Promoting art and culture through design – Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery brochure, shown open and front cover on an aqua background.

Victoria Art Gallery is Bath’s public art museum. Run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, it is home to paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, located in the heart of the city.

We worked with the team to design a suite of marketing materials for their Peter Brown and New English Art Club exhibitions, as well as the annual refresh of their overarching promotional leaflet.

Drawing in the crowds

Our team developed designs that were cohesive and aligned with Victoria Art Gallery’s branding whilst drawing attention to the works themselves.

The designs aimed to draw in both new and returning visitors. We therefore needed to highlight the artists’ work for an art-knowledgeable audience and attract those who didn’t necessarily know the artists already.

Target audiences included:

  • Arts engaged
  • Visitors to Bath and Bristol
  • Bristol residents
  • Bath residents and repeat visitors

Peter Brown and New English Art Club

The team developed options that highlighted pieces of artwork across contemporary, classic and more artistic options.

We then rolled out the agreed design across exhibition posters, magazine adverts, exhibition graphics and signage for the gallery itself.
Exhibition posters were displayed in gallery and print ads using the design were placed in Art Quarterly, Bristol Life, Bath Life, RA Winter Magazine and Big Issue.

Peter Brown and the New English Art Club posters

Annual Leaflet

The 16-page leaflet is a fundamental promotional tool for the gallery, in two ways:

  • To promote Victoria Art Gallery as a visitor attraction
  • To encourage repeat visits by detailing the 2023 exhibitions

The design featured the bright pink of the Victoria Art Gallery branding and used the vibrant quilt design, as part of the Kaffe Fassett New Quilts exhibition.

45,000 copies of the Victoria Art Gallery leaflet were in circulation at the time of writing.

Kathryn Houldcroft, from the Victoria Art Gallery’s marketing team, said: “Distinctive’s use of strong images and colour has made a very colourful and eye-catching leaflet to promote our 2023 exhibitions. At all times, the team were professional, helpful and proactive, marking up proofs for clarity. We had some last-minute changes on some images and copy, however, the creative team was able to work on these quickly and flexibly.”

Welcome page for the Victoria Art Gallery brochure
Double-page spread of the annual leaflet we designed for the Victoria Art Gallery

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Jasmine Gordon


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