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Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

The exhibition presents a new series of work created by artist Linda Brothwell. A collection of 40 copper and silver bowls, beakers and vessels form a portrait of the area, charting the connections between Stonehenge and the communities that have lived around the monument, both past and present.

Open daily at Stonehenge Visitor Centre from Fri 24 May - Sun 24 November 2019.

About the artist

Linda Brothwell (b.1981) always carries a tiny hammer, a bone spoon and her great-grandmother’s thimble. Her curiosity about how we locate ourselves with such tools and talismans led to a jewellery apprenticeship, a metalwork and jewellery BA at Sheffield Hallam University (2005), and an MA in goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery at the Royal College of Art (2009). 

Darning the seats of London’s Tube trains, net-braiding in South Korea and wood-inlaying in Lisbon opened her eyes to the power of using – and making – tools to nurture our surroundings. Informed by in-depth research and material investigation, her ‘Acts of Care’ series initiated a repair movement in the arts and has earned recognition through international gallery support, the Jerwood Makers Open (2013), and a place on the Design of the Year shortlist (2009). 

Brothwell’s testimony to the value of craft skills and tools was celebrated in an award-winning BBC4 documentary. She has exhibited globally with the Palais de Tokyo, the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage and the Cheongju Craft Biennial. She lectures for the British Council, Sheffield Hallam University and COLLECT. Her work is included in the V&A and RCA permanent collections. 

Brothwell is based in Bristol, UK.


Taking Inspiration

Linda Brothwell: "I’m very interested in the idea of place and the idea that where you live or where you come from informs the material that you work with or the job that you do or the way you interact with the landscape. I’ve met quite a lot of different people in the local area. I wanted to see people who were using tools and vessels every day and who are influenced by working in the local place. 

I also went to The Salisbury Museum. Looking at the Amesbury Archer was really interesting for me as a metalworker myself to see the tools that he was buried with and also to see how important those tools were to him and his standing in the community. 

The objects at Wiltshire Museum from the Bush Barrow were really exciting, partly just the beautiful gold-working, for example the lozenge piece, but there is also a dagger there with rivets so tiny they are shown by microscope. 

At Stonehenge I was fortunate to go inside the stones getting up close to see the lichen. The colours and the textures are really interesting. And the carvings of the metal objects – the daggers and axes – was a real privilege to see."


In conversation

about Vessels

Linda takes the idea of a vessel as the first tool and, by depicting it in 40 different forms, illustrates the links between people and place through time. Her work provides an intriguing new way to think about Stonehenge and the archaeological objects found here. 

Don't miss Conversations In Making

Entrance to Conversations in Making is included with a standard Stonehenge admission ticket. Your ticket also includes entry to our permanent collection where over 250 archaeological objects and treasures discovered in the landscape, are displayed, ranging from jewellery, pottery and tools to ancient human remains.

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Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making was commissioned by Ginkgo Projects for Bloor Homes in partnership with English Heritage. 

Special thanks to

Wiltshire Musem

Salisbury museum

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