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Expect the unexpected as contemporary sculpture comes to Bexley
Visiting Gallery No. 32’s impressive array of artworks sited in an open field and ancient orchard just a short walk from Bexley railway station is a must.
Founder and co-directors Megan Stuart and Kieran Idle talked recently about the genesis of the project with Gary Mansfield on his marvellous Ministry of Arts (Ep. 165) podcast. Megan said, “I wanted to make a wall, a gallery wall to put in the field and I asked Kieran to come along with me and look see what we could find in skips […] and we got this door that was number 32 from Welling High Street or somewhere and you suggested that as a name…” Et voila! The fast-evolving plan to create a free and accessible space for artists, and to promote creative exchange between them, with other galleries, with visitors and casual passers-by had a name: Gallery No. 32.
Solo artist and group shows followed, along with impressive collaborations and curatorial ventures such as partnering with The Factory Project in 2021. Fast forward to the present and Gallery No. 32’s most ambitious project to date, their Winter Sculpture Park is an open invitation to experience a remarkable variety of contemporary artworks and adventurous curation. A visit to Bexley coincided with the first draft of featured artists generously discussing their work on site.