Image:’Bathing Beauties: Reimagining the Beach Hut for the 21st Century’, installed at 20:21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe in summer 2013.
‘Bathing Beauties’ was a long running touring exhibition from The National Centre for Craft & Design, that I managed from 2010 onwards. It consisted of over 110 architectural models, a selected response to a call-out by Lincolnshire County Council. Bathing Beauties was intended as a coastal regeneration project to commission and build beach architecture for the 21st century, an update on the traditional beach hut, conceived by artist Michael Trainor.
It also became NCCD’s most successful and long lived (to date) touring show, and was also accompanied by a film by Electric Egg. This exhibition was a big part of my working life for several years, as it was a key offering in the NCCD touring portfolio. It was justifiably popular and while I’ve looked after it, it went to Scunthorpe, Wales twice (Newtown and Aberystwyth), Bournemouth, London and Rugby Art Gallery. (Previously it had also been to Morecambe, Carlisle, Cromer, Nice and Scarborough.)