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Late: Thorny with Lone Taxidermist

Friday 01 December 2017 to Saturday 02 December 2017, 20:00 to 02:00

£10/£8 Book

An immersive one night artist-led takeover by Bristol-based collective THORNY

We are Thorny, the rallying stage for the rejected.

This December we’re raiding the ground floor of Arnolfini with an entourage of the most politically relevant and necessary artists we know right now. As the doors to Grayson Perry's acclaimed exhibition close for the evening, join us as we reclaim space in the centre of Bristol with an army of protesting performers, who are redefining what it means to be an outsider in 2017.

To ignite our love-fueled provocative party for the underrepresented, we’re summoning anti-gender drag artists, raucous femme wrestlers, unapologetic speakers and plastic elastic dance disruptors. Act now, be ready.


Fresh from the twisted machinations and fertile imagination of Cumbrian-born, London-dwelling artist and seer Natalie Sharp, LONE Taxidermist’s debut album ‘Trifle’ is a gallery of grotesquery not recommended for either the nervous of disposition or lactose intolerant. Arriving from a nocturnal world of sex and skullduggery, these irreverent and outlandish ditties exist on a unique psychic realm in which profane and profound happily step out together on the lash - a collision between the high-maintenance and the kitchen sink that’s a feverish spectacle to behold.


“In tough times, everyone has to take their share of the pain” — Theresa May

A queer, feminist, anti-fascist, noise-driven ferocious fight to the death (of the alt-right). Brandishing baby oil and pure fiery rage, FEMME FERAL Fighters build a cacophony of body slamming sound in a ritual of violence, powerful enough to summon the total annihilation of Theresa May and the Conservative Party.


Travis Alabanza is a performance artist who uses words and soundscapes to scream about their survival as a black, trans, gender nonconforming person in the UK. Growing up on a council estate in the outskirts of Bristol, Travis prides themselves on a practice that is confrontational, atypical and self-taught. In the last three years Travis has solidified their status as one of the most prominent queer voices in the arts, last year becoming artist in residence at Tate, and recently speaking at TEDx Brum. Travis is joining us at Arnolfini for a powerful performance which comments on queer culture in the arts today, and demands a voice for those who have been left behind.

During Travis’ performance, photographer / videographer Paul Samuel White will be presenting live visual projections.


Shon Faye is a writer, comedian, activist and icon. Having appeared on a string of TV shows from BBC Newsnight to BBC 3’s Queer Britain, and contributed to a plethora of publications from Dazed Digital to The Independent, Shon has quickly established herself as an important and recognised queer personality and spokesperson in the UK. Quick-witted, eloquent, provocative and stunning, Shon’s unique combination of humour and direct honesty has caused eruptions on social media, and she is joining us In Real Life at Thorny for a special one-off stand up performance.


Manara is a south London DJ and producer, cutting a unique sonic intersection of Bollywood soundtracks and club hits. Self-describing her style as “euphoric, intense and kinda manic and nauseating”, Manara is a familiar face on the London club circuit, as founder of the BBC AZN radio show, and having ties to Night Slugs and Fade To Mind, two of club music’s most innovative emergent labels. We’re feeling very lucky to have her in Bristol for a late DJ set, which will be sure to fill the floor.


Artwork by Sophia Jowett.

This event is a safe space for all regardless of age, race, gender and ability. We operate a zero tolerance policy for discrimination. If you make someone feel uncomfortable because of who they are you will be asked to leave. Please be nice to each other & enjoy your evening.

Arnolfini is accessible for wheelchair users, with disabled toilets on all levels and lift access to all floors. This event will take place on the ground floor. If you have specific access requirements please email and we'll do all we can to facilitate. Companions to disabled customers are entitled to a free ticket.

Thorny are a collective of artists, performers and producers from Bristol, creating platforms for the underrepresented voices of the city and beyond.


Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! is initiated and organised by the Serpentine Galleries, London.

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With the support of:

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Media partner:

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October 2017
Saturday 21 October 2017

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Bookshop 11am-6pm
Café Bar 10am-10pm
Reading Room 11am-6pm

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