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. We curate, procure and consult for museums, cultural institutions, arts organisations and collectors in the UK and abroad.
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, Marla Allison, Yatika Fields, Pat Pruitt, George Alexander, Cannupa Hanska Luger and Leah Mata Fragua. Rainmaker exhibitions encompass visiting artists, guest lectures, artist talks, workshops, film screenings and panel discussions and offer unparalleled opportunities for real cultural exchange.
25 years later
In 2016 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.
2018 marked our tenth year in the current Bristol location. We joined forces with Beyond The Spectacle to welcome back Marla Allison for a four week residency, a symposium and a solo exhibition MARLA ALLISON: PAINTER IN THE DESERT. Our spring exhibition ‘CARA ROMERO‘ celebrated the work of one of the most exciting Native fine art photographers of our time.
Our 2017-18 winter exhibition ‘NATIVE COLOR‘ focused on the work of artist and curator Tony Tiger and other great Native American colourists.
Now and in the future
This year began with a group exhibition ‘birds, beast & butterflies’ followed by our spring show ‘THE YOUNG AMERICANS‘ 21 March – 8 June 2019, and a visit from artist activist Cannupa Hanska Luger on Thursday 9th May. In June we welcome traditional Chumash jewellery maker Leah Mata for an artist talk. Our summer exhibition ‘BRIGHT PATH’ showcases the paintings of Chickasaw artist Billy Hensley.