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NT Free Exhibitions - February to June 2010

Exhibition preview

AS WELL as the permanent exhibition Stage by Stage, the National Theatre hosts a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year.

From Congo with Love – until April 11.

Fashion photographer Rankin returned to the Congo with Oxfam in October 2009 and ran a series of photographic workshops, designed to enable one community to tell their own stories of love in a conflict zone. The results are like nothing that has ever been seen before: a huge family photo album – taken by people who, prior to meeting Rankin, had not ever seen, let alone held, a camera.

As well as Rankin’s signature portraits, this free exhibition – showing human resilience in the face of absolute adversity – will display two hundred images taken by people he met.

Doug Patterson: Artist in Paradise – April 5 to May 16.

Following the journeys of three great 18th and 19th-century artist travellers (Vasileio Gregorovic Barsky, Samuel Davis and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon), Doug Patterson has created a body of paintings and drawings which record three of the world’s great faiths.

From the architecture and landscapes of the Christian Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos and Meteora in Greece to the Buddhist Dzongs of Bhutan, and the Islamic mosques of North Africa and northern India, Patterson’s work gives us a personal insight into the spiritual world of these very private places of worship.

Forgotten Spaces – May 24 to July 4.

Forgotten Space showcases the best entries from a design competition launched by RIBA London, Design for London and investor and developer Qatari Diar. Designers were invited to seek out disused and forgotten areas of London and propose ideas for developing the space to serve the local area.

The proposal could be simple or complex, commercial or public; a piece of public art or a new building. The only requirement was to respond to a need in the community. Forgotten Spaces platforms a grass roots approach to design with local artists and designers devising solutions for individual sites.

West End Theatre in the 19th Century – May 26 to June 27.

This exhibition of rare programmes, playbills, prints, portraits and artefacts, celebrates 19th-century London theatre and showcases original material from the Westminster Libraries and Archives Theatre Collection. It provides a fascinating insight into the colourful world of Victorian theatre, from its star performers to marvels of theatre design.

This is a unique opportunity to see photographs and hand-coloured prints of actors from the era, theatre fans and other unusual artefacts. The exhibition coincides with the publication of Robert Tanitch’s new book, The London Stage in the Nineteenth Century.