Thomas Grünfeld, misfit (goat/fawn), 2001. Courtesy Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London.

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. 

 

Visitor Information

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

Beastly Hall, Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley, Kent images

  • Damien Hirst, Schizophrenogenesis, 2008. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

    Damien Hirst, Schizophrenogenesis, 2008. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

  • Installation view: Damien Hirst, Schizophrenogenesis, 2008. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Damien Hirst, Schizophrenogenesis, 2008. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Laura Ford, Rag and Bone, 2007. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Laura Ford, Rag and Bone, 2007. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Laura Ford, Rag and Bone, 2007. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Laura Ford, Rag and Bone, 2007. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Polly Morgan, Thomas Grünfeld and Mat Collishaw. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Polly Morgan, Thomas Grünfeld and Mat Collishaw. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Mat Collishaw, Total Recall, 2009. Photo © Enzo Velo – Naples. Courtesy Raucci/Santamaria Gallery Naples.

    Mat Collishaw, Total Recall, 2009. Photo © Enzo Velo – Naples. Courtesy Raucci/Santamaria Gallery Naples.

  • Installation view: Claire Morgan, Heart of Darkness. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Claire Morgan, Heart of Darkness. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Damien Hirst, Sacred Heart (with Hope). Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Damien Hirst, Sacred Heart (with Hope). Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view wall: Jonny Green, Rui Matsunaga, Damien Meade, and Hugo Wilson. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view wall: Jonny Green, Rui Matsunaga, Damien Meade, and Hugo Wilson. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Carsten Höller, Red Walrus, 2011. Photo © the Artist. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

    Carsten Höller, Red Walrus, 2011. Photo © the Artist. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

  • Installation view: Carsten Höller, Red Walrus, and Hyungkoo Lee, Ridicularis. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Carsten Höller, Red Walrus, and Hyungkoo Lee, Ridicularis. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Hyungkoo Lee, Bouke de Vries, and Nina Saunders. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Hyungkoo Lee, Bouke de Vries, and Nina Saunders. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Nina Saunders and Jodie Carey. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Nina Saunders and Jodie Carey. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Nina Saunders, Fox with Issues. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Nina Saunders, Fox with Issues. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Charles Avery,Tessa Farmer, Rachel Goodyear, Nick Goss, and Nina Saunders. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Charles Avery,Tessa Farmer, Rachel Goodyear, Nick Goss, and Nina Saunders. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Installation view: Dorothy Cross' Finger Crab, and Carina Weidle's Chicken Olympics. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Dorothy Cross' Finger Crab, and Carina Weidle's Chicken Olympics. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Peter Blake, Tarzan Box, c.1965 © Peter Blake. All rights reserved DACS 2013

    Peter Blake, Tarzan Box, c.1965 © Peter Blake. All rights reserved DACS 2013

  • Installation view: Francis Alÿs' The Nightwatch, and Sarah Lucas' Sex Baby. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Installation view: Francis Alÿs' The Nightwatch, and Sarah Lucas' Sex Baby. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Susie McMurray, Spectacle, 2013. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Susie McMurray, Spectacle, 2013. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • Susie McMurray, Spectacle (detail), 2013. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    Susie McMurray, Spectacle (detail), 2013. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

  • The Queen's Beasts. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss

    The Queen's Beasts. Photo © Bexley Heritage Trust / A.Purkiss