Here are some of the exciting events coming up in Bristol this Winter:
Exhibition at the RWA: Reigning Cats and Dogs
11th January - 15th March
The eigning Cats and Dogs exhibition mixes humour with the serious to the ridiculous. It features both historical and contemporary images, sometimes imbued with satirical and sentimental intent. Curator Peter Ford RE RWA has brought together an international collection of paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artists’ books, book illustration, postcards and ephemera united under this theme.
Participating artists include David Inshaw RWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Angela Lizon, Ben Hughes, Martin Leman, Anouk Mercier, Lucy Willis, Bobbie Russon, Rose Sanderson, two Russian artists Alexander Kolokoltsev and Yuri Borovitsky, and Japanese artist Emiko Aida. There will also be some lively work on paper by four young Polish artists. The exhibition also presents paintings by P.J. Crook, Augusta Talboys and Elizabeth Frink, and other works from the RWA permanent collection.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
24th November - 17th February
The renowned exhibition from the National History Museum is returning to Bristol Museum and Art gallery, showcasing the rarely seen wonders of the natural beauty around us. The spectacular, thought-provoking images, offer an intimate insight into the beauty and variety of nature.
The competition is owned by two UK institutions - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.Each year, tens of thousands of entries are received and judged by an international jury of photography experts. The Winners and Runners up for the 2012 competition will be announced by the Natural History Museum in October 2012 and will be on display at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 24 November.
Bristol Improv Festival
3rd - 10th March
This unique festival is guaranteed to surprise. The festival brings together improvisers from Bristol, the South West and all of the UK. They collaborate on different projects, events and shows. The festival acts as a magnet for like minded peopleto have fun and perform.
The Festival will open with quick-fire comedy joy from INSTANT WIT!
Love Saves The Day Festival
Love Saves The Day is a fantastic one day festival taking place in the heart of Bristol, on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
The festival is a Mecca for British music, the Bristol Scene has a great reputation for nurturing and promoting pioneering musical talent.
Love Saves The Day is not just a festival, but a culmination of many years spent in fields & clubs, in tents, on dance floors and stages across the UK and beyond.
Chinese New Year at Bristol Art Gallery
Celebrate the Year of the Snake with an action packed programme of fabulous dance and music performances, martial art, dragon boats and insights into Chinese culture.
Healthy Living Festival
A family-friendly Bristol festival housed within and around the Creative Common, Temple Quays. Here you'll find the best of local organic and healthy food producers and traders, ethical living options, wellbeing taster treatments, happiness and motivational talks and wonderful family activities - including circus skill workshops and more!
Entry to the daytime festival is free and tickets for the evening music and dance party are on sale now,
Alongside these great festivals and outings, Bristol plays host to numerous musicians and comedians. The line up for the next few months is looking as great as ever with shows from Katie Melua to Jools Holland to Jimmy Carr. For more information go to Visit Bristol