Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery launches series of late-night openings for plinth project

By Culture24 Staff | 06 July 2010
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(Above) © Photo by MG / BS4. Visit his Flickr site for more photos from the show.

Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery has always shown ambition – this time last year they were hosting Banksy’s precocious homecoming, and this year they’ve echoed Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth by inviting six artists to show work on an empty plinth in the Museum in two-month spells to span the year.

From tomorrow (July 7 2010) they’ll also be opening the galleries and spaces until 8pm every Wednesday, coinciding nicely with the launch of Ellen Bell's turn on the plinth this week, presenting an evolving installation, Love Story, inspired by love letters and correspondence written by visitors and artists already on display.

"For this project I wanted to make an installation that would resonate, to some degree, with all who visited the Museum," she says.

"I have used second-hand, remaindered, unwanted paperback novels to represent those secret love stories that we carry inside – universal chronicles that stretch beyond the confines of any one culture or language."

Julie Finch, the Director of Bristol’s Museums, Galleries and Archives, says the late-night openings are the ideal way to relieve post-work tension.

"Late night openings are a perfect way of giving people who don’t have much time the opportunity to experience some of the fantastic cultural and entertainment opportunities in the city," she suggests.

"We have responded to visitor demand and our extended openings will give visitors the chance to view what the museum has to offer at a leisurely pace."

Ellen Bell will be discussing her work at the museum on August 14 2010 at 12pm.

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