Orleans House Gallery is currently running an exhibition featuring work donated to the Borough by local collectors. To be fair the title, ‘Private Passions for Public Pleasures’ isn’t great. It sounds more like the motto of the South West London Dogging Society (is there one? I don’t know) than the title of an art exhibition. Anyway, each to their own (as they probably say at the SWLDS meetings). It’s worth a look if you’re in the vicinity. There are some traditional paintings of the local area including a few of Twickenham riverside back in the first half of the 19th century. One features Alexander Pope’s house and there’s a moody scene of the river at night. Painted before the swimming pool was built, so they say! But it does get quirkier. There are some 19th century posters trying to mobilise the residents of Mortlake to stop a brewery blocking access to the river and, wait for it, some dog related works of art (if that’s not an oxymoron). Best of all, is surely the man’s suit reputedly made from clippings poodle hair. Made in 1964 it’s something that never really caught on for some unknown reason but I suppose you could always make one if you wanted to.
The gallery runs a range of art courses for children, adults & families together and the cafe does a fine line in treacle tart for when all that public poodle, private pleasure gets a little too much.