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"I first exhibited at Paintworks in 2007, as part of the Revelation show organised by Deborah Harrison. We all really enjoyed the experience, and so decided to form a new grouping of artists and curators, and rebooked the venue for an open submission show, the inaugural Bristol Contemporary Open, in 2008.

Paintworks represents the only really substantial unmediated gallery space currently available in Bristol, and provided an ideal foil for our 24-man take on the contemporary art scene. The facilities are perfect, and the space can easily hold really substantial pieces of work without any sense of over crowding"

Chuck Elliot

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Event space hire

If you are interested in enquiring about event or exhibition hire, download the Hire Brochure pdf.

  • Stunning and versatile blank canvas Exhibition venue 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 



The Event Space makes for a stunning Exhibition venue and has played host to some of Bristol's most notable exhibitions over the past six years. From fantastic solo exhibitions to large collective shows, these are just a few of our recent exhibitions: Sunday Times Newseum, Barry Cawston Avonmouth to Amazon, Kathryn Thomas Light Years, Carol Peace 2006 and 2008, Dreweatts Urban Art, Bristol Contemporary Open and UWE.

The Space

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 the past few 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

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 thier run. Where alcohol is given rather than sold, the client is able to manage their own bar for a private view.

Opening times

Opening times for exhibitions and private views are flexible.

Hanging system

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 brought in or 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 all of 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 organisations like Destination Bristol, that feature our events.  

Hire rates

Hire rates are given on application, we have a number of weeks 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 9714320 and we will arrange to meet you, show you around and discuss your plans. If you do decide to go ahead and formally book the space, we go through a hire agreement at which point we charge a 50% deposit. From this point we work with you to help your ideas become a reality, and to help promote your exhibition.

Technical details

For a detailed description of the space, dimensions, suitability and maximum permissable loads, please see the about the space page.