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National Theatre - free exhibitions April/June 2008

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS WELL as the permanent exhibition Stage by Stage, the National Theatre hosts a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year. Three are planned for the months April to June.

Stanislavski on Stage – April 9 to May 10, 2008.

Konstantin Stanislavski, co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre, devised the first formalised system of actor-training, which revolutionised approaches to performance in the West. His influence is still central to our experience of acting and his books, An Actor Prepares and My Life in Art, are standard reading for all who are interested in the theatre.

This exhibition, which has been made possible by the generosity of Evgeny Lepedev, features rarely seen photographs from the archive of The Stanislavski Centre, Rose Bruford College. It is curated by Robert McIndoe, designed by Nigel Hook and mounted in association with Routledge.

For more information visit The Stanislavski Centre website.

Beauty and Difference: Worlds Apart – The Unilever International Schools Art Project 2007/8 – April 10 to April 26, 2008.

The Unilever International Schools Art Project encourages children from around the world to create contemporary art, this year on the theme of Beauty and Difference: Worlds Apart. The project demonstrates how creativity can be used to transcend cultural and language barriers as well as provide an opportunity for personal expression.

Ashington Group: The Pitmen Painters – May 19 to June 25, 2008.

The Ashington Group of painters, pitmen most of them, flourished in Northumberland between the early thirties and the mid seventies. They began as a WEA (Workers Educational Association) class in art appreciation but, encouraged by their tutor Robert Lyon, they took to painting and became renowned for the way they depicted their surroundings and working lives.

William Feaver, whose book Pitmen Painters inspired Lee Hall’s play of the same name (opening in the Cottesloe in late May) has assembled a display of paintings, drawings and sculpture by Oliver Kilbourn and other members of this unique body of artists.