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. We curate, procure and consult for museums, cultural institutions, arts organisations and collectors in the UK and abroad.

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, Marla Allison and Yatika Fields. 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.

Now and in the future

In the spring of 2017 Rainmaker Gallery celebrated all Native American women on the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas with a powerful group exhibition ‘WE ARE NATIVE WOMEN’

The summer exhibition ‘YATIKA STARR FIELDS‘ featured dynamic oil paintings by a leading Native American muralist. During his visit to Bristol Yatika participated in UPFEST – Europes largest Street Art and Graffiti festival.

Our winter exhibition ‘NATIVE COLOR‘ focuses on the work of artist and curator Tony Tiger and other great Native American colourists including Nocona Burgess, Yatika Fields, Dan V Lomahaftewa, Billy Hensley and Debra Yepa-Pappan.

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