South Hill Park

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Exhibition Archive

In this archive you can find details about exhibitions previously displayed at South Hill Park, starting from 2019. For more information, please email our Exhibitions Curator, Loucia Manopoulou, at

Eclectic Energetic Forms

18 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

Heather Upton, Head of Printmaking at South Hill Park, presents her mysterious abstracted landscapes; an exploration of the vibrational vitality that exists in all of life. Captured in a varied collection of original prints, drawings and paintings, her intuitive expressions and personal experiences inform each gestural mark and contour.

Look. Listen. Find

17 October 2023 – 15 July 2024

Darrell Kingsley has created a series of drawings inspired by specific architectural elements and spaces inside and outside South Hill Park.

James Armstrong gathered impulse responses (IRs) around notable locations in South Hill Park Arts Centre, the acoustic equivalent of taking a photograph. The captured IRs were used for the installation in the interactive wall.

Fishnets & Feathers

18 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

Fishnets & Feathers showcases works which are predominantly digital, with the occasional use of sketches and the manipulation of photographed materials. The recent advent of AI tools has brought a new realm of possibilities for artists and experiences for participants. Much of Joel’s exploration involves the intricacies of AI manipulation on the creative process.

Reflections of South Hill Park

30 September – 4 November 2023

Consuo Textile Art consists of alumni from UCA Farnham’s textile courses, who came together for South Hill Park’s 50th anniversary. Using diverse textile mediums to reflect various aspects of the house and grounds.

Students Open 2023 – Dazzling 50th Anniversary Celebration

15 July – 17 September 2023

Showcasing the skilfully crafted artworks created within South Hill Park’s studios and workshops, this exhibition includes silversmithing, embroidery, macrame, crochet, gardening, weaving, music, printmaking and stained glass. Demonstrating the Art Centre’s commitment to inspire, promote creativity and nurture local talent from our community.

Pull Back the Curtain

12 May – 25 June 2023

Simon Peter Green’s exhibition is inspired by a moment in The Wizard of Oz where Toto reveals the machinery, smoke and mirrors behind the Great and Powerful Oz. This exhibition aims to reveal the staff that work behind the scenes and make the magic happen at South Hill Park.

Hidden Bracknell

12 May – 25 June 2023

Helen Dayns is an amateur photographer, focusing on local fungi for over 20 years. She brings a host of unedited photographs, depicting the vast array of species to be found in the Bracknell area, some of which are captured in South Hill Park’s grounds.

Suspended Matter – One Thousand Degrees and Sweet Support

12 May – 25 June 2023

Cara Wassenberg is a contemporary sculptor working in forged steel, copper and cast glass. Her installations include translucent cast elements which hang through bronze wraps to rely on friction and gravity to stay suspended.

Bodies of Water

4 May – 1 June 2023

GCSE students at King’s Academy Binfield have imaginatively adapted Cyanotype, the 200-year-old camera-less recording process known for its blue colour, to reflect meaningful messages surrounding water safety. In collaboration with textile artist Hermione Thomson and Fire & Rescue Berkshire, this exhibition is an artistic response to the risk of open water swimming.

MA Fine Art Farnham Group Show

18 March – 30 April 2023

A series of contemporary artworks by current MA Fine Art artists studying at the University for the Creative Arts and curated by Andrea Gregson. These artworks respond to South Hill Park’s site, history, architecture and visiting audiences.

To the Woods

18 March – 30 April 2023

Sandra and Martin Bright are local artists who have been involved with South Hill Park since it opened. Both are fascinated by Swinley Forest, in southern Bracknell, that they have painted and drawn over a number of years.


21 January – 30 April 2023

Enid is a collective of artists, musicians and sound engineers led by academic and multi-instrumentalist Laura Lee. This exhibition brings together Laura’s unique approach to music and Karina Fraser’s vivid and evocative paintings.

On My Plate

21 January – 5 March 2023

A Koestler Arts exhibition by women. This is a creative, culinary exhibition about food inside and outside the criminal justice system. Their vibrant and thought-provoking creations reveal the many memories and meanings that food can hold – joyful, tantalising, nostalgic and complicated.

You are not alone!

14 January – 16 April 2023

Having broken down countless times after becoming a mother, Mari Ipliktsiadou shares what she learned from other mothers. This sequence of illustrations reveal the most hidden aspect of motherhood and bring postnatal depression into focus.


14 January – 16 April 2023

This exhibition showcases Vicky Samar’s poetic collection of illustrations, inviting the viewer to see the image as their own truth. She created these following strenuous sessions to find relief from depression through writing.

Painting with Light

19 November 2022 – 8 January 2023

Talented in-house tutor of stained glass – Caroline Loveys – showcases full size working drawings. Along with a selection of sketchbooks and stained glass panels.

Environments Abstracted

19 November 2022 – 8 January 2023

Dee Bingham’s paintings and prints are shaped by experiences and research into natural and man-made environments. Within the compositions, Dee combines and rearranges fragmented imagery and vivid colour in a variety of mediums to evoke the unexpected.

Fresh and Wild

8 October – 9 November 2022

Recent graduates, from the MFA Photography course at the University for the Creative Arts display their work. Led by Professor Anna Fox and Matt Lindsey, they demonstrate the students’ dynamic and unique approaches to photography.

Student Open 2022

14 July – 25 September 2022

Featuring works by talented South Hill Park students, showing off the projects they developed over the past year. Featuring an array of works, including Ceramics, Printmaking, Stained Glass, Life Drawing, Oli Painting and Jewellery and Silversmithing.


28 May – 3 July 2022

Biomimetics, automotive design inspired by nature, features prints and 3D-printed objects by Peter Columbus. Exploring design possibilities, combining the design process with the power of digital computers.

Battle: Cry

28 May – 3 July 2022

Battle: Cry is an immersive project that aims to expand the knowledge and understanding of PTSD. It includes extracts from Lynn Hamilton’s short stories, together with Postcards from My Past (an installation artwork by Jennie Jewitt-Harris) and Sleepless Dreams (a piece of sound art by Oliver Jewitt-Harris).

Sense of Space

9 April – 22 May 2022

Reading Guild of Artists present new work in response to the concept of ‘a sense of space’ inspired by the world around them. This exhibition encourages the viewer to look, see and connect in a deeper way with their own memories, experiences and feelings.

Feeling the Beat

9 April – 22 May 2022

Feeling the Beat: Painting, Music Poetry and Dance features visual artists Chris Holley and Aurelie Freoua. They have created paintings during workshops and seminars, in both physical and virtual spaces – to express their response to a wide range of musical genres and poetry.

Tansa 探査: Japanese threads of influence

26 February – 3 April 2022

Tansa is the Japanese word for exploration, is the link that binds this Anglo-Japanese exhibition. Following a research visit to textile workshops, galleries and studios in Japan undertaken by eighteen UK artists, led by Professor Lesley Millar,
South Hill Park hosted an exhibition of large works which draw from the meeting of minds and techniques

Colours of the Sea by Karen Marks

15 January – 20 February 2022

Ceramic Artist Karen Marks takes her inspiration from the coastline, where the sea meets the shore. In this exhibition, she explored the multitude of colours that can be observed at different times on different coasts. Sound Designer, Oliver Jewitt-Harris, worked with Marks to create the enveloping ambient sounds of the sea, emotionally connecting, and enhancing the visual experience.

ACCESS ALL AREAS community projects supported by National Lottery Community Fund

15 January – 20 February 2022

In partnership with Mind-Friends in Need Bracknell the exhibition featured work created during printmaking and creative writing workshops with the aiming to raise awareness of the lived experience of people with invisible disabilities.

Artists in Action

13 November 21 – 8 January 2022

Each of the postcards on display was sold anonymously with the identity of the maker and their special story to be revealed only when the purchase is complete. The art postcards were donated by artists and South Hill Park’s advocates

Maker in Focus Candy Matterson Play|Touch

23 October 2021 – 15 February 2022

Candy Matterson aims to create jewellery and sculptural pieces with an element of play and tactility. Matterson wants to enjoy what she makes and shares that with the viewer. She is fascinated by items with moving parts which she hopes will inspire curiosity promoting the opportunity for the viewer to touch twiddle or stroke.

Returning with a new approach by Jan Gaska

30 October 2020 – 13 February 2021

Jan Gaska was a printmaker in residence at South Hill Park between 2004 -2006. In 2010 he became interested in the immediacy of oil paint, finding it an accommodating medium to work with. Just before Christmas in 2012 catastrophe struck when Jan’s studio burnt down. Without a studio Jan started to paint ‘en plein air’ in the countryside around his home and found direct observation an organic approach to painting which displayed the honesty and freshness that he was seeking.

Anything But The Eyes

10 July – 30 October 2021

This exhibition was an artistic exploration of the relationship that we have with our eyes, and the concerns that many people have with consenting to donate their corneas after death. Through drawing, collage, painting, sound art, stereo-photography and mask-making, Jennie Jewitt-Harris explores the findings from a series of interviews she carried out with people who wanted to donate “anything but the eyes”.

Beyond Trauma

10 July – 30 October 2021

Beyond Trauma attempted to raise the awareness of different manifestations of trauma. It examines how a creative response to trauma, with a special focus on PTSD driving stereotypes, could enable us to imagine a better world with imagination, hope and tenacity.

A New Normal

17 May – 24 October 2021

The exhibition showcased a series of works that was created when the artists Dr Peipei Yu and Jing Guo were able to travel before covid pandemic crisis. Following a year of self-isolation, self-reflection and being ‘locked’, this exhibition could be seeing as a sign of ‘back to normal’, yet the exhibition asking us to consider what normal is or will be.

Hidden Histories by Alison Baxter

2 December 2020 – 28 June 2021

Inspired by the history of South Hill Park, Alison Baxter is responding to the whispers and the fragments of information about the women who called the building their home.

Alison created a series of miniature vessels delicately made from resin, metal and fabric, that reference the female form and the scale of importance these women’s histories have been given.

Making Connections by Tineke Bruunzeels & Cally Trench

19th September – 1st November 2020

An exhibition of photographs, sets of drawings and short films about connections, both visual and human, in which you are invited to discover linkages and enjoy multiplicity, pattern and repetition. At the heart of the exhibition are two photographic projects by Tineke’s Bruunzells: Circle and Cally Trench: Artists’ Hands

Inspirational Bracknell Forest Photo competition

27 April – 31 May 2020

Over 140 eye-catching photos were submitted to the competition, run by Bracknell Forest Council with sponsorship provided by the Economic Skills and Development Partnership (ESDP) and Duncan Yeardley Estate Agents.
Winning image in the adult category was ‘Wasp on Yellow Flower taken at Savernake Park’, by Graham Butcher.
Winning image of the under 18s category was ‘Mountain Biking in Swinley Forest’, by Finley Saunders.

Lost in Thought by Kate Boucher

14 March – 19 April 2020

Kate Bourcher’s work is created in response to landscapes that are in some way, transitional. These landscapes are recorded in the liminal states of twilight and daybreak, where the separation seems thinner between the real, the sensed and the remembered.To record these complex responses, limited materials and a set of procedures are created by her for each site. The lists outline processes for serial working, recording responses to place, through sketchbooks, photography, drawing and assemblage.

Wanting the Sea by Karen Marks

14 March – 19 April 2020

Karen’s work aims to evoke memories of time spent at the coast – moments when you were relaxed, when the sound of the waves and the wind was all you could hear, rising and falling, encompassing you, blowing away the detritus of niggles and irritations from the dusty corners of your mind.
Sound Designer, Oliver Jewitt Harris, has worked with Karen to create the enveloping ambient sounds of the sea, emotionally connecting and enhancing the visual experience.

Images of Concepts by Graham Seaton

25 January – 01 March 2020

This ongoing series proposes ways in which the focus and photography of sculptural forms can generate new works which function beyond that of straightforward documentation. The objects or sculptures subsequently occur as interpretations informed by specific viewpoints and therefore may be described as virtual or partially imagined and ultimately exist as a series of concepts.

Darkness in the Light, Lightness in the Dark by Heather Upton

15 February – January 2021

Heather’s work is the abstraction of natural phenomena intertwined with the inner workings of the mind and spirit. Heather creates intuitively, uncovering and discovering emotional depths to offer a vision of soulness with her own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Having recently lost both parents, her journey of making art has begun a transformative pathway forward – delving deeply into the inseparability of death and life itself.

Sensory Expedition: Colour, Light & Sound

25 January – 01 March 2020

Sponsored by the University for The Creative Arts (UCA), this exhibition invited us to focus in experiencing the properties of colour light and sound. The Mirror Gallery is transformed into through a multi-sensory space where visitors are invited to explore and engage with the environment. The exhibition is a playful journey through pattern, colour, light and sound featuring work by three artists, Kas Williams (Textiles, Vangelis Kotsinas (Music) and James Barret Futuretro (Light Sculpture) each working in distinctly different disciplines

Life on the Spectrum by Mahila Amatina

23 November 2019 – 12 January 2020

After being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2015, Mahlia was inspired to share the unique sensory experiences of life on the autistic spectrum through her art. Her newest exhibition Life On A Spectrum is a multi-sensory experience of colour, line, shape, and form through tactile art that explores the creative side of neurodiversity, sponsored by the Arts Council.

Sensessence by Caroline Crawford

11 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

Sensessence is a body of work where music is transferred into paintings in a performative manner. Crawford draws her influences from music, film, physical interaction, movement, touch, and nature. She translates sound into visual form through instinctive gestures. The artist incorporates the physical action of the body, exploiting and playing with the time between gesture and the surface.

Reconstruction by Camilla Mora Scheihing

28 September – 3 November 2019

This exhibition showcased Camila Mora Scheihing’s ongoing project of developing and reconstructing rolls of undeveloped family films that were misplaced for more than forty years. With the decision to develop these and to record the process, the artist became ambivalent about her initial desire to know the events these photographs had captured.