18 June 2021 – 2 Aug (Family workshop 1:30- 3:30pm 31 Jul)
RWA has selected a group of vibrant and colourful artworks from their permanent collection to be displayed at community venues across Bristol, as a pop-up exhibition, during the time that the RWA building is closed for renovation. Easton Community centre is the first stop on the tour. The title, Varekai, is a Romani word meaning ‘wherever’. It comes from one of the paintings in the exhibition which depicts Le Cirque du Soleil performing a show of the same name (pictured)
The exhibition comprises of 8 paintings that all have great energy, vibrancy and a distinct sense of the outdoors. They were chosen to inspire and delight, as we all come out of lockdown and reconnect with each other and the places around us. The real places depicted include a mine in Wales, the pier at Weston Super Mare and the streets of Bristol, whilst others are dreamlike and imaginary. Kite-flying in Rajasthan and a French circus performance are captured in bright colour, and there are also bold paintings of plants and creatures to enjoy.
To accompany the exhibition, free family art workshops with an artist will run at each venue, using the paintings as inspiration.
The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Foundation and DAC Beechcroft.