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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.


Grayson Perry with The Essex Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope (2015)

Grayson Perry with The Essex Tapestries: the life of Julie Cope (2015)

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.

A Crafts Council touring exhibition

A Crafts Council touring exhibition


Rory Young at St Albans Cathedral

Rory Young at St Albans Cathedral

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.

Abbey 900 New Brewery Arts



Following a successful exhibition at Jerwood Space, Marcin Rusak, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Laura Youngson Coll, Jessica Harrison and Sam Bakewell are exhibiting new works as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at New Brewery Arts. 

Five new commissions by these early-career applied artists brought about through the biennial Jerwood Makers Open. Each combines a high level of technical skill with imagination and intellectual adventure, constituting a fresh and exciting direction of each artist’s work.

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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.