Orleans House Gallery

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Secluded in pretty gardens, this Grade I-listed riverside house was constructed in 1710 for James Johnson, Secretary of State for Scotland. Orleans House Gallery was later named after the Duke of Orleans, Louis-Philippe, returning to France to claim his throne. Though the house was partially demolished in 1926, the building retains James Gibbs's neoclassical Octagon Room, which houses a soothing collection of paintings of the local countryside dating back to the early 1700s.


Venue name: Orleans House Gallery
Address: Riverside
Transport: BR: Twickenham
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This is a mini mini teeny-weeny museum, so do not do the trip just to see it. But if you’re in the area, why not stop by?

They often have interesting exhibitions – always for free – and a nice little café at the back with a wonderful terrace on sunny days. Give it a try.

And don’t miss the octagon room. It’s small (again) but looks incredible.

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Transforming Orleans House capital project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Transforming Orleans House project. The £3.2m project aims to preserve and make accessible the important heritage assets that comprise the Orleans House Gallery site, including restoring the grade one listed Octagon Room and increase public access to the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection. Development funding of £235,050 has been awarded to help Orleans House Gallery progress their plans for a stage 2 application by the end of 2014. The project will restore the stunning James Gibbs designed Octagon Room; restore the North wing, a former service wing, closer to its original appearance; introduce a Study Room showcasing works from the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection; increase the size of the picture store; and make the upper levels accessible for the first time through the introduction of a lift. Cllr Gareth Evans, Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said: “Orleans House is a hugely important part of our borough’s rich heritage. This exciting project will restore and transform the surviving buildings, significantly expanding what is already a thriving cultural and heritage hub for the local community to enjoy” Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “We look forward to receiving the detailed plans showing how this important listed building can be restored and conserved so that public access to the borough’s considerable heritage can be enhanced.” Improving and preserving and making accessible its heritage and collections will enable Orleans House to engage people in the whole site and the river landscape, creating a thriving heritage hub for the whole of West London. The development will provide benefits for the community, working in partnership with local organisations, including other heritage sites. The project will provide new opportunities for people to volunteer and learn about the rich heritage of this site and the borough through a new heritage focussed education, skills training and interpretation programme. Orleans House was built in 1710 for James Johnston, Secretary of State for Scotland, as a retirement villa. It was visited by George II and Queen Caroline in 1729. Caroline dined in luxury in the 1720 James Gibbs-designed Octagon Room, which still stands – one of the finest examples of baroque garden architecture in the country. The house was later named after its most famous resident, Louis Philippe, the Duc D’Orleans who made this his home in exile between 1815-17. He returned to visit his former retreat, accompanied by Queen Victoria, in 1848 as King of the French. His son, the Duc D’Aumale later made the house his home for nearly two decades and the surviving Stables block dates from his residency. The main building and conservatory of Orleans House were tragically demolished in 1926. Luckily the remains were saved by the Hon. Mrs Nellie Ionides and left to the borough on her death in 1962. Notes for editors: A first-round pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to complete a firm award. On occasion, an applicant with a first-round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the funding of their scheme. About Orleans House Gallery Richmond upon Thames Arts Service and Orleans House Gallery provide arts for everyone, including exhibitions in three galleries, a diverse range of arts festivals, an award-winning family friendly education provision for all ages as well as partnership programmes with a wide range of cultural organisations. Previous Heritage Lottery Fund capital projects include the Coach House Education Centre (opened 2006) and the refurbishment of the Stables Gallery, introduction of a café and artist-in-residence studio in 2008. Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ Tel: 020 8831 6000 Email: artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk Website: www.richmond.gov.uk/arts About the Heritage Lottery Fund Using money raised through the National lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK. For further information, images and interviews, please contact: Mark Coleman in Richmond Council’s press office on 020 8487 5158 or Rachel Tranter, Head of Arts of Arts 020 8831 6462, r.tranter@richmond.gov.uk. Members of the public should call the Council’s contact centre for more information by phoning 020 8891 1411 Further Information: If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Mark Coleman on 020 8487 5158 http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/council_government_and_democracy/council/civic-offices/departments/communications/press_office/press_releases/february_2014/transforming_orleans_house_capital_project_wins_heritage_lottery_fund_support.htm?viewmode=pr

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Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ Until 26 January 2014 With no training and no aspirations to fame, Madge Gill produced thousands of ink drawings during her lifetime. Her work remains an enigma: is it true she was inspired by an ethereal spirit guide? Was she genuinely in touch with 'the beyond', or was art-making a form of self therapy? Orleans House Gallery invites you to delve into the world of Madge Gill (1882 - 1961) in this major retrospective exhibition supported by the Wellcome Trust. Featuring over 100 original artworks, and contextual photographs and documents, this exhibition is the first of its kind. Madge Gill was championed and collected by Jean Dubuffet, who coined the term ‘art brut’ (raw art), the precursor to the term ‘Outsider Art’. Gill is considered the most important, influential and recognised British ‘outsider artist.’ This project explores Gill’s work, history and psychic / mediumistic context in-depth, in order to question the use of such terms, whilst celebrating the benefits of creativity for wellbeing. Working mainly on paper, card and textiles, Gill used pen to create maze-like surfaces with a glittering, almost hallucinatory quality that often reveal a female face. Ranging from postcard size to over 10 metres long, her work immerses the eye in a dark world of mystery, beauty and obsession. Her work has been included in previous Orleans House Gallery Outsider and Visionary art exhibitions, the Tate Gallery, and more recently at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Museum of Everything and Nunnery Gallery. The focal point of the exhibition is The Crucifixion of the Soul, perhaps Gill’s most important work. Over ten metres long, this immense calico is inscribed with Gill’s finely wrought doodle-like drawings and is testament to Gill’s commitment to creativity. The project has been generously funded by a People Award from the Wellcome Trust. Curators have worked with psychologists, medical historians, biographers, art historians and art psychotherapists to bring different approaches to Gill together within the exhibition and accompanying catalogue. Present day artists from the Art & Soul group, who celebrate mental and emotional wellbeing through the arts, are also represented in the project. Bringing together little-seen loans from the Newham Archive; the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington; the Henry Boxer Gallery and other archival material and artworks from private collections, this exhibition is a must-see for all those interested in art, psychology, spiritualism, social history or all of the above. Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ Free admission Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday 1.00-4.30pm, Sunday 2.00-4.30pm Tel: 020 8831 6000 Email: artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk Website: www.richmond.gov.uk/arts For more information please visit: www.richmond.gov.uk/arts/ Members of the public should call the Council’s contact centre for more information by phoning 08456 122660. Journalists requiring more information should contact Mark Coleman in Richmond Council’s press office on 020 8891 7160 or Orleans House Gallery’s Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Mark De Novellis on 020 8831 6000. Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary curated by Mark De Novellis in collaboration with Henry Boxer, Roger Cardinal and Vivienne Roberts. The accompanying catalogue, Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary will be available from the gallery shop. The exhibition will also coincide with a new biography on Gill by Roger Cardinal, a book of Madge Gill's mediumistic drawings on postcards by Henry Boxer and a roundtable event on November 16. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/


Don’t forget it’s the luxury Christmas Fair at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham tomorrow. If you are looking for distinctive seasonal gifts, please come along. Its free admission and open from 2.00pm until 7.00pm. There will be free festive nibbles and mulled wine! Tomorrow is also the first day of the Stables Gallery Richmond Printmakers exhibition Points of View and you can visit the stunning Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary retrospective in the main gallery. 020 8831 6000 www.richmond.gov.uk/arts