Around Ealing February/March 2019 - Page 9

PITZHANGER To the Manor reborn Acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor is coming to Ealing to exhibit his work when the historic Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery reopens to the public next month. Dan Stephens reports. B ased in Walpole Park, the Grade I listed home of visionary British architect Sir John Soane is set to reopen on 16 March – with have worked so its gallery hosting hard to secure the an exhibition by investment necessary the Turner Prize- to realise its full winning sculptor. historical impact.” The reopening marks Clare Gough, Anish Kapoor the successful completion director of Pitzhanger of a £12million conservation Manor & Gallery Trust, said: and restoration project funded primarily “Anish Kapoor is a brilliant artist to through grants obtained from Heritage present at Pitzhanger because his work Lottery Fund, Arts Council England reflects a number of themes in Soane’s and others. The project was conceived original work. For example, some of his by Ealing Council and managed in sculptures will echo Soane’s complex use partnership with Pitzhanger Manor & of mirrors and light.” Gallery Trust, which has guided the The project has reinstated a number building from near-dereliction to a must- of important elements of Soane’s visit destination in just three years. original design, including a conservatory, Council leader Julian Bell said: which was originally demolished “Pitzhanger Manor is the crown jewel in 1901, and a central roof light. A of Ealing’s heritage. This is why we colonnade connecting the manor and gallery buildings has also been recreated and Soane’s original intricate paint schemes, which were overpainted in the 1830s, have also been meticulously reinstated throughout. However, Clare insisted: “It is not just connoisseurs of art and architecture who will enjoy it. There will be something for everyone, whether you are discovering local history for the first time or already have an interest in architecture, Soane, or art; or simply want to enjoy lunch in our café-restaurant, built within Soane’s walled kitchen garden. “There will be regular activities and events for all ages and we will be looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible through our historic doors next month.” MORE INFO n Read the full story, and an interview with Clare Gough, at ealingnewsextra.co.uk/ features/pitzhanger-reopens n And look out for the April edition of Around Ealing magazine when we will go behind the historic doors of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. around ealing    February 2019 9