east bristol contemporary (ebc) is an artist-led gallery based at the trinity centre, Bristol.
ebc was established in 2016 to counteract the lack of professional showing spaces for early career contemporary artists in Bristol, focussed on staging a unique and diverse programme of exhibitions and events.
we work with artists from all over the UK and sometimes further afield, who are often within the first 10 years of their career. we are inclusive, actively seeking to work with artists from diverse backgrounds and with diverse practices, representing the vibrancy of art practice in the UK. ebc additionally aims to support artists based in the South West, bringing their artworks to new audiences in the city.
we run free events for the public, including artist talks/tours, workshops, screenings, performances and opening events as well as a long running and well known instagram residency.
another major strand of our work are the ebc schools including the ebc day + night schools.
the ebc day school is a year long alternative education and studio programme that encompasses teaching with guest artists and educators, workshops, 1-2-1s, exhibitions and social occasions. the day school is aimed at graduates and early career practitioners, functioning as an alternative to a traditional MA. day school participants are eligible for New Contemporaries and our alumni have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally. the day school is based at St Anne’s House (Bricks Bristol), a hub for artist-led activity in the city and collaborative space that fosters cooperation and a cross pollination of ideas.
the ebc night school; is a series of artist talks, workshops, and 1-2-1s aimed at adult learners who have an interest in contemporary art. through the night school, participants learn about practicing artists’ methods and research, as well as learning about and trying out various artistic processes. the night school has taken place both online and at Arnolfini, Bristol, continuing our interest in collaboration with cultural partners in the city.
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ebc values paying artists fairly and appropriately, and with funding from Arts Council England and other funders we have been able to do so, using Artists Union England and a-n rates as our guide.
ebc exhibitions are located on the first floor of the trinity centre and is accessed from the front of the building, wheelchair access is available via a lift located at the side entrance. we provide audio descriptions and tours for visually-impaired visitors. there are also accessible toilets. if there is anything we can do to assist your visit to the gallery please let us know.
ebc is located 15 minutes walk from bristol temple meads station, camera monitored pay and display parking is available in the trinity centre car park.
the ebc day school studio is located at st anne’s house in st anne’s, bristol.
ebc’s work has appreciated particular support from hannah walker, kate morris-millar, chris alton, sophie hill, and alice spearing.
we are always looking for collaborators, conversations, and opportunities; so if you want to chat just send us an email.