Michael Craig-Martin RA

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Matthew Darbyshire


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"When 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."