Curiosity (Exhibition has ended)

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Museum Opening Times:

Wednesday,  Thursday,  Friday  10:00-16:30

                                      Saturday  10:00-17:00

(Closed – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)

Exhibition Opening Party:

Wednesday 22 September 18:30-19:30

Tour & Talk:

Saturdays (25 September & 2, 9, 16 October) 12:00 – 15:00

What’s it all about?


Local sculptor Hugh Tessier celebrates the Stevenage New Town’s 75th birthday and the end of Covid restrictions with his show of curious structures, jewellery and poems to excite the spectator and let them see the world in a new light.

For further details, see the Stevenage Museum website and the Stevenage Borough Council timeline of “75th Anniversary of the New Town – Events in September”. 

Hugh Tessier says:

My work explores the abundance of things usually discarded or rejected, to find new purpose and meaning. Curiosity is describing my journey and I hope you will enjoy trying to see the light and the bite buried out of sight. 

The Arts have a vital role in our society to enrich, to play, to laugh and sing, it should not be an exclusive luxury but an inclusive expression of love of living.

The pandemic has exploded into our lives imposing massive restrictions and suffering yet some good things like the NHS, like the community pulling together to fight for our lives proves our motto:  ‘The Heart Of Our Town Lies In Its People’.

The Stevenage Museum has been shut to visitors since lockdown along with all leisure services in our town so the opportunity at reopening with a curiosity show in our museum was just too good to miss.

Come have a chat & tour of the exhibition with me on Saturdays from 12:00 midday to 15:00 on 25th September and 2nd, 9th and 16th October.  

I do hope you enjoy the show, sponsored by Turn The Tide Arts project.​


As part of the Curiosity exhibition and to celebrate Stevenage New Town’s 75th birthday, Hugh is giving ALL the 36 pieces of sculpture in the exhibition away for FREE,

in return for a small donation to Turn The Tide Arts charity.

Visitors can join the lucky draw for a chance to own their favourite piece.

It’s completely up to you how much you donate – for example we suggest the price of       

an evening out, dinner at a restaurant, or a cinema ticket. 

How to enter the lucky draw: 

Email by October 16th. 

Include: Your full name, the title of the sculpture you’d like to own, the sum you’d like to donate to Turn The Tide Arts charity if you win the piece of sculpture.


When visiting the exhibition in person, fill in your details by hand on the paper provided      and put your entry into the lucky draw box. 

Please note:

  • Only one piece of sculpture can be taken per person or per household. 
  • In the event of multiple bids for the same sculpture, the lucky winner will be decided by ballot. 
  • You must collect the piece of sculpture from the Turn The Tide workshop in Stevenage and transport it to your home yourself in October. 

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