Primary/Bristol: Cabot Primary School

Daphne Wright, Still Life - Shoots © the artist. courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.


Cabot Primary School is part of Bristol City Council’s Primary/Bristol series of artist commissions for primary schools commissioned as part of the Primary Capital Education Programme. As part of the development Bristol based artist Daphne Wright has been commissioned by Foreground to develop a new permanent artwork for this school.


Daphne Wright’s work manoeuvres familiar things into well-wrought but delicate doubt. Using a wide range of materials – plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance – she creates worlds that are both beautiful and strange, creating a threshold to somewhere new.

Wright has made a number of innovative public works in a public context, most notably Home Ornaments, 2002-2005. Home Ornaments is the collective name for a group of objects presented to individual owners of new flats built during the redevelopment of the Gorbals in Glasgow. The artist’s research for the commission included conversations and interviews with long-standing residents of the area. Wright wanted to make works that would serve as a reminder of the area’s history as well as creating links to the future and that imbued seemingly domestic objects with unexpected narratives.

Commissioned by Foreground as part of Bristol City Council’s Primary Capital Programme of artist commissions for Primary schools, Daphne Wright will be making a series of new works for Cabot Primary School in 2016.

Cabot Primary School is located in the heart of St Pauls, Bristol. The school draws it pupils from the socially and ethnically diverse, vibrant community of the area and emphasises collaboration and the recognition of the individual as core to its teaching.

Through extended engagement with the school Daphne Wright is exploring making a new work for Cabot Primary that will consisting of a series of sculptures to be used in the reward and recognition structures at the school. In this way Wright’s artworks will be imbedded firmly in the regular structures of the school’s social strategies cementing the familiarity and value of her work in the everyday lives of the pupils.

This project has been commissioned and funded by Bristol City Council. The works will be permanently housed at Cabot Primary School, Bristol.

This project has been made possible through funding from Bristol City Council as part of the Primary Capital Education Programme.

Daphne Wright

Daphne Wright is an artist known for her unsettling yet poignant sculptural installations. Using a wide range of materials – plaster, tinfoil, video, printmaking, found objects and performance – she creates worlds that are beautiful and rather eerie which feel like the threshold to somewhere new. Wright has exhibited nationally and internationally, with works held in permanent collections at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Towner Art Gallery, Sussex. Daphne Wright is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.


Based in Frome, Somerset, Foreground brings new art to new audiences across the South West of England. We deliver an ambitious program that spans commissioning new temporary and permanent artworks in the diverse social and physical structures of communities, consultancy and development projects that explore the connectivity between the critical, social and economic aspects of contemporary art.

Cabot Primary School