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FREE Talks, workshops and much more!

Join us for a day of special events in collaboration with Outside In.

Outside In provides a platform for artists who encounter barriers to the artworld due to health, disability, social circumstance and isolation.

Take part in a workshop exploring collecting, inspired by our exhibition, Elias Sime: Eregata እርጋታ, listen to artists’ talks and find out more about the charity. 

Collecting: A creative workshop 

11:30am- 1:30pm, second floor, Reading Room, Arnolfini.

Inspired by Elias Sime: Eregata, the session will be exploring the theme of collecting and how to make creative frottage prints from the technology that we collect unintentionally within our lives, such as broken laptops & mobile phones. Using wax crayons, graphite sticks, coloured pencils or soft pastels, different colours and layers can be applied to create abstract patterns, cityscapes, or portraits. 

The workshop will be led by Outside In artist Brian Gibson. Brian Gibson is an artist and workshop facilitator based in Bath. He began as a self-taught photographer but his multidisciplinary approach to creativity spans photography, publishing, mixed media art and technology.  
As a Step Up trained artist, an Arts Ambassador for the charity Outside In and a recipient of the 2022 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, Brian is deeply committed to the arts community. His workshops aim to ignite others’ creative journeys, inspiring their artistic exploration. Notable recent projects include “Reworking Technology,” a broadsheet publication. Brian also holds residencies at The Studio BSU, Spike Island, and Pervasive Media Bristol. 

The workshop is open to all and suitable for all ages and abilities. At the end of the session, there will be a chance to share your work and take home your very own artwork.  

If you have any access requirements, please get in touch with us by

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To book a place on the workshop, please contact or call 07931 516038 for more information.

The view is from the back of a room which is packed with many people sitting down, facing the front  and listening to a man that sits at the front of the room, smiling and pointing towards a projector screen showing a series of artworks.

Free Artist Support Sessions on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October 2023. Come along to discuss your practice, how to progress your career, as well as photograph your work or write an artists statement. You can also join Outside In and create an online gallery of your work. Once you join you can apply for exhibitions, residencies and training. 

For more information, please contact or call 07931 516038

About the Artist

artist Elias Sime sits at a table, head down, concentrating on the creative activity in front of him on a table.

Elias Sime

Elias Sime (born 1968 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) has exhibited extensively around the world.

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