Sussex Modernism exhibition in London

William Waldorf Astor’s mansion, 2 Temple Place

This is a great free exhibition providing a taster of a particular period in English art. The show includes work by Edward Burra, Eric Gill, John Piper, Edward Wadsworth and many more.

Some of the artists, such as Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, are as well-known for their eccentric lifestyles as their art. But what they all have in common is that they made a very conscious break with Victorian and Edwardian traditions. This is heightened by staging the exhibition inside such a wonderful and cranky house built in 1895 in the early Elizabethan style.

I went on Thursday morning, thinking it would be quiet. There was a school party sitting on the floor in one room, people sitting on chairs sketching various artworks and a guided tour going round. It was packed, lively, and great fun. I’ll visit again sometime.

Sussex Modernism Retreat and Rebellion is on until 23 April 2017 at 2 Temple Place WC2R 3BD. It’s at the opposite end of the gardens outside Temple underground station in London – the building in my photo. The exhibition is closed on Tuesdays, but open everyday 10- 4.30 with late nights Weds until 9pm.