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Victoriana: The Art of Revival at the Guildhall Art Gallery

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The Art Revival
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'Trophy Chairy' by Miss Pokeno

The Victorian period is one of my favourite eras of British history. Not that I would want to live in that time, mind you. Buying lead make-up and arsenic sweeties aren't my idea of a fun shopping trip. You've got to admire their aesthetics though; the Gothic architecture is ghostly, intimidating, but awe-inspiring and beautiful at the same time; as is the decor embellishing homes inside (the rich ones at least).

You can find original Victorian furniture and other furnishings at auctions, antique shops, and museums, but now for the first time, there is going to be a Victorian art revival at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Victoriana features work from artists such as Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Dan Hillier, Paul St. George, Rob Ryan, Kitty Valentine, and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

Each have resurrected Victorian design, bringing to it, their own modern style. For example, Miss Pokeno has created a fusion between Victorian furniture and the popular hobby of taxidermy to make Trophy Chair, in which two stuffed foxes have been embedding into a wingback.

The exhibition runs until the 8th December, and tickets are 7 for adults, 5 for concessions, and children go free. Alongside the exhibition, on selected nights there will be free screenings of Victorian themed films. These include The Piano, A Picture of Dorian Grey, The Prestige, Gone to Earth, The Elephant Man, and Angels and Insects.

You can also go on guided tours, or attend a late-night Neo-Victorian ball on the 25th October.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 7th December
Phone: 20 7332 3700
Where: Guildhall Art Gallery
Cost: 7, 5 concession
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