You Saved The Sunbathers!

You Saved the Sunbathers!

In April 2017 we announced the remarkable rediscovery of Peter Laszlo Peri's Festival of Britain sculpture The Sunbathers, and set out to raise £15,000 to restore it for public display. Amazingly this target was reached in just five days.

See The Sunbathers on temporary display at Southbank Centre

Thank you to all our backers for giving so generously, including the Heritage Lottery Fund (now the National Lottery Heritage Fund), Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who provided a great boost to the campaign through match-funding. We are so grateful for the continued support and generosity over the last few weeks, and with the additional £7,326 raised (inclusive of Gift Aid donations), we have restored and returned The Sunbathers to public display.

Remains of the Sunbathers sculpture
The Sunbathers before restoration, at the Clarendon Hotel, Blackheath, in February 2017

As the campaign has progressed it's been uplifting to hear everyone involved re-telling their memories and stories describing The Sunbathers journey. It is reassuring to know that so many people place great value on public art.

The Sunbathers is a remarkable survivor. The Festival of Britain gave a tired public optimism, hope and colour. Thanks to your help, The Sunbathers will return home.

You can view the sculpture at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, until Sunday 1 October 2017.

Sunbathers sculpture on the north wall of Station Gate
Photograph of The Sunbathers on the north wall of Station Gate at the Festival of Britain, 17 May 1951. Image credit PA Images
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