Bristol gallery of craft and design

The Stradling Collection is a remarkable collection of C20th and C21st design and applied arts. It contains almost 2000 pieces of ceramics, glass, furniture and decorative objects.

The gallery features changing displays from the Collection, or artworks created through our learning programme; sometimes our exhibitions feature both.

We are a charity and donations are very welcome. View opening hours and visitor information.

To see the full collection, we offer curator-led tours which are chargeable and need to be booked in advance as space is limited and tours book up quickly.

Current exhibition

Crafts for Christmas 2023

Selling exhibition of work by Bristol artists Saturday 18 November - Saturday 23 December Crafts for Christmas 2023 features a number of artists and craftspeople working in different media offering a wide range[...]


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This extraordinary collection grew out of retail buying for a design shop – the Bristol Guild of Applied Art. The link is the home and the things we use and enjoy in it, from furniture to contemporary glass and ceramics. Explore our selection of sample pieces.

Curator’s tours of the Collection

Photo: four pieces of glass from the Stradling Collection

Beautiful objects, fascinating stories

One of the features of the Stradling Collection is the stories about the objects, the makers, the building and Bristol’s place in craft and design history, all vividly brought to life by our curator, Tanya Martin.


We welcome visits by groups and individuals to study the collection. We provide workshops and curator-led tours. We also have study rooms available for teachers to hire.

In partnership with universities, colleges and secondary schools, we offer hands-on activities for students as well as work experience opportunities.



Student internships

We are delighted to invite applications for three paid intern posts funded by the Art Fund. These roles will support our curating, marketing and events work. The role is one day a week, primarily[...]

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