The Towner Gallery is hosting a fun art workshop for children in February as part of nationwide celebrations marking the launch of a new website. Intrigued? Read on!
The website in question is BBC Your Paintings. This fantastic project is endeavouring to photograph all the oil, tempera and acrylic paintings currently held by public galleries in the UK. The images are being published online so we can discover all the works held in our name and also find out where to see them for real. There are an estimated 212,000 oil paintings in British collections so this really is an incredible task and, I think, one very much worth supporting.
The Towner has chosen February 1982 by Christopher Le Brun from their oil painting collection to be the inspiration for a childrens' drop-in workshop on the 16th of February. February 1982 has already been photographed and catalogued for the Your Paintings website. The painting, which will be on show in the Level One Collection Corridor, shows a winged horse standing by trees and I think I can also see a running person over to the left side. Three artists, Jane Henderson, Ed Boxall and Alex Brattell will be on hand to help the children create their own mythical creatures and a collaborative dream-like forest. The workshop will be open for about 4 1/2 hours overall and is free to join in, but a £2 donation per child for materials would be appreciated.
Towner Gallery, Sat 16th Feb, 11:30-15:00.