Museums at Night 2011: Explore the World of Art by Night

By Culture24 Staff | 27 April 2011
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Museums at Night at the National Gallery
From a Renaissance evening at the National Gallery to a beatbox choir at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, there are some amazing gallery experiences planned for Museums at Night…

Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery unleashes a Make Extravaganza, with textile experts demonstrating felting, knitting, printing, lacemaking, quilting and embroidery. There’s a rag rugs spectacular at Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum where local Rug Rats will display their wares.

Some venues offer a great chance to get stuck in and show your skills. Try using ink and graphite on old printing blocks and wallpaper in Sarah Lawton’s sessions at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, or combine two of the finer things in life with a music drawing bonanza at Fabrica in Brighton.

The wisdom of artist and illustrator Paddy Killer is on show at Gateshead Library’s Gallery where current show There’s A Fine Line is showcasing his genius.

a photo of a young couple dancing in a gallery
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If you’d rather listen than create, there are bedtime stories at the Government Art Collection or resident DJs at Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery, as well as a traipse across Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where you can find out more about Jaume Plensa’s inspirational new show.

The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will perform a new dance piece inspired by the machines inside the Museum of Bath at Work, or you can Dance with the Gods at the Horniman’s Balinese night.

Scarborough Art Gallery is bringing paintings to life alongside a series of surprise performances, and there’s an intriguing 'Pre-Colonial Dinner' at Spike Island in Bristol.

The Courtauld Gallery in London is holding a Victorian evening complete with music and parlour games to accompany its Victorian drawings exhibition.

At the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate, Atkinson Grimshaw: Painter of Moonlight is the first major exhibition of the Victorian artist in 30 years.

Other night-time exhibition highlights include Hoppé Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London and Bath Between the Snows at the city’s Victoria Art Gallery.

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