Turner Contemporary · 2021


Sam Wilde officially debuts his hand-painted ceramic collection Glasshouse at the Turner Contemporary Open in celebration of the gallery’s 10th anniversary.

On display from 23 October 2021 – 20 February 2022. Artworks span sculpture, painting, ceramics, film and photography, including work by internationally renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Rose Wylie and Margo Selby.


Featuring ornate brushwork coupled with vivid swathes of colour, each of these fourteen worlds has been hand-painted by Sam Wilde, and has their own story to tell.

Glasshouse begins in the dawn hours and culminates at midnight. Taking you through silent solariums, gloomy greenhouses, deserted resorts, polluted power-plants and astral observatories.


In ordinary life we are so often protected and kept out of dangers way, but how might we fair if transported to worlds where both light and dark dwell together, where dreams meet with reality.

Like Alice through the looking-glass, Glasshouse is an allegory for overcoming hardships of a real world crisis. It is in these moments of transformation that we become aware of the innate power we each possess. The power to adapt, overcome and evolve.