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Verey Gallery hosts its first exhibition

Verey Gallery hosts its first exhibition

September 2011

The Verey Gallery at Eton College was officially opened on 24 September 2011 by the Provost of Eton, Lord Waldegrave.

Luke Hughes® designed the overall concept for the space and all the gallery furniture, including fibre-optic display cases that are capable of being wheeled through a medieval door and stored in the adjoining rooms.

The new gallery was largely funded by David Verey, a former Chairman of the Tate Gallery. The first exhibition, entitled ‘Connections’, is curated by Stephen Feeke and Lady Bessborough, from the Roche Court Gallery; they have brought together a network of threads connecting ‘a rich, though rather eccentric collection of great breadth’. On display are objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome alongside work of well-known, more recent artists such as Sean Scully, Richard Hamilton, Anthony Gorss, Paul Nash, Patrick Caulfield, Barbara Hepworth and William Scott.

The Provost paid tribute to the design of the new gallery, lamenting the fact that until it was opened, there was a severe lack of modern, museum quality, exhibition space. David Verey, retiring in 2012 after a long and distinguished service as a Fellow, made the point that ‘the Eton College collections are as special as you would expect them to be from an institution which is 500 years old. It is important that they should be celebrated from time to time by expertly curated shows which delight the eye and tell the story of the objects themselves’

The opening of the Austen Leigh corridor alongside School Hall, will follow shortly. This restored gallery space will house the Peyton collection of modern ceramics, assembled by the former MP, John Peyton. The display cases have also been designed and supplied by Luke Hughes®.

Eton College www.etoncollege.com
Roche Court www.sculpture.uk.com







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