The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s (SCVA) ‘Art Deco by the Sea’ Exhibition and BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’

Art Deco by the Sea is an exhibition that examines British coastal culture between the First and Second World Wars.  The Spring/Summer 2020 exhibition, curated by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art at the University of East Anglia, explores how the Art Deco style shaped the modern seaside during the 1920s and 30s, and features archive footage from the collections of the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA).

Following the closure of museums and galleries during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art (SCVA) saw their ‘Art Deco by the Sea’ exhibition move online as part of the BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ series in April 2020, offering viewers a ‘lockdown virtual tour’ of key features from the exhibition including EAFA footage of ‘Sunny Clacton, 1939′ (Cat. No. 738).

The BBC’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ series looked to bring museums and galleries into our homes, offering creative ways for the public to continue to access arts and culture online during a time of national lockdown restrictions following government guidance.