11/06/2021 - 25/07/2021

Inaugural Exhibition

Group Show - Pleasure Scene

The inaugural exhibition at Trafalgar Avenue marks the culmination of an 18-month collaborative project bringing together nine artists from across the UK to respond to the iconic modernist ruin, St Peter’s Seminary.

Acknowledging the longstanding fascination with St Peter’s, the project draws from and builds upon the interest of artists, architects, and anarchists alike.

The title Pleasure Scene borrows directly from the graffiti that adorns the Seminary walls whilst referencing Rose Macaulay’s seminal text Pleasure of Ruins.

Macaulay writes, “New ruins are for a time dark and bare, vegetationless and creatureless; blackened and torn, they smell of fire and mortality. It will not be for long. Very soon trees will be thrusting through the empty window sockets, the rose-bay and fennel blossoming within the broken walls, the brambles tangling outside them. Very soon the ruin will be enjungled, engulfed, and the appropriate creatures will revel.”


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