- Stunning and versatile blank canvas venue for exhibitions, photo and film shoots in the heart of Bristol's Creative Quarter
- A dedicated member of Event Staff for every event
- Beautiful adjoining outdoor courtyards for private views, sculpture etc.
- Free on-site parking for up to 50 cars
- Close to City Centre and excellent public transport links
- Available for weekly hire by application
The Event Space has a raw quality, owing to its great proportions and mixture of exposed steel, brick and stonework, making it an exciting venue for exhibiting. Also it's flooded with natural light, providing a great day to night transition. Over past years Paintworks has become well known for its exhibitions and public events ranging from sculpture and fine art to media shows and art markets.
No commission is charged on the sale of art work and the venue does not provide invigilators.
Private Views can be customised, as with everything else at the Event Space, and hirers are able to arrange more than one private view during their run. Where alcohol is given rather than sold, the client is able to manage their own bar and canapes for a private view.
Opening times for exhibitions and private views are flexible.
The venue has a great, almost invisible, hanging system that runs around the whole of the space, offering a quick and easy system for displaying work. An additional £50 is charged per week for use of this system.
There is no exhibition lighting at the venue currently, so specific lighting needs to be brought in. Lighting can be hired from our recommended supplier, or elsewhere, and varies widely in cost depending on the type of effect you want.
Marketing and PR Support
We offer a great supporting marketing package to our clients, including prominence on the Paintworks and Paintworks Events websites, our quarterly posters and flyers, which have a good city-wide distribution, our monthly press listings and the two large banner spaces that are available on site. We are also networked in with a number of organisation that feature our events.
Hire rates are given on application, we have a number of weeks per year that can be given at a subsidised rate for school, college or charity exhibitions, but this is subject to agreement with the venue manager.
Two weeks is the maximum period that the space can be hired for exhibitions, it can be hired for less than a week and all prices are subject to vat. If you are planning to charge for entry, or want to hold a commercial auction, a specific price can be given upon request.
Venue visits and finding out more
If you think that Paintworks may be a good option for your event, give us a call on 0117 971 4320 and we will arrange to meet you, show you around and discuss your plans. If you do decide to go ahead, we go through a hire agreement and charge a 50% deposit. From this point we work with you to help your ideas become a reality, and to help promote your exhibition.
For a detailed description of the space, dimensions, suitability and maximum permissable loads, please see the about the space page.