FRANCES WILLOUGHBY: DREAM HOUSE
Friday 20th January 2023 – Wednesday 25th January 2023
Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, England, BS1 1EAU
Private View: Friday 20th January 6-9 pm
Open Daily: 11-4 pm
Curated by Kirsty Claxton and Simone Hesselberg
Frances Willoughby explores the ritual of domesticity in her solo exhibition. Through photography, textiles, collage and sculpture, Willoughby sets the scene for an uncanny but curious Dream House.
Willoughby’s self-reflective works, bound by anxiety and discomfort, explore home as a place of both security and uncertainty. Obscure bodies and objects situated in unexpected domestic scenarios are brought to life through new photographic works. Repurposed family table linens and doilies, now a series of collaged banners, consider a complex feminine history whilst grappling with the current financial and emotional weight of independence. Taking one context and exploring it through a variety of mediums, Willoughby presents an exploration of home and its personal meaning. Frances Willoughby (b. 1996) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bristol. Working with sculpture, photography, collage and installation, Willoughby is concerned with the metamorphosis of the human form. Part autobiography, part invented narrative, Willoughby’s work confronts personal trauma, family history, fear and desire. Willoughby has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Mall Galleries, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Helmut Gallery, Leipzig; The Crypt, London; and Thought Foundation, Gateshead.
Dream House features a new body of work developed over the last twelve months, following Willoughby’s award of an Arts Council ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ grant. Craft Workshop: Home is Where the Heart is
This workshop will be taking place alongside the Dream House exhibition at Centrespace Gallery. Create your own heart pin cushion, lavender bag or hanging decoration in this 2-hour craft workshop, ran by Frances Willoughby and Kirsty Claxton.
Frances Willoughby presents her solo exhibition, Dream House, following a period of development and experimentation with photography, textiles and collage (20-25 January 2023, Centrespace Gallery). Dream House is curated by Simone Hesselberg and Kirsty Claxton.
Participants will need no previous sewing experience for this workshop, and all materials are provided.
Craft Workshop: Home is Where the Heart is A workshop led by artist Frances Willoughby, where participants can craft their own sewn textiles heart.