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The Ken Stradling Collection

Stradling Gallery

Design Study Centre

48 Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LH, UK

(+44)117  3290566


Gallery Opening Hours

Wednesday 11.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday (during exhibitions)

11.00am – 4.00pm

Contact us to arrange visits

or tours at other times.

Registered Charity no. 1117689


Welcome to the Ken Stradling Collection

We have changed delivery of our activities due to Covid19. Our exhibitions are being displayed using the front of the building so you can view them from the pavement outside. Come anytime. We are also placing exhibitions, talks and workshops online, so to get up to date news do follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. See What’s On for information about our autumn window exhibition Making Useful Simple – Geoffrey Whiting 1919 – 1988.

In 1948 Ken Stradling joined the Bristol Guild of Applied Arts and set out to find and to sell new and innovative furnishings and objects for West Country homes. At the same time, Ken began his own, very personal collection of 20th and 21st-century objects including furniture, glass and especially ceramics bringing together industrial products with others by studio craftspeople and designer-makers.

In keeping with Ken’s aim to promote good design, the Collection (now managed by the Ken Stradling Trust) is accessible to the public at 48, Park Row. On the ground floor is the Stradling Gallery which hosts a regular programme of design-related exhibitions. It is normally open to the public on Wednesdays, and on Saturdays during shows (but not for the time being due to Covid-19). Guided visits to see more of the Collection can be arranged by appointment (see Visit page). 48 Park Row is also home to the Design Study Centre. This  provides access to objects and documentary material for to students, practitioners and anyone with an interest in design, and has links to universities, art colleges and schools.

You can view 60 selected pieces from the Collection on this website. Our blog features elements of the Collection as well as local design subjects. In addition it houses a range of resources relating to the connections between the Bauhaus and Bristol –  Ken Stradling Collection blog

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