Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

Two Temple Place, a neo-gothic mansion, situated along London’s Embankment is open once a year with an exhibition showcasing wonderful collections from around the UK. For its sixth show, Two Temple Place has partnered with 9 galleries and museums across Sussex to create Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion, which examines why artists and makers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts, and quaint villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century and how, in the communities they created, artistic innovation ran hand in-hand with political, sexual and domestic experimentation.

 

Join Vocaleyes Describer Lonny Evans with Exhibition Coordinator Rebecca Hone for an audio-described tour of the ‘Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion’ exhibition at Two Temple Place.

 

How to Book

 

To book please visit the Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion, Eventbrite booking registration web page.

 

Please arrive by 9.45am for a prompt start of the tour at 10am.

 

An Introduction to the Exhibition

 

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion is created by the Bulldog Trust in partnership with 9 Sussex museums and galleries. This major exhibition examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts and quaint villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century and how in the communities they created, artistic innovation ran hand in hand with political, sexual and domestic experimentation.

Through over 120 works, including painting, film, sculpture, furniture, music and photography, the exhibition discovers intriguing connections between these enclaves of artist and the modernisms they represented. The art and craft of Eric Gill and David Jones in Ditchling is compared with the paintings and interiors of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston and the surrealist collaborations of Edward James and Salvador Dali. The unexpected network of artists like Eric Ravilious, Henry Moore, John Piper and others are revealed.

 

The exhibition takes place at Two Temple Place, a magnificent neo-Gothic mansion on London’s Victoria Embankment. Dating from 1895 the building stands at the eastern end of Temple Place, next to Milford Lane. It’s an ornate two storey building made of Portland stone. The main frontage is close to the street, set behind low cast-iron railings. The entrance is via a courtyard on the left where visitors pass between two tall bronze lampstands decorated with cherubs.

How to get there

 

The address is 2 Temple Place, Temple, London WC2R 3BD.
Temple tube station is on the Circle and District lines.  The station has only one exit.  Turn left and go up the steps (10 steps, with a rail) and you’ll be in Temple Place. There’s a crossing a few paces to your right. Cross the road and turn right, and you will find 2 Temple Place a short distance away on the left.

Several bus routes stop not far away, by the Aldwych in the Strand.  They are numbers 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139 and 176. Temple Place is a five minute walk away, down Surrey Street towards the Embankment, then turn left at the T junction with Temple Place. Further information about travel can be found at: www.tfl.gov.uk

There is an NCP car park in Drury Lane, or street parking at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Both are about 15 minutes’ walk away, but it should be possible to drop passengers off in Temple Place if necessary.

There are toilets in 2 Temple Place, and a lift is available there.

 

If you require any further information or have any further questions please contact Hannah Jordan on: 020 7240 6044 or email [email protected].

Venue

Two Temple Place

Two Temple PlaceLondonWC2R 3BD
020 7836 3715 Visit venue website