London's Post-War Art Scene — David Bomberg and the Borough Group

30 Nov 2012 – 23 Mar 2013

Event times

The gallery is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 5pm and on Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. Please note, the exhibition will be closed during the Christmas and New Year period from 22 December 2012 to 1 January 2013.

Cost of entry

Free Admission

Borough Road Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 344, 360, 363, 453, 468, C10 and P5.
  • Train/Tube: Waterloo, London Bridge and Elephant & Castle

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This exhibition consists of works from The Sarah Rose Collection, the University collection, and works kindly loaned by Philip and Bob Richmond from Miles Richmond's Family Estate. It looks at the formation of the Borough Group and the period in which they worked with David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic between 1946-1951. Borough Road and the environs of the Elephant and Castle were badly damaged by aerial bombardments and it was in a climate of austerity and rationing that Bomberg took up teaching again. The relatively short period of the existence of the Borough Group coincided with the process of economic reconstruction, in which Britain looked forward to a new period of peace and prosperity. The exhibition is organised around three themes: who the artists were, the environment of the University and Elephant and Castle, and the Life Painting class, and includes portraits, cityscapes and figure paintings, as well as video, photographs and texts that place these works within a broader social context.

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