Any chance to set foot in The National Gallery is one to relishThe spectacle of light, colour, movement, and sound in music hall and circus performance was a source of inspiration to British and French artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From trick-riding to trapeze, here's your chance to take a closer look at the sheer variety and ingenuity of circus and music hall acts and how they inspired the Impressionists, and others, to innovate.
Join distinguished National Gallery experts, art historians, and curators for a study day featuring talks on Edgas Degas's celebrated painting of Miss La La, and Walter Sickert's extraordinary music hall paintings, among others. Comic song was at the heart of music hall; for a rousing finale, enjoy a special visit to Wilton's Music Hall for a historic talk and a traditional Cockney Sing-A-long, to recreate the atmosphere at this earliest surviving East End music hall.
- 11am-4pm: The National Gallery
- 6pm-10pm: optional visit to Wilton's Music Hall
- Tom Carradine
- Fern Riddell
- Christopher Riopelle
- Anna Gruetzner Robins
- Vanessa Toulmin
- Carole Zeidman
Refreshments provided (lunch not included).