Varekai (Wherever) - RWA Pop-up Exhibition Off-site

Varekai (Wherever) - RWA Pop-up Exhibition Off-site

18 June 2021 - 6 Jan 2022


Community venues across Bristol


18 June 2021 - 6 Jan 2022

18 June 2021 - 6 Jan 2022 | FREE | Off-site

We are taking 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 comprises 8 paintings that all have 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 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. Booking for these workshops is via each individual venue. 

Easton Community Centre: 18 June - 2 Aug (Family workshop 1:30- 3:30pm 31 Jul)

Barton Hill Settlement: 4 Aug - 31 Aug (Family workshop 12 Aug)

BCL South: 1 Sept - 24 Sept (Family workshop 4 Sept 10:30am-12:30pm)

St Paul's Learning Centre: 25 Sept - 28 Oct (Family workshops, Sat 9 and 23 Oct)

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre: 30 Oct - 26 Nov

Southmead Community Centre: 27 Nov '21 - 6 Jan '22 TBC


For all enquiries please contact Helen Jacobs, Learning & Participation Manager.

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Foundation and DAC Beechcroft.


Image: June Berry RWA NEAC Hon. RE RWS (b.1924), Le Cirque du Soleil Performing ‘Varekai’, 2011, watercolour, 48 x 63cm. RWA Collection © RWA (Royal West of England Academy)


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