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01 May 2019Pitzhanger Manor
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Pitzhanger Manor
Wednesday 01 May 2019

Cost £42: including coach, entrance fees to Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery, guided tour of Manor and exhibition entrance. Refreshments and lunch are not included. The booking form is available here.

From 1800 to 1804 Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most influential architects, designed and built Pitzhanger Manor as his dream country retreat in what was then rural Ealing, now west London. The grounds surrounding the Manor were beautifully landscaped in 1800, and became Walpole Park in 1901. In 2013 its historic features and landscapes were restored to how they had been in Soane’s time. The Manor itself stands as a testament to Soane’s creative genius. Newly conserved and returned to Soane’s original design for the first time in over 175 years, following a £12m renovation programme, Pitzhanger is a rare example in London of a spectacular Soane building largely intact.

In 1939 Ealing’s public lending library was built on the site of Soane’s kitchen block. This has now been upgraded to create Pitzhanger Gallery, a beautiful display space flooded with natural light. In the first exhibition to be held here, Anish Kapoorwill present a series of sculptures that echo Soane’s complex use of mirrors and light to double and dissolve space. Kapoor (born1954 in Mumbai) has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s.  His large-scale commissions include Marsyas (2002), for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, Cloud Gate (2004) in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Leviathan at the Grand Palais, as part of Monumenta (2011) and Orbit (2012) at the Queen Elizabeth Park London.

Due to limitations on numbers for the guided tours, we can only accommodate 30 people on this trip.

Pitzhanger Manor, 2018. Photo © Andy Stagg.