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Event cancellation:

In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens / Arts Centre Washington will be closed until further notice. Sunderland City Council have taken this decision in the best interests of our audiences, visitors and participants.

The city council will review the situation on a weekly basis and further updates will be posted on our social media and website channels.

Anyone who has pre-booked for activity or events between 19 March and 31st May will be contacted directly.

For those who have activity booked after 17th April, we are reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and will contact you nearer the time.

Event info:

Wednesday 8 April / 11.00am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Recommended age: 4+
FREE but donations for materials welcome / Drop-in

Come and join our day-long family drop-in. Inspired by Hew Locke’s Medusa as part of the Received Wisdom exhibition, we’re going to explore lots of ways of creating silhouettes and using collage to create bold and colourful artworks.

Queen Elizabeth II has the most recognisable silhouette in the world – British postage stamps are the only ones that don’t need to say the country of origin because everyone knows the shape of our Queen’s head. Even though her features have been distorted by the hundreds of small plastic toys that have been attached to the silhouette of her face, she is still easily identifiable as the Queen. Hew Locke grew up in British Guiana, which was a British colony in the Caribbean. The Queen’s image was on the front cover of every child’s exercise book, and it was forbidden to deface or vandalise her image. In Medusa, Locke has used cheap plastic objects to describe the Queen’s face, but also to hide it.

The event is part of the learning and engagement programme for Received Wisdom – An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition. Find out more about our Arts Council Collection partnership.