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Harriet Bowman – Maybe they had an urgent call

Sat 29 Apr 2023 - Sun 02 Jul 2023





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Harriet Bowman – Maybe they had an urgent call

Maybe they had an urgent call is an exhibition of new work in sculpture, photography and text by Bristol-based artist Harriet Bowman.

The exhibition unfolds through motifs of collision, slippage and rupture, a layering and juxtaposing a range of materials that include ceramic, metal, glass and rubber. Throughout the exhibition, Bowman pushes her materials to the edge of their capabilities, repurposing and transforming them to explore their cyclical, often hidden relationships to each other.

The exhibition’s title speculates on the motives of two men, encountered once while visiting a classic car show, who abruptly left their café table when the artist began breastfeeding her child. Bowman’s photographs, taken on the same day, act as a departure point for engagement with her interest in the fallibility of the body and its vulnerability to chance, accident and collision.



Exhibition launch and reading

Sat 6 May, 4–6pm | FREE

Join us for a drink to celebrate the new exhibition with a brief reading at 5pm.

Reading and walking event

Sun 21 May, 1.30pm | FREE | Booking Essential

Join the artist on a short walk through the streets of the city, pausing to read aloud extracts of the text which accompanies the exhibition.

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Artist’s talk: Harriet Bowman with writer Daisy Hildyard and gallery curator Matt Burrows in conversation.

Sat 17 June, 12pm | FREE | Booking Essential

Join the artist as she discusses the exhibition and her wider practice.

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Limited edition print:  Accident Plaque, 2023 | £30 (+p&p)

A limited edition, Giclée print made as an affordable artwork to accompany the exhibition. Buy online HERE.

Image credit Harriet Bowman

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