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Play at Wellcome Collection
Designers, scientists and playful members of the public can choose to go head to head or work together at Wellcome Collection's July Friday late spectacular. After the museum closes for the day experts in the culture, science and history of games will gather to discuss what play means to them and to showcase their latest creations. Games will be grouped in themed areas reflecting the venue's spaces. Visitors can head to the Reading Room for a collection of word and text based games or to the atrium for a series of challenges. Down in the basement the games will all be about intimacy, including 'Sext Machine' where players will put a computer's pornography-detection skills to the test by sending in pictures of innocuous body parts and group game 'An Encounter in the Woods' where teamwork is required to draw two converging paths on a paper map. New commissions for the evening include Block Stop, which will take place all over the building as players control an actor's movements and 'Shadow Photocopier' created by George Buckenham (a game designer whose previous gaming inventions include 'Punch The Custard' and ‘Glitch Pigeon’). There will be digital games as well as physical ones, with three that have been created specially for the event, inspired by the Welcome Collection's digital archive. The evening is free but some talks and larger games may require tickets, which can be reserved on the night.
Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art
The Ancient Greeks were a force to be reckoned with when it came to their creative vision of the human form. Featuring exquisite works from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection along with international loans, breathtaking marble and bronze sculptures will celebrate the figure in all its – nude – glory. Highlights include a bronze athlete recently discovered in Croatia as well as the exceptional works by three of the greatest Ancient Greek sculptors Myron, Polykleitos and Phidias. SEE OUR GUIDE TO THE SHOW
David Attenborough’s First Life
Natural history buffs keen to learn more about the prehistoric oceans of 520 million years ago. should head to this immersive experience where visitors don a virtual reality headset to get a real flavour for the earliest forms of complex life. Using the kit designed by Samsung which allows for 360 degree viewing of the show, guests will be guided through a virtual version of the Museum's collections with Sir David Attenborough narrating the journey. The experience is suitable for children 13 and over, and pregnant women, elderly people and those suffering from a heart condition should consult a doctor before taking part.
Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal
Examining the importance of antique sculpture from Greece and Rome as a source of inspiration for Western artists, this exhibition brings together the largest international loan the museum has presented to date. A mix of iconic and rarely seen artworks will be on display with standout pieces from the likes of Rubens, Fuseli, Turner and Zuccaro. Covering the Renaissance period through to the nineteenth century, the exhibition focusses on the practice of drawing from sculpture as a tool used by artists to understand and appreciate European art, and as a teaching method utilised for over half a millennium. Arriving in London following a hugely successful run at the Teylers Museum in the Netherlands, the show boasts thirty-four drawings, prints and painted never before seen in the UK. Last entry is at 4.30pm.