The Art Of Making

The Art Of Making

09 January - 18 February 2024


Lower Ground Floor, RWA, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX


09 January - 18 February 2024

The Art of Making: Creative Practice in the RWA Collection

This exhibition was curated by History of Art MA students from the University of Bristol, using works from the RWA Permanent Collection.

*Please note; access to the lower ground gallery is currently only via stairs (consisting of six steps), while we wait for our lift to be repaired 

Through a carefully selected collection of works, ‘The Art Of Making’ speaks to narratives of process and form, of line and of looking. Ideas of the creative subconscious, chance and free experimentation are at the heart. From collage, oil, painting, sculpture and sound, to works made with hailstones and nibbled by insects, the artworks displayed embrace physical making and the interplay of life and art.

A walk across Somerset meadows and the fractured movement of ice in a quiet landscape. Netting and sediment on board recall the earthy landscape of a coastal smallholding. These carefully chosen works are not static artefacts; they are dynamic storytellers. Together, they weave a narrative of unexpected beauty.

Lead image: Soundscape II (detail), Fiona Robinson


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