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Group Show

Andy Smith, Tom Frost, Crispin Finn, Gemma Correll and Peskimo 

From 13th April 2012

crispin finn

Work produced for and exhibited at the 'Pick Me Up' show in Somerset House, London shown in our gallery space on our return to Bristol!



Group Show

Andy Smith, Tom Frost, Crispin Finn, Gemma Correll and Peskimo

From 13th April 2012

crispin finn

Work produced for and exhibited at the 'Pick Me Up' show in Somerset House, London shown in our gallery space on our return to Bristol!



Konichiwa Japan!

Felt Mistress and Jonathan Edwards

Opens Saturday 21st July

During the summer of 2011 Felt Mistress (AKA Louise Evans) and Jonathan Edwards spent 5 weeks in Japan as part of a gallery residency at Headspace in Nara and also headlined the Headspace arts & music festival in Osaka. This show collects some of the work created during their time there and also new pieces influenced by their experiences in Japan and created exclusively for this exhibition. The show will be a collection of 3D pieces, prints and original artwork featuring the character design that they've become known for. Both Louise and Jonathan will be present in the gallery on the opening Saturday and visitors will also have the opportunity to have their portraits drawn in the style of a Felt Mistress character.




Lionheart Quiz!

Fundraising event for issue 2


Lionheart Magazine held a fundraising quiz in our gallery space.



Andy Smith, Tom Frost, Peskimo, Gemma Correll & Crispin Finn

Pick Me Up London at Somerset House

22/03/12 - 01/04/12

blue flower

We exhibited in Pick Me Up - contemporary graphic art fair at the end of March 2012.



Group Show

Christmas Show

19/11/11 - 31/12/11

New work from Adam Bridgland, Lesley Barnes, Graham Carter, Sam Chivers, Gemma Correll, Crispin Finn, Sally Elford, Tom Frost, Lucy Gough, Ben Javens, Sarah Knight, Julia Pott, Andy Smith, Spencer Wilson & more...


Crispin Finn

'Pack Rat'

01/10/11 - 13/11/11 - Preview Evening Friday 30th Sept 6-9pm

Crispin Finn Exhibition at Soma

A series of prints by Crispin Finn at Soma Gallery.

The term Pack Rat refers to people who engage in the excessive acquisition of possessions, even if the items are worthless.

Crispin Finn love collecting all sorts of objects and ephemera from continental toothpicks to a vernacular beach bat & ball design, most of it being everyday and ephemeral, but all of it curious, clever or beautiful in some way.  Filling shelves and cupboards of home and studio this mass grows daily as they come across the interesting within the quotidian.

The apparent cross overs between the areas of acquiring, selecting, organising, and obsessive compulsive behaviour are all themes that have inspired their show at Soma.

For their 'Pack Rat' show they've created a set of prints in their trade mark red, white and blue based on their fascination with collecting inspired from items within their archive. These prints aim to make the ephemeral momentarily more permanent, examine the beauty of vernacular design and draw to attention how the everyday is worthy of wall space.

View work by Crispin Finn here.

View photos of the exhibition on our Flickr page here.


Tatty Devine Workshop & Book Signing

How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine

Saturday 12th November 2-4pm

Tatty Devine book

Tatty Devine Workshop Saturday 12th November 2pm - 4pm

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the ladies behind Tatty Devine will be coming to Soma on Saturday 12th November to host a rosette making workshop! They will be signing copies of their new book, 'How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine' and teaching you to make a classic Tatty Devine rosette, one of the projects in the book. We will be holding this workshop in our first floor space.

There will be tasty cakes and refreshments to keep you going provided by Lahloo Tea! Plus some extra special cakes provided by Bristol's biggest Tatty Devine fan, my sister!

We first started selling Tatty Devine jewellery in Soma in 2005 and they've been really popular ever since! Do keep this date in your diary!

View Tatty Devine jewellery on our website here

Go to the Facebook event page here


Andy Smith

'Sunny Side Up'

25/06/11 - 20/08/11 Extended to 31st August due to popular demand!

Andy Smith Sunny Side Up Exhibition at Soma

Hastings based illustrator Andy Smith studied at Brighton University and the Royal College of Art. When not busy working for clients such as Orange, Nike, McDonalds, The Guardian and Faber and Faber he can be found in his studio by the sea in Hastings printing books and posters which he has exhibited in the UK, France, USA and Australia.  Specialising in silkscreen printing Andy’s work combines illustration and typography to create images with humour, energy and optimism, executed with a handmade tactile feel. Illustrating for 12 years, his work has won D&AD, Creative Circle and AOI awards and been featured in numerous books and publications.

His summer show at Soma Gallery in Bristol will include a set of 12 new large artworks, hand screenprinted by Andy and featuring his distinct hand lettering and visuals. They deal with bold statements, strange visitors, warnings from gurus, the thoughts of Captain Scott and other random themes. Accompanying these prints will be an eclectic collection of new 3D arrows and moose heads, totes, stickers and one sad lonely, goldfish.

See more work by Andy Smith here

You can view photographs of the exhibition and private view on Flickr here



Spencer Wilson Space Cowboy for Christmas Show

Christmas Exhibition

Group Show

20/11/10 - 31/12/10

Festive show featuring work from a selection of our artists including Andy Smith, Spencer Wilson, Graham Carter, Lucy Gough, Adam Bridgland, Gemma Correll, Lesley Barnes, Julia Pott, Peskimo and more.

Rebecca Telford silkscreen print at Soma Gallery 

Rebecca Telford

Solo show

06/03/10 - 18/04/10

In 2007/8 Rebecca went travelling across America, Canada & Mexico from which she takes much of her inspiration for this series. Her work is influenced by architecture, pattern & colour. Her screen prints are all hand cut stencils on rubylith.

Rob Ryan screen print at Soma Gallery

Christmas Exhibition

Group show

20/11/09 - 30/12/09

This years Christmas show features work from our most popular Artists from the last five years. We opened in June 04 and this show is to celebrate 5 years of Soma. Artists include Si Scott, Anthony Burrill, Rob Ryan, Graham Carter, Lucy Gough, Adam Bridgland, Jody Barton, Ben Newman, Sally Elford, Sam Chivers and more!

Our Bartlett at Soma Gallery

Our Bartlett

Solo show

09/10/09 - 14/11/09

Beautiful papercuts based on songs including Nick Drake, Jarvis Cocker and Rage Against the Machine.

Adrian Johnson at Soma Gallery

Adrian Johnson

Solo show

04/09/09 - 03/10/09

London based illustrator illustrates. Clients include Paul Smith, Monocle, Adidas Originals, 2K, and Creative Review. Adrian says: 'Mostly I like to do nothing in particular, for which my talent knows no bounds'.

Accept and Proceed at Soma Gallery

Accept and Proceed

'Graphing Series'

11/07/09 - 30/08/09

Our summer exhibition featured prints by London based Graphic Design agency Accept & Proceed. A large area of their work includes information, systems and graphs. This exhibition showed their 'Light Calendar' Series and 'Elite Sporting Moments' Series.

David Foldvari at Soma Gallery

David Foldvari

Solo show

24/10/09 - 30/11/09

All through November 2008 we had work on display by the incredibly talented illustrator David Foldvari. We showed both originals and prints of his bold, dark and sometimes political works.

Sam Chivers at Soma Gallery

Sam Chivers

Solo show

September 2008

We had a great display of silkscreen works by Brighton based printmaker Sam Chivers during Sept - Oct 08. We have a collection of both Art Prints and some of his Gig Posters for various bands including the Duke Spirit and Turin Brakes.

Ben Newman work at Soma Gallery

Ben Newman

Solo show

15/09/07 - 14/10/07

Bristol based illustrator Ben Newman's work has been described as "radically fuzzy felt bauhaus-folk illustration".

James Joyce at Soma Gallery

James Joyce

Solo show

06/07/07 - 26/08/07

James is a London based designer who has been described by Creative Review as 'one to watch'. He uses bold graphic shapes and hand drawn elements in his work.



Zara Wood Solo show18/05/07 - 16/06/07

Hellovon Solo show 09/03/07 - 21/04/07


Winter Show 10/11/06 - 31/12/06

Pomme Chan, Camilla Meijer and Nadine Faye James


'Fingers Crossed for a Sunny Day' 04/09/06 - 30/09/06

Adam Bridgland and Lucy Gough


Nadine Faye James Solo Show 20/07/06 - 26/08/06


'Plimsole' 03/06/06 - 15/07/06

Fiona Hamilton, Hannah Telford, Rebecca Telford and David Waters


'And All the Ladies Seemed Pleased' 12/03/06 - 23/04/06

Jody Barton, C'est Moi Ce Soir and Ian Stevenson (I Like Drawing)


'Wonderland' Christmas Show 16/11/05 - 31/12/05

Adam Bridgland, Lucy Vigrass and Spencer Wilson


'The Lighthouse Keeper' 14/10/05 - 05/11/05

Richard May and Kevin Davison


Summer Show (We are 1!) 11/06/05 - 24/07/05

Ceri Amphlett, Louise Body, Burn, Urvesh Patel and Pinpops


Jenny Bowers Solo Show 07/05/05 - 06/06/05


Lucy Vigrass Solo Show 26/03/05 - 30/04/05


'Decadence' Christmas Show 13/11/04 - 04/01/05

Chellie Carroll, Container, Paul Willoughby, Mizuyo Yamashita, Susan Kerr, Tait & Style


Paul Willoughby Solo Show 18/10/04 - 07/11/04


'Pencil'in' 11/09/04 - 16/10/04

Will Ainley, Karin Akesson, Adam Bridgland, Lucy Gough and David Waters


'Fresh' 12/06/04 - 24/07/04

Jon Burgerman, Anthony Burrill, Otto, Container with Anna Rosa Krau and Richard May


Group Show

Christmas Show

19/11/11 - 31/12/11

New work from Adam Bridgland, Lesley Barnes, Graham Carter, Sam Chivers, Gemma Correll, Crispin Finn, Sally Elford, Tom Frost, Lucy Gough, Ben Javens, Sarah Knight, Julia Pott, Andy Smith, Spencer Wilson & more...