RISEgallery celebrates Brutalism in its latest exhibition

‘A Journey Through Brutalism’ is RISEgallery’s first show of 2018 (23 February – 16 April). It is an ode to Croydon’s Brutalist landscape and architectural history.

The exhibition in Croydon presents artistic homages to the versatile and majestic architectural form through a wide range of media.

It combines an exciting programme of artwork and installations by local and international artists, guided walking tours supported by The National Trust, film screenings and evening talks with local architects and enthusiasts.

Exhibiting artists include:

  • Adam Halliday
  • Charlie Lang
  • Glenn Foster
  • Jonathan Meades
  • Louise Gough
  • Laurent Bompard
  • Mark McClure
  • Owen Calvert

Croydon is one of the only London Boroughs where you can see so many examples of Brutalism, with no less than 45 office blocks built – an impressive 6 million square feet in all.

Artist and architectural photographer Louise Gough comments: “In my photography, building structure, material texture and light combine to create a series of dynamic abstract shapes. As a Croydon local, the brutalist architecture is a constant source of inspiration, awe and delight. Every day reveals hidden gems from the past through the simplicity of shadows cast and light reacting to concrete.”

The guided walking tours, supported by The National Trust run every Saturday throughout the exhibition at midday. Tickets for these are available on Eventbrite.

RISEgallery, which is located at 7-9 St George’s Walk, Croydon, is open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 to 4pm on Saturdays throughout the exhibition.

To organise group bookings for guided walking tours please contact RISEgallery (enquiries(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)rise-gallery.co.uk).

The exhibition launched on 22nd February with a spectacular Private View, sponsored by Brick x Brick. It included presentations by well-known Brutalism enthusiasts:

  • Jonathan Meades, whose works include the BBC documentaries ‘Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry’ and ‘Benbuilding – Moussolini, Monuments, Modernism and Marble’
  • John Grindrod, author of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt, Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain and the forthcoming How to Love Brutalism

Please visit www.rise-gallery.co.uk for more information.