Two Temple Place | Second Exhibition Announced | Opening January 2013‏


Following the successful October 2011 launch of Two Temple Place as an exhibition space, the Bulldog Trust today announces plans for the next show.

The second exhibition, in partnership with the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, will showcase the work of artists in West Cornwall at the end of the 19th century.  The exhibition is planned to run at Two Temple Place from 24th January – 14th April 2013.

The work of artists based in West Cornwall, in places such as Newlyn, Lamorna and St Ives, is recognised by many as an English response to Impressionism, and followed similar en plein air principles to the French movement.  Between the 1880s and the early 1900s, artists including Stanhope Forbes, Samuel ‘Lamorna’ Birch and Henry Scott Tuke were attracted to the region by the extraordinary light, low cost of living and the ready availability of inexpensive local models.

The exhibition, now in the early stages of planning, will highlight the remarkable work produced in Cornwall at this time.  The exhibition will explore the artists’ relationships with the locations featured and with the industries that inspired many of their most celebrated works.  It will draw on both paintings, and works in other media, from the Royal Cornwall Museum and other public and private collections in Cornwall and further afield.

The exhibition will strengthen Two Temple Place’s links with its neighbour, the Courtauld Institute of Art.  It provides a further opportunity for the involvement of young art historians and emerging curatorial talent, under the guidance of Martin Caiger-Smith, Head of the Courtauld’s MA Programme Curating the Art Museum.

Two Temple Place had a triumphant start with its first exhibition in October 2011. The building itself is an extraordinary architectural gem, built as an office for William Waldorf Astor in the late 19th century.   This is the second exhibition Two Temple Place will undertake in its annual programme to showcase treasures from UK museums and galleries outside central London. The inaugural exhibition, William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth, organised in collaboration with the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, closed on 29th January.  It attracted enormous media interest and over 51,000 visitors during its three-month run, including over 1000 London primary school children who enjoyed imaginative storytelling workshops inspired by the works on display.  A complementary season of events proved similarly popular and included lectures, dance, ballet and concert performances produced in partnership with a varied group of charities supported by the Bulldog Trust.