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Christmas open evening – Friday 30th November

This winter Rainmaker Gallery is celebrating our tenth Christmas on Coldharbour Road. Join us for a festive drink on Friday November 30th between 6 and 8pm. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to see our winter exhibition ‘Birds Beasts & Butterflies’ and to do a spot of Christmas shopping at the same time. […]

Birds Beasts & Butterflies, 1 November – 28 February 2019

This winter exhibition brings together works by several contemporary Native American artists who, through a variety of styles and media, express their individual connections to the natural world. Pacific Northwest Coast artist Preston Singletary immortalises regional fauna in traditional Tlingit formline serigraphs. The black and white photography of Eugene Tapahe encounters iconic American wildlife in [...]

‘Life Blood’ exhibition, London 18-21 October

This month we are delighted to join forces with The Native Spirit Film Festival and the Bloomsbury festival in London. We will be exhibiting the breathtaking portraits of fine art photographer and social justice advocate Cara Romero at the Crypt Gallery. The exhibition ‘Life Blood‘, curated by Ash Kotak, explores activist art as realised by a group of international artists, film makers, writers […]

The Rainmaker Story

Over the last year I have had the pleasure of working not only with delightful artists but also with a team of dedicated academics from the Universities of Kent and East Anglia. In a project called ‘Beyond the Spectacle’, they are researching and mapping indigenous presence in the UK. They share their facsinating findings in regular blog […]

Going with the flow

Native American painter Marla Allison brings a flavour of the American southwest to Bristol this summer. Stephanie Boxall met this exciting contemporary artist. Water is important to Marla Allison, and not just because she grew up in the desert lands of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. As part of her Native American heritage, she also […]

MARLA ALLISON: PAINTER FROM THE DESERT 6 June – 11 August 2018

A solo exhibition of acrylic paintings by 2018 artist-in-residence Marla Allison. In this solo exhibition artist Marla Allison presents paintings created in her Laguna Pueblo studio, alongside canvases painted during a four week artist residency at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in May of this year. This exhibition opens on 6th June with a one […]

Symposium: Indigenous Art in Britain

Learn about the presence and presentation of Native American and First Nations art in the UK directly from Native artists, curators and researchers at this one day symposium. Meet artists Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo), Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo and Chiricahua Apache), Sarah Sense (Chitimacha / Choctaw) and George Alexander (Muscogee (Creek)).  This unique event begins at […]

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – Diego Romero pot

Last month we were thrilled to deliver this spectacular pot to The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. The pot titled ‘American Diastrophism’ was commissioned from Cochiti Pueblo artist Diego Romero by Rainmaker Gallery, especially for the museum. Many thanks to Diego and Cara Romero, and also to the museum.      Diego Romero is well known for his ceramic vessels […]

CARA ROMERO exhibition, 8 March – 31 May 2018

A solo exhibition of ground-breaking works by Native American fine art photographer Cara Romero. Cara Romero was raised on the Chemehuevi Valley Indian reservation along the California shoreline of Havasu Lake in the heart of the Mojave Desert. She is a born visual storyteller with a unique ability to illuminate and communicate subtle and complex perspectives […]

8 March – Bristol Museum talk: Native American photographers

To coincide with the opening of our Spring 2018 exhibition CARA ROMERO, on International Women’s Day, Rainmaker Gallery Director Joanne Prince will be give a talk entitled ‘Native American Photographers’ focussing on the work of Chemeheuvi fine art photographer Cara Romero. Free lecture! Book now to hear Rainmaker Gallery Director Joanne Prince speak about remarkable […]

NATIVE COLOR November 2017 – February 2018

This group exhibition celebrates contemporary Native American artists who are each renowned as great colourists: Tony Tiger, Yatika Starr Fields, Nocona Burgess, Debra Yepa-Pappan, Cara Romero, Billy Hensley, Dan Viets Lomahaftewa Colour by itself is a truly cross-cultural experience and yet is often inflected by specific cultural traditions, as in the paintings of artist and curator […]

‘We Are Native Women’ exhibition video tour

Revisit our 2017 spring exhibition ‘WE ARE NATIVE WOMEN’ in this short gallery tour.   with thanks to Gabriel Mozart Stephen Abeyta for the video and Andy Pink for the music.

UPFEST street art collaboration

Upfest is Europes biggest street art and graffiti festival and it takes place right here in Bristol every year. In July, painter and muralist Yatika Fields became the first ever Native American artist to participate in this legendary event. Rainmaker Gallery invited Yatika Fields to Bristol for a solo exhibition of paintings and to collaborate with celebrated […]

YATIKA STARR FIELDS 
- Artist Talk & Artist reception

Artist Reception: Tuesday 25th July 6 – 8pm Join us for our summer exhibition reception and to welcome Yatika Starr Fields to Bristol. The reception takes place on Tuesday 25 July from 6 – 8pm at Rainmaker Gallery. Everyone welcome!   Artist Talk by Yatika Fields Tuesday 25th July, 3pm – 4pm Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton […]

YATIKA STARR FIELDS 12 July – 28 October 2017

A solo exhibition showcasing the recent work of contemporary Native American painter and muralist Yatika Starr Fields. Artist Talk with Yatika Starr Fields, 25th July 3-4pm at Friends Meeting Hse BS6 6JE Artist reception with Yatika Starr Fields, 25th July 6-8pm at Rainmaker Gallery Yatika Starr Fields’ paintings pack a visual punch through intensity of colour […]

Cover story – We Are Native Women

Check out the April issue of The Bristol magazine! Our amazing spring exhibition WE ARE NATIVE WOMEN is featured on the cover and in a three page article. Read the full length article in the on line edition here: Beyond Pocahontas: We Are Native Women  

WE ARE NATIVE WOMEN 23 March – 31 May 2017

Celebrating Native American women on the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas. Artist Talk with Marla Allison, 23rd march 3-4pm Exhibition opening with Marla Allison, 23rd March 6-8pm at Rainmaker Gallery. We Are Native Women celebrates the strength and diversity of Native American women through the recent work of twelve contemporary Indigenous North American [...]

Christmas orders & opening hours

New Christmas Hours From now until Christmas the gallery will be opening on Mondays in addition to our usual hours. For the last minute Christmas shoppers the gallery will be open from 10am until 3pm on Christmas Eve. Rainmaker Gallery is closed between Christmas and New Year. New Christmas Stocks New Christmas stock of Pendleton blankets has arrived so now is […]

Christmas Open Evening

Friday 2nd December 6pm – 8pm Kick start the festive season with the traders of Coldharbour Road next Friday 2nd December. Join us for an evening of community spirit, Christmas shopping and festive fun. This year Rainmaker Gallery and neighbours welcome you with seasonal treats, warming drinks and lots of gorgeous things to see and buy. To round the evening […]

Museum acquisition – Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Yesterday was an exciting day for Rainmaker Gallery, not only were we mentioned on national radio by writer, broadcaster and Chancellor of Manchester University Lemn Sissay but we also received confirmation of a museum acquisition by The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery who are purchasing all three works from Cara Romero‘s ‘Water Memories’ series for their permanent collection. ‘Water […]

HOT OFF THE TRAIL!

In August we returned to Indian Country in search of yet more amazing art and beautiful unique jewellery, and also to plan future Rainmaker Gallery exhibitions for the coming years. Especially for the Zuni fetish collectors amongst you, we found some cool old style carvings by the delightfully named Jimmy Yawakia (Jimmy Falls-in -love!) and exquisitely detailed masterpieces by young Destry Sintza. […]

LOMAHAFTEWA – Looking for beauty in the future

18th October – 30th November 2016 As Rainmaker Gallery celebrates 25 years of exhibiting Native American art in England, we look back to the work of our very first visiting artist, the late Dan Viets Lomahaftewa (1951-2005). Dan Lomahaftewa created distinctly spiritual works of art that resonate vividly across deep time. He sought to communicate […]

August, summer sale, Myron Panteah, summer exhibition…

The time is fast approaching for my annual summer trip to the USA. Whilst I am away the gallery will be closed from August 15th – 31st, re-opening on Tuesday 1st September. The trip is a valuable opportunity to visit with artists and plan exhibitions for the year ahead. I will also be seeking out new […]

APSÁALOOKE- A solo exhibition by Del Curfman

8th June – 6th August 2016 Exhibition Opening 8th June, 6-8pm Artist’s talk 8th June, 3-4pm APSÁALOOKE presents three series of oil paintings celebrating the cultural heritage and living traditions of the Apsáalooke – people of the Crow Indian Nation of Montana. The Vanishing series, portrays culturally significant figures painted in loose impressionistic strokes on […]

STILL – Native American Photographers

15th March – 28 May, 2016 Artist’s Talk with Cara Romero, Thursday April 21st, 3pm-4pm Artists’ reception with Cara Romero and Diego Romero, Thursday April 21st, 6pm -8pm STILL showcases the recent work of fine art photographers Cara Romero, Will Wilson, Kali Spitzer, Robert Mesa and Zoe Urness . Their compelling photographic images of water, dance […]

2016 – Twenty Five Years

This year 2016 we celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of the launch of Rainmaker. It all began with a desire to share the rich diversity of Native American cultures and extend public awareness far beyond the ubiquitous narrow stereotype. Thanks to the endless talent emerging from Indian Country during the last 25 years we have been able to exhibit […]

NATIVE AMERICAN PORTRAITURE

5th October – 28th November 2015 This exhibition of Native American Portraiture brings together work by eight contemporary Native American Indian artists from eleven tribal nations: Shonto Begay (Diné) Nocona Burgess (Comanche) 
Merle Locke (Lakota) Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi & Choctaw) Chris Pappan (Osage, Kaw & Cheyenne River Sioux) Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) 
Zoe Marieh Urness (Tlingit & Cherokee) […]

Hopi Kachina Dolls by Kevin Honyouti

Hopi Kachina dolls are carved, painted and adorned wooden representations of Hopi deities or Kachinas. The features of each doll are created to represent specific Kachinas. The dolls are made by uncles as gifts to their young nieces to teach them about the culture and religion of their tribe. Kachina dolls are hung high on […]

NOCONA BURGESS – Solo exhibition

16th July – 30th September 2015  In this vivid and thoughtful solo exhibition Nocona Burgess presents strikingly modern depictions of Indigenous men and women from the tribal Nations of the Southern Plains. These paintings mix careful research, firsthand knowledge and raw passion. By combining brightly coloured shapes with crisply outlined facial features and traditional dress, Burgess explores […]

CAPTURED

5th MARCH – 30th MAY 2015 Six contemporary American Indian fine art photographers shed new light on both the uses of photography and the identities of Indigenous Americans in this ground-breaking exhibition. ‘CAPTURED’ showcases the work of fine art photographers Cara Romero, Will Wilson, Zoe Urness, Sara Sense, Tailinh Agoyo and Debra Yepa-Pappan, who surprise and delight with […]

Pendleton Live Body Painting Event

On December 4th we held a special pre-Christmas open evening featuring a spectacular live body painting event by local make-up and body artist Claudia Lucia Spoto. Claudia painstakingly painted the torso of Nick White against the glorious backdrop of one of our magnificent Pendleton blankets. Over the course of three hours motionless model Nick gradually […]

Christmas Open Evening, Dec 4th.

Thursday December 4th is the annual  Christmas Open Evening of the Coldharbour Road Artisan Free Traders. Rainmaker Gallery along with most of our lovely neighbours will be open until 8pm for Christmas shopping and festive fun. You can find out about all the special things on offer by following our local twitter feed @coldharbourroad. Live Pendleton Body Painting […]

Zuni Rock Art & New Jewellery

One of the things we specialise in here at RAINMAKER is an artform known as Zuni Fetish carvings. The Zuni People have used fetishes for over a thousand years. These ritual objects are traditionally believed to assist in healing, hunting, fertility and protection. Today many Zunis make their living carving fetishes that are also exquisite […]

Zuni Rock Art

The Zuni reservation has a population of more than 11,000 people. It covers over 600 square miles of  New Mexico desert and is the largest of the nineteen Indian Pueblos in the state. Zuni is considered to be one of the most traditional Pueblos with a unique language, culture and history that has resulted in part from […]

Summer Holiday

Summer at RAINMAKER has been so much fun this year. The exhibition launch was a joy. Visiting artists Chris Pappan and Debra Yepa-Pappan spoke eloquently and charmed us all. They fell in love with Bristol, Bath and London and had a wonderful time. Thank you to all those involved in the exhibition, especially Chris and […]

FIRST PEOPLE, SECOND CITY launch events

Our summer exhibitions are always the highlight of the year here at RAINMAKER and the next one is fast approaching. This year’s show FIRST PEOPLE, SECOND CITY opens on Tuesday 17th June. To launch the exhibition we have an exciting day of special events that give you a rare opportunity to gain greater insights into Native American cultures past and present, to meet […]

FIRST PEOPLE, SECOND CITY

17th JUNE – 9th AUGUST 2014 Chris Pappan and Debra Yepa-Pappan An exhibition featuring the 21st century ledger art of Chris Pappan and Debra Yepa-Pappan, exploring the cultural identities of indigenous peoples in the Chicago area, and the idea of sacred space both past and present. FIRST PEOPLE, SECOND CITY will be launched with a […]

JEWELS OF EARTH & SKY: South Western Native American Jewellery for Body and Soul

Wednesday 9th April, 1.00- 2.00pm Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX Ticket Cost £10. In this lecture Dr. Max Carocci (British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre) addresses the cultural significance of jewels and precious stones among the native peoples of the North American Southwest. Dating back many thousands of […]

Sarah Sense: Weaving Water

13th JUNE – 10th AUGUST 2013 WEAVING WATER is a migrating exhibition in which Native American artist Sarah Sense navigates a new visual language through photography and weaving. The following exhibition launch events are a collaboration between the artist, Rainmaker Gallery and Dr. Max Carocci, curator at the British Museum. 11am – 12 noon: FILM […]

PRESTON SINGLETARY: TLINGIT SERIGRAPHS

30th OCTOBER – 30th NOVEMBER 2012 In this exhibition of silk screen prints Northwest Coast artist Preston Singletary draws on his Tlingit tribal heritage to explore themes of transformation, nature and myth. Preston Singletary is internationally recognised for his bold depictions of birds, animals and humans in the distinctive style of the Pacific North West. […]

MESSENGERS 2012

JUNE 13th – JULY 25th 2012 TONY ABEYTA, MARCUS AMERMAN, SHONTO BEGAY, DAVID BRADLEY, KELLY CHURCH, MELISSA CODY, EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS, FRANK BUFFALO HYDE, LINDA LOMAHAFTEWA, AMERICA MEREDITH, CHRIS PAPPAN, DEBRA YEPA-PAPPAN, CARA ROMERO, DIEGO ROMERO, MATEO ROMERO, SARAH SENSE, RYAN SINGER, MICAH ‘WERE WULF’ WESLEY. ‘MESSENGERS 2012’ brings together the work of eighteen […]

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