This summer, James Bond has come to Bletchley Park. On display in Hut 12, a contemporary art exhibition celebrates Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, as well as the most recent 007 continuation novels written by critically acclaimed author and Kidscape patron Anthony Horowitz.
Bond at Bletchley Park: Illustrations and Inspirations includes artworks newly commissioned by creative social enterprise Eazl and a carefully selected roster of artists from the UK and beyond. The pieces are each inspired by by a specific scene, theme or character in a James Bond novel. In October this year, the project will culminate in a charity auction of the exhibited artwork, and proceeds will go to Kidscape, Beanstalk and The Reading Agency.
On 22nd May, some of the Kidscape team were delighted to attend the official launch of the exhibition, opened by Anthony Horowitz. It was a fabulous opportunity to view the works in Bletchley Park, where Bond’s creator Ian Fleming had worked to gain access to the German naval Enigma codebooks. As well as displaying the original artwork, the exhibition features Fleming’s correspondence with codebreakers and intelligence leaders.
You can visit the Bond at Bletchley Park exhibition until October 14th. We’ll let you know more about the charity auction in due course. To whet your appetite, here’s a look at some of the art and the launch.