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Thank you for sharing Bellwether 2018 with us!

Below you can find images to view and download from each of the events during Bellwether.

Bellwether at BAM

Opening Night at BAM

Bellwether at Compass Plaza 1, 2

Bellwether at Downtown Park

Bellwether Art Documentation

Bellwether is now held every year, so stay tuned for 2019 dates.


From the Waves to the Wilderness -  Lauren Max &  Gung Hei Fat Boi Series  - Monyee Chau

From the Waves to the Wilderness - Lauren Max & Gung Hei Fat Boi Series - Monyee Chau


Blooms – Andy Arkley




Bellwether 2018

Bellwether is a free, 10-day, multi-disciplinary arts experience produced by the City of Bellevue in collaboration with Bellevue’s arts community and with guidance from the city’s Arts Commission. Thank you to our generous event partners: Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue Downtown Association and Madison Marquette.

A bellwether is a sign of things to come. The name was chosen as a symbol of the overarching mission of the event: to showcase Bellevue’s creative future and to turn that future into reality.

Bellwether got its start as a biennial sculpture exhibition in 1992. Now in its 14th series, the event has evolved to encompass new forms of art and culture. Starting in 2018, Bellwether will be held every year to harness the city’s growth and support artists year-round.

Support for Bellwether 2018 comes from the Port of Seattle and our media sponsors 425 Magazine, Crosscut and 91.3 KBCS. 


Contact Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, 425.452.4105 or jheim@bellevuewa.gov.





Quilted Northern – Tariqa Waters

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Schedule of Events

Join Us


Daily from Sept 14–Sept 23
55 Laps with Margie Livingston (click to view times)
Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St.

A Great Unabridgeable Distance
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE & Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St.

Friday, September 14
6–9pm: Bellwether Opening Party
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE
(RSVP here)

Saturday, September 15
5–9pm: Performances in the Plaza
Compass Plaza, NE 6th Street and 106th Avenue NE

8pm: The Most (un) Documented Mexican Artist
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE

Sunday, September 16
1–5pm: Artist Workshop with La Pocha Nostra
Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE

Saturday, September 22
5pm: Poetry Reading at Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE

5–9pm: Music & Performances at Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE 4th St.


Glass Archipelago – Jed Dunkerley

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