Community Exhibitions - Varekai

A photo of young adults in BCL South centre looking at pieces form the RWA permanent collection


In 2021 we took a selection of vibrant and colourful artworks from our permanent collection to community venues across Bristol, as a pop-up exhibition, during the time that the RWA building is closed for renovation. 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. 

The exhibition comprised of 9 paintings that all had great energy, vibrancy and a distinct sense of the outdoors about them. 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 were dreamlike and imaginary. Kite-flying in Rajasthan and a French circus performance were captured in bright colour, and there were also bold paintings of plants and creatures that were enjoyed by all visitors. 

Community venues included were: Easton Community CentreBarton Hill SettlementBCL SouthSt Paul's Learning CentreWellspring Healthy Living Centre and Greenway Centre, Southmead

The exhibition was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Foundation.

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