You Saved the Sunbathers!
Thank you to all our backers for giving so generously, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for 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), The Sunbathers will be housed in a safe storage space while we work on securing a permanent home.
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 will be on temporary public display for two months from Saturday 1 July at the Royal Festival Hall. We are talking to a number of interested parties who have kindly offered to provide a new public home for the artwork. As the situation progresses we'll provide updates on the website.
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.
The Sunbathers by Peter Laszlo Peri has been found after Historic England's call for information on missing public art.