you enter the Octagon, it's painted deep turquoise. Right in the centre is a
sculpture by Matthew Darbyshire. It's based on a famous Greek statue, but it's
been translated into polycarbonate – a plastic material that allows it to be
translucent. It's a contemporary version of a classical object: so perfect when
you're coming into a classical space like this.
In the gallery beyond there is a triangular painting by Alan Charlton – again, it's a completely classical object that emphasises the sense of the arches; emphasises the classical Renaissance-style space that we're in."