The Japanese House - Family Day
11am-4pm, drop in
23 April 2017
Join us for a day of hands-on workshops inspired by The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945. Get creative with washi paper, try your hand at architectural design and explore what ‘house’ and ‘home’ mean to you.
The Art of Concrete Architecture
11am–1pm, 2pm–4pm, Foyer
Discover your inner architect by working with concrete shapes and contributing to a growing model of a Japanese village. Work with concrete jewellery designer Rhiannon Palmer to explore the form and function of concrete and watch our ever-changing village grow throughout the day.
Kage-e Light and Paper
12pm–4pm, Garden Room
Explore traditional Japanese Kage-e techniques in this workshop with artist Tony Hayward. Drawing inspiration from The Japanese House, you’ll use wire, paper, acetate and glue to create a secret scene that comes to life when light shines through it.
A Living Home
11.30am–1.30pm, 2pm–4pm, Garden Room
Work with family members to design a home that is integrated with nature. Using a mix of natural and manufactured materials, you’ll create a model home sown with real seeds. Take your living home with you and watch it sprout and grow with the right care.
Design a Tiny Tea House
12pm–4pm, Art Gallery
Work with designer Katie Kennedy to design and decorate your own tea house inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese tea house architecture. Once you’ve learned model building and design techniques you can string up your miniature tea house to display at home.
£14.50 (includes same-day entry to the exhibition). Under 14s free
11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm, Fountain Room
Play, build and invent in a world of texture and colour for under 5s and their families. A freestanding cube unpacks to become a selection of blocks made out of all sorts of materials that young children can use to shape the space around them in a sensory adventure. Barbican blocks is a squishy squashy adventure for under 5s.