Wellington Arch

Consequences of Play Exhibition

From June 2021 to March 2022, come and explore our new exhibition, The Consequences of Play by artist Daniel Crews-Chubb in partnership with the Vigo Gallery. The exhibition will include a new series of epic paintings inspired by our iconic Wellington Arch, our nearby grand Apsley House and Peter Paul Rubens’ painting the Consequences of War.

The six works on display reinterpret Rubens’ original painting, which allegorically depicted Europe in the aftermath of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648).

Now housed in the collection of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, The Consequences of War (1638/9) was commissioned by Ferdinando II de Medici, and Rubens included numerous references both contemporary and ancient, to illustrate the dire state of the continent after one of the longest and most brutal wars in human history.

Holding up a mirror in today’s testing times, Crews-Chubb has turned the themes in Ruben’s masterwork on their head and reinterpreted them within today’s context and through his own artistic vision.

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Details of previous exhibtions at Wellington Arch:

12 February - 6 July 2014
Dramatic aerial photographs illustrated the surprising grandeur of motorway design, and the exhibition explored how our motoring heritage has developed its own art and architecture.


4 December - 2 February 2014
Using the latest digital technology, 'Almost Lost' charts the highs and lows of a century of heritage protection in our capital city.

25 September - 24 November 2013
From cathedrals to private houses, war memorials to sculptures, our new exhibition celebrates the post-war era and its best listed buildings. It is 25 years since the first major post-war buildings were listed.


17 July - 15 September 2013
'Pride and Prejudice' examines how John Betjeman and others campaigned in the 1930s to protect our architectural heritage from both indifference and neglect and reveals how Britain's listing system eventually emerged from the ruins of the Blitz.

1 May - 7 July 2013
At the 'A Monumental Act: How Britain Saved its Heritage' exhibition, visitors are taken back to the first half of the 20th century to see how a new law and a small band of determined people saved Britain's most historic buildings from decay and destruction, in the process creating a national outdoor museum.


6 February - 21 April 2013
Darwin’s big idea and the discovery of ancient stone tools beside the bones of extinct animals, broke the Biblical version of history. This exhibition tells the story of what happened next, as archaeological pioneers battled to save Britain’s great prehistoric sites from destruction.

7 November - 13 January 2013
This exhibition explored the use of the Egyptian style from the sphinxes of 18th century gardens through to the papyrus bud columns of 20th century cinemas.


6 September - 28 October 2012
The exhibition explored the intriguing stories of the women who have influenced the appearance and experience of Kenwood House, through the sculpture, paintings, furniture and jewellery associated with them.

4 July - 27 August 2012
This exhibition captured the magic and glamour of two of the town's attractions, which helped to transform Blackpool into a magnificent 'playground' for the northern manufacturing towns, and earned it the enduring crown of Britain's most popular seaside destination.


9 May - 24 June 2012
This opening exhibition at the Quadriga Gallery showed how Stonehenge has been experienced over time and how it will be reconnected with the wider landscape.

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