Tobacco Factory



28 August - 13 October, The Snug

Concentrating on super close-up portraits of owls such as the Snowy Owl, Great Grey Owl and the Ashy-Faced Owl, this stunning exhibition by Bristol photographer Paul Groom is the result of a year’s collaboration with the founder and handlers at renowned owl centre ICBP (The international Centre for Birds of Prey).  Paul's love of owls was inspired by his grandmother who devoted much of her life to looking after sick birds, and wrote several books describing her amazing work with them. 

The exhibition, showing owls in all their beautiful and intriguing detail, is a personal project to celebrate Paul Groom’s ten years as a full time professional photographer who specialises in portraiture, editorial and commercial photography.



28 September - 25 October, Main Bar

Molly Goldwater draws on the scale and rollering techniques of previous paintings and adds an aesthetic developed through her recent MA using screen and mono-print, to create a series of bold, striking canvases titled ‘Playing at print'.

Goldwater stresses the juxtaposition and interplay between varying materials, speeds of application and fields of colour. Some areas meditated, whole and solid - others impulsive, washy, awkward. The repeated shapes and gestures of line become an alphabet which explore the contrasts between these varying elements.

A Bristol based painter and printmaker, Molly has completed a BA in Painting and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking.



14 October - 29 December, The Snug

Six artists exhibit their personal exploration of place:

Chiltra Karve, Anna Francis, Miriam Mallaleu, Ashley Thomas, Gareth Wood (AKA Fuller) and Ian McConaghy

Each with a unique direction: using maps both physical and metaphorical, creating 2D and 3D artwork. Neither a compass nor GPS will help you circumnavigate their experiential look at Art through Maps.



26 October - 29 November, Main Bar


With the theme of light so closely linked to colour, Emilia Mildmay's new exhibition draws inspiration from everyday objects and design and neatly brings all of these facets together in a series of strikingly bold paintings.

Using three colours to create an image, she not only contrasts the ways the colours respond to each other, but also highlights the fascinating concept of colour itself.



Space Explorations

September 14th - 24th, Main Bar

The Larks and Ravens will be occupying the Tobacco Factory for two weeks from September 24th, inviting people to explore perspectives, myths and questions around Climate Change.

The Exhibition, which hopes to trigger new conversations and different ways of thinking, will culminate on Thursday 24th September with a 'Speed dating with Spectres' evening which is open to all, and offers the chance to take conversations further. From 6:30-8pm.



24 August - 27 September, Main Bar

Six of Bristol's finest photographers have been challenged to produce an image specifically for this exhibition to mark Bristol’s Green Capital of Europe award.

The brief was broad and simple;  that all the images must be of Bristol and incorporate a (non motorised) wheel or shape of a wheel.

Each of the photographers have focused on different subjects with their own particular style of photography. Kate Westaway is one of the world’s most accomplished underwater photographers, Mark Billington (photo credit) specialises in portraiture, architecture and interiors and Zoe Mack, ARPS is a travel, portrait and wedding photographer.  Others taking part are wildlife and landscape photographer Jody Fairish, conceptual photographer Sam Green and landscape photographer Unai Pena.



27 August, 7pm - late, The Snug

Alchemical Works by Rosie Brand

An unusual exhibition in our side room 'The Snug' of mythological paintings and objects.

Local to Southville, Bristol, Rosie Brand is a ceramicist and illustrator. For one night only, come to experience her surreal world and witness dark clays become gold.

The exhibition will be complimented by the heartfelt alt-folk of Philippe Nash: rumbling in driving guitar lines and swelling rhythms, accompanied by Simon Bower (collection of sounds) and Will Hilliard (drums).



20 July - 23 August

Upfest 2015, Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, attracting over 250 artists painting 28 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville, Bristol from 25th – 27th July. Talented artists travel from 25 countries and across the UK to paint live on 30,000sqft of surfaces in front of 25,000 visitors. The affordable art sale, music stages and art workshops round off a visually spectacular weekend!

The original and largest Upfest venue, Tobacco Factory, will feature multiple music and painting areas plus art sales, urban clothing & food market.

Travelling to Bristol? Meet your friends here, the perfect base to explore the festival from.



24 June - 18 July, Main Bar

After studying fine art at Plymouth University, I have recently completed a MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at UWE.  My practice has focused on various processes, including relief printing and screen printing. 

The work is inspired by films, such as Lars Von Trier’s Element of Crime and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and explores themes of reality, illusion and distortion in a world seen increasingly through television and computer screens.

Some of the prints derive from models he has built, based on the sets of films and which have been photographed and re-photographed from laptop screens.  The flaws and traits occurring as a result of the various technologies and processes are important in the work, as are the hand-rendered methods used to create the prints.



3 June - 18 July, The Snug

As one of Bristol's most prolific illustrators Alex's quirky and humorous designs can be seen across the city, including many large scale murals as well as on Bristol Pound's £5 note.

Alex graduated with a degree in Multi-Media Textile design and an MA in Animation and illustration and realising the therapeutic benefits of art, went on to obtain an MA in Art Therapy. She organises community events such as Picton Street Winter and Summer fayres, encouraging neighbours to get together and has also set up The Little Shop in Stokes Croft.



1 - 23 June, Main Bar

Solly is a Bristol based portraiture artist whose work is inspired from her background in theatre. Inspired by the emotive qualities and brutal honesty of portraiture, her work currently focuses on themes of disguise, capturing a sense of beauty with a dark edge, a hint of unease, of strong female figures with a mask to hide behind.

Joe Greenaway, born in 1987 is a St Ives based artist. His work is a collision between 'fine' art and 'street' techniques, blending the spontaneous use of a spray can with meticulous process of painted portraiture.

View / Solly Solomon
View / Joe Greenaway

Sean Milne

22 April - 2 June, The Snug

A professional artist and illustrator specialising in natural history, Sean works predominantly in watercolour. He is inspired by the nature surrounding the studio which he built in the Welsh Cambrian Mountains 35 years ago.

Sean's most recent work contrasts the beauty of birds and insects with the rustic surrounds of aging, isolated farm buildings. His pieces explore the way in which nature moves in to reclaim forgotten buildings and make them her own again, using her own building materials of mosses, fern and lichen, providing new habitats for wildlife.

Sean studied at Hornsey College of Art, London and has lived and worked in rural Mid Wales for over 35 years. His career as a wildlife artist and natural history illustrator spans over forty years.


Southbank Bristol Arts Trail 2015

4 - 31 May, Main Bar

‘One of the oldest, biggest and best Art Trails that have sprung up around town’ Bristol Post 2014

We are a trail venue for this year's Southbank Bristol Arts Trail, held on weekend 17 & 18 May and host a selection of exciting creative talent throughout the whole month, as well as the weekend in question.

Exhibiting in our Main Bar space will be:
Stephen Quick, Mike Rome, OShe Design & Jim Munnion.

Liane Stevenson

30 March - 2 May, Main Bar

Inspired by the rhythms and patterns in the urban landscape the paintings of Liane Stevenson aim to represent an individual sense of place, explored through line and texture.

A clear love of our surrounding landscape shines through in her textural artworks, as well as her knowledge of the use of media to represent them.