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Phyllida Barlow RA Cul-de-sac


Museums & Galleries


23/02/2019 - 23/06/2019


Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, Piccadilly

Tickets: adults £14,

16–18s and students £10 

Under 16s free.

Having decided The Renaissance Nude show is definitely one to go to without the kids [Christianity has a lot to answer for when it comes to self-flagellation, guilt, morbidity, fear], we wandered through the subterranean walkway that connects the Piccadilly side of Burlington House to Burlington Gardens. The free installations and work of the RA Schools have settled into this newly opened space (part of the RA's 250 year anniversary last year), and it feels bright, buzzy and unstuffy. Special mention to Clara Hastrup's revolving cactus, surrounded by microphones that pick up the noise of its prickles as it turns.

Cactus Royal Academy

Have a quick look into the rooms of Pace Gallery to see William Monk's 'A Fool Through the Cloud' before climbing the sweeping stone staircase to the Phyllida Barlow Cul-de-sac. The first piece fills an alcove as you come up. A collection of giant pencils/paint brushes/spillikins they will instantly speak to children.

The exhibition itself is made up of three rooms, each filled with enormous pieces made from everyday, industrial materials. The relationship between the sculptures, the space and us the viewer is key to Barlow's work and children will enjoy viewing them from all sides.


Phyllida Barlow RA Phyllida Barlow RA Phyllida Barlow

It is as though a giant has taken their magical camp from under the kitchen table, their loo roll sculptures from nursery and blown them up to inhabit these glorious, light-filled galleries. A joy. Hurrah!

Family Holiday Workshops are running on 10 and 12 April, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.45pm–3.45pm who you can create your own mini sculpture to take home. Ages 7+, £20 adult, £10 child.

Tickets: adults £14,

16–18s and students £10 

Under 16s free.


Burlington House, Piccadilly

Venue phone:

020 7300 8000

How to get there:

Tube to Green Park

Venue website:

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