RELIGHT MY FIRE….
The grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery will transform into a world of light and fire this winter to celebrate the opening of the major exhibition Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway.
On 5th and 6th February fire sculpture specialists Walk the Plank will transform the grounds after dusk into a live fire garden evoking the light and warmth of the blazing Midsummer bonfires in Nikolai Astrup’s paintings. Visitors of all ages will be invited to explore flame-lined paths amongst copper flowers that breathe fire, scorching sculptural trees as well as especially commissioned fire boxes featuring designs responding to Astrup’s bonfire paintings.
Bonfires are a significant and recurring motif in Astrup’s work, the climactic room in the exhibition featuring several of the artist’s most famous depictions of the traditional Norwegian Midsummer celebrations. Walk the Plank will bring to life the sense of warmth and life in these paintings with a beautiful series of fiery installations including flaming lotus flowers, fire-breathing hollies and swaying giant bulrushes.
During the evening visitors can enjoy access to the Gallery’s permanent collection. Winter refreshments will include Herne Hill’s famed La Tartiflette as well as hot cider and luxury hot chocolate to warm cold hands.
Friday 5 February / Saturday 6 February 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Price (includes entry to permanent collection):
children £5, adults £8. Family ticket: £20 (two adults, two children)
To book, visit www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
Walk the Plank are outdoor arts experts, who create powerful events with mass appeal. From international stage to village square, our team of experts develop remarkable moments that enrich the lives of our audience through shared experience – encouraging a sense of place, a feeling of pride, and well-being.
We empower artists and communities through creative development, transforming people and the places in which they live through opportunities to engage with accessible, artistic excellence.
Our rich history of taking artistic performance beyond the confines of traditional theatre space began in the early 90s, and for sixteen years we toured the UK’s only theatre ship, taking productions to ports and harbours from Shetland to Alderney and everywhere in between.
From the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games to the opening of Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture in Finland, from intimate performances to ground breaking large scale spectacles, our aim has remained the same – to enrich lives through shared creative experience.
(Source: Dulwich Picture Gallery press release)