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Bath’s latest ‘cocktail gallery’ mixes relaxed drinking culture with local arts culture
If Bath didn’t already offer enough culture as a World Heritage UNESCO site, the Abbey Hotel in the heart of the city now has a unique ‘cocktail gallery’ experience for guests and locals.
Its new look ArtBar has been renovated and ‘redefined’ into an eclectic space of different lights, materials and textures. Sleek and stylish, the new design has a contemporary gallery feel with evolving collections every quarter showcasing the vibrant creative talent of local artists, photographers and sculptors. Bringing the creative theme into its drinks’ menu, a new cocktail, Artistic License, is now available reflecting elements of the exhibited artworks.
Curated by Bath artist Emma Taylor, the first REDEFINED exhibition is an exciting collection of eclectic artworks from five inspiring local artists – James Nunn, Emma Trussler, Jean Farrell, Rob Highton and Emma Taylor herself. The collection ranges from abstract textile and wood applied images, to dramatic contemporary Lino print designs such as James’ trio of Octopuses and colourful layered digital figurative artwork.
The REDEFINED exhibition offers an interactive gallery experience, encouraging the hotel’s guests and public to learn more about the artists themselves and the processes they use. Sketch books filled with the artists’ workings and ideas will be on display around the bar for people to look at and get a feel for their inspiration. From time to time there are also plans to have an ‘artist in residence’ working on their artwork on site, giving people the chance to see how a picture comes together.
The bar’s paint-splattered and smudged tables, carpet and stacking crates behind the bar all mimic the feel of an artist’s studio. The reception desks also replicate print draw storage units with angled drawing lamps, something commonly found in artists’ studios, art schools and design practices.
In addition to evening drinks, the ArtBar’s redesign makes it a peaceful environment for meeting friends and colleagues or getting some work done during the day. With its new higher-level tables, laptop charging and USB ports, it’s ideal for people looking for an inspiring, comfortable space to work.
Josh Watts, General Manager of The Abbey Hotel comments: “We’re delighted with the new look ArtBar and think guests staying, eating or drinking with us will be too. For visitors and locals, the brighter, lighter and contemporary space brings something fresh and new to Bath – the chance to take in the city’s creative culture whilst enjoying some great cocktails, afternoon teas or sample dishes from our English/French brasserie, Koffmann & Mr. White’s.”