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Free exhibitions in London during summer 2014

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If you’re looking to spend an inexpensive yet interesting and enjoyable afternoon in London, these three exhibitions are free of charge and open to everyone.

The V&A Museum of Childhood

This wonderful museum is displaying two very different but equally fascinating free exhibitions this summer.  ‘Toy Stories’ is a series of photographs, taken of children from every corner of the globe with their favourite toys.  These range from a dirty coke bottle to an immaculate china doll, and give a truly humbling insight into just how enormous the difference is between children’s lives in the Earth’s huge variety of cultures.  Also humorous, charming and often nostalgic, these images are beautifully shot and capture honest, sensitive, and sometimes troubling stories.


Also, the V&A is currently host to a captivating collection of diaries written by children during significant historical events.  The innocent take on the environments, treatments and changes these young souls were subjected to is consistently inspiring but occasionally unsettling – a really interesting insight into how youth cope with troubled times.


The Serpentine Gallery

This summer, modern art lovers from across the UK will be coming to see Marina Abramovic performing her new interactive art piece at The Serpentine.  She famously spent over 736 hours silently occupying a chair in a New York gallery, and during her time here in London, she’ll be offering the rare chance for her fans to actually interact with her – she’ll be mingling and talking to the crowds.  It’s quite difficult to believe that this exhibition is free – but arrive early to avoid disappointment!


The National Portrait Gallery

If you’re looking for something hard-hitting and thought-provoking, we recommend you head over to The National Portrait Gallery to have a look at their collection of portraits from the Great War.  Having recently marked the 100th anniversary of the end of this terrible episode in world history, the NPG have put together a heart-wrenching collection of portraits by both normal, everyday men and acclaimed artists of the time, as well as photographs and memoirs from the soldiers.   Not for the faint-hearted, this exhibition bares all – from gruesome images of injured men, to jolly photographs of officials training spaniel pups to sniff out bombs.  An eye-opening exhibition indeed, and well worth a look for both art lovers ad historians alike.


All of the above venues can be hired for evening receptions and daytime meetings, and Function Fixers can get great package deals on venue hire and access to all the exhibitions.  Contact us here for more information!

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