Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Susan Aldworth at the Blyth Gallery

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Susan Aldworth at the Blyth Gallery

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Credit: David Blackburn

The Blyth Gallery is situated in the Sherfield Building, deep in the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London. The Sherfield Building is a labyrinth of concrete, linoleum and glass. Its atmosphere is oppressively institutional. You walk around to the percussion of slamming fire doors and the click-clock of unseen footsteps. The air carries the faint scent of yesterday's boiled vegetables. It's an unprepossessing place.

The gallery is up on the fifth floor, in an anteroom between the lobby outside the central lifts and the Seminar and Learning Centre. There is no natural light. The floor is bare. The walls are white. A partition splits the room in half. The dense human traffic between the lifts and the seminar rooms runs to one side of this partition, leaving the other half clear. …

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