Late View: Guildhall Gothic
Friday, 25 October 2013 from 18:00 to 22:00 (BST)
The late-night view for 'Victoriana: The Art of Revival', the first major exhibition in the UK to offer a retrospective of Victorian revivalism.
Set in the renowned (and rarely-open) medieval crypts of Guildhall, and taking in the exhibition, theatrical entertainment, Art Macabre's unique drawing salon, and a pop-up bar.
Be sure to dress the part as you dance the night away!
Undercroft: Victoriana: The Art of Revival
Enjoy free entry to this autumn’s major exhibition, showcasing the work of artists and designers of the last twenty years who have been inspired by the nineteenth century. Our Victoriana Art Ambassadors will be on hand throughout the evening to answer your every question. (Usual charge (£7/£5.)
Victorian Gallery: Bar and lounge
Relax with an 'Art of Revival' cocktail, mixed especially by experts from The Anthologist. The pop-up bar will also be served Prosecco, wine, beer and soft drinks. Enjoy your yummy drink surrounded by some of the world’s most iconic Victorian paintings.
Shop: For one night only enjoy 10% off all marked prices. Victoriana: A Miscellany - the exhibition publication - will be £10 (reduced from £15).
West Crypt: Art Macabre Drawing Salon
Art Macabre drawing salons offer curiosity, theatricality and a little bit more gore than your average life drawing class. RIP boring life drawing, hello death drawing. We invite you to grab an artistic weapon of choice and come make some killer marks with us. A deadly theme will be explored through the nude human form, costume, props and multi-media.
East Crypt: The Singing Victorians
The Singing Victorians is a music hall comedy show, providing a sing-a-long experience in the finest British tradition. The chaps play a host of instruments such as accordion, ukulele, tuba & washboard.
The Victorian and Edwardian eras' finest chillers and thrillers live again! Combining innovative use of multi-media technology and a plethora of exciting acting talent, Don't Go into the Cellar! theatre company bring new adaptations of nineteenth-century literature's greatest ghost and horror stories.
See the might Sir Leopold has gained through fortitude and clean living as he bends steel bars, rolls frying pans and breaks chains along with many other feats of strength and power, all delivered with the finest of manners and a finely coiffured stiff upper lip.
See snapshots of the crypts at our Victoriana: The Art of Revival Pinterest board.
When & Where
Guildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre
Guildhall Art Gallery was established in 1886 as, 'a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city'. Visitors can discover works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history, set in a tranquil square in the historic Square Mile.
Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats. Lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaeologists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988.
The Gallery runs a regular programme of exhibitions and small displays throughout the year. Look out for various events, including Gallery Sundays, Late Views, tours, talks, and performances.