Royal Drawing School

We just had an event to celebrate the completion of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem studios at the Royal Drawing School.   Designed by Simon Hurst, a former student of the Prince’s Institute of Architecture, they make much better use of the ground floor, dividing it into two large teaching studios or, alternatively, using one – as now – as exhibition space.   It has an ingenious system of heavy screens on industrial size wheels to increase available hanging space, inspired by the screens on which Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress hangs at the Sir John Soane’s Museum.

The new entrance:-

The rolling screens:-

And one of the two studio spaces:-

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