Vintage railway poster from Art Deco by the Sea exhibition

EXHIBITION

Art Deco by the Sea

9 February – 14 June 2020

Tickets: £13.00 or FREE for members
Concessions available 

Art Deco by the Sea is a major new exhibition that explores how the Art Deco style shaped the modern seaside during the 1920s and 30s. In a new age of mass tourism, new coastal resorts were built and existing resorts modernised using the Deco style while the networks of transport – by road, rail, sea and air – met the needs of the modern traveller.

The show celebrates iconic examples of seaside architecture, from hotels and apartment blocks, to piers, cinemas and lidos, and reveals how Art Deco became the key style for pleasure, leisure and entertainment. Through some 130 works including paintings, posters, brochures, drawings, photographs, fashion, furniture, ceramics and textiles, the exhibition explores the sports, activities and amusements of the seaside between the wars.

“A celebration of iconic seaside architecture, from hotels and apartment blocks, to piers, cinemas and lidos, showcasing Art Deco as a style synonymous with pleasure, leisure and entertainment”