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. When we are closed during the summer we run window exhibitions. At Christmas we run a selling exhibition by local makers. View our previous exhibitions here.

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Saturday 9 September – Sunday 5 November 2023

Bristol has always been a pioneering place – from innovative 18th century Bristol porcelain through to Brunel’s integrated transport plan and 20th century modern design with Crofton Gane’s furniture and Ken Stradling’s Bristol Guild.

We showcase how five remarkable 21st century creative companies have evolved and why Bristol is where they can grow and flourish.

A series of early evening talks

Meet the Makers is a series of early evening talks as a part of our exhibition Design Icons: Made in Bristol featuring some of Bristol’s best design companies. These talks represent rare and unique opportunities to hear from senior team members about their work.

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

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Photo: Reunion by Eleanor Glover

2023 exhibition schedule

Previous exhibitions

We’ve run a range of exhibitions including:

And from our learning programme:

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