Anthea Hamilton
+ Nicholas Byrne


Anthea Hamilton
+ Nicholas Byrne


Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne inhabit Poplar Baths with large brightly-coloured suspended and free-standing inflatable sculptures. Referencing the famous LOVE sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana, Byrne and Hamilton’s installation also draws on the visual languages of art deco – inspired by the period in which the building was re-opened as a vibrant bathhouse, music hall and theatre. The inflatables incorporate influences from advertising, popular culture, psychedelia and an underlying cheeky sexuality.


Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne’s collaboration extends the duo’s interest in the theatrical and sensory experience of art. The project will allow visitors to access the spectacular art deco interior of Poplar Baths which first opened in 1852. Rebuilt in the 1930s as a huge sport, health and leisure complex; the baths has been closed to the public since the early 1980s.


Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978) and Nicholas Byrne (b. 1979) are British artists based in London.
This collaboration will bring together their practices of sensate sculptural installation and figurative painting.


Poplar Baths

East India Dock Road

Tower Hamlets

E14 0EH


Opening Hours

18 July – 26 August

Wednesday – Sunday

12 – 7 pm



DLR: All Saints

Buses: D6, 15, 115