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When art meets activism ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

25th March - 3rd April at Keep Art It

Galleries Shopping Centre, Bristol, BS1 3XD

(Launch party: Friday 25th March, 6pm - 9pm)

Events 10-5pm 26th March - 3rd April 2022

DONATE HERE Eventbrite Page - Donations as "tickets"

The Altered Festival is an inclusive multicultural arts platform that embraces diverse perspectives and challenges cultural stereotypes.

Our intention is to shine a light on the solutions available to people at this challenging time in Bristol and the world.

We have a range of wonderful artists who will be exhibiting (in varied mediums), performing, holding talks and workshops over the course of the 10 days.

The artwork will be varied — from dance, music, painting, music making to ancient craft making.

The festival will feature an ‘Artivist’ in a box (created by @hue_artivist) where featured artists will perform or create art for extended periods of time within these four walls. The public will be able to look inside the box — although the artist will not be able see outside or anyone viewing. The box will feature artist performance and ritual. The nature of this work is part experiment/ and a visual representation of what many artists experience. We seek to explore this relationship with artist and observer during the festival and will be documenting this as part of a wider piece of work.

Our artivism will include working with Bristol Energy Network and Bristol Health Partners to create meaningful workshops to give people applicable skills to take on some of the biggest issues of our time.

Come join, participate, listen, learn, have fun! It's a donation based event.

Keep Art It is an events and media company founded in lockdown 2020 whose mission is to share art with as many people as possible.

The works are up and they are amazing.

We had a member of the public come in yesterday who said "coming here today and seeing this work makes me believe in fate."

Another said "this work is so grounded, it's given me goosebumps" as he showed me his arm.

I've put on 35 exhibitions and done dozens of live art events. This is the best show I've ever put on. It is a solo show for one great artist, whose work has impact and meaning that cross cultural and social boundaries to share his critique of our modern life.

You can see the works here.

These works matter.

Despite the rain, over 80 people came out. With an amazing team of volunteers, we provided food and substinance.

Together we've been able to do something magical. We've created a meaningful experience in art and philosophy in the consumerist space of a shopping centre while commenting on the ills of our consumerist habits.

We are sharing art and at the same time showing a better path for what our future as a people and species can be. I know this sounds ambitious but right now, what we need is ambitious.

This is my first time curating a solo show of someone else's work and by god I couldn't have asked for a better artist to work with. Andrew's work is powerful, skillful, subtle and unique. I am sitting here now in the studio admiring it.

But is also grounded and grounding.

Some people want art to elevate. I think we elevate by connecting to the ground.

His show is up from now till the 28th October 2021.

Keep Art It is proud to present the works of Paul Dainter. He is our newist artist additional and we are thrilled to add his fantastic vision to our exceptional roster. His portraits speak of the pain and isolation of lockdown and we are pleased to put them in our front window to share with as many people as possible.

"Paul Dainter is an artist with a keen interest in narrative portraiture. Following a thirty year break from creativity, he has recently returned to university to hone his artistic skills and rekindle his love for oil painting. His latest series entitled ‘Subterranean Lockdown Blues’ is a reaction to the struggle he faced coming to terms with various covid lockdowns. His aim was to document the angst and claustrophobia of enforced isolation." You can be the first to purchase his works exclusively on our shop page here. Find our shop at the Galleries Shoping Centre in the Bristol Shopping Quarter, part of the Broadmead BID.

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