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.


31ST MARCH – 12TH JULY 2017


Art at the Heart are excited to have the opportunity to be presenting a broad selection of the works that are included in the short run book Find another Bath, originally launched at an exhibition at 44AD last November.

Created by Anna Kot and Carlos Ordenez, and in association with Fringe arts Bath (FaB), Find another Bath is primarily an art book showcasing the creative talents of some 40 local artists and writers. But the book also draws attention to various aspects of Bath’s history which are often forgotten or ignored and which compare sharply with the wealth and grandeur that is more commonly promoted.

This exciting and diverse collection of works celebrates some of Bath’s industrial history and honours the labour force that enabled this industry; highlighting the conditions they lived and worked in and contrasting it with the sectors of the city where there was freedom of choice and money to spend.

It promises to be a thought provoking but vibrant display in the Central Gallery. The show includes 3d work, stills from a video, and a link to an especially composed piece of music as well as photography, painting and print.

Untitled (Terrace 3) by Anya Beaumont

Octagon Chapel by Charlotte Moore










(A composition for trumpet and backing track which reflects the attempted textile riots in Bath during the Luddite Rebellion of 1811 – 1816.) 



(Subtitles appearing in the video are extracts from one of William Beckford’s first novels, Vathek (1786). Bath’s Beckford’s Tower and Landsdown Cemetery are visually obstructed yet metaphorically opened by words and empty pages.)