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Rare chance to see images of Bloomsbury Group murals at LSBU

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An exhibition of "lost gems of local art history" by renowned artists including the Bloomsbury Group's Roger Fry and Duncan Grant has opened at London South Bank University.

Rare chance to see images of Bloomsbury Group murals at LSBU

The free exhibition includes images of seven murals which first decorated the walls of the Borough Polytechnic Institute (LSBU's predecessor) a hundred years ago.

The murals were created around the theme 'London on Holiday' and were originally commissioned by the Borough Polytechnic Institute's governors in 1911 to decorate the students' dining room.

At the time the Evening Standard's art critic heralded their unveiling as "the most important artistic event of 1911".

In 1931 the Borough Road building was remodelled and the murals no longer fitted.

The works, which had been painted in oil paint on panels of canvas attached to the wall, were sold to the Tate Gallery where they have remained in storage.

The exhibition has been organised by LSBU's archives centre and BA Arts Management students.

"These murals are lost gems of local art history, so we are delighted to be unearthing them for the general public to see a hundred years after they were first created and displayed," says Kate Kwafo-Akoto, LSBU's director of archives, records and information access.

"We are particularly proud that the exhibition was brought about through the hard of LSBU BA Arts Management students working together with the university's archive team."

• The London on Holiday exhibition continues until Friday 21 October in the foyer of the Keyworth Centre in Keyworth Street. Open 9am-5pm.

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