Corresponding With Conflict

A compelling new exhibition project commemorating WWI commissioned by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, with financial support from the Friends of the Theatre Collection.

The Theatre Collection are pleased to invite South West based artist Clare Thornton to return once again as their artist in residence and work alongside the Keepers of the Theatre Archives towards this important new project. 

Framed by this year’s WWI centenary commemorations, Corresponding with Conflict intends to breathe new life into past works & encourage fresh encounters with our Collection. Opening on Fri. 1st August 2014 the exhibition will provide glimpses into how conflict and everyday life become entwined, then embodied within the archive and shed light into how a contemporary artist might breathe new life into these stories. New art pieces will be presented alongside the original wartime artefacts that inspired their production with the aim of helping visitors make deeper, unexpected connections with these evocative archival materials.

In an exciting new partnership with Spike Print Studio, artist Clare Thornton will be producing a limited edition screen print inspired by wartime era theatre Playbills and Programmes. 

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Print Sales:
The Limited Edition (of 20), 2 colour silk screen prints in Prussian Blue/Burnt Umber on Zerkel paper – £45 available through

Spike Print Studio will also be hosting a project related workshop on Sat. 9th August bookings:
To accompany the exhibition an interpretive text has been commissioned from Richard Aslan, currently Writer in Residence at Theatre Bristol.