The Guildhall Art Gallery’s temporary exhibition space is currently filled with kaleidoscope-inspired art, which is a bit marmite — you’ll either love it or be indifferent to it.

It’s quite an interesting collection, but I was left feeling a bit unaffected – it’s all nice, and interesting and very technically appealing, but somehow that is all I felt.

It’s a nice exhibition.

The exhibition sees the artist, Anne Desmet RA, slicing into prints focused on London from her earlier wood-engravings, linocuts and hand-drawn lithographs to make a new series of digital collages, inspired by looking at a fragmented view of the world through a toy kaleidoscope.

It’s a frustrating exhibition in a way, as I can’t say anything was bad, and indeed, many individual pieces would look very nice in my home — but as an exhibition somehow I wasn’t massively moved by it.

There are 150 works on display, including 41 London-themed kaleidoscopic prints created exclusively for this exhibition and a selection of tools and engraved wood blocks.

The exhibition, Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope is at the Guildhall Art Gallery until early September and is “pay what you want” to visit.

The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with the last admission at 4:45pm.

Updated 29th April: Corrected opening hours and price of the exhibition.


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