Our exhibitions are FREE to visit.
New Brewery Arts is the place to come and see the best of British craft and a range of new work by artists, makers, craftsmen and designers. Our exhibitions present inspirational work exploring different materials, concepts and trends in contemporary craft.
Our gallery exhibitions are supported by
The Sir Michael Mc William Foundation, The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire,
and Gloucestershire Community Foundation.
Jessica Turrell and Misun Won
29 April – 28 May
Two curated showcases of contemporary jewellery in our shop. Part of the Select Festival presented by SIT Select
"SIT Select celebrates diversity and always presents challenging inspiring work. The jewellers that I have chosen reflect this. Each works with widely differing materials – metal type, thread, enamel and digital technologies; each combines fine handcrafted skills and traditional metalwork techniques using silver and gold." Mary La Trobe-Bateman, Jewellery Showcase Curator
Misun Won shows an Oriental sensitivity to her designs by combining a depth of colour in red thread with the richness of fine metals.
Jessica Turrell presents a collection of finely crafted enamel jewellery to showcase at New Brewery Arts. Jessica creates work that moves away from traditional enamel practice in order to achieve a more ambiguous and expressive material quality. Her work has a tactile delicacy whilst making pieces that reward the wearer’s close attention with an intricate and detailed surface.
Curated by Mary La Trobe-Bateman in partnership with the Select Festival.
JULIE COPE'S GRAND TOUR: THE STORY OF A LIFE BY GRAYSON PERRY
20 May – 16 July
A Crafts Council touring exhibition
The Crafts Council have recently acquired an exciting new addition to its national collection of contemporary craft: a pair of tapestries by Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003.
The tapestries are the only pair in a public collection and had their first public showing at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects from 2 – 6 February at the Saatchi Gallery, London. The tapestries will be shown at New Brewery Arts as part of a national tour.
The Essex House Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope (2015) were made for ‘A House for Essex,’ designed by Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture, and well known through the Channel 4 programme ‘Grayson Perry’s Dream House.’ The house was conceived as a mausoleum to Julie Cope, a fictitious Essex ‘everywoman’, who was inspired by the people Perry grew up among.
The touring exhibition will consist of a diptych of the two tapestries, which tells Julie's story through Perry's recognisably vibrant and detail-orientated style. Alongside the tapestries will be a visualisation and specially commissioned audio recording of the Ballad of Julie Cope. The 3,000 word narrative, written and read by Perry himself, elaborates on the story of Julie’s life and is translatable to audiences across the country.
As the only chance to read and hear the ballad outside of the House for Essex, audiences will be able to explore ideas of regional identity, the effect of social history on the individual, and class mobility, through her journey.
Process · Form · Colour
22 July – 10 September
Showcasing contemporary ecclesiastical works by stone sculptor, Rory Young, alongside medieval carvings from St Mary’s Abbey.
An Abbey 900 event in partnership with Corinium Museum.
New Brewery Arts is the place to come and explore the best of British craft and creativity. We have over 100 weekly courses and short workshops on offer each term and regularly changing exhibitions.