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Wish You Were Here? (A Summer Installation)


3 August - 29 September

Velorose takes a holiday from exhibitions to present the gallery’s first installation, Wish You Were Here?

Inspired by a 1930s house on the seafront in the most deprived area in England, and its role as an escape from the Barbican, visitors are welcome to set foot in this curious mélange of mid-century furniture, seaside memorabilia, and wholly personal belongings – almost all of which are for sale to visitors as a souvenir of their visit. Some will be familiar, others quite strange; this is no picture-postcard, but it will bring back memories.

A true ‘staycation’ in its original meaning (or ‘holistay’ – going nowhere, while taking a break), the installation reveals an approach to interior design more akin to a 1970s New Zealand ‘bach’ or ‘crib’ than what visitors might expect from a couple of Barbican dwellers. Eclectic, considered and curated, or a mish-mash, (high class) jumble and sheer tat? The collection includes the work of Essex artists, including Jane Stewart and Bob Martin, vintage postcards and the work of artist-guests to have stayed at the house over the years.

Unlike Barbie’s Ken, your job may not be ‘beach’, but there’s nothing to stop you seasiding for a while… children and dogs welcome; bring a deck chair…

The installation opens with the Velorose Summer Carthusian Street Party on Thursday 3 August 2023, 6pm to 9pm


1B Charterhouse Square

Nearest tube / overground: Barbican or Farringdon
Bus route: 4, 56, 153

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 11am-6pm

Vernissage and Street Party: Thursday 3rd Aug, 6 – 9pm

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