Current Exhibition

Current Exhibition: Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate


‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ presents a series of prints which reference our relationship with technology. Cultural manifestations of technology often outlast their material use. ‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ is such an example.

The phrase was printed on IBM punch cards, and became a metaphor for alienation and dehumanisation as part of American 1960’s counterculture. Clare works directly with nineteenth and early twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch cards. These ‘host’ materials have presence and a history. Faded and sometimes fragile, often rusted, warped, pungent, ripped and torn, they impact upon the senses and are the ancestors of our digital world.

“I’m interested in the idea of a ‘cultural lag’ in our understanding of advancing technology. It’s easy to feel fear, frustration and a sense of being left behind, as our lives become increasingly mediated through machines. My work speaks to society’s shift away from manufacturing towards the service, knowledge and information sectors. Obsolescence, loss and change influence this reflective work.”


Having worked as an Art Therapist in the NHS for many years, Clare returned to education, achieving a distinction in MA Visual Arts from Bradford College. Clare now works from her studio in Holmfirth West Yorkshire, and at Hot Bed Press in Salford. During 2017 she was shortlisted for the ‘Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking’ and was a recipient of the ‘art&’ RAW Talent Award.

Free entry


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Current Exhibition

Past Exhibition: Florum Machina



Taking its name from the Latin for flower machine, ‘Florum Machina’ presents a number of interactive sculptures, alongside a series of botanical illustrations which informed their creation. Inspired by the machines and contraptions designed by cartoonists Rube Goldberg and W. Heath Robinson, centrepiece of the exhibition ‘The Flower Machine’ is a curious blend of the organic and technological. Drawings within the machine are based on historical botanical illustrations of wild flowers and plants found around the UK – Chapman’s usage of Latin in titling the show pays homage to these original illustrations.



Liz Chapman experiments with both digital and analogue media to examine and document the qualitative elements of her everyday environment. Through abstracting and highlighting the patterns, weave and weft, colours and shapes that often go unnoticed in the world around us, Chapman’s work attentively demonstrates her fascination with botany, science and nature.



Sat 15th May 1pm – 3pm

Join artist Liz Chapman for a paper craft and zoetrope making workshop. Try your hand at creating and animating your own botanical sculptures, and learn about nature and science while you’re at it!


£2.00 Book online

Suitable for 5+

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult