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Coming Up at The Fan Museum in 2016…

20th June 2016 Jacob Moss3,624 views

The museum’s new exhibition, Fans of the Livery is the latest of many fascinating offerings from The Fan Museum in the coming months.

blazeThe 2016 ‘In Celebration!’ programme continues with an exclusive semi-staged rehearsed reading of ‘The Blaze of Noon’, an epic new comedy by Adrian Drew. Moving from the 15th Century Italy, to the present day London, three poets, Dante, Milton and a young man living in 21st Century Greenwich, struggle to come to terms with life’s greatest mystery with decidedly complex results.

Tickets cost £12.00 and are available for Friday 11 November 2016 at 7.00pm. As ever, tickets are selling fast for this event – we recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Further details can be found here.

The final exhibition of 2016, ‘Town and Country’ opens on Tuesday 06 September. The year finishes with an unusual perspective on a fascinating theme: an exhibition of fans which depict the built environment. Throughout the centuries fan leaves provided a canvas on which fan painters & printers recorded changing fashions in architecture. This exhibition brings together fans which depict both domestic and stately houses, famous architectural landmarks, bustling city squares, parks and grand hotels.

Another date for the diary is the museum’s annual open day which proved extremely popular with visitors in previous Temporary fan exhibitionsyears. On Saturday 20 August, The Fan Museum opens its doors to the local community for a fourth year with the aim of encouraging residents from nearby boroughs to visit the museum. Greenwich and Lewisham residents (with proof of address) can take advantage of free admission to this action-packed event that will feature fan-making demonstrations and a variety of short talks.

The museum’s ‘Curator in Residence’ programme will continue throughout summer (details can be found here), with curatorial staff offering an array of short, free talks and fan handling sessions to visitors of all ages.

To book tickets to ‘In Celebration!’ events please contact info@thefanmuseum.org.uk or call 020 8305 1441.  Further details regarding open days and other events will be announced in due course – keep checking the website for updates.

Upcoming Events

Talking Fans > Dance Fans and the Georgian Assembly Room

Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

In eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, assemblies and balls were the centre of the Season where complex dances and social relationships played out. A plethora of dance manuals and sheet music were created to teach the music and social etiquette of the assembly rooms, which included the popularisation of the Country Dance fan and Quadrille fan. Join TFM Curatorial Assistant Ailsa Hendry as she explores the relationship between dance, fans, and society during this period.

Talking Fans > Art of Deception: 18th Century Trompe l’œil Fans

Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

The French term trompe l’œil can be translated as ‘trick of the eye’ and applies to works of art which create an illusion of a real object or scene. Although its origins can be traced back to the Classical period, the trompe l’œil phenomenon is especially prevalent in the eighteenth century and is applied in varying ways to fans throughout the period. Join TFM Curator & The Arts Society Lecturer, Jacob Moss as he explores the trompe l’œil trend as seen on a variety of eighteenth century fans from the Museum’s outstanding collections.

Summer Lecture with Hélène Alexander

Wednesday 27 July 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

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