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Grace Banks: The Other Half

Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Exhibition Tour with Jane Alison

Join editor and writer Grace Banks as she explores the women artists ahead of their time in Modern Couples.

Grace Banks discusses how the couple unit enabled female artists like Lily Reich, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Hannah Höch and Barbara Hepworth to work in a climate where the concept of a single working woman was not widely accepted, and how many were ahead of their time in their attitudes to non-monogamy and polyamory.

Grace Banks is a journalist and author specialising in culture, gender, the arts and literature. She is Editor-in-Chief of quarterly culture publication SLEEK Magazine, and her book Play With Me: Dolls – Women – Art was published in 2017 by Laurence King.

Meet the Couples

Win the ultimate ‘Modern Couples’ experience with Shangri La, At the Shard, London

We have partnered with Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London, to bring you the most romantic prize going.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast in TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge overlooking the River Thames before following a uniquely designed love map that leads you on a romantic stroll from Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London to the Barbican. After a visit to the Modern Couples exhibition, round off your day with cocktails in GŎNG Bar. Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in a superior room at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London.

To enter, please submit your details below before noon on Thu 6 December.


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This offer includes:

 A one-night stay in a luxurious Superior Room at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

English breakfast for two, served in TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge

Two tickets to the exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Modern Couples exhibition catalogue

Modern Couples tote bag, exclusively designed for Barbican Art Gallery

Two cocktails per person in GŎNG Bar 

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Use of gym and infinity Sky Pool

Full T&Cs

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