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A wide shot of the Curio Vitrine with Sam Luca's sculptural pieces inside.


Curio hosted rolling monthly exhibitions by studio residents and artists in the Bricks network. Providing a space for artists to experiment and display work in new ways, reimagine the stuffy institutional associations of the vitrine and encourage curiosity from users of the building. 

Curio was a project curated by artist Ben Hartley, resident in St Anne’s House studio. Curio was a project space in a repurposed museum vitrine, located in the reception area of St Anne’s House. Follow @Curio.Bristol for updates

Previous exhibitions

Contained Heap Segment by Ben Hartley

01 March – 01 April 2022

Ben’s display filled the vitrine with discarded synthetic and ecologically indigestible materials, rubbish and debris collected from the streets of Bristol.

Works in Progress by EBC Day School

24 January – 24 Feburary 2022

“Works in Progress” by EBC Schools, displaying works in progress, experimentations, sketches and the beginnings of ideas.

Dudley Plunket’s Trophy Cabinet by Tim Ryan

24 November – 24 December 2022

Curio is pleased to show two of Tim Ryan’s sculptures, taken from a larger project titled ‘The Thrill of Zilch’ which focuses on fictitious creatures that inhabit the edgelands and neglected areas of our towns and cities. Throughout the project, Zilch lore is presented through artefacts pertaining to the act of hunting for Zilch and the culture that surrounds it, in this case, two of Zilch hunter Dudley Plunket‘s taxidermy attempts.

Introception #1 by Sam Lucas

21 October – 21 November 2022

A collection of explorations in what the artist calls “embodied clay”; no tools were used to create forms, just the body, predominately hands and in a quiet and reflective space.

Mantel Pieces by Esther Hesketh

15 September – 21 October 2022

A collection of pewter casts made by the artist over the course of her graduate residency at Spike Island.