Garth England exhibition at Architecture Centre, Bristol

Date 31.05.17 – 10.09.17

Time Wed-Fri, 11:00-17:00, Sat-Sun, 12:00-17:00

Location The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA


The Architecture Centre is pleased to present the first ever exhibition of Garth England’s drawings, kindly on loan from Bristol Archives. Garth England was born in 1935 and lived most of his life in South Bristol, working as a paperboy, milkman and on the railways. His remarkable collection of drawings – made with pencil, crayon and with a ruler – were mainly drawn from memory during his later years in a residential home and were created on whatever paper was to hand – often the backs of envelopes, bank notes and letters.


The drawings present a remarkable record of not only Garth’s life but of the buildings and places that surrounded him throughout his life in Bristol and beyond.

In 2013, during the research phase of Future Perfect (a public art programme in Hengrove, South Bristol) curated by Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne, the engagement manager for the project, Jo Plimmer, met Garth and was introduced to his remarkable drawings of Bristol.  As part of the Future Perfect programme, a selection of Garth’s drawings were published in a fully illustrated book, Murdered by Straight Lines: Drawings of Bristol by Garth England (Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 2016). The book has received widespread acclaim including from the Guardian Newspaper:

The exhibition aims to bring the work of Garth to a wider audience and has been programmed to coincide with ‘Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’, from 3rd June to 10 September, showcasing the breadth of undiscovered creative talent in the South West. More here.

Murdered with Straight Lines is developed in partnership with Bristol City Council and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Funded by Bristol City Council as part of Future Perfect and as part of Bristol City Council’s public art programme

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of talks and activities.

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Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West

3 June – 10 September
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
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Future Perfect:

Future Perfect is an ambitious public art programme for Hengrove in south Bristol, commissioned by Bristol City Council and curated by Theresa Bergne (Field Art Projects) and Jes Fernie. The programme consists of three commissions by international artists Martino Gamper, Nils Norman and David Thorpe. All three artists have had extensive, fruitful conversations with local people, groups and schools in Hengrove throughout the process of developing their work.