Imaginary Worlds Family Festival @ National Gallery

IMaginaryThis festival at the National Gallery has been designed to spark your imagination and really get you thinking.

There’s all sorts of events running including film screenings, puppet shows, animation workshops and loads more.

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Here’s a list of what’s going on…


Pram Tour
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Families, Babies 18 months and under
Meet Room 4
Bring your baby for a fun and informal tour of the National Gallery’s collection in collaboration with Culture Baby. Learn more about artists’ journeys on this pram tour led by Karly Allen. For adults and their babies 18 months and under, prams and slings encouraged. Places are free but a reservation is required. Book early to avoid disappointment (35 places including adults and babies are available). Email [email protected]. Meet in Room 4.

Meet Anya
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Families 2-5 yrs
Meet in Room 29
11-11.45am/ 1.30-2.15pm/ 3.30-4.15pm
Meet Anya, a character from a painting for singing, talking and playing as she goes to market at the break of dawn.

Stay and Play
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Learning Gallery
10.30am – 5.30pm
Drop-in, Under 5s
Stay and play with your child in this designated space set up for imagination and enchantment inspired by Peter Paul Ruben’s landscape painting, Het Steen.

Animation Magic
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Families, Children 7+ and their adults
11am – 1pm and 2– 4pm
Meet Pigott Education Centre
£6 adults (£5 cons), £6 children
Explore the imaginary worlds of your mind in this animation workshop with professional animators, Shelly Wain and John Harmer.

Fantasia (Ben Sharpsteen, 1940), colour, cert U, 124 mins plus Lotte Reiniger’s Fairy Tales: Snow White and Rose Red (1954) black and white, cert PG, 14 mins  and Dance of the Cherry Blossom by Emily Marcom
Sunday 17 February 2013
10.45am– 1pm
£3 adults (£2 cons), £2 children
Sainsbury Wing Theatre
A screening of Walt Disney’s 1940 film in which celebrated pieces of classical music are brought to life through imaginary animated worlds and creatures plus two short films

Arthur’s Dream Boat
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Children aged 3-7 and their adults
11– 12am, 1 – 2pm and 3 – 4pm
Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1
£8 adults (£7 cons), £6 children
A magical playful children’s show with breath-taking puppets based on the book by children’s author and illustrator, Polly Dunbar. Three shows a day will run throughout the festival at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. This new show is brought to you by Long Nose Puppets, makers of Shoe Baby and Penguin.
The music is by Tom Gray, of the Mercury Award winning band Gomez. Join Polly for a 16.00 book signing in the Sainsbury Wing conference room foyer. Books will be on sale in the Sainsbury Wing Shop.

Arthur’s Dream Boat Workshop with story-telling by Polly Dunbar
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
11-12.00am/1-2pm/ 3-4pm
Free, meet in the Pigott Education Centre, limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Children 3-7 years.
Polly Dunbar will be telling the story of Arthur’s Dream Boat, followed by a workshop with Polly and artist Marc Woodhead where you can make your own idea hat.

Monster in Paris (Bibo Bergeron, 2011) colour, cert U, 90 mins and Méliès A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902) black and white, cert U, 14 mins
Sunday 17 February 2013
Sainsbury Wing Theatre
£3 (£2 cons) adults, £2 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No lone adult places available.
A screening of director Bibo Bergeron’s (2011) film Monster in Paris followed by the new hand-coloured version of the short film A Trip to the Moon (1902).

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reineger, 1926) Black and white, cert PG, 65 mins
Monday, 18 February 2013
10.30 – 11.45am
Sainsbury Wing Theatre
£3 adults (£2 cons), £2 children
Children must be accompanied by an adult. No lone adult places available.
A screening of Lotte Reineger’s 1926 silent (with subtitles) film; the world’s oldest surviving animated film. Watch the captivating silhouette figures act out tales based on 1001 Arabian nights. A handsome prince rides a flying horse to faraway lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Magical Music: Aurora Orchestra Pop-up Concerts
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Families all ages
11.15-11.55am/ 1-1.45pm/ 4-4.45pm
Listen and imagine with the Aurora Orchestra.
Meet Room 41

Mystery Story Promenade
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Families 7+
Meet Room 41
11.55-12.40/ 1.45-2.30pm/ 3.15-4pm
45 min storytelling
Join Ben Haggarty from the Crick Crack Club on a mystery adventure through the Gallery.

Feathers and Wings – Art making and installation
Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 February 2013
Free, drop in
Room 9
10.30am – 5.30pm
Join book illustrator and artist Tracey Bush with collaborator Viyki Turnbull to make small wing and feather-inspired creations. These will be added to a freestanding installation that will grow in size during the festival.

The Wizard of Oz (Victor Flemming, 1939) black and white and colour, cert U, 101 mins and Lotte Reiniger’s The Three Wishes (1953) cert PG
Monday, 18 February
Sainsbury Wing Theatre
£3 adults (£2 cons), £2 children
Screening of the 1939 classic film where Dorothy is transported to a magical land. Come dressed as your favourite character from the film and join our costume parade in the cinema, with some wonderful prizes to be won!


Event Info:

Where: National Gallery

When: 17th & 18th February

Age: Varies with events

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