WEB GALLERY: Beastly Hall exhibition comes to Hall Place

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 April 2013

Schizophrenogenesis by Damien Hirst. Courtesy of Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Schizophrenogenesis by Damien Hirst. Courtesy of Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.


After the success of the Queen’s Beasts topiary in the gardens of Hall Place, the Tudor mansion has swung its doors open to reveal this summer’s Beastly Hall exhibition.

Keeping to the theme of animals it features contemporary “creatures” imagined by artists along with subversive responses to the idea of beasts.

The Bexley Times was given a preview of the exhibition before it officially opened on last Thursday (March 28).

Arranging the displays were London-based Artwise curators Dea Vanagan and Laura Culpan.

Dea said: “The laden history of Hall Place lends a stunning backdrop to Beastly Hall.

“The exhibition invites visitors into a world of curious mutants where the creatures imagined by artists may not be that easy to spot.”

It includes exhibits from Turner Prize-winner Damien Hirst and internationally acclaimed artists such as Joana Vasconcelos, Thomas Grunfeld and Polly Morgan.

Nina Saunders’ exhibit, Fox with Issues, is one not to miss.

At the unveiling, Bexley Heritage Trust chief executive Caroline Worthington said: “We feel privileged to be showcasing works never seen before in the UK, alongside works from renowned names such as Damien Hirst and Carsten Holler. It is the latest in our series of innovative and engaging exhibitions and we know it will appeal to the curious.”

Beastly Hall runs until September 1. It costs £7 for adults, £5 concessions, and £20 for a family pass.

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