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Prices Between £15.00 to £50.00 Sir Richard Wallace and His Age: Connoisseurs, Collectors and Philanthropists A two-day international conference exploring Sir Richard Wallace and his collection. This year the Wallace Collection is celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth...

A two-day international conference exploring Sir Richard Wallace and his collection.

This year the Wallace Collection is celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Sir Richard Wallace. Taking Sir Richard Wallace and his collection as its starting point, the conference will look at aspects of collecting and collections in London and Paris in the wake of the upheavals of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune in 1870-71, considering essentially the period between 1870 and 1900.

The first day of the conference will consider the impact on the Anglo-French art market of the political and social upheavals in France in 1870-71, including the dispersal of collections and the movement of collectors, as well as the curatorship of private art collections. The second day will focus on two themes: the subject of the morning session will be loans to exhibitions from distinguished collections and the motivations that drove them; the afternoon will showcase works of art in the Wallace Collection acquired by Sir Richard Wallace.

Thursday speakers include:

  • Olivier Hurstel (‎Curatorial Fellow, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture - Philadelphia Museum of Art)
  • Professor Robert Tombs (Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge),
  • Dr Thomas Stammers (Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Durham)
  • Professor Anthony Geraghty (Department of History of Art, University of York)
  • Dr Mathieu Deldicque (Conservateur du Patrimoine, Musée Condé, Chantilly)
  • Joseph Friedman (Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department of History of Art, University of York, and Senior Research Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture, University of Buckingham)
  • Dr Silvia Davoli (Research Curator Strawberry Hill, The Horace Walpole Collection)
  • Suzanne Higgott (Curator, The Wallace Collection)
  • Helen Jones (Research Librarian, Wallace Collection Library)
  • Natalie Zimmer (Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection)

Friday speakers include:

  • Lindsay Macnaughton (PhD researcher, Durham University/The Bowes Museum)
  • Kathryn Jones (Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust)
  • Eloise Donelly (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge and the British Museum)
  • Stephen Duffy (formerly Senior Curator, The Wallace Collection)
  • Dr Jeremy Warren (Honorary Curator of Sculpture, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Sculpture Research Curator, The National Trust)
  • From the Wallace Collection's Curatorial department, Dr Tobias Capwell, Suzanne Higgott, Dr Helen Jacobsen, Dr Yuriko Jackall, and Ada de Wit.

The conference will be followed directly by a round table chaired by the Wallace Collection's Director, Dr Xavier Bray, in conversation with special guest speakers Olivier Gabet (Director, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris), Dr Emilie E.S. Gordenker (Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague), Christian Levett (Private Collector), Jacob van der Beugel (Artist in Residence, The Wallace Collection), Ian Wardropper (Director, The Frick Collection, New York) to explore what the future holds for institutions founded by bequests similar to that of the Wallace Collection and how they are adapting to changes that could not have been foreseen by the original donors.

The ticket price includes coffee and tea breaks and a drinks reception on Friday 16 November from 18:30 to 19:45.

Download the full conference programme here.

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Tickets only £20.00 Wacky Waxes Children's art workshop

Art workshop for children ages 9 – 13. Join artist Alex Hirtzel for a look at Richard Wallace’s rather wacky collection of sixteenth-century wax sculptures. Learn about the technique and then have a go at making one yourself.

Parents/guardians are not required to stay with their children but must provide them with a packed lunch.

All materials are provided!

 

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Tickets only £80.00 Drawing the Divine Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 November, 10.30am - 4.30pm Art class for adults. Work with artist Anna Saunders to learn how to capture the grace and fluidity of divine creatures...

Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 November, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Art class for adults. Work with artist Anna Saunders to learn how to capture the grace and fluidity of divine creatures housed in Hertford House. Explore styles of drawing which capture the essence of wonder in scenes that come alive in our galleries, then learn how to build greater depth into your drawings by adding colour, detail, tones and contrast. This course will take place over two consecutive Saturdays.

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Prices Between £25.00 to £30.00 London Winds - Music from the World of Richard Wallace Dive into the world of Sir Richard Wallace with this special London Winds performance of works from his day – including Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod – a...

Dive into the world of Sir Richard Wallace with this special London Winds performance of works from his day – including Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod – a contemporary and friend of Sir Richard. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine and explore our exhibition, Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector, before this intimate performance in the spectacular surroundings of Sir Richard’s Great Gallery.


Founded in 1988 by British clarinettist Michael Collins, the London Winds are celebrating their 30th anniversary and are recognised as one of the world’s most prominent chamber ensembles.

Please note that the permanent collection closes at 5pm. The exhibition Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector however, will stay open until 7.30pm. Guests will be invivted to take their seats in the Great Gallery from 7pm onwards. The Wallace Restaurant will remain open throughout the evening for drinks and dinner.

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Tickets only FREE Morgan Stanley Friday Lates: A Festival of Lights Celebrate Diwali and the triumph of light over darkness. This evening includes art and craft workshops, DJs, and special musical performances. Visitors can also discover the...

Celebrate Diwali and the triumph of light over darkness. This evening includes art and craft workshops, DJs, and special musical performances. Visitors can also discover the museum’s wonderful collection of Indian arms and armour, including spectacular bejewelled daggers and swords. Curated by renowned musician and multimedia performer Bishi and leading craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain.

Free, but booking essential.

(Activities will finish at 9.30pm, but the bar will remain open until 11pm.)


 

About the Curators:

Bishi, is a British, London based, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, multimedia performer, producer, composer and DJ of Bengali heritage. Bishi is characterised by her glamorous and extravagant stage appearance, with collaborations & commissions including The London Symphony Orchestra, The English National Opera, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Whitechapel Gallery and Nick Knight’s Showstudio.com. She performed as part of Yoko Ono’s  Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, in the world premiere of Double Fantasy Live.

Momtaz Begum-Hossain is one of the UK’s leading Craft Experts, running craft workshops for over a decade for clients such as The Southbank Centre, National Wedding Show, V&A Museum, and Macmillan Cancer Support. The Author of three published books and Founder/Editor of CraftandTravel.com, her accolades include being Host of The Desi Woman Podcast (launched 2018), Editor of Popular Crafts Magazine, Finalist at The Asian Media Awards 2015 as TV Presenter of The Year, and Founder of London’s most popular craft night, The Make Escape.

 

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Prices Between £15.00 to £18.00 The Collection An exciting, immersive show filled with history and music performed after hours at the Wallace Collection.

An immersive theatre experience filled with history and music that will breathe new life into the Wallace Collection and allow you to explore its galleries as you have never seen them before.

Written by Tristan Bernays
Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson
Co-produced by Via Brooklyn, www.viabrooklyn.org

Paris, 1825. A frightened little boy is discovered alone and abandoned in a backstreet apartment. By 1890, this same boy will have become one of the world’s most distinguished art collectors and philanthropists: Sir Richard Wallace. Performed by a cast of actor-musicians in the galleries of one of London’s best kept secrets, The Collection is the true rags-to-riches story about the life of one of the Victorian era’s unsung artistic and charitable patrons, who left Britain the gift of one of its greatest artistic treasures: the Wallace Collection.

From the award-winning creative team of Tristan Bernays (Boudica starring Gina McKee at Shakespeare’s Globe) and Lucy Jane Atkinson (A Hundred Words For Snow at The Vaults).

This is a promenade performance limited to 25 people per show, with no seating. Run time approximately one hour.

Via Brooklyn

Presented by the Wallace Collection and Via Brooklyn (The 39 Steps in Southampton, New York; Goyescas in partnership with the Wallace Collection and The Grange Festival in London; and VB Reads: Feast and Fiction, A Play Reading Series, in Southampton, NY.)  

 

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Tickets only £40.00 The Painted Feast Art Class

Adult Art Class. Explore the abundant banquets in seventeenth-century still life paintings. Work with artist Luisa Rivera to learn different techniques of applying acrylics, and work from an autumnal still life scene fashioned in the studio to create your own sumptuous painted feast.

All materials provided.

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Prices Between £140.00 to £160.00 Classical Mythology in Christian Europe Titian, Perseus and Andromeda

Five Week Course (Mondays only) exploring the myths of Greece and Rome

22 October – 19 November, 11am – 1.30pm

Even before the Renaissance gave new life to European art and society drawing on the literature, art and architecture of the classical past, medieval artists had clung to Greek and Roman mythology as a valuable source of subject matter. Its importance flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries, and did not wain in the subsequent years, even though its growing status at the centre of European culture was at odds with the profoundly Christian nature of western society: there is not a single room in the Wallace Collection where its influence is not felt.

Over five-weeks we will explore the myths of Greece and Rome, introducing the Gods and Goddesses who were the protagonists of these remarkable stories. We will consider what it is that made them so attractive to the artists and thinkers from societies as diverse as Renaissance Italy and the Courts of 18th Century France, while trying to work out how they justified their interest in the pagan past in the face of Christian disapproval.

Each morning and afternoon we will introduce a variety of topics in the lecture theatre before seeking out relevant works in the museum’s collection, drawing on the full range of media from painting and sculpture to furniture, ceramics and armour, enabling us to build up a strong understanding not only of the myths themselves, but also of the Wallace Collection as a whole. Taught by Dr Richard Stemp.

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Tickets only £40.00 Glorious Glass Art class for adults. Take inspiration from our exceptional collection of Venetian glass, and the jewel colours in our special exhibition. Paint unique designs on a glass vase and...

Art class for adults. Take inspiration from our exceptional collection of Venetian glass, and the jewel colours in our special exhibition. Paint unique designs on a glass vase and tea-light holder, to brighten your home in the festive season. With artist Caroline Dorset. Beginners welcome!

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Tickets only £40.00 Gilding Art class for adults. Take inspiration from golden objects in the galleries and join jewellery designer and conservator Boudewien Westra to learn the delicate techniques of gilding...

Art class for adults. Take inspiration from golden objects in the galleries and join jewellery designer and conservator Boudewien Westra to learn the delicate techniques of gilding with gold leaf. Apply your new skills to paper and objects to create festive cards, gifts and decorations. Suitable for beginners.

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Prices Between £25.00 to £30.00 Carols at Christmas Vox Luna Chamber Choir and their director Alex Woolf present a sumptuous festive programme, celebrating the promise and wonder of Christmas in spectacular style. Festive...

Vox Luna Chamber Choir and their director Alex Woolf present a sumptuous festive programme, celebrating the promise and wonder of Christmas in spectacular style.

Festive favourites old and new sit alongside seasonal masterpieces by composers including Rachmaninov, Britten, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and John Rutter. The Wallace Collection’s Great Gallery provides the perfect setting for Christmas carols both familiar and brand-new, from Away in a Manger to Alex Woolf’s own award-winning Nowell.

Vox Luna Chamber Choir is one of the UK’s most exciting new vocal groups, formed of the most outstanding young professional singers from all over the country. Their director Alex Woolf has worked with and written for choirs including the Tallis Scholars, the Bach Choir, the Choirs of Ely, Norwich and Truro Cathedrals and the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.

Ticket price includes a pre-concert glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

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Prices Between £103.00 to £114.00 Making Masterpieces Rubens, Rainbow Landscape

Three day course, Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 February 2019, 11am - 2.30pm

This three day course on the history of western European painting will look at how the discoveries of new materials and the development of new technologies influenced the making of art. Each day a different period of art history will be explored, starting with the methods and materials of the Early Renaissance and taking us to the technical developments of the early 20th century. Taught by Aliki Braine

 

Composition and Copy
Monday 4 February 2019

Our first day will focus on how systematic copying, pattern books and the use of tempera and fresco paints gave way to the increasingly sophisticated use of illusionism, geometry and linear perspective in the paintings of the Renaissance.

 

Mimicking and Shattering the Mirror
Tuesday 5 February 2019

The second day of this course will look at how the invention of oil painting lead firstly towards illusionistic painting and later to the developments of a more expressive use of paint in the Baroque era.

 

Colour and Speed
Wednesday 6 February 2019

This last day of the course will focus on how the developments of photography, a new understanding of colour theory and the new manufacturing technologies of the Industrial Revolution allowed for the modern paintings of Impressionism.

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