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Heritage Tour: Leeds British Art Show

24th October 2015

9.00am

Northwich Memorial Court
Chesterway
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5QJ

£20.00

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9.00am from Northwich
Other pick-up points available - details and booking conditions here.
£20.00

The British Art Show at Leeds City Art Gallery is widely recognised as a significant marker of recent developments in contemporary art, unrivalled in its scope and national reach. The exhibition introduces a new generation of 41 British artists, providing a vital overview of the most exciting art produced in this country during the previous five years. BAS8 will take over all the galleries within Leeds Art Gallery, meaning that the Gallery needs to be stripped back to accommodate these new and exciting works. BAS is run every 5 years, and the last show in 2010 attracted over 450,000 visitors across 12 venues.

At Leeds City Museum, Life on Earth explores our planet's history over the last 540 million years. Discover all the different types of life on earth and even experience the sights and sounds of a rainforest. From a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy to Roman statues and Greek pottery the Ancient Worlds gallery explores the civilisation of the ancient world. Find out how Leeds has been shaped by its landscape and its people from pre-historic times to the modern day in the expansive Leeds Gallery. Objects on display include Bronze Age jet beads, an Iron Age pipe made from a sheep’s leg bone, the Castleford milestone, Roman objects from Adel and Dalton Parlours, and fragments of the Anglo-Scandinavian cross from Leeds Parish Church.

The Royal Armouries is a multi-million pound purpose-built museum that opened to the public in 1996. It was built to house a large part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8500 objects throughout its six themed galleries: War, Tournament, Oriental, Self-Defence, Hunting, and Peace. There is also the impressive Hall of Steel. Throughout the museum there are demonstrations, with actors showing how to drill with muskets, fight using swords and wear armour. A special exhibtion looks at the use of X-rays to investigate objects in a non-invasive way. It can safely reveal decoration that has worn away, and repairs done so well that they are not visible to the naked eye. It can show the construction of an object and its internal mechanisms without having to take it apart.

There are a wide range of shops to explore, including the impressive Victoria Quarter, designed in 1900 by the famous theatre architect Frank Matcham, responsible for building more than 200 theatres and music halls, including the London Palladium and Coliseum. He used rich marbles, gilded mosaics, handsome cast and wrought iron, as well as carved and polished mahogany, to create two streets, an arcade and the Empire Theatre (now the site of Harvey Nichols).


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