WOULD TURNER TURN IN HIS GRAVE OVER THIS COLOUR-CLASH?

The Turner Gallery in Plymouth Road Penarth - with a new pink paint job and white lettering

The Turner Gallery in Plymouth Road Penarth – with a new vibrant pink paint job which appears to clash somewhat with the natural brick and terracotta exterior

Penarth’s Turner Gallery  – the Grade II Listed art galley gifted to the town by art collector and public benefactor James Pyke Thomson – has undergone a not-so-subtle change of colour with a new exterior paint finish.

The old rosy light-maroon/brick colour has now given way to a more in-your-face pink – or perhaps light puce – colour .

The old Turner House paint scheme is on the lift - the new is on the right

The old Turner House paint scheme is on the left – the new paint colour is on the right

James Pyke Thompson - benefactor and founder of Turner House Penarth

James Pyke Thompson – benefactor and founder of Turner House Penarth

The exterior redecoration was undertaken by the National Museum of Wales – to which Turner House was handed over by Penarth Town Council in 1921 on the understanding that they’d run it as an art gallery and exhibit the original Turner paintings bequeathed to the town by James Pyke-Thompson.

Notwithstanding that agreement, the gallery was sub-leased to the charity Ffotogallery which only exhibits photographs there.

Background to the Turner House bequest is on PDN    http://tinyurl.com/qc2hjdl

The central lightwell on the first floor of Penarth's Turner House (A Grade II Listed Building) was filled in for an exhibition last year and neither it nor the surrounding handrail have been restoreder the which was ? It's now been filled in and the surrounding handrail removed.

The way it used to look . The central lightwell on the first floor of Penarth’s Turner House (A Grade II Listed Building) was filled in for an exhibition last year and neither it nor the surrounding handrail have been restored

The first floor of Turner House is still minus its central light-well (now boarded-over) and surrounding handrail (now removed)  which were taken out last year for the Artes Mundi exhibition when the first floor was turned into a blacked-out theatre for continuous multiple videos.

The first floor as it is today – can be seen in the photo below:-

The First Floor gallery in Turner House as it is today

The First Floor gallery in Turner House as it is today – Where the tables are now was once a  light-well/atrium.

Ffotogallery at Turner House is currently staging an exhibition of photographs by Jon Tonks called “Empire”  exploring life on four remote islands – the British Overseas Territories of Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Falkland Islands and St. Helena.

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10 Responses to WOULD TURNER TURN IN HIS GRAVE OVER THIS COLOUR-CLASH?

  1. Ron foxton says:

    Nice pink. Vibrancy over mediocrity any day…

  2. Mark Foster says:

    Turner would not be turning in his grave because he used these hues a lot – see for example fighting temeraire, napoleon, scarlet sunset, modern rome etc.

  3. Philip Denton. says:

    With regard to the filling in of the open gallery, was permission required and sought for this as I understand the building is Grade 2 Listed?

    • I suspect both Turner and James Pyke-Thompson would be turning in their graves to see the first floor filled in to enable us to see films of a man sitting in a bath while playing a guitar.

  4. Vincent says:

    Where are the Turner paintings?

  5. Ann schulp says:

    Surely this garish paint was left over some previous job and had to be used up. Shame.

  6. John Lilburne says:

    what is this place FOR?

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