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Family studio: art of the circus

Family workshop


Sunday 8 December 2019
11am — 3pm

Free for Families
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Part of our

Laura Knight RA: A Working Life

events programme
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Taking part in a family studio

Photo credit: Roy Matthews

Roll up, roll up! Make your own artworks inspired by artist Laura Knight RA’s action-packed drawings of the circus, ballet and the amazing feats of live circus performers.

Inspired by the artworks in Laura Knight: A Working Life, which show the dazzling lives of stage performers like the “mighty mannequin” strongwoman, Joan Rhodes, we bring you live acts from real circus performers in partnership with Circus250.

There’ll be hula-hooping, telephone book-tearing, acrobatic balancing and more. Marvel at the astonishing acts, and have a go at drawing them from life.

Then, make and decorate your own miniature model performers that lift, somersault, pirouette, swing and fly! You be the ringleader - will you model artistic acrobats, dazzling dancers or bold ballerinas?

This is a drop-in workshop, with circus acts performed at intervals in the day in the John Madejski Fine Rooms (Burlington House), introduced by a ringmistress. We’ll finish the day with a custard juggling act by two clowns in the Clore Learning Centre (Burlington Gardens).

See the Royal Academy’s map to find your way between rooms and our ringmistress will direct you on the day.

11.30-11.45 - Acro Hoop in the Reynolds Room
12.15-12.30 - Strong Woman in the Reynolds Room
13.00-13.15 - Juggling & Unicycle in the Reynolds Room
14.30-14.45 - Custard clowning in the Clore Learning Centre

This workshop includes a drop-in quiet zone.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Sunday 8 December 2019

11am — 3pm

John Madejski Fine Rooms, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required.

Free for Families