Monday, 31 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Another week has just begun and there are 17 free events around London for you to enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • Why not discover the great displays of works of art from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at the Wallace Collection? There is free guided tour at 1pm. Don’t miss it!
  • Entry to the Courtauld Gallery is free of charge until 2pm! Take advantage of it and don’t miss the chance to attend a gallery talk about the “Young woman powdering herself’ by Georges Seurat. Enjoy!
  • Learn about Puvis de Chavannes’s ‘Death and the Maidens’ with a free gallery talk at the National Gallery at 4pm.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


It is Sunday and there are 23 free events around London. So, get your family and friends and enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • There are Art Trolley Weekend sessions for you and your child at Tate Britain.  Children are encouraged to imagine and explore with paper-based activities to use in the galleries.  It starts at 10am and no bookings are taken. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Let your children fly on a Magic Carpet Storytelling session at the National Gallery. There are two sessions taking place – at 10.30am and 11.30am – and they are suitable for under 5s.
  • Make some digital discoveries at the British Museum! A special family workshop will take place, where children can choose from a selection of digital activities to do in the galleries using laptops, mobile phones and cameras. The activities are suitable for children older than 5 years old and start at 11.30am. Don’t miss it!
  • Learn about Raphael’s ‘Madonna of the Pinks’. There is a free gallery talk at the National Gallery at 4pm.

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Saturday, 29 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


It is Saturday, you have lots of free time and don’t know what to do? There are 31 free events in London today for you to enjoy!  Here are some suggestions:

  • There are Art Trolley Weekend sessions for you and your child at Tate Britain.  Children are encouraged to imagine and explore with paper-based activities to use in the galleries.  It starts at 10am and no bookings are taken. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Enjoy Saturday in a Postmodern style at the Victoria and Albert Museum! There will be lots of free activities, workshops, debates, as well as performances and films from 10am till late at night! Certainly not to be missed!
  • Get in the mood of Halloween at the Somerset House! There is a free family activity, where you can create scary spooks and ghosts in the shadow theatre. The activity is suitable for ages over 5 and it takes place at 11am and 2pm. Create the spookiest creature ever!
  • What would you say if you could create your own jewellery? Then join the director of accessory brand Tatty Devine and create your own laser-cut acrylic jewellery based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. This workshop starts at 11am, it is suitable for 13-18-year-olds, but booking is required. Enjoy!
  • There is a special description session for blind and partially-sighted visitors at the National Gallery. First there will be a detailed verbal description of Vilhelm Hammershoi’s ‘Interior’ and then there will be a visit to the Gallery. The session starts at 11.30am, but if you would like to secure a place, please, contact the Gallery.
  • A special event, Tinkerspace, is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum at 1pm. Watch objects being crafted, meet designers and see forms of making from traditional crafts to digital technologies. Today Dejan Mitrovic will host a series of workshops for children called Kideville, where over the course children will be able to design and make their own miniature city.  Certainly an event not to be missed!

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Friday, 28 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Friday has arrived and are you still wondering what to do? There are 33 free events in London today! Have a great time!

  • Start preparing for the weekend in a Postmodern style at the Victoria and Albert Museum! There will be lots of free activities, workshops, debates, as well as performances and films from 10am till late at night! Certainly not to be missed!
  • Get in the mood of Halloween at the Wallace Collection! There is a free family activity, where you can have your picture taken as a spooky character. Take inspiration from the Collection, as well as from dreams and nightmares and by combining make-up and mask making, be the spookiest creature ever! The activity is suitable for ages over 5 and it takes place at 10.30am and 2pm. Enjoy!
  • Don’t miss the last day of events at the British Museum dedicated to the archaeology of Britain from the Stone Age to the coming of the Romans. Activities take place between 11am and 4pm and there is an activity for every taste and interest. Have lots of fun!
  • What better way to hear stories about old objects, but this time having new voices? Join the British Museum Youth Panel celebration and learn about objects from the Museum’s collection by participating in a creative workshop and watching short films about Museum objects in the galleries. The activities start at 11am and last till 7pm.
  • The National Gallery takes into the Halloween spirit and invites you to make paper skulls, taking inspiration from its collection. The workshop starts at 1pm, no booking is necessary, but places are limited to 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Thursday is here and there are 30 free events around London for you to enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • Attend today’s free family workshop at the National Gallery, ‘Lifting Pictures: Collage’! You will be examining shapes from several paintings and then you will make your own arty collage.  It is suitable for children 5 to 11 years old, it takes place at 11am and is repeated at 2pm.
  • Enjoy events dedicated to the archaeology of Britain from the Stone Age to the coming of the Romans. Activities take place at the British Museum between 11am and 4pm and there is an activity for every taste and interest. Have lots of fun!
  • Attend a curator’s talk on Auerbach’s drawings at the National Gallery. Colin Wiggins will be discussing Auerbach’s drawings based on works in the Gallery’s collection and his processes of ‘Working after the Masters’. The talk is free and starts at 1pm. Don’t miss it!
  • Learn about all the possibilities in clay! There is a free gallery talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum at 1pm, where the Museum’s worldwide ceramics collections will be examined and also how contemporary practice has been influenced by the past will be discussed.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Wednesday is here and there are 36 free events around London for you to enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • What would you say if you could draw some stories? Take your children at the National Gallery at 10.30am and let them tell their own story through art-making and play. The activities are suitable for under 5s and children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.
  • Attend today’s free family workshop at the National Gallery, ‘Lifting Pictures: Collage’! You will be examining shapes from several paintings and then you will make your own arty collage.  It is suitable for children 5 to 11 years old, it takes place at 11am and is repeated at 2pm.
  • Prices are all going up this time, but if you would like to know and compare the prices in Roman Britain, then attend a free talk on this subject at the British Museum at 1.15pm.
  • Don’t miss the chance to meet artist Simon Lewty today at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He will be discussing his work with professor Paul Hills and this conversation is timed to coincide with two exhibitions of Simon Lewty’s drawings, one outside the Courtauld library and one at the Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre. The conversation is followed by an opportunity to view the exhibition Conjuring Images from Words installed outside the Courtauld library and also music (pieces by Debussy) will be performed in the Institute Foyer.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Tuesday is here and there are 32 free events around London for you to enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • Attend today’s free family workshop at the National Gallery, ‘Lifting Pictures: Collage’! You will be examining shapes from several paintings and then you will make your own arty collage.  It is suitable for children 5 to 11 years old, it takes place at 11am and is repeated at 2pm.
  • Start getting into the mood of Halloween and attend a free themed tour on ‘The Art of Fear: Shock and Horror in Painting’ at the National Gallery at 1pm. Have a closer look at some of the most astonishing paintings from the Gallery’s collection and experience the emotional impact of them. Enjoy!
  • Head to Tate Britain and attend the Art in Focus talk, focused this month on Hubert von Herkomer’s portrait of Tate founder Sir Henry Tate. The talk takes place at 1.15pm and lasts 15 minutes.
  • Learn about Millet’s ‘The Winnower’ with a free gallery talk at the National Gallery at 4pm.

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Monday, 24 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


Another week has just begun and there are 26 free events around London for you to enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • Enjoy a week of activities, starting today until Friday (28 October), dedicated to the archaeology of Britain from the Stone Age to the coming of the Romans. Activities take place at the British Museum between 11am and 4pm and there is an activity for every taste and interest, as each day has a different programme and historical focus. Have lots of fun!
  • Entry to the Courtauld Gallery is free of charge until 2pm! Take advantage of it and don’t miss the chance to attend a gallery talk about ‘Cupid and Psyche’ by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Enjoy!
  • Learn about Puvis de Chavannes’s ‘Death and the Maidens’ with a free gallery talk at the National Gallery at 4pm.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


It is Sunday and there are 25 free shows around London. So, get your family and friends and enjoy! Here are some suggestions:

  • There are Art Trolley Weekend sessions for you and your child at Tate Britain.  Children are encouraged to imagine and explore with paper-based activities to use in the galleries.  It starts at 10am and no bookings are taken. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Let your children fly on a Magic Carpet Storytelling session at the National Gallery. There are two sessions taking place – at 10.30am and 11.30am – and they are suitable for under 5s.
  • Would you like to create your own comic? If yes, then go to the British Museum at 11.30am, where a special family workshop will take place for children older than 7 years old. Don’t miss it!
  • Learn about Raphael’s ‘Madonna of the Pinks’. There is a free gallery talk at the National Gallery at 4pm.

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 – Free shows and activities in London


It is Saturday, you have lots of free time and don’t know what to do? There are 37 free events in London today for you to enjoy!  Here are some suggestions:

  • There are Art Trolley Weekend sessions for you and your child at Tate Britain.  Children are encouraged to imagine and explore with paper-based activities to use in the galleries.  It starts at 10am and no bookings are taken. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Degas was taking inspiration from everyday activities and created some of his most well-known masterpieces. Head to the National Gallery and attend today’s lunchtime talk at 1pm on ‘After the bath, woman drying herself’ and learn more about his work.
  • A special event, Tinkerspace, is taking place at the Victoria and Albert Museum at 1pm. Watch objects being crafted, meet designers and see forms of making from traditional crafts to digital technologies. Today Dejan Mitrovic will host a series of workshops for children called Kideville, where over the course children will be able to design and make their own miniature city.  Certainly an event not to be missed!
  • Don’t miss a BSL performance today at 2pm at Tate Britain! Attend a collaborative visual conversation conceived by artist Tamarin Norwood and developed by British Sign Language poets Richard Carter and Paul Scott. It will take place throughout the gallery and no booking is necessary.

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