Rugby exhibition reimagines the beach hut - The Rugby Observer

Rugby exhibition reimagines the beach hut

Rugby Editorial 1st Jul, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

RADICAL re-designs of the traditional British beach hut are the centrepiece of an exhibition coming to Rugby Art Gallery.

Bathing Beauties: Re-imagining The Beach Hut For The 21st Century runs at the Little Elborow Street gallery until Monday August 31, the final stop on a national tour.

The exhibition evolved from Bathing Beauties, a project conceived by artist Michael Trainor to challenge architects, designers and artists to take a radical approach to redesigning the traditional beach hut.

Nearly 250 designs were submitted, ranging from beach huts inspired by seaside staples such as sandcastles and fishing boats to radical redesigns incorporating wind turbines, saunas and space-age materials.

Michael said: “The beach hut is one of the few building forms which has been seriously overlooked by contemporary architects the world over.

“They are perceived as a treasured feature of our coastal landscape, as quintessentially British as fish and chips and the knotted hanky, but in reality are usually little more than a painted shed.”

The exhibition, which has generated international press coverage and embarked on an extensive national tour after securing support from Arts Council England, features more than 100 scale models of the beach hut designs.

Its final stop at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum coincides with the Rugby Festival of Culture, a celebration of art, literature, music and theatre.

During the exhibition, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum hosts a number of activities and workshops inspired by the seaside theme. Visit for more details.

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