Beastly Hall, Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley, Kent
A show founded in the fantastical, Beastly Hall pays tribute to Hall Place's magnificent topiary lawn that features the historic Queen's Beasts, real and mythical creatures that were planted to mark the HM Queen's Coronation in 1953 and still stand proud. With curious parallels to these topiary beasts, the exhibition, curated by Artwise, features contemporary 'creatures' imagined by artists along with subversive responses to the idea of beasts.
Caroline Worthington, Chief Executive of Bexley Heritage Trust commented: “We are delighted to unveil Beastly Hall at Hall Place. We feel privileged to be showcasing works never seen before in the UK, alongside works from recognised names such as Damien Hirst and Carsten Höller. It is the latest in our series of innovative and engaging exhibitions as we aim to cement Hall Place as a must- visit destination and attracting more visitors from the capital and around the UK.”
Beastly Hall includes works by internationally acclaimed artists: Francis Alÿs, Charles Avery, Peter Blake, Jodie Carey, Mat Collishaw, Dorothy Cross, Bouke de Vries, Tessa Farmer, Laura Ford, Nick Goss, Jonny Green, Rachel Goodyear, Thomas Grünfeld, Damien Hirst, Carsten Höller, Hyungkoo Lee, Sarah Lucas, Susie MacMurray, Rui Matsunaga, Damien Meade, Claire Morgan, Polly Morgan, Nina Saunders, Joana Vasconcelos, Carina Weidle, and Hugo Wilson.
Location: Beastly Hall, Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ
Opening hours: March 28 – September 1 (daily 10am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm)
Train: From London via Cannon Street, Charing Cross, London Bridge. Oyster card applicable route from London (fare zone 6)
By Road: Just off the A2 at the Black Prince interchange 5 miles from Junction 2 of the M25 towards London. Free parking.
Admission: Adults £7 Concessions £5 Family £20. National Trust members discount applies. Free with National Art Pass. Gift Aid your ticket for unlimited entry for the duration of the exhibition