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Family Day: Sensing Naples

Sat 1 April 2023, 10.30am5.00pm

Family Day: Sensing Naples

Erupting volcanos, live music and family-friendly activities! To celebrate the redisplay of our fabulous Naples Gallery, you are invited to discover the stories, science and history behind the works in a free family fun day. Alongside the new look there will be a host of family-focused creative play options, live music and pop-up talks.

This event is free with a valid day ticket or membership

Read more below about the activities included in our our Sensing Naples programme:

  • Volcano Play Table in the heart of the gallery | All-day
  • Sketching trolley and easels | All-Day
  • Creative Play & Make with artist Matt Shaw | Adam Hall | 10:30am-1pm, 1:50-4:30pm
  • Family Friendly Tour with curator Amy Orrock | Gallery entrance | 10:30-11am, 11:30am-12pm, 1:30-2pm
  • Warwickshire Baroque Performances | Naples Gallery 1 | 11am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm
  • Volcano messy making | Under stretch tent on West Lawn | 10:45-11:30am, 11:45am-12:30pm, 2-2:45pm, 3-3:45pm.

Join artist Matt Shaw in Adam Hall who will introduce you to a range of materials and resources to encourage you to get creative. Build a landscape, an Italian town or a volcano and recreate the feelings of this dramatic area!

Meet Senior curator, Amy Orrock at the entrance to Naples and find out more about how the new display was put together and why a visit to Naples in the 17th Century was a sensory spectacle full of thrills and delights!

Watch a performance in Naples Gallery 1 by Warwickshire Baroque, a group of musicians and solo singers who enjoy bringing to life music from 1650-1750 by exploring the instruments and playing styles used in this period. They enjoy communicating with their audiences and presenting a mixture well-known favourites with some lesser known but equally attractive pieces.

Relax and be inspired by the historical and contemporary art on display by letting your creativity run wild and using our sketching trolleys and art supplies.

Don’t miss the tasty pizza from Surf and Slice, available in the Courtyard.

Lead image: Volaire, An Eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight © Compton Verney photo by John Hammond