A major exhibition of works from Pallant House Gallery’s permanent collection chronicling the life and times of the legendary Colony Room. Founded in 1948 by Muriel Belcher, the Colony Room became a magnet for artists, musicians, and writers eager to escape the gloom of post-war London and its social and moral conventions. Regulars included Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Dylan Thomas, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Peter O’Toole and later Young British Artists including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas. The exhibition will tell the story of the famous Soho drinking club through works such as Lucian Freud’s Self-Portrait with Hyacinth in Pot (1947-8), Frank Auerbach’s Oxford Street Building Site(1960), Michael Andrews’ Colony Room I (1962) and Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London ’67 (1968).
Opening hours are 9.30am – 4.30pm. Closed on Saturdays and Sunday 9 October. Admission free.