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NT Free Exhibitions running into the New Year

Exhibition preview

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

Lalla Ward – September 19 to October 30, 2011.

Lalla Ward returns to the National Theatre with a new exhibition, Migration. Again, her primary theme is wildlife, but her medium now includes ceramics as well as the fabric of Stranded.

These animals and plants, and sometimes pattern and object, are migrating from embroidery on silk, velvet and cotton to the glaze of bowls and plates, in pictures, table-runners and mats.

Small, round plates imagine themselves to be microscopes and x-rays, detailing a part of the embroidered animal underneath; plants begin life on linen, entwine themselves around a bowl and through it, to reappear in stitches beyond.

Dazzle – November 7, 2011 to January 8, 2012.

Now in its 30th year at the National Theatre, Dazzle has exhibited over 800 of the world’s leading jewellery designers and displayed almost 100,000 pieces of contemporary jewellery.

This year’s show will be one of the biggest ever and will showcase the work of leading European designers who create unique and exquisitely beautiful handcrafted pieces of jewellery, metalwork and prints.

All items are for sale, making Dazzle the perfect place to find a special gift. Get a taste of the work on show and a full list of exhibitors by visiting

Take a View – Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011 – December 5, 2011 to January 28, 2012 (closed January 8)

This popular annual award, now in its fifth year, culminates in a stunning exhibition of over 100 photographs that shows the dramatic beauty and variety of our country, whilst reminding us of the need to safeguard this precious legacy for future generations.

A full-colour book will also be available from the National Theatre Bookshop. This year’s Awards are held in association with Network Rail, with the exhibition sponsored by Epson UK.

Seeing Landscape – Photographer and awards founder, Charlie Waite, will be giving talks in the National Theatre Bookshop at 7.45pm on December 13 and 14 and January 23 and 24, as well as guided tours of the exhibition on the same dates – contact the box office on 020 7452 3000 or see the National Theatre website for ticket information.