Museum review of lost pastimes

The lost Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens are being explored in an exhibition that will open at the Garden Museum, in Lambeth, next week.

Following a period of research in the archives of the museum, Andrea Gregson has created a 6m-long sculptural work housing miniature images of the gardens.

The now-defunct Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens existed from 1661 to 1859 and were hugely popular in the 1800s, with 20,000 people visiting on one night in 1826.

The title of Gregson's work, Last Night For Ever, is taken from the final event at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on 25 June 1859. A series of wooden cabinets house installations that reflect life in the gardens, such as the original orchestra stand and horse-riders.

Gregson said: "Since the miniature space is physically out of bounds, I am interested in the transformative effect on the viewer, from miniature set to psychological trigger of remembered places."

The exhibition is curated by Danielle Arnaud, from contemporary art body Parabola, and it takes place on 4-27 September.


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