WHEN: 5 November – 23 December Open Daily: 10.00am – 7.00pm Food and Drink: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Bristol’s Christmas market. Here you can browse over 40 stalls, indulge in delicious food or have a drink at the heated Jåger Barn Bar. Why not hire an igloo for you and your friends to relax in after shopping? And for the children – watch out for Santa and his reindeers!
WHEN: 16–21 November 2021 WHERE: The Island FREE to attend
Big Jeff, one of Bristol’s best-known music aficionados, invites you to his world at his first solo exhibition. Here you can see 20 new paintings, alongside the first 14 paintings from phase one of the artist’s collection. You will also get the chance to see the new and existing works online with Jeff talking about some of the paintings and what they mean to him.
The paintings were created to surprise and challenge the viewer, instigating conversations about mental health and inspiring people in similar situations to make art themselves.
“These paintings highlight my issues with hidden anxiety and mental health and the barrier these create”
Big Jeff Johns says: “This exhibition brings my world to life, shining light on things I find difficult. This includes love and joy and everything else. I use drawing and painting as a form of self-reflection. A lot of my work echoes my struggles around feeling like I don’t fit into this world… These paintings highlight my issues with hidden anxiety and mental health and the barrier these create. Art for me is about creating space for myself and using my creativity to find my voice. At times this can be intimidating.”
The collection features 34 artworks to challenge perceptions of anxiety, which is being experienced by so many after the events of the last 18 months. The full collection will be exhibited alongside a programme of events and special guest appearances at The Island.
Twenty-five signed Limited Edition prints and unlimited unsigned prints of each piece will be available to buy via his website at www.BigJeffJohnsArt.com
Enjoy an enchanting trail of illuminations at the American Museum & Gardens. Here you will be transported into a magical after-dark adventure through spectacular light displays, which will emblazon the house, gardens and woodland in glorious seasonal colour.
Sparkling reindeer will guide your way as you enter mesmerising tunnels of light and are greeted with the sights, smells and tastes of the most wonderful season of all.
Keep warm under the stars with hot spiced apple drink, seasonal mulled wine and luxurious hot chocolate, and feast on a banquet of delicious treats from homemade mince pies and roasted chestnuts to mouth-watering hotdogs and gourmet burgers.
A world of enchantment, magic and good cheer awaits you…