Past exhibitions

 

Past exhibitions
DateExhibition titleVenue
14 February-1 May 2020

The Body is (not) Here: Franko B's Archive

The Body is (not) Here explores the archive of visual artist, curator and teacher Franko B through representations of the human body, which loom large throughout the collection.

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
Winter 2019

 

Staging the Archive

In 2019 the Theatre Collection invited students from the Innovation and Enterprise MSc (Bristol University) to visit the archive and respond to pre-selected objects through the curation of an exhibition. 

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here

 

 

 University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
 8 November 2019 – 28 February 2020 

Talking Audiences: An exhibition curated by Kirsty Sedgman

Dr Kirsty Sedgman is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2020) and Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Bristol. 

Rather than studying performances, plays, or performers themselves, she is interested instead in the people on the other side of the stage. Researching audiences means asking a different kind of question. How do various people experience and find value in the things they see? How are pleasures and disappointments made meaningful within their lives? How do people reach for words to describe experiences we so often think of as indescribable? And what can all this tell us about the role of the arts in society, as well as the relationship between cultural institutions, power, identity, and place? 

This exhibition explores the relationship between Bristol Old Vic and its audiences through material selected from Bristol Old Vic Company Archive.

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 1,555kB)


 University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 

21 June-1 Nov 2019

Scene: Reflections on the Life and Work of Edward Gordon Craig

For this exhibition, seven invited artist/printmakers show new work alongside prints held by the Theatre Collection and produced by Edward Gordon Craig from 1898 to 1930. The works reflect not just on Shakespeare but also on design, marionettes, ballet and dance, and the extraordinary life of EGC, son of Ellen Terry and William Godwin, who first met in Bristol in the 1860s. 

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 2,086kB)

 University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 

17 May-24 June 2019

(re)Designing Shakespeare

Curated by University of Bristol History of Art MA students

Drawing on a range of archival materials including original costume designs, masks, costume pieces and ephemera, this exhibition offers an insight into how costumes for three of Shakespeare's best loved plays -  The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night - have been re-imagined by different designers over the past 100 years

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 1,302kB)

 University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 

11-30 June 2019 

Flesh & Text: 30 Years of Bodies in Flight

This exhibition draws together still and moving images, alongside artefacts and commentary about this pioneering company’s work. Reflecting now on 30 years of performance-making, the exhibition explores in three parts: the company’s early professional practice; the development of its research methodology working across a range of collaborations; and finally its recent work collaborating with different communities.

 Wallner Gallery,(Djanogly Theatre) Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

February - March 2019

Flesh & Text: 30 Years of Bodies in Flight

This exhibition draws together still and moving images, alongside artefacts and commentary about this pioneering company’s work. Reflecting now on 30 years of performance-making, the exhibition explores in three parts: the company’s early professional practice; the development of its research methodology working across a range of collaborations; and finally its recent work collaborating with different communities.

 University of Bristol Theatre Department (Wickham Theatre Foyer)

20 November 2018 – 13 January 2019

Oliver Messel: Beyond Theatre  

Oliver Messel led a dazzling life as one of London’s ‘Bright Young Things’, forging a creative career that encompassed the magical worlds of theatre, ballet, opera and film, as well as spanning portraiture, textiles, architecture and interior design. A selection of work associated with the Oliver Messel Archive will be on display at the RWA, delivered in partnership with the Oliver Messel Archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. More work can be seen in the concurrent exhibition Wake Up and Dream – Oliver Messel: Theatre, Art and Society at the Theatre Collection from 22 November 2018 until April 2019. 

 

Royal West of England Academy                     

22 November 2018 - April 2019

Wake Up and Dream - Oliver Messel: Theatre, Art and Society

Wake Up and Dream captures the romance and imagination behind one of the twentieth centuries brightest theatrical stars, lifting the lid on Oliver Messel’s personal archive. The fascinating exhibition encompasses the magical worlds of theatre, ballet, opera and film as well as a host of artistic practice from portraiture to architecture, to textiles and interior design, featuring costumes, designs, artwork, letters, photography and more, enchanting audiences young and old.

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 394kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
4 May - Nov 2018

All the world’s a stage: EMOTION AND THEATRE 

Emotion and Theatre is an exhibition curated by third year History of Art undergraduate students. It explores the display of emotion on stage as well as its manifestation behind the scenes and in other contexts; from the emotional reactions of an audience, to the raw emotion exercised in rehearsal and the performed emotion created by Live Art. The works have been selected from the holdings of the Theatre Collection and comprise a diverse range of media, including photography, etching, caricature, set and costume designs and Live Art documentation. This exhibition is on display in the Theatre Collection reading room and library.

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 870kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
4 May - Nov 2018

In Character: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh 1937-1973

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were among the biggest names in British theatre and film in the twentieth century. While their acting made the duo’s roles iconic, the costumes designed for them to wear on stage further consolidated their illustrious theatrical stature. The University of Bristol Theatre Collection holds a fascinating array of objects relating to Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh that reveal the relationship between actor, character and costume, as well as the close relationships they shared with costume designers such as Oliver Messel, Cecil Beaton, Doris Zinkeisen and Julia Trevelyan Oman. In Character is on display in the Theatre Collection lift lobby and has been curated by History of Art MA students.  

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 361kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
4 May - Nov 2018

LOV200: celebrating the 200th anniversary of London Old Vic

Drawing on the London Old Vic Archive at the Theatre Collection, the exhibition will feature prints, photographs, playbills and ephemera to celebrate the history of the London Old Vic Theatre, founded originally as the Royal Cobourg Theatre in 1818. The exhibition will feature materials about the influential managers Emma Cons and Lilian Baylis as well as a fragment from the spectacular ‘glass curtain’ hung on stage in 1826!

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 1,423kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
Spring - Winter 2018

Three Women Theatre Pioneers 

Curated by Dr. Rebecca D’Monté (Senior Lecturer in Drama,  University of the West of England) this exhibition looked at the work and life of three female theatre pioneers from the 29th century, Emma Cons, Lilian Baylis and Cicely Hamilton.

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 333kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
1 February –13 April 2018 

Berta Freistadt:  A feminist life in theatre 

Berta Freistadt: A feminist life in theatre celebrates the life and work of the lesbian feminist playwright, stage director and teacher Berta Freistadt, MA (1942-2009). The University of Bristol Theatre Collection holds the archive of this multi-talented practitioner whose work encompassed theatrical experiences ranging from creating and encouraging children’s theatre and the regional repertory movement, to the intellectual concern with the history of women’s theatre and promotion of feminist and LGBT+ theatre. This exhibition showcases a selection of material from this rich archive to mark LGBT+ month. 

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 341kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
5 May - October 2017

Performing Identity: Art and Artifice

Performing Identity: Art and Artifice is an exhibition curated by the History of Art BA undergraduate students. It explores the complex theme of identity in works of art at the Theatre Collection.
The exhibition revolves around oppositions within the theatre: actor versus character, illusion versus reality, factual place and fictional setting. From preliminary costume and set designs to completed character portraits, the exhibition explores the construction of identity, both in front of and behind the theatre curtain.

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 666kB)

 University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
5 May - Autumn 2017 

Capturing Creativity

Curated by History of Art MA students Capturing Creativity showcases particular items from the Theatre Collection that reveal the hidden stories of the creative process that takes place before the curtain rises. The main figures in the exhibition are therefore the designers, composers, artists and directors, rather than the actors. Initial ideas are captured in sketches, annotations, doodles and designs. The crossings-out, amendments and sudden flashes of inspiration displayed across many of these items, trace the complex process of invention that is a part of every theatre production. 

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 726kB)

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
25 May - 31 October 2017

Playwright: the craft of Kevin Elyot

This exhibition provides a snapshot of Kevin Elyot’s work and career. It combines materials used for inspiration, notebooks and work-in-progress scripts that explore his process, with publicity materials displaying the realisation from page to production. Kevin Elyot’s fi rst career was as an actor but his real passion was for writing. His success spanned theatre and later television, where alongside his sole authored work he crafted successful adaptations.

An exhibition catalogue is available to view and download here (PDF, 4,200kB)

 

 University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2016 - 2017
21 April 2016 - April 2017
Back to Black: the iconic image of Shakespeare

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 

2016 - 2017
14 December 2016 - Spring 2017
Creating a Character: an exhibition of make up and personal props University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2016
21 April - 4 November 2016
 Shakespearabilia University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2015 - 2016
16th November  2015 - 24th March 2016
It's Behind You! University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2015
29th April - 23rd October
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2014 - 2015
17th November 2014 - 27th March 2015
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2014
1st August - 31st October
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2014
7th June - 6th July
Wirth Gallery, Holburne Museum, Bath
2014
21st March - 15th July
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2014
5th February - 23rd March
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 
2013 - 2014
2nd December 2013 - 13th March 2014
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2013 - 2014
17th September 2013 - 13th March 2014
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2013
11th - 15th November
Royal Fort House, University of Bristol 
2013
7th May - 12th July
 
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2013
14th March – 12th April
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2012 - 2013
27th November 2012 - 28th February 2013
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2012
10th September - 16th November
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2012
20th March - 10th July
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2011 - 2012
5th December 2011 - 2nd March 2012
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2011
26th September – 11th November
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2011
20th June – 5th September
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2011
9th March – 9th June
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2010 - 2011
17th December 2010 - 12th February 2011
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2010
8th October - 16th December
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2010
11th June - September
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2009 - 2010
19th November - 30th April
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2009
14th August - 13th November
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2008 - 2009
21st April 2008 - 12th August 2009
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2007 - 2008
3rd December 2007 - 29th February 2008
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2007
22nd January - 23rd March
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2003
14th June - 14th October

Premières

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2003
9th June - 30th September
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2002 - 2003
5th November 2002 - 31st January 2003
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2002
10th June - 27th September
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2001
11th June  - 28th September
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
2001
26th February - 23rd March
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2000
12th June - 29th September
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
2000
20th March - 5th May
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1999
December
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1999
1st – 29th July
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1997
9th – 27th June
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
 
1996
3rd – 21st June
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
 
1995
1st November – 16th December
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, Bristol 
1995
Summer
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1995
5th – 23rd June
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1994
6th - 24th June
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1993
21st June - 9th July
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
1992
21st January  - 20th February
The Glynne Wickham Studio Theatre, Cantocks Close, Bristol
 
1992
22nd June  - 10th July
Theatre Royal, Bristol
 
1991
10th June  - 21st June
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
 
1983
6th May - 4th June
Theatre Royal, Bristol
 
1981
7th May - 20th June
Theatre Royal, Bristol
 
1980
Summer
The Vandyck Gallery, 21 Park Row, Bristol
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