Bedsit - Timorous Beasties

2 Mar 2016 – 16 Apr 2016

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Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

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Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth, United Kingdom


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The name ‘Timorous Beasties’ is taken from the poem ‘To a Mouse’ by Scotland’s much celebrated poet, Robert Burns.


Noted for surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties, was founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. The design studio’s work could be seen as a wayward take on the often “twee” world of textiles, with heavily illustrative insects, ‘triffid-like’ plants, birds and other animals. They are known for their contemporary take on the ‘Toile de Jouy’ fabrics of Napoleonic France and have designed a number of toiles based on different cities around the world, including London, Glasgow and New York.

For their installation in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Timorous Beasties aim to explore the relationship of pattern over different surfaces and substrates. Taking inspiration from grotty bedsits as their starting point, The Gallery will be transformed to become a space to inhabit; with re-constructed sofas, bespoke wallpaper and a bed to rest on, visitors are invited to spend time in this surreal and beguiling environment.

Timorous Beasties have collaborated, designed and been commissioned by many brands, clients and projects, including Netjets, Fortnum and Mason, The Wellcome Trust, Philip Treacy, Kate Bush, Famous Grouse Whisky and Nike.



Exhibition Opening: 2nd March 2016

Join us for a two-part evening celebrating the opening of Timorous Beasties new exhibition.

From 5.15-6.00pm, Timorous Beasties will give a talk about their practice (in the studio theatre) and the work presented in The gallery.

From 6.00-7.00pm, join the design house in The Gallery for a drink, further opportunity to speak to the artists and a chance to see the show.

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