Exhibitions and Events

Friday 1st October 2021 – Sunday 23rd January 2022

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour

Chardin’s The House of Cards

Jean-Siméon Chardin. The House of Cards (Portrait of Jean-Alexandre Le Noir). © The National Gallery, London. Bequeathed by Mrs Edith Cragg, as part of the John Webb Bequest, 1925

The Beacon Museum is delighted to be working in partnership with the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2021-23. 

Each year one masterpiece from the National Gallery collection will be on displayed at The Beacon Museum. The painting for 2021 is Jean-Siméon Chardin’s The House of Cards (Portrait of Jean – Alexandre Le Noir), 1740-1.

One of France’s best known artists; Jean-Siméon Chardin’s iconic Georgian painting of a young boy building a house out of playing cards is viewed as a work of National importance. The painting will support the museum to promote well-being through the arts and culture and aims to change perceptions to art and will look at the positive impact of participation in the community.

As part of the partnership, the museum is developing new ways to engage with visitors, community groups and schools. An artist in residence will be delivering bookable workshops for new groups, which will use a range of creative approaches to develop ideas and aims to break down the barriers to accessing culture by developing a new community exhibition within the museum.

The exhibition will also actively engage audiences from families and schools through handling workshops using artefacts from the collection and activities linked to the painting.

“Whitehaven is nationally known as a Georgian Gem; the painting will add a new perspective for everyone involved and offer a sense of pride, increased confidence and build ownership and trust in the museum for the future”

Further details

For further details and dates for school or group art workshops please contact:
alan.gillon@copeland.gov.uk or call on 01946 592302
Alan Gillon – Learning Officer

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