Friday 17 May | 5-8pm (last admission 7:15pm)
Get your weekend off to a groovy start and join us for a very special Friday evening late night opening of Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution. Revel in 1960s style while sipping on a glass of fizz while viewing this happening exhibition.
The exhibition will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson.
Price: £12. All tickets include and exhibition entry and a glass of fizz.
Image (left): ‘Prince of Quince’ a screen printed cotton textile designed by Juliet Glynn Smith for Conran Fabrics, 1965. Private collection.
Image (right): The flat of Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library, 1952, with furniture by Terence Conran. Photo by Michael Wickham. Copyright Denny Wickham.
Images taken from Conran/Quant: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, published by ACC Art Books.Frequently Asked Questions