Central Gallery

The Central Gallery is situated in Zone B on the Ground Floor, left and right of the main atrium.





Hilary Paynter Woodblocks, photography by Simon Williams



 A striking new body of wood engraving work by Hilary Paynter specifically  commissioned by Devon Guild of Craftsmen for this project on the subject of ageing has been informed by dialogue, interaction and workshops run through Daisi* with inter-generational groups.

The exhibition includes work created by the participating groups which express the conversations that have taken place during the making.  During the tour, talks and printmaking workshops will enable the public to further engage with the theme and printmaking processes.

The exhibition also features work by printmaker, film-maker and photographer Leonie Bradley.

Hilary Paynter is a long-time Devon Guild Member and renowned wood engraver Hilary Paynter RE FRSA .Through her involvement with the Society of Wood Engravers, she has made a significant contribution to the revival of interest in this exacting medium. Hilary studied sculpture and wood-engraving at Portsmouth College of Art and combined a career in teaching and later as an Educational Psychologist, with intense and prolific wood engraving, Hilary is now a full-time artist. Her wood-engravings are held in many public collections including the V&A, the Ashmolean and the Fitzwilliam. Her work has featured in international print exhibitions in the Americas, the USSR, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland and in autumn 2014 she had a solo show of new work at the Framers Gallery, London.

Her subject matter ranges through dramatic landscapes to domestic observations or acute socio-political comment. Through this commission she will share her ideas and process with others across the generations. Hilary’s teaching background and interest in psychology uniquely positions her to respond to the brief and explore the theme. Her method of relief printing is very accessible, even for those without a press, offering a directness and simplicity ideal for printmakers of all levels.

*Daisi’s vision is for artistic and cultural experience to be at the heart of young people’s lives and learning. Daisi’s mission is to work in partnership with artists and educators to enable arts and culture to enrich and inspire the lives, learning and futures of children and young people in our region.

This project, run by Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Daisi, has been funded by The Baring Foundation and Arts Council England.






Etching by Jenny Graham – detail







‘Imagined Worlds’ features the work of twenty contemporary artists inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s visionary poem Kubla Khan. The exhibition curated by Somerset Art Works on behalf of The Friends of Coleridge Society is part of a programme of events timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the poem’s first publication.

The artists have drawn upon different facets of Coleridge’s or their own imagination to create a diverse array of works including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and photography as well as film. The films can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Somerset Film 

Film by Jon Seal 

Film by Christopher Jelley


A Vision in a Dream by Adam Grose

The artists have responded to the landscapes that inspired his writing two centuries before, and the speculation surrounding its creation whilst others explore places only imagined and the realms of myth and legend.  They utilise his words to inspire an intuitive use of shape and form onto which we can project our own interpretation or graphically portray the spaces of their own imagined worlds.

The exhibition also shows the winning poems from the Imagined Worlds Poetry Competition. During the run of the exhibition, poets will visit patients to share favourite poems and talk about Coleridge’s work. Kate Innes, the winner, will be one of the poets visiting.

The Friends of Coleridge Society is grateful to the Arts Council England, Somerset Art Works, Somerset Film, Sedgemoor District Council, and many other supporters for their help in enabling the celebrations to take place.  More details of the whole project are available at www.friendsofcoleridge.com


Sacred River by Bronwen Bradshaw


World in Hand by Elizabeth Jardine









The ‘In Xanadu’ Booklet is available for purchase.

If you would like this booklet, you may order it through www.friendsofcoleridge.com price £5.00 plus postage and packing.

It was created by Justin Shepherd and Terence Sackett to celebrate the first publication of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, Kubla Khan, in 1816.


JUDY RODRIGUES: Circadian Gardens


The work in the RUH is a collection that was produced during a 6 month research and development residency at Ventnor Botanic Gardens over the winter of 2014/15.

I spent my childhood on the Island and so the landscape territory was very familiar to me – but the idea for the particularity of the location for this residency proposal came to me  through a chance discovery of an old book called ‘Flowers of the Field’ that I had bought locally from the Bookbarn in Hallatrow , Somerset.

Inside this book, was a dedication and a letter dated 1935 addressed to a Sister Gunton  – from the patients of Ward 5,  of Royal National Hospital for the Diseases of the Chest,Ventnor, I.O.W. the book had bestepsen given to Sister Gunto as a gift of thanks from a group of patients.

The Royal National Hospital, Ventnor was founded by a polymath doctor,botanist ,scientist called Arthur Hill Hassell – and with the agreement of the Director of Botanic Garden, which is  now on the site the residency became known as ‘The Hill Hassell Residency’.