The Stradling Collection runs a range of exhibitions from the Collection celebrating individual artistry, craftsmanship and product design. We also exhibit work done by local schools, colleges and universities in response to the Collection as part of our learning programme.

We often run Curator’s Tours for a much closer look at the Collection – please use the form on that page to enquire about a booking.

As of 2024, our visitor experience is set over three floors, accessible only by staircases. The ground floor gallery is wheelchair-accessible.

View our previous exhibitions here.

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A celebration of Scandinavian design

Emerging after the Second World War alongside the modernist movement in Europe and America, Scandinavian modern style introduced democratic, affordable, and sleek furnishings and interiors.

Ken Stradling made extensive business contacts with Scandinavian furniture, glass and ceramics manufacturers in his early years in the Bristol Guild. This exhibition illustrates Ken’s passion for Scandinavian design and his desire to share this passion with us.

24 February – 20 July 2024

Photo representing our exhibition of Scandinavian design, 60˚ NORTH

Kindly sponsored by Clevedon Salerooms
Logo: Clevedon Salerooms

We are opening up our first and second floors as part of an enhanced visitor experience.

Curator’s tours

Beautiful objects, fascinating stories

Book here for the opportunity to see the whole Collection.

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 – thanks to the work of Ken Stradling – vividly brought to life by our curator, Tanya Martin. An architect and ceramicist herself, Tanya’s fascinating tours of the Collection are a real journey through the alchemy and magic of craft and design.

Tickets £15 per person

Booking details

Photo: Reunion by Eleanor Glover

Previous exhibitions

We’ve run a range of exhibitions including:

And from our learning programme:

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