Boats, Kathy Stewart (detail)

Boats, Kathy Stewart (detail)

“Artists First have proved that it can be done. They’ve shown us that disabled people can be active citizens and have voices and can speak for themselves.” Professor Val Williams


New book now available.

May 26, 2018

Combining images and a timeline of key moments in Artists First history, this new book is a beautifully produced guide to the group for people new to the group as well as long-time fans. Order you copy now.

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Recent inspiring visits.

April 16, 2019

Artists First have been out and about in Bristol, visiting some great exhibitions and studios in the last few weeks.

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Good Luck Felicity!

April 16, 2019

We've said a fond farewell and good luck to one of our trustees and sent her off in style with a portrait workshop. Felicity Inkpen had been with us for four years and we always loved meeting her.

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New (and old) films about Artists First

November 2016

Six new films about Artists First have been made to tell share the history, influences and impact of Artists First. Watch them all online.

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Stephen at Arnolfini event

An evening with Artists First

May 26, 2018

"This is what the last 30 years has been about, coming together, making art, sharing it through exhibitions, workshops and talks." Surrounded by artwork from three decades, Artists First talk about their history to a packed Arnolfini Front Room.

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Artists first on the road, Glensdale

Artists First are 'on the road'.

May 26, 2018

Artists First have been touring their talk and workshop to places around Bristol, including Glenside Hospital Museum and Norah Fry Centre, Bristol University.

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Nicholas Selway at Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale Cemetery field trip

September 2016

We explored this amazing place and made lots of drawings. We used the restored Speilman Centre as a base and met Janine Marriott, the Learning Co-ordinator.

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Ann Pugh - Peter Sutton

Ann Pugh

February 2016

In February 2016, Artists First were part of a celebration day for our dear friend and long term supporter, Ann Pugh.

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Emily and Ruby at the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery visit

November 2015

In November 2015 along with award winning artist James Lake, photographer Kamina Walton, Ann's partner Frank and daughter Ruby, Artists First went to the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Limited edition prints

Some of our most popular paintings (such as Breadhorse by Carol Chilcott, left) are available as prints. Browse the gallery to see what else is available.

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