Varekai (Wherever) with RWA

Community venues across Bristol
Varekai (Wherever) with RWA


The RWA are taking a selection of vibrant and colourful artworks from their permanent collection to community venues across Bristol, as a pop-up exhibition, during the time that the RWA building is closed for renovation. The title, Varekai, is a Romani word meaning 'wherever'. It comes from one of the paintings in the exhibition which depicts Le Cirque du Soleil performing a show of the same name. 

The exhibition comprises eight paintings that all have great energy, vibrancy and a distinct sense of the outdoors about them. They were chosen to inspire and delight, as we all come out of lockdown and reconnect with each other and the places around us. The real places depicted include a mine in Wales, the pier at Weston Super Mare and the streets of Bristol, whilst others are dreamlike and imaginary. Kite-flying in Rajasthan and a French circus performance are captured in bright colour, and there are also bold paintings of plants and creatures to enjoy.

To accompany the exhibition, free family art workshops with an artist will run at each venue, using the paintings as inspiration. Booking for these workshops is via each individual venue. 


Easton Community Centre: 18 June - 2 August 
(Family workshop 1:30pm- 3:30pm 31 July)

Barton Hill Settlement: 5 August - 31 August
(Family workshop 12 Aug)

BCL South: 1 September - 24 September
(Family workshop 4 Sept 10:30am-12:30pm)

St Paul's Learning Centre: 25 September - 28 October
(Family workshops, Saturday 9 and 23 October 10am-12.30pm)

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre: 30 October - 26 November

Southmead Community Centre: 27 November 2021 - 6 January 2022 

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Foundation and DAC Beechcroft.

Free Event

Image: June Berry RWA NEAC Hon. RE RWS (b.1924), Le Cirque du Soleil Performing ‘Varekai’, 2011, watercolour, 48 x 63cm. RWA Collection © RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

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Dates: (18 June 2021 - 6 Jan 2022)

* Please check for the exact date at each venue.

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

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