William Scott at the Jerwood Hastings; one of a series of centenary exhibitions, this one focusing on Scott’s figure paintings and drawings that, not surprisingly, merge body, landscape and pattern in various degrees of abstraction. Closes on 10th July but there is more at the Hepworth, Wakefield until September.
Designed by HAT Projects the gallery, which houses Twentieth Century British art, is a quiet building next to black slot smoke houses and surrounded by a mess of working shore life. It’s a small gallery but feels generous with easy connections between spaces and full height glazed openings adding light without interrupting the show; material combinations – terrazzo, steel, oak, plaster – are part of the pleasure of visiting without grabbing attention. Art galleries and the renewal of declining coastal towns is much written about including by Rowan Moore, who makes a connection between the success of this apparently simple building and funding – the Jerwood Foundation has its own cash “and there was therefore no need for the sort of gesticulating world-class architecture that is often thought necessary to help with fundraising from the lottery and other sources”. Read the Guardian piece here.