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NT Free Exhibitions - until March 2013

Exhibition preview

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

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the National Theatre (Lyttelton Exhibition Space) – until November 3, 2012.

Watercolour is the most democratic of the paint media, encouraging the amateur with its low-tech accessibility before punishing them for their presumption. This exhibition shows the astonishing range and technical facility of the work of one of the oldest societies of professional watercolour painters.

Dazzle (Olivier Exhibition Space) – November 5, 2012 to January 6, 2013.

Dazzle returns for the annual Christmas selling exhibition of jewellery, silversmithing and printmaking. The largest show of its kind in Europe, Dazzle is remarkable for the variety of materials on show beyond the usual precious metals and stones.

This year, they include wood, paper, plastics and even Whitby jet – Jacqueline Cullen is the world’s leading exponent of this material. And Heather Woof has a totally new take on the refractory metal titanium that is causing a sensation among jewellery collectors.

Over the years the exhibition has become a must-see for lovers of designer jewellery and all items are for sale.

Take a View – Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 (Lyttelton Exhibition Space) – November 12, 2012 to January 12, 2013.

See the winning pictures from the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2012 for the first time. Over 100 stunning photographs, celebrating some of the very best landscapes in the UK, will be on display from this popular annual competition, now in its sixth year. A full colour book will also be available from the NT 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 on his own personal approach to photography plus guided tours of the exhibition. Dates to be announced (check website for details).

Echoes of a Vanished World: A Lifetime in Pictures, by Robin Hanbury-Tenison (Olivier Exhibition Space) – January 14 to March 10, 2013.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, the “greatest explorer of the last twenty years” (Sunday Times) is also one of the founders of Survival International. As such, he has been a tireless champion of the rights of indigenous peoples and, in the early years of his travels, an obsessive photographer of their homelands as they were eroded by the modern world.

NB: This exhibition has been postponed from its original September date due to the extension of The Making of Timon.