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Art Hoppers in partnership with MOLA and Rich Mix presents

Dramatic Discoveries

Until Monday 16 April
Mezzanine Gallery

In a nutshell

A stunning display and exhibition from pupils at Thomas Buxton School, inspired by the historic remains uncovered at Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre.

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When you really open your eyes and slow down, you get a sense of travelling through time as you walk through the streets around Rich Mix, the boundaries of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the City. The city is always changing and expanding, but what seems to remain is the culture of creativity; old amidst new.

The culture of the East End has always had a theatrical undercurrent. The very first playhouse, ‘The Theatre’ opened in New Inn Broadway in 1576, and then ‘The Curtain’ nearby in Curtain Rd in 1577. In St Leonards, Spitalfields you’ll find the ‘Actors church’, where Shakespeare’s actors the Burbages and Will Somers, Henry Vllls Fool, are buried. Now, the development of a new building ‘The Stage’ is being built on the site of the miraculous discovery of The Curtain theatre’s archaeological remains - New ‘culture’ rises up from the old.

Rich Mix offered the brief to create artworks for the PLAY-HOUSE Family Festival to Year 5 pupils from local Thomas Buxton School. They had a visit from the MOLA Time Truck to ‘set the stage’ and offer historic inspiration. Art Hoppers facilitated the arts workshops where the Elizabethan styled ceramic money boxes and fabric banners and bunting were then created.

What to Expect

60 children have been involved in this exciting project which saw them working with Ashley from the MOLA Time Truck handling historic artefacts and brushing up on their Shakespearean acting skills.

They then worked with Claire from Art Hoppers and Tracy from Rich Mix to create canvas banners and bunting inspired by Elizabethan motifs and ceramic money boxes based on Elizabethan theatre box office money boxes. They will be installed in the Rich Mix ‘Dramatic Discoveries’ exhibition in the first floor box office, and the banners and bunting will decorate the main space, foyer and mezzanine.

The pupils involved in this exhibition have been nominated for the ARTSKICKERS AWARDS 2018! 

Check out what Thomas Buxton Primary School had to say about taking part in this project over on their blog

Who's Involved

Museum of London Archeology (MOLA) Time Truck
The Time Truck is a flexible and interactive mobile event space, lab and classroom designed to host an exciting programme of volunteering opportunities, workshops and initiatives that evoke curiosity, encourage people to explore their heritage and enables them to discover why archaeology matters.

Art Hoppers
Art Educators who design and deliver high-quality art activities for early years, primary school children and families in both educational settings and public spaces. They trust in children’s art and elevate their work by exhibiting it within a gallery quality context. Our projects aim to showcase children’s art at its absolute best.

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Things you should know

Suitable for all ages

This exhibition is part of PLAY-HOUSE. Find out more here. 

This event is wheelchair accessible.