Fair Programme



Showcasing work by over 100 contemporary artists, our biggest edition yet, specially selected by an expert-led selection committee, each edition of the fair provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and buy art directly from emerging artists.

Our full list of exhibiting artists will be announced in the coming weeks.


Enjoy an engaging and thought provoking talks program hosted by the world's leading online art gallery Saatchi Art in their exclusive lounge area. 

Full Talks Program to be revealed soon. 


Art on a Postcard is joining The Other Art Fair in Bristol this July for a Street Art vs Street Photography themed postcard auction. There is an international roster of artists such as photographers; Dougie Wallace, Mankichi Shinshi, Gabi Ben-Avraham, and urban artists My Dog Sighs, Ryca, Pang, Cosmo Sarson, Levalet, Acrylicize, Dee Dee, Anatomix and Shuby taking part.

To date Art on Postcard has raised over half a million pounds for The Hepatitis C Trust and their campaign to eliminate hepatitis C has gathered momentum. Already this year The NHS has struck a deal with the pharmaceutical industry to provide affordable treatment to everyone.

In addition to our first themed auction we will be releasing a Harland Miller Limited Edition Print. After last year’s madness, with people camping out all night for to be first in line for the Harland Miller, customers will have to attend The Other Art Fair in person to enter a ballot for the chance to buy this year’s print.

All the cards will be on show at The Other Art Fair: Bristol. A list of artists can be seen at The Art on Postcard website but the artwork will remain anonymous until the bidding has finished. The auction will take place on the Sunday afternoon. Anyone can join, all you have to do is grab a paddle and get a unique artwork.


Spike Print Studio (SPS) Bristol was established in 1976 and is the largest open access print studio in the South West.

Spike Print Studio tutor and artist, Justyna Medon invites the public to produce a large scale wall hanging on fabric 1m width - 5 m long during the weekend. Justyna has pre- cut stencils available and optional stencils that can be cut during a "roll it - print it" session.

The public will be able to work with rollers on their own compositions to add to the collaborative, large scale panel at the set up print station.


The Encounters Deaf Shorts Showcase is a bold, varied programme of 8 shorts spanning animation and live-action, the shorts were programmed in partnership with Deaf filmmaker and artist David Ellington.

The programme was created with the intention to give a platform to films where deafness was not the main cause of conflict and that represent deafness as part of a wider narrative.
Genres of the films in the programme range from comedy to drama, and include Oscar winning short film The Silent Child directed by Chris Overton, this film also won our audience awarded Deaf Shorts Showcase award last year.

Encounters Festival 2018 takes place this year in Bristol 25-30 September, you can find out about our programmed events on our website www.encounters-festival.org.uk


Go crazy on Tim Andrew's Kitten colouring wall.

Younger visitors can aslo explore the fair with The Little Pages creative art newspaper.

The fair offers free entry to children under 16.


Recent arts graduate and rising star illustrator, Molly Fairhurst, will be offering free portraits to visitors each day at the fair. Taking joy in exaggerated forms, harnessing daftness and the unrealities of drawing, rest assured in these sessions she will be drawing you as more than a portrait...and all done in her beautifully designed MADE studio space.


Arctic 360: Take a tour without doing damage

After years of record temperatures, the Arctic is melting. The Northwest passage had an ice-free summer in 2016, allowing cruise ships into one of the world's most remote places. Join our environmentally friendly Arctic tour, and witness the consequences of human behaviour. 


Bristol Park Street’s multi award winning bakery Pinkmans will be bringing their legendary sourdoughs, pastries, cakes, sandwiches and savouries to the fair.

Named in the top 25 bakeries in the UK by the Sunday Times, Winner of best cakes at the Bristol Good Food Awards and Winner Best “Independent” Sandwich 2018, rest assured this Bristol institution has got your taste buds covered.


We are excited to announce that Australian born illustrator, Anna Higgie, will be emblazoning our main entrance with her bold and colourful mural designs.

Now a full time Bristol resident, it’s from her Stokes Croft studio where she uses a combination of traditional and digital techniques to create her eye-ctaching illustrations for clients such as; the Financial Times, Random House, CRACK Magazine and Glastonbury and Green Man Festival


Indulge in a range of beers, lagers and ciders in our nautically inspired bar designed exclusively for the fair by the team at Bedminster’s The Old Bookshop and St. Austell Brewery. 

For those looking for something a little stronger, cocktails will be served up by The Gin Hive, a travelling cocktail caravan. The Gin Hive team have created an exclusive cocktail for the fair in collaboration with artist Hazel Mountford.