What to book: ‘Ahead of the Curve’ at 2 Willow Road

The Studio Frith exhibition pairs contemporary female designers with artists featured in the house’s collection

Ursula Goldfinger, ‘Ears’, 1938

The designer and Studio Frith founder Frith Kerr has partnered with the National Trust to present ‘Ahead of the Curve’, an exhibition held at 2 Willow Road, the Ernö Goldfinger-designed home in Hampstead. Created as part of the Trust’s ‘Women and Power’ public programme, the show sees six prominent female designers respond to the works of six female artists represented in the collection.

The exhibition skilfully formulates a conversation between creative female figures past and present: each designer has been paired with an individual artist, and has then been asked to cultivate a dialogue with them by placing one of their artworks in close proximity to the source of their inspiration, as well as by providing a short written response that is displayed in the form of a printed invitation card.

NIna Chakrabarti, record cover, ‘Ofeo Negro’, 2018, with Eileen Agar, ‘Portrait of Erno Goldfinger’, 1938

Ilse Crawford responds to Bridget Riley; Gitta Gschwendtner responds to Helen Phillips; the perfumer Lyn Harris responds to Prunella Clough; the illustrator Nina Chakrabarti responds to Eileen Agar; the fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic responds to Ursula Goldfinger; the ice-cream confectioner Kitty Travers responds to Lee Miller; and Frith Kerr responds to Rita Kernn-Larsen. 

Frith Kerr, ‘Good Night Rita’, 2018

2 Willow Road was opened to the public in 1996 as the first modern National Trust property, and is the repository for Ursula and Ernö Goldfinger’s vast art collection, a large proportion of which features female artists working within, or inspired by, the Surrealist movement. 


Kitty Travers, ‘The Entertaining Freezer – A Garden Ice Box Cake’, 2018

‘Ahead of the Curve’ runs until 2 November 2018 at 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London NW3. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.



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