Art exhibition at St Albans’ medieval Clock Tower

PUBLISHED: 11:11 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:58 25 September 2017

Abi Spendlove's exhibition Fragments can be seen at the St Albans Clock Tower

Abi Spendlove's exhibition Fragments can be seen at the St Albans Clock Tower


An art installation by artist Abi Spendlove can be seen in the Clock Tower in St Albans this week until Sunday, October 1.

Anticipating the opening of the new Museum and Art Gallery in St Albans, artist Abi presents Fragments, an exhibition of new work inspired by fragments of coloured glass found in the collections of St Albans Museums.

Supported by Arts Council England, it opens on Wednesday, September 27.

Abi is one of three artists who have been jointly commissioned by University of Hertfordshire Galleries and St Albans Museums to explore artefacts in the collections during the period of closure and to present and share them in new ways.

Inspired by these broken shards of glass, Spendlove creates an installation that plays with light and colour.

By enlarging these tiny fragments into bold, colourful sculptures, Spendlove creates a sense of permanence and significance for objects which may otherwise have been overlooked and destroyed.

On the top floor of the medieval Clock Tower, she displays large scale Perspex recreations of glass fragments, making the most of the light from the Tower’s windows and how it plays on the coloured material.

Downstairs work created during a workshop Spendlove led with members of the Marshalswick Baptist Free Church ‘Fun with Art’ group is displayed.

Abi works in a variety of media, including embroidery, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Her subject matter is varied but often explores ideas of memory, communication and transition with connections to the natural landscape.

She said: “It has been a privilege to have access to the Museum of St Albans’ collection during the course of this residency.

“I have taken great delight in handling the delicate glass fragments that have inspired a new series of work.

“I hope this exhibition helps visitors to explore the fragments for themselves and see them in a new light.”

The two other artists commissioned to work with the museum collections are Lyndall Phelps, who travels to various venues with her pop-up museum A Curious Conversation, and Katy Gillam-Hull whose work Useful and Useless looked at a collection of craftsmen’s tools donated to the museums’ collection by Raphael Salaman.

The Clock Tower is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm and admission costs £1.

• For more on University of Hertfordshire Arts (UH Arts), visit

• About St Albans Museums

Work is under way to transform St Albans’ Grade II* listed Town Hall, in St Peters Street, into a new museum and art gallery.

This will provide a new home for the Museum of St Albans.

St Albans City and District Council is working with St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust and University of Hertfordshire Galleries on the project.

St Albans Museums is also responsible for Verulamium Museum, the Hypocaust, St Albans Clock Tower and Sopwell Ruins.

For more information, visit or call 01727 751810.

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