Women in Museums
Museums are created to show art, but they are also an invaluable place to hold conversations where critical thinking takes place on subjects such as current affairs, tolerance, gender equality, creative thinking, politics, human rights and more.
Every day of our lives, we come into contact with seemingly innocuous images that are in fact ideologically driven. Adverts in the Underground or on TV, photos in the press and Hollywood movies all transmit ideas about issues such as gender, class, nationality and ethnicity. It is very easy to remain oblivious to the effects these can have on society, as such images from the media and popular culture tend to be consumed in a state of distraction.
A visit to a gallery can be a similar experience for the untrained eye. The gallery bombards us with so many images that it can be hard to take in anything at all, let alone to look at the works from a critical standpoint.
Our contemporary visual culture, from ads to films, is highly influenced by the canon of art history and, through this, the predominant ‘gaze’ of Western patriarchy and its ways of representing the world. Yes, art from the past can be beautiful, but it is also telling us some often quite uncomfortable things. There is a lot to be gained from examining pictures in galleries to see how they can be relevant to issues in contemporary society, as well as to our own personal experiences.
Our workshops concentrate on visual literacy: learning how to look at and ‘read’ artworks and, by extension, all manner of images that we see day to day. Aiming to escape a passive reception and acceptance of art, we promote the act of looking as an active, critical dialogue.
Museums Visits available
Women and Ceramics
Where: Victorian and Albert Museum, Ceramics Room
Duration: 1.5 Hours
A wonderful, inspiring session in the ceramic rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum. During the visit, we will learn about the unique relationship between women and clay throughout history. We will discover the rarely-discussed, yet fundamental role of ceramics in British society and we will discuss its role in our own lives as women and, above all, as individuals. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of the lesser-known galleries in the V&A!
Women and Ceramics II is an additional workshop aiming to explore the relationship between women and clay. The group will discuss issues related to women and gender while creating their own pieces of pottery from clay.
Women at the National Gallery
Where: National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Entrance
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Have you ever wondered why so many of the images of women that we see in museums are nudes? Or why there are so few women artists? Or what role women have played in the history of art?
All these questions and more will be discussed in an interactive dialogue between the public and paintings, during a visit concentrating on gender, art and social matters. Come and help us to re-think art history from the perspectives of contemporary women!
If you are a group of people, a charity or an organisation that would like to book a private visit, please let us know at: email@example.com
Lon-art.org welcomes people of all backgrounds and ages for these workshops.
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These projects aim to bring art education to places, both in the UK and abroad, in which disadvantaged communities have difficulties accessing the arts and education in general.
We can tailor existing projects to your needs and are also open suggestions for developing new projects. You can see an example of our previous workshops here
We collaborate with a wide range of organisations and charities working with, among others: refugees, asylum seekers, homeless young people and older people.
If you are part of a charity and would like to empower the community you work with through the arts, we can tailor our workshops to your community and their needs.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3D animation is a modern way in which contemporary mythologies are communicated, yet technology is rapidly changing and it is difficult to keep up, let alone utilise it. Getting an insight into 3D technology provides an engaging and relevant way that people can harness and express their own personal myths and also understand aspects of their cultures, in the same way that music software has previously enabled young people to find their own musical voice.
We aim to encourage young people further to develop their computer skills and to apply these new technologies in a creative way that will enable them to aspire to other professional paths.
An understanding of narratives and mythologies and these new digital media is a way to connect the modern world with the traditional and encourage critical thinking amongst disadvantaged communities who would not normally have access to 3D technologies and the skills to harness them to understand their culture in the media world.
We would like to promote reflection on our visual culture and the effects that it has on our society and our lives.
Our aim is to expand education through the arts and by doing so, achieve the following objectives:
For participants to learn skills in computer animation and 3D to express themselves, not only focusing on technical skills but creative and theoretical approaches, too.
To develop creativity and imagination in the participants, empowering them to create a piece of work going beyond personal reflection.
To improve participants’ self-confidence through the display of their artistic creation in the exhibition / online, therefore making them part of the project.
To build up critical thinking around the examination of current media such as films and TV, in order to discover new interpretations and perspectives that will allow them to confront and promote social changes.
To support the value of art and culture in society.
To promote intercultural exchange with emphasis on values such as tolerance and solidarity between nations and cultures.
To integrate the arts as a multidisciplinary way to learn and develop projects in any subject and as part of our daily lives.