An Indian Summer at Valentines
The British Council, the Indian High Commission and the UK government recently launched the UK-India Year of Culture, a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017.
Throughout August, Valentines Mansion will join the celebrations with a series of events throughout the month. This theme is of particular relevance to Valentines – three of its previous owners during the eighteenth century were involved in with the East India Company (EIC) – Robert Surman, Sir Charles Raymond and Donald Cameron. You can read more about them here: http://bit.ly/2qVBbqT.
Memories of India
The Bird Room Cabinets will showcase our crowd sourced show, a collection of people’s memorabilia, photographs and souvenirs picked up from visits to India or gifts they have been given. To take part and display an item, please get in touch by calling 020 8708 8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 30 August, during the Mansions’ normal opening hours, Free entry
Studio Artists Exhibition
Come and see our artists’ interpretation of this celebration, in the year which marks 70 years since India’s Independence, featuring works in fused glass, ceramics, paintings and more. Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 30 August, during the Mansions’ normal opening hours, Free entry
India and Redbridge – An Exhibition
This special Redbridge Museum exhibition explores the 400 year old links between India and Redbridge. From local East India Company merchants to the different communities who have lived in Redbridge for over 50 years, the displays feature objects and local stories from the collections of Redbridge Museum. Sunday 30 July – Sunday 3 September, during the Mansions’ normal opening hours, Free entry
Indian Tunic Block Printing Workshop
Block print an Indian tunic called a Kurta with artist Sba Shaikh.
The workshop includes a 10 minute presentation on block printing with a short film screening followed by a practical session. There will be an object handling courtesy of William Morris Gallery as well as looking at batik, Indian textiles and resources from the Anokhi Museum, Jaipur and Calico Museum, Ahmadabad India. Sunday 13 August, 11am-3pm. Early Bird Offer – book on or before 31 July, pay only £25 per person. Normal price £30 per person, includes refreshments. Limited spaces, book early to avoid disappointment. Valentines Box Office
And not forgetting the little ones, we’ve also got some fantastic events coming up for children:
Exotic Animal Encounters
Get up close to lots of weird and wonderful creatures native to India, including a peacock, snakes and lots of interesting bugs. Brought to you in association with Animals Work, whose animals have often been used in TV and Film. You will also get to make your own peacock to take home. Monday 14 August, choose from two sessions: 11.30am–1pm and 12.30pm-2pm, £10 per child, suitable for 5 years plus, pre-booking essential here: Valentines Box Office
Get your groove on at Valentines Mansion in our energetic & upbeat Bollywood dance classes for kids led by professional dance company D Style Dance. Limited spaces, book early to avoid disappointment. 11am-11.45pm (4-7 yrs – £5), 12noon-1pm (8-12 yrs – £8), 1.15pm-2.15pm (13 yrs+ – £8), pre-booking essential here: Valentines Box Office
Look out for Indian Cream Teas and special talks throughout the month on our web site www.valentinesmansion.com.