Opening times:

Thursday & Friday
11.00am to 5.30pm

10.00am to 4.00pm

Entry: free

Last admission half an hour before close


Love, pain and the whole darn thing: The fabric of the mother and child union by Jenni Dutton and Ingrid Hesling.

Before you were born, hers was the first voice you heard, and hers was the first food you tasted. After your birth, she may be apart from you but she will always be a part of you.  The relationship we have with one’s mother is deep, strong, complex and intense.

Both Ingrid Hesling and Jenni Dutton have produced portfolios of images commemorating their respective mothers. Jenni initiated her series of large-scale portraits, ‘The Dementia Darnings’, four years ago when she became a full-time carer for her mother, who had dementia. Producing likenesses of family faces helped Jenni to connect with her mother, even as her memory was slowly disconnecting. A stitch can bring both pleasure - in its pulling together and harmonising elements - and pain. The threaded line can be interpreted as a metaphor for consanguinity - the ribbon of blood that flows through the human body and a human’s body of work. Whereas Dutton’s traces of faces bear the mass, weight and lineage of maturity, Ingrid Hesling has, in her series ‘A Stitch In Time’, reached back to a childlike innocent state with her depictions of a distant domesticity.

Ideas associated with losing the threads of memory, stitches that bind and unravel, are implicit in Jenni’s work, reflecting the gradual loss of memory. The threads are sewn through fine netting stretched over canvas. The process of developing the image is slow, the intensity of each piece mirrors the nature of the relationship between mother and daughter.

Ingrid explores the complexities of the mother / daughter relationship using traditional, domestic materials and techniques used in unexpected ways. Her mother, who adopted her from her sister in law at the age of 6 weeks, was skilled at needlework. When her mother died, Ingrid found a collection of traditional, transfers, which she has since adapted. While learning the craft of embroidery she places some of the original clichéd rhymes with her own text and presents them in the exhibition as an installation. She has now taken the work a stage further, creating a memoir by making drawings from the young child's perspective of remembered scenes from her childhood.

Despite their employing radically different approaches to the same subject with the same craft, Dutton and Hesling have each produced thoughtful and profound meditations on the fragility of life and the passing of time, and touching testaments to love.


© Jenni Dutton


© Ingrid Hesling

Opening times:

Thursday & Friday
11.00am to 5.30pm

10.00am to 4.00pm

Entry: free

Last admission 30 minutes before close

New ceramic work by acclaimed sculptor Ikuko Iwamoto

The ceramic accomplishments of Ikuko Iwamoto are “timeful masterpieces”. Studying the prehistoric earliest lifeforms of Earth - urchins, sea anenomes - under a modern microscope, and then adapting their visual structures and patterns to porcelain tableware, Ikuko encompasses this planet’s journey from purest primitivism to scientific sophistication: Time’s tempest in a teapot, no less.

“I like to make invisible things visible,” says Ikuko, but - in addition - she likes to blur the boundaries. Are her creations stand-alone art pieces, sculptures to be admired for their all-too-apparent beauty, or are they the most wonderful-looking teapots and cups ever hand-made? Form, function and fun collide, combine and conspire.

Ikuko Iwamoto’s newest work continues her unbroken line of enthusiastically coalescing rigid genres. These fresh pieces are sculptures, yes, but they are presented in picture frames - 3D visions set in a 2D world, transporting her art to a new dimension.

Art has many purposes - to provoke, to delight, to evoke, to incite. Ikuko’s award-winning creations suggest a call for calm, for contemplation and conversation - and what better place for that than over a cup of tea?

Artist’s website:

Awards include:

2013, 2011 and 2009: Shortlisted British Ceramics Biennial

2009: Prize for Innovation, ‘Ceramic Review’

2008: Crafts Council Development Award
2006: The Clerkenwell Award, Clerkenwell Green Association
2006: Future Foundation Award for Inclusive Design Research

Exhibited at (amongst many other galleries):

Royal Academy of Arts

Saatchi Gallery

British Ceramic Biennial

Somerset House

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

Royal College of Art

Public collection:

V & A Museum

Opening times:

Thursday & Friday
11.00am to 5.30pm

10.00am to 4.00pm

Entry: free

Last admission 30 minutes before close

Colin Moody is a Photographer and Radio & Television Presenter.

Representing the charity ‘Alive!’, Colin explores the use of photographs as conversation-starters for life-story work in care settings for elders living with memory loss, dementia or reduced mobility. He believes new ‘here and now’ images representing their living spaces (past and present), hobbies and interests could be a catalyst for more engagement for and with the elders of Bristol.

These photographs explore the reality of where elders live and have formerly lived, and are deliberately ‘open’ in their nature to stimulate minds during group activities or 1-to-1s. The scenes are of both familiar locations with unusual things occurring and vice-versa.

In letting the viewers decide where these suggestive images take them, we can all engage in an imaginative journey.

Colin has been working for the ‘Alive!’ charity in Bristol for several years, bringing iPads and technology into care homes to improve quality of life and training in the use of new technology in the care setting.

Gill Roberts, regional manager for Alive! Activities:  “People may not always connect with memories of their past but they can respond on an emotional level that enables them to reconnect with who they are.”

"My Eyes" takes place in the Lower Gallery. 


1pm to 3pm

Entry: Free

Refreshments served

Join us for the openings of three exhibitions:

Mother Love (Meet the Artists)

Ikuko Iwamoto

Colin Moody

Please RSVP to - free to come along - all welcome