Attitudes towards children have changed greatly since Victorian times. Back then they were seen as small adults, whatever their background. As time went by they were viewed with greater empathy and given special protections until they were seen simply as children, with a right to play, learn and explore their surroundings.
This changing concept of childhood became popular with artists, who started painting scenes of childhood innocence and domestic happiness. Other artists didn't shy away from portraying the full range of emotions connected to parenting.
The Guildhall Art Gallery's Seen And Heard exhibition will show both sides of Victorian childhood.
Craig’s review of Guildhall Art Gallery – “If you're anything like me then you find art galleries a bit boring, but the Guildhall Art Gallery is a bit special because it has something unexpected in the basement: the remains of London's Roman amphitheatre. But before you go inside, have a look at the big ring of black bricks on the forecourt -- that marks out the diameter of the amphitheatre underneath. It alwa… continued”
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
Sir Richard Wallace — The Collector – 20 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Wallace Collection's new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace.
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Renzo Piano — The Art of Making Buildings – 15 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – This exhibition will explore the buildings of Renzo Piano - the famous Italian architect who designed The Shard
Courtauld Impressionists — From Manet to Cezanne – 17 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of Impressionist works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and more.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
If you enjoy Guildhall Art Gallery then you might like to visit All Hallows by the Tower (walk it in 14 mins), Billingsgate Roman House and Baths (walk it in 12 mins), Guildhall (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and Museum of London (you can walk it in 6 mins)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans