Tiny art gallery in a phone box marks Jubilee in Henry Moore's former village

By Ruth Hazard | 25 May 2012
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a red phone box on a village green
The K6 Jubilee telephone box at Perry Green© Jonty Wilde
The frenzy of the Queen’s diamond Jubilee has led to a nationwide celebration of Britain’s cultural heritage. And in Henry Moore’s former home, Perry Green, this has led to the village’s traditional red phone box finding an unlikely new purpose.

In honour of the monarch’s 60-year reign, the Henry Moore Foundation and Much Hadham Parish Council have created a tiny exhibition gallery inside the K6 Jubilee model which stands on the village green.

Red Cube is set to open on May 29, with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by architectural historian and Private Eye columnist Gavin Stamp. For its first season, the decommissioned phone box gallery has invited artists from The Drawing Room to exhibit postcard-sized work based on their impressions of Moore's sculpture.

The Drawing Room is part of a national centre of expertise for people of all ages with epilepsy, associated learning disabilities and other neurological disorders based in Perry Green.

Other artworks inside the cabin will be created by visitors, Foundation staff, and former assistants to Moore himself. Displays will change throughout the season.

'We are delighted to be working with the Henry Moore Foundation to give this much-loved village feature a second life, and to make Red Cube a place for visitors and The Drawing Room clients to share their artistic talent,” says Martin Dillon, the Chair of Much Hadham Parish Council.

“It is a wonderful use for a red telephone box.”

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