23 July - 4 September 2011
Admission to the gallery is free
This show investigates the work of contemporary artists and makers who create pieces which show ‘playfulness’ or have a ‘childlike’ quality. All the exhibitors are inspired by play, respond to children’s stories, refer to childhood memories or make work with children in mind. The exhibition will present a stimulating world for all to enjoy.
Discover work that explores stories, toys, dolls, characters and creatures, fairgrounds, circuses, make believe, fairies and dressing up to intrigue and delight both children and adults.
Amongst the work on show will be
Katie Heeks’s gardens of delight
Samantha Bryan’s fairies
dolls by Gillian Lee Smith
Donna Wilson’s creatures
Melanie Tomlinson’s diaroma
Jennifer Collier’s paper clothes
Maddie Harris’s sound objects
and colourful cushions from Chez Williams.
We are also featuring up-and-coming artist Caroline Brown, recently graduated from Bath Spa University, who uses mixed media and embroidery to create quirky animal characters.
Are you ready for a playful summer?
Fun in the Gallery
Thursday 1 September
Fridays 26 August and 2 September
Saturday 3 September
10am to 12pm
We invite you to bring your children to the gallery to enjoy themselves in the inspirational surroundings of our Art of Childsplay exhibition. Come and make a peg doll, sea life mobile or butterfly with help from an artist.
Activity packs for ages 5 to 10 will be available to encourage creativity. Activities cost £4 (or packs are £3 to take away).
Maximum 8 children per session. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Fairytales and Scarytales
Inspired by this fantastic gallery exhibition, summer holiday workshops for children will be filled with tales of gruesome goblins, elegant elves and lots more…
There’s something for every age and artistic persuasion each week of the holidays.
Exhibition launch Saturday 23 July
The Art of Childsplay got off to a great start at a joint launch party with Standing Tall, our exhibition in the theatre of work by local children.
In the main gallery, Ella the Storyteller enthralled children and parents with wonderful tales - illustrated with puppets and strange sock animals.
I am overwhelmed by the lovely things I have seen here - fabulous ceramics in the shop and the most delightful exhibtion of childsplay. What an astonishing and wonderful place.
Support us as your local arts charity and help fund our exhibitions by buying a New Brewery Arts Grand Lottery ticket - you might win £100!
Exhibiting and selling work at New Brewery Arts
If you would like to submit work to our gallery, please see our Show your own work page for information.
New Brewery Arts participates in Arts Council England’s Own Art scheme, which gives buyers the chance to take out an interest free loan to purchase pieces from our Gallery and Shop.
You can borrow from £100 to £2,000 and pay it back in 10 equal instalments over 10 months, INTEREST FREE. There is no administrative charge or handling fee.
We value your feedback on our exhibitions - and on what you would like to see in future - so please leave a comment on our blog www.newbreweryarts.blogspot.com