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Creatives are opening the doors of their central Bristol studios for a whole weekend in November to showcase their work and enable people to buy directly from them.

But that’s just one part of a whole host of activities, demonstrations and performances taking place at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft between Friday, November 8, and Sunday, November 10.

Those within the multi-use building have put a huge effort into preparing a packed programme to showcase the diverse range of activities which take place there regularly.

Bristol poet and performance artist Isadora Vibes has been confirmed for Friday (Nov 8), in ‘Soak’, an award-winning immersive performance in which she has secrets to share and stories to tell.

Following sell-out performances at the Alma Tavern and Stockholm Fringe, Isadora returns to Bristol to share her work with an intimate audience in The Den space at Hamilton House. Tickets must be bought in advance, from:

Another highlight confirmed for the weekend is live painting on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 9 and 10), below Banksy’s “Mild Mild West”, by acclaimed artist Hazard-One, renowned for her striking female portraits and wildlife pieces worldwide.

The Friday night programme also features a drop-in Hatha Yoga session, a free performance of ‘psychefunkadellic soul’ by the Guy Calhoun Band and an opening party.

Saturday’s schedule includes textile printing with Carla Hayes (pre-booking is required), a drop-in disco dance with Roz in the Event Space, stencil art sessions, card workshop and an origami Christmas decoration workshop.

The creative studios will be open between 10am until 6pm.

Sunday’s line-up includes a Bollywood Dance class, plus live music and laid-back jazz in The Canteen from The Spider Quintet. The creative studios will open between 10am and 5pm.

The full event schedule, and details of how you can get tickets, can be viewed on the website at and also the Instagram page, which is being updated every day:

Hannah Worsley, from Forward Space, which manages the studio and event spaces in Hamilton House on behalf of owners Connolly & Callaghan, said: “We are putting a huge amount of effort into making sure that there is plenty going on.

“We’re trying to ensure that everyone in the building gets represented.

“Hamilton House has so much to offer and by showing interest in this event, you are showing your support for the city’s vibrant creative scene, and those inspiring people within it.

“This weekend will be a wonderful way to welcome people to Hamilton House, to show off the many improvements that have been made to the building this year as well as to showcase the diverse variety of activities that take place here all the time.”

It is also hoped that the new Big Juice Bar will be open for the first time during the weekend.

If anyone would like to find out about the availability of event spaces during the open weekend, either pop into the reception at Hamilton House or email

Mike Davies
Author: Mike Davies