April 11 2019

REDEFINED: the Abbey Hotel’s new-look ArtBar

The Abbey Hotel is poised to unveil their unique, exciting ‘cocktail gallery’ experience.

The new-look ArtBar has been renovated and ‘redefined’ into an eclectic space bringing brand new lighting, materials and textures together in perfect artistic harmony. Sleek and stylish, the new design has a contemporary gallery feel, supplemented by a schedule of evolving collections showcasing the vibrant creative talent of local artists, photographers and sculptors. Bringing the creative theme into its drinks’ menu, a new cocktail (Artistic License) will reflect elements of the exhibited artworks.

Curated by Bath artist Emma Taylor, the first REDEFINED exhibition is an exciting, vibrant, eclectic collection of artworks from five inspiring local artists: James Nunn, Emma Trussler, Jean Farrell, Rob Highton and Emma Taylor herself. The collection ranges from abstract textile and wood applied images, to dramatic contemporary Lino print designs such as James’ trio of Octopuses and colourful layered digital figurative artwork. The exhibition offers an interactive gallery experience, encouraging visitors to learn more about both the artists themselves and the processes they use. Sketch books filled with the artists’ workings and ideas will be on display around the bar for people to look at and get a feel for their inspiration. From time to time, there are also plans to have an ‘artist in residence’ working on their artwork on site, giving us the chance to see how a picture comes together.

Meanwhile, the bar’s paint-splattered and smudged tables, carpet and stacking crates all mimic the feel of an artist’s studio, and the reception desks replicates print draw storage units with angled drawing lamps, something commonly found in artists’ studios, art schools and design practices.

In addition to evening drinks, the ArtBar’s redesign makes it a peaceful environment for meeting friends and colleagues or getting some work done during the day. With its new higher-level tables, laptop charging and USB ports, it’s ideal for people looking for an inspiring, comfortable space to work. “We’re delighted with the new look ArtBar and think guests staying, eating or drinking with us will be too,” says Josh Watts, General Manager of The Abbey Hotel. “The brighter, lighter contemporary space brings something fresh and new to Bath: an opportunity to take in the city’s creative culture while enjoying a cocktail, afternoon tea or before/after eating in our English/French brasserie, Koffmann & Mr. White’s.”

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