70 artists exhibiting in both group and individual venues throughout the BS9 area.
Meet and talk to the artists, viewing their work, and learning about all the processes involved. Click here.

Online from 13 - 23 Sep 2021

Offering the chance to purchase unique works of art by leading figures from the art and cultural world, while supporting the RWA as a registered charity.
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