Jemma Gowland

The Newstead Figurines


Artist Jemma Gowland has been invited to produce a series of porcelain figures to explore and reflect the life of the Romantic Poet Lord Byron, during this 200th anniversary year of his death.


As visitors walk through the house they will discover the sometimes mischievous, sometimes slightly unsettling figures sited in often surprising locations.


Inspired by the type of ornament that Byron himself, in his younger days at Newstead, may have responded to, as well as having unique access to figurines in the museum’s collection, Jemma Gowland considered some key themes in his poetry and descriptions of his early life.

The figures arise from Jemma’s interest in childhood and the way that this influences us throughout the rest of our lives.  Byron’s own extraordinary, and often difficult, early life, has led to pieces that reflect on childhood; the figures shown are all children or teens.


The exhibition runs from 10th Feb to 27th Oct 2024.

📸 Karen Bengall Photography


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Please note, Newstead Abbey is a historical site with stepped access inside the Historic House, for more accessibility information, please see the accessibility page.

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