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Responding to Rome - the Estorick Collection

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW exhibition entitled Responding to Rome: British Artists in Rome, 1995 – 2005 will be held at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from January 18, 2006 to March 26, 2006.

Thirty four artists were selected from more than a hundred who attended the British School at Rome over the last ten years. All had received scholarships and fellowships awarded by public bodies and private foundations.

Several, such as Edward Allington, Jordan Baseman, Adam Chodzko and Alison Wilding are internationally recognised; while most have significantly established their reputations in the UK and abroad. There is, however, also a group of promising young artists.

All the works to be exhibited were either realised during the artists’ stay in Rome or as a direct result of it; and have been presented in a wide variety of media – paintings, drawings, sculptural and installation pieces and photographs as well as book, video and film.

They will include Sargant Fellow John Riddy’s 1999 black and white photographic diptych of the Colosseum; a three minute colour film transferred to video, entitled Lovers, Rome from 2002 by Smith and Stewart, both Henry Moore Sculpture Fellows; and a 12-minute colour film Epic from the year 2000 by Marion Coutts, in which four human bearers process through the streets of Rome carrying a life-size model of a horse.

In their widely differing ways, all bear witness to the unfathomable allure and wealth of Rome, a city with over 2,500 years of evolution, transformation, continuous decay and rebirth; a city with a resounding past and a vibrant present; a city where artists have been, and still are, invariably inspired……

But the exhibition will also illustrate how the traditional Grand Tour has evolved into a lively, contemporary experience and how diversity in the practice of and approach to visual art is encouraged and facilitated in the multi-disciplinary environment of the British School at Rome.

Situated near the Borghese Gardens, it was founded as a ‘school’ for research in archaeology and Italian studies, in 1901. The splendid building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1938.

Admission: £3.50 (£2.50 concessions and free to under 16s)

Location: 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN

For further information phone 020 7704 9522 or visit the website