Streets Ahead: Bristol Street Art 2020
6 Jun–23 Aug 2020
Due to the coronavirus closures we have had to make decisions on our programme. We hope to bring Streets Ahead to Bristol in 2022. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear the developments
See both the RWA and MShed exhibitions for a special price of £10! Use the drop down above to select different ticket types.
Book exhibition tickets online and save over £1 on adult admission tickets. Your ticket also includes entry to our Graffiti Lab. Purchasing a Gift Aid ticket will enable us to claim an extra 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. With your support, people of all ages can be inspired by our exhibitions and creative activities. To enable us to claim Gift Aid, please give your full name, first line of address and postcode at the checkout. By purchasing this ticket you agree that you have read our Gift Aid Declaration.
Streets Ahead: Bristol Street Art 2020 looks forward to the future of street art and the exciting new directions today’s artists are heading in.
Bristol has long been at the vibrant centre of the global street art scene but over the last decade the practice of graffiti art has evolved, encompassing new forms, media and concerns.
Focusing on artists who are pushing the boundaries of street, graffiti and urban art, the exhibition will span installation, interactive art, sculpture, sound art, collage, light-based works and performance as well as fresh perspectives in mural painting.
Streets Ahead takes visitors on an unexpected journey from the street to the studio, and via many a detour, as wall paintings merge into canvases, shipping containers become stages, objects are found and lost, musical instruments are made from inflatables and lettering jumps from the walls invading three-dimensional space. Specially commissioned new collaborative works are being realised, reaching into the realms of tattooing, spoken word, film-making and activism.
The artists exhibited in Streets Ahead are not only dreaming up dynamic new aesthetics but are using their work to tackle universal crises; confronting urgent political, environmental and mental health issues. Street Art’s uniquely compelling nature can be instrumental in building bridges between faith communities, celebrating diversity and making bold social statements.
This exhibition will be a major reassessment of street art recognising the impact made beyond the city walls. It celebrates the vision, ambition and diversity of the art form that has grown out of Bristol’s inimitable scene.
Streets Ahead is curated by Felix Braun and Luke Palmer who originated Crimes of Passion, an exhibition that took place at the RWA 10 years ago. Since then the pair have remained embedded in the street art scene.
Artists include: 3Dom, Alex Lucas (Lucas Antics), Andy Council, Aspire, Bex Glover, Cheba, Duncan McKellar, Epok, Filthy Luker, Mohammed Ali, HazardOne, Richard Shipley, Sepr, Shab, Soker, Sophie Rae, Ziml, Zoe Billboard Gibbons and Zoe Power.
Graffiti Lab is a space for visitors to participate in workshops, discussions, games, activities and crafts. Visitors will be invited to contribute to a collaborative large-scale wall piece created with ACERONE and FLX. The work will grow as audiences add to it over the course of the exhibition. FREE with your admission ticket.
Street Art is taking over the city this summer!
Streets Ahead is part of a citywide celebration of street art including ‘Vanguard’ Bristol Street Art: The evolution of a global movement at MShed from 6 June–1 November 2020. This landmark show will celebrate Bristol’s instrumental role as the birthplace of modern British Street Art through a display of many unseen and rare works by leading British and international street artists.
See both the RWA and MShed exhibitions for a special price of £10! Joint tickets will be available from RWA and MShed.
Graffiti Lab: a space designed to encourage interaction and participation, welcoming all ages and abilities to come inside. Free with admission ticket.
Gallery Tours: Every Tuesday within the exhibition dates,12-12.30pm. Led by a member of the RWA staff or a volunteer. Free with your exhibition ticket. Book now on this page.
Streets Ahead: Curator Tour: 13 June 2020, 12-1pm. Join curators Felix Braun and Luke Palmer on a guided tour of Streets Ahead: Bristol Street Art 2020. To join this tour you must reserve your space here and book an exhibition ticket on this page.
After Hours: 30 July, 7-9pm, £8. Experience the galleries after hours.
Word on the Street: 25 June, 5.30-7pm, £8. A Poetry Workshop led by Leeza Awojobi.
Upfest 2020 - Tobacco Factory and other indoor and outdoor sites in Bedminster
30 May-1 June 2020
Europe’s largest street art festival returns and this one is bigger than ever! Visit upfest.co.uk for more details.
‘Vanguard’ Bristol Street Art: The evolution of a global movement - MShed
6 June – 1 November 2020
This landmark show will celebrate Bristol’s instrumental role as the birthplace of modern British Street Art through a display of many unseen and rare works by leading British and international street artists.
This ticket may be redeemed any day that we are open within the exhibition dates.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing. The RWA occasionally closes early for special events. Please call ahead or check the website for details.
Ways to Pay
ONLINE TICKETS: Save over £1 on adult admission tickets by booking online at least 12 hours before your visit. Simply show your email order receipt to reception to gain entry. Please note that each ticket can only be used once.
RWA ART PASS: The Art Pass allows you to visit any RWA exhibition, as many times as you want, for one whole year.
ON THE DOOR:
Ticket with donation: £6
Ticket without donation: £5
Concession ticket (unwaged, disabled, retired): £5
Under 18s and students: FREE
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National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price. Pay on the door
JOINT TICKET PRICES:
Ticket with donation: £10
Ticket without donation: £9
Concession ticket (students, unwaged, disabled, retired): £8
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