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Brutalism in Croydon and some new prints...

Kate Marsden

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the private view of A Journey Through Brutalism at RISE Gallery in Croydon (I mentioned it last week as one of my things to do this month). The private view also included a talk from the wonderful John Grindrod (someone I'd known online for years but never met before), author of Concretopia, Outskirts and next month How to Love Brutalism. John read from a couple of his books and was very entertaining (I'm now reading them in his voice with his inflections!) and the exhibition itself was great - it's free of charge and open until the end of the month so do pop in and visit if you're in the viscinity.

 Number 1 Croydon by Adam Halliday as seen at RISE Gallery

Number 1 Croydon by Adam Halliday as seen at RISE Gallery

In conjunction with the exhibition, the National Trust have organised a series of walking tours. The snow had melted last Saturday, but it was still freezing as a group of 20 of us took to the streets with guide Janet Foster. She took us around all of the main Brutalist and Modernist buildings in Croydon, culminating with a fantastic (albeit breezy) ascent to a rooftop which provided wonderful views...

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Now I'd like to say that I've made another batch of Number One Croydon monoprints in response to the exhibition and walk, but in actual fact it's simply because the first batch sold out! I've been working on these this week and they are now up in the shop (the blue one top left has already sold at the time of writing).

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As I mentioned A Journey Through Brutalism continues until 31 March. Visit RISE Gallery's website to find out more about it and the accompanying events.