Our Story

RAINMAKER Gallery is the UK showcase for contemporary Native North American Indian art and jewellery. Situated on the border of Redland and Westbury Park in North Bristol, Rainmaker Gallery is a celebration of the very best in contemporary Native American art and design. Through artist talks, events and exhibitions Rainmaker promotes awareness, education and cultural exchange. The gallery exhibits original paintings, drawings, fine art prints and photography, and carries a superb collection of high quality handmade American Indian jewellery, Zuni fetish carvings and Pendleton blankets.

The Beginning

RAINMAKER was founded by Joanne Prince in 1991 to provide an authentic Native American Indian voice in the UK. It all began with a desire to share the rich diversity of Native American arts and cultures and to extend public awareness far beyond the ubiquitous narrow stereotype. Our first gallery was in the leafy Manchester suburb of West Didsbury, where we introduced Native Art to a fascinated and enthusiastic audience. During the Manchester years, Jo became Director of the Tony Abeyta Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, further deepening her experience of Native arts and cultures. Since launching Rainmaker at the fearless age of 26, Jo has made it her life’s work to ensure that contemporary Native American art is continuously exhibited in England. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions enhanced by her immersion in and understanding of Native communities and by collaborations with other specialist curators and academics.

“I divide my time between England and North America where I live and work within the Native community. I count amongst these artists and their families some of my closest friends whose boundless warmth, generosity, hospitality and creativity endlessly enriches my life.”  J.P.

Our Bristol gallery opened in 2008 and has hosted many visiting artists, including Tony Abeyta, Marcus Amerman, Edgar Heap of Birds, America Meredith, Sarah Sense, Chris Pappan, Debra Yepa-Pappan, Nocona Burgess, Cara Romero, Diego Romero, Del Curfman and Marla Allison. Rainmaker exhibitions encompass visiting artists, guest lectures, artist talks, film screenings and panel discussions and offer unparalleled opportunities for real cultural exchange.

25 years later

Last year we celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of the launch of Rainmaker. Thanks to the endless talent emerging from Indian Country, during the last 25 years we have been able to exhibit thousands of extraordinary works of art, host dozens of artists, nurture numerous collectors and adorn innumerable people with exquisite jewellery.

This year our spring exhibition WE ARE NATIVE WOMEN‘ celebrates Native American women on the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas. The exhibition features the work of twelve contemporary painters, printmakers and fine art photographers including – Cara Romero, Shan Goshorn, Shelley Niro, Marla Allison, Luanne Redeye, Zoe Marieh Urness, Kali SpitzerAlison Bremner and Debra Yepa-Pappan.

Now and in the future

In June we open our annual summer exhibition, a solo show by accomplished gallery and street artist Yatika Starr Fields, a Native American painter of Cherokee, Creek, and Osage decent. Yatika will be travelling to Bristol for the exhibition during which time he will be painting a wall in Bristol’s annual street art festival UPFEST.

For the Autumn we are planning an exhibition of formline art from the Pacific Northwest coast and Alaska.

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