AboutMike Leigh's play and film 'Abigails Party' was set around the changing attitudes of the aspiring middle classes of the suburban 1970s. It raised issues of social status - the keeping up of appearances - and the conflict of differing tastes.
The play finishes with the death of Lawrence, the arbiter of the 'high arts', following a night of cringe-worthy 'entertaining' by wife Beverley (Alison Steadman). She argues for her erotic painting over her husband's Van Gogh, her Demis Roussos over his Beethoven.
Abigail's Arty will transform the gallery space into a living space, showing art that's about contemporary taste.