Barge art on a boat

£98 / 2 Adults Per Ticket
2 hrs 15 mins
Age restrictions
Child prices also available

What you'll do

This is a fun afternoon of creativity where you’ll discover the colourful world of barge art - the traditional narrowboat style of painting - on the front deck of a river boat in Portishead Marina. Your experience will be hosted by Barbara, a practising artist who works in painting, sculpture and print, with a particular interest in folk art and boat culture.

With Barbara’s help, you’ll make unique, memorable creations to brighten up your home or give as bespoke gifts. You’ll be able to adorn small household items, like mugs, tea light holders, wooden spoons, with simple decorative canal ware motifs. You can choose what you'd like to paint from Barbara's collection, or if you'd like to, bring along your own small item to paint (we would need to discuss this beforehand as it would need to a little preparation). There will be designs available as a guide, and also a hand out on the history of barge art which you can take with you or which can be mailed beforehand.

The front deck is a peaceful, private waterside setting where Barbara will provide all the materials and inspiration you need with the painted backgrounds already prepared for you.

Barbara will be available for gentle guidance, and there will be a glass of wine with nibbles to help the flow of the creative process - the scene is set for a lovely afternoon with creative mementoes to take home with you!

Upcoming dates


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

COVID-19 guidelines

  • The front deck art-making area is separate from the boat's living space and will be thoroughly sanitised
  • This is a private experience for two people and only yourselves and Barbara will be present
  • There is ventilation, hand gel, sanitising wipes available and space for safe social distancing
  • Barbara can wear a mask at all times or just when giving technical assistance and is happy to discuss this before so that guests feel safe and relaxed

On the day

  • The workshop may be a little messy so please wear old clothes and/or an apron
  • There is on-street parking available or the venue is 2 mins from a bus stop with regular buses to/from Bristol

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 2 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 2 days before your experience.

About Bristol Art Workshops

Barbara is an artist and tutor that enjoys hosting hands-on, creative art workshops in Bristol and Portishead marina. In fact, she's been making art since she was a child and it's always been a huge part of her life. Barbara studied fine art and completed a masters in sculpture and has been exhibiting, creating projects and commissions ever since. She had a studio at Spike Island and then spent 10 years in Bangalore working in different parts of India, before returning to Bristol to live on a boat in Portishead. As well as being a part time tutor at Bristol School of Art and the Folk House, Barbara is now happy to be launching art workshops on her boat, exploring a range of creative making experiences.

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Your host


Your host will be Barbara, an experienced artist and teacher. Barbara teaches at Bristol School of Art and the Folk House, and loves sharing art experiences which help people discover their creative side and have fun.

How to get there

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£98 / 2 Adults Per Ticket
2 hrs 15 mins
Age restriction
Rebook or cancel up to 2 days before your experience.