Tonight is the first night of late night openings at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Every Wednesday from this evening, the museum doors will not close until 8pm, following demand from people wanting to visit the museum to relieve post-work tension.
Today also sees the launch of the museum’s new installation, Story by literary-inspired artist Ellen Bell. This is just one of the works commissioned as part of the Plinth Project, using an empty space in the museum and inviting artists to use it however they want for a two-month period, an echo of Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.
Bell has constructed a “paperback monument to celebrate all those personal love stories that are kept hidden away”. The installation is said to embody the notion that when a person harbors a private passion for another they see that person’s name everywhere they go.
In preparation for her piece, Ellen kept a box in the museum for two months and asked visitors to post the name of a secret love that has touched their lives.
Julie Finch, director of Bristol’s museums, galleries & archives, said: “Late night openings are a perfect way of giving people who don’t have much time, the opportunity to experience some of the fantastic cultural and entertainment opportunities in the city. We have responded to visitor demand for a late night offer and extended opening will give visitors the chance to view what the museum has to offer at a leisurely pace – ideal for winding down after a hectic day at work.”