Today, Croydon’s reputation remains largely based on the Brutalist footprint of yesteryear. This exhibition looks at Brutalist architecture; past, present and future, with a particular focus on the London Borough of Croydon and celebrating its architectural heritage.

Special Guest Speakers at the Private View
Jonathan Meades:

Jonathan Meades has written and performed in some 60 television films of such topographical, architectural and political subjects as French nationalism, the lure of Belgium, the Baltic, plotlands, the architecture of Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.

 His two part series on brutalism was transmitted on BBC4 in 2014. He is the author of three works of fiction among them Pompey and The Fowler Family Business, a hymn to south-east London, several collections of essays e.g. Museum Without Walls and most recently an anti-cookbook The Plagiarist in The Kitchen.

John Grindrod:

John Grindrod is the author of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt (2017), Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain (2013) and the forthcoming How to Love Brutalism (April 2018). He grew up in New Addington, lived in Croydon for 30 years and has written extensively about his home town. He runs the website and can be contacted on Twitter @Grindrod.