Festival of Museums gives Kelvin Hall visitors a glimpse of 1967
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Festival of Museums gives Kelvin Hall visitors a glimpse of 1967

A series of events designed to evoke memories of 1967 will celebrate the Festival of Museums at the Kelvin Hall. The programme called The Magic Mirror: Reflections of 1967 at Kelvin Hall will take participants back in time by offering activities especially designed for schools before a weekend of events designed for visitors of all ages.
Starting at 6pm on Friday 19 May, Hunterian Curator Peter Black will deliver a talk on the Pop Art movement which grew in Britain and America in the early 1960s. As the name suggests, the artists consciously turned against establishment thinking by celebrating images taken from popular culture. The Hunterian has several Pop Art objects in its collection.
On Saturday 20 May, Kelvin Hall will stage Circus skills workshops to celebrate its own past hosting entertainment usually found under The Big Top. The workshops run throughout the day from 10am lasting 75 minutes each so come and celebrate our history and heritage with some juggling, plate spinning and even learn to master the diabolo. 
Also on Saturday, you can join a puppet animation workshop at the National Library of Scotland Centre. Watch some comical carnival film clips from the old Kelvin Hall and learn traditional 2D animation techniques to create your own fun films inspired by the circus – animate acrobats, artists & animals. The mini films created will be tinted to mirror the style of 1967 animation and showcased on the community screen in the exhibition avenue at the new Kelvin Hall for all to see.
On Sunday 21 May, join creators from Black Heart Press Comics in a fast-paced workshop at The Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum where you will learn how to simplify shapes and colours to make your very own POP Art inspired portraits and drawings.  An ideal workshop for those interested in drawing, sketching, illustrating and doodling and parents can check out The Hunterian Art Gallery collections while young ones are busy creating.
Also on Sunday Kelvin Hall will host a Tea Dance. Join us for an afternoon of foxtrots, quicksteps, waltzes and even the Glasgow Jive!  We will have the fantastic big band experience with That Swing Sensation and a dance instructor present to get everyone on their feet and in the mood for some fun.  Tea and biscuits will be served to keep you going through the afternoon.
Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “Festival of Museums is a chance for museums across Scotland to celebrate their fun side and showcase their collections in creative and exciting ways. With something for everyone and events happening up and down the country, we want to ignite imaginations and to encourage people to go out and explore Scotland’s fantastic museums and galleries.”
There is also a small community exhibition which looks at dance hall memories.  This nostalgic display was created in partnership with members of Peterson Park Sequence Dance Club, Glasgow Life Communities and Glasgow Museums.
Kelvin Hall is a partnership between Glasgow Life, acting on behalf of Glasgow City Council, The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow and the Moving Image Archive at National Library of Scotland.
How to book
Pop Art Collection Talk
Friday 19 May - 6pm – 7pm
Meet at Kelvin Hall Reception desk
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-art-collection-talk-tickets-32785081060
2D Cut-out Puppet Animation Workshops 
Saturday 20 May
Workshop 1 ~ 10.30am – 12pm: Ages 8 - 10 years
Workshop 2 ~ 1pm – 2.30pm: Ages 11 – 13 years
Contact movingimagelearning@nls.uk to book tickets
Pop Art Portraits!
Sunday 21 May – 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: 10am – noon https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-art-portraits-tickets-32785128201
1 – 3pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-art-portraits-tickets-32785152273
Circus Skills Workshop
Saturday 20 May
10am - 11.15am, 11.30 - 12.45pm, 1.30 - 2.45pm, 3pm - 4.15pm
Sports Hall, Kelvin Hall
Age 5 – 12 years (up to 30 kids per session)
Tickets £5 - Call 0141 276 1450 (option 1) to book
Kelvin Hall Tea Dance
Sunday 21 May - 1pm – 3pm
Sports Hall, Kelvin Hall
Age 16+
Tickets £5 - Call 0141 276 1450 (option 1) to book
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