Beastly Hall

Creatures of the artist’s mind, an exhibition exploring the relationship between art and animals in contemporary art.

Thomas Grünfeld, Misfit (Goatfawn) © Thomas Grünfeld

Thomas Grünfeld, Misfit (Goatfawn)

Inspired by the historic Queen’s Beast topiary in the gardens of Hall Place, this exhibition brings together the work of contemporary artists who use strange and imagined beasts in their art. The exhibition includes paintings by the Pop artist Peter Blake and material sculptures by Laura Ford.

Charles Avery’s co-joined headless dogs look straight out of Greek mythology, while Rachel Goodyear’s strangely beautiful, yet psychologically disturbing depictions of baby animals are disconcerting. With the macabre imaginings of Damien Hirst and Thomas Grunfeld also in the mix, this show promises to reveal why the animal continually haunts contemporary art. 

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Laura Ford has been making a curiously raggedy collection of faceless creatures for some time now, they are utterly uncanny and form a barrier between the viewer and the object. Also on show are Polly Morgan’s taxidermy treats, strange hybrid forms that suggest malevolent forces have been at play in the natural world .

Venue details

Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley Kent DA5 1PQ 01322 526574

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)


Open daily, 10am – 5pm

For visitor centre, garden and glasshouse opening times, check the website.

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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