Bath Culture Shock (Part 1)

Bath has become a hub of cultural activity this month, focusing specifically around the visual arts. In this two-(p)art series, Natalia Komis takes a look at the very popular Bath Fringe Festival and the re-opening of the Holburne Museum.

Bath Fringe Festival, which has been hot on everyone’s to do list this week. With every day and night promising snippets of art, music, dance, theatre and food!

Fringe Arts Bath

The festival kicked off to a great start on Friday 27th May with Fringe Arts Bath opening their doors at the Officers Club building allowing us all access to four different levels of exhibitions. Each room curated separately ranging from the Bath Photomarathon on the ground floor to The Performativity exhibition in the basement. The range of work is very impressive and diverse and has caught the attention of many passersby, as well as all art professionals in the area.

Performativity curated by Details on Request, a recently formed collective, is an exhibition focusing on how to display and document live performance art. With two live performances on the opening night, the place was buzzing with excitement. These performances were then documented and for the rest of the week, viewed as video and photographic pieces.

The Collective, one of the curated exhibitions was a particular favourite, looking very professional and well thought-out. Collections of keys,  train tickets, shopping lists and an artist’s rejection letters were on display, highlighting the need to collect objects and mundane artifacts that occupy our everyday lives.

Throughout the Bath Fringe, there has been plenty of music and live acts all over the city including With Love from Humans, an new up and coming local band who are playing a great variety of festivals this year, Glastonbury and GreenMan to name but a few.

The BSAD Degree show on for a week has been an interesting insight into what the creative students of Bath get up to all year. With a brilliantly diverse and innovative selection of artwork the show has been a huge success this year and the private views an exciting event to be a part of.

With parties in the park, exhibitions and private views and many live events planned throughout June, Bath is the place to be this month!

About the author

Natalia Komis is a sculpture/Installation/ Performing Artist and blogger. Currently working at Bo-Lee Gallery as an assistant, Natalia blogs at http://nataliacreations.blogspot.com/. Follow her @NataliaKomis.

Image credits: Fringe Arts Bath, Natalia Komis

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