Organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Ken Stradling series

  • Redland Quaker Meeting Rooms or the Ken Stadling Collection |
  • Talk and Tour |
  • 26 April 2017, 11, 20 May 2017 - 19:00 until 21:00

The organisers are pleased to work in partnership with the Ken Stradling Collection and Design Study Centre in Bristol to offer three events, which will give an in-depth insight to this very important collection. This will start with a lecture, followed by a tour and handling session of the collection at Park Row, and finish with a very special private visit to Ken Stradling’s home and personal collection.

People can book on each event individually, or combine two or three events. Because of the nature of the visits to the collection and the house, numbers are limited, so early booking is recommended.

(1) Lecture - an introduction to the Ken Stradling Collection by Chris Yeo, curator
Wednesday 26t April, 7pm- 9pm
Redland Quaker Meeting Rooms, 126 Hampton Rd, BRISTOL BS6 6JE
This illustrated lecture looks at Ken Stradling’s work at the Bristol Guild of Applied Art from the 1940s to the present day, which lead to the formation of his unique collection. Ken was instrumental in introducing modern design to West Country consumers and, in doing so, became good friends with many of the giants of the design world, people like Lucie Rie, David Mellor and Gordon Russell. Chris Yeo sheds some light on these relationships and offers a few amusing and interesting anecdotes along the way. He also talks about his role as curator of the collection and shares a few of his favourite pieces. Chris Yeo is a specialist in British and Scandinavian applied art. He is curator of the Ken Stradling Collection, a dealer in 20th century design and an expert on the Antiques Roadshow.

(2) Tour of the Ken Stradling collection and handling session
Thursday 11 May 2pm-4pm
48 Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LH  
The Ken Stradling Collection contains over 2,000 pieces of applied art and craft, including objects of national and international significance. This curator-led tour gives an introduction to the collection and guides visitors around many of its highlights, including a unique collection of furniture by Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer made in Bristol in the 1930s and important examples of studio pottery and glass.  

Handling adds a completely different dimension to art appreciation. The session will focus on around half a dozen objects from different areas of the collection, including studio pottery, industrial ceramics, studio glass and craft sculpture. The session is led by the curator who provides expert commentary on each piece, revealing details of technique and manufacture, together with the background of each piece and its place in design history. Visitors will learn about makers’ marks, as well as being able to appreciate fine details of decoration and craftsmanship.

(3)Tour of Ken Stradling’s home and private collection
Saturday 20 May 3pm-5pm
The address will be supplied on booking. 
This Regency townhouse has been Ken’s home since the early 1960s, saved from dereliction and, since then, a place where he can focus his passion for art, antiques and design. The house tour gives the opportunity to appreciate this personal collection in a unique domestic setting with insights from Ken himself. A very special end to this series.  

Tickets can be purchased in the following combinations:  

  • Lecture 26 April £12.50
  • Tour of the collection and handling session £19
  • Ken Stradling’s home and collection £25
  • All three events £52
  • Lecture and collection tour £29
  • Lecture and Ken Stradling’s home £35

This event has been organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Redland Quaker Meeting Rooms or the Ken Stadling Collection
Bristol