Only heard of this place a few days ago, and decided to squeeze in a quick visit before they close during the winter months. So, so glad I did. Only one other visitor, who I met in the car park half an hour before they opened and we stuck up a friendship.
We had our guide, Ian to ourselves, who told us the tour would take around an hour, and to stop him if he went on too much. His knowledge and love for the place was truly infectious, and when the tour finally finished, on the roof, I noticed it had been an hour and a half, but every minute had been informative, interesting and fascinating. If you only have a passing interest in great art, this place is a must.
In one of the gallery's are pics of the place when Kingston University acquired it, a total mess, turned down by the Nat. trust and Heritage bodies, thank you Kingston, thank you.
Learnt about Dora's history from homeless Jewish/Russian refugee to "probably the best female sculptor in the world," her commissions from the world of the theatre, her techniques etc, and numerous examples of her work. Absolutely fell in love with her Art Deco living accommodation above her gallery, I could move in this afternoon.
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