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Childhood Now

Sat 16 March 2019, 11.00amSun 16 June 2019, 5.00pm

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Childhood Now

Furthering the conversation initiated in Painting Childhood, this sister-exhibition brings together the works of three contemporary figurative painters – Chantal Joffe, Mark Fairnington and Matthew Krishanu.

Drawn to the subject of children, each of these British artists depict childhood in very different ways. Fierce, tender and highly personal, Chantal Joffe’s expressive paintings chart the growth of her daughter Esme from birth to adolescence, in relation to her own changing role as a mother. Mark Fairnington’s approach turns a scientific eye to the depiction of his twin sons with hyper-realistic precision, while Matthew Krishanu’s radiant paintings reveal memories of an exotic childhood in Bangladesh. Together, these three artists present fresh perspectives on what constitutes childhood today.

Chantal Joffe, Poppy Esme Oleanna Gracie and Kate, 2014 ⓒ Chantal Joffe, Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice


Different Ways

1 June: Expressive session 7 June: Contemplate session 11am – 1pm


Experience the exhibition in your way with these two new free sessions:


1 June, 11am – 1pm

Want to sit on the floor and draw? Kick your shoes off and walk around in your socks? Play a game, sing, talk, chat, have a proper belly laugh? Then join us for this Saturday morning session where we relax the rules and let you experience the exhibition in your own way.


7 June, 11am – 1pm

Come and sit in peace and quiet and contemplate the exhibition, write or draw in comparative silence. We’ll keep the noise down and let you experience the exhibition in your own way.


Please note you will need a valid Membership, Annual Pass Exhibition Upgrade or Day Ticket.