Wednesday 7 October 2020

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum - Our online exhibition is now live! πŸŽ‰


ART   .    EVENTS   .    HISTORY

Art in Adversity:

Creativity and wellbeing in our community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In June 2020, as lockdown restrictions in the UK began to ease, we invited our community to tell us about the creative projects they had produced during the Covid-19 pandemic. We wanted to understand the impact of the lockdown on our local residents, and how they had been using art during this time. We learnt that art and creativity has served as a valuable tool for many in the pursuit of happiness, understanding and purpose during this difficult and isolating period.

Art in Adversity is an online exhibition and community-curated project that draws together these artworks and experiences in a digital format. It explores and celebrates the ways in which creativity can make us feel more connected, help us cope in times of adversity, and improve our mental health and wellbeing. This is a rare moment in history and we hope this exhibition will be a valuable resource for our community and beyond to enjoy, reflect upon and learn from.

We started to plan Art in Adversity in late May when our Curatorial Intern, Ffion Boyd, suggested we explore and document how our community has been reacting to the pandemic. Ffion is a postgraduate student at University College London (UCL), finishing her Museum Studies MA in September 2020, and has been conducting her placement remotely with us here at Burgh House since late March. She has been working on this project alongside Curator of Burgh House, Amber Turner, to collate the wonderful artwork and stories that have been shared with us over the summer.

Image: Janet Kumar, Summer Fun Cancelled

We are thrilled with the amount and quality of work that has been submitted and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their work and make this project possible

Follow the link below to explore the exhibition, learn how to make a creative project of your own, and find out more about Burgh House!
Main image: Alex Bastable, The Weight

Explore the Exhibition

Object of the Month:

The Opening of Burgh House, 1979 (1998.47.1)

Our Object of the Month is this photograph of Lord David Pitt of Hampstead (1913-1994), who officially opened Burgh House to the public on 8th September 1979. October marks the birth month of Lord Pitt, who was born on 3rd October 1913, and we are also celebrating Black History Month which commemorates the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. Lord Pitt was a GP, Labour Politician and Life Peer, who dedicated his adult life to campaigning for equality and social justice.
Find out more about Lord Pitt's fascinating life in our Object of the Month blog.
Object of the Month: October
The Burgh House Cafe
The cafe is serving a fabulous selection of homemade cakes, freshly made onsite everyday.
Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, a glass of wine or a cold beer in our beautiful cafe garden and help support a local business.

(Please note we cannot take bookings for the cafe.)
Opening hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-5:30pm
Find out more about visiting the cafe

Exploring Colour

Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 October

Using a variety of techniques and materials, two artist friends demonstrate their many and contrasting individual ways of exploring the importance of colour in their work.

All proceeds from the sale of works will go to InterAct Stroke Support, a charity that sends professional actors into hospitals and stroke clubs to read to recovering patients. The objective is to provide stimulation.

There will be an Open Viewing Day on Tuesday 6 October, 10am-4pm 

Find out more about InterAct Stroke Support here

Find out more
We are still taking bookings for beautiful, intimate ceremonies and receptions at Burgh House. Our lovely wood panelled Music Room is the perfect space for a socially distanced wedding for 15 and our friendly, experienced team are on hand to help you create the perfect, Covid-safe day for you and your guests. 
With catering provided by our wonderful in-house team, they can offer everything from a lavish three course dinner to a family afternoon tea. 
The Leafi team provide delicious food and excellent service- find the full sample menu below for inspiration.
Just because weddings are smaller doesn't mean they can't be beautiful!

We still have a few dates left for 2020 so please contact us if you would like to find out more.
Main Image: YTZ Weddings
Above (both): Steven Carter Hewson 
Below: Oliver Holder
Find out more about weddings at Burgh House
Leafi Sample Events Menu

A Nest of Gentle Artists: Randolph Schwabe and his Hampstead Contemporaries

Wednesday 16 September 2020 - Sunday 7 March 2021
This exhibition highlights Randolph Schwabe’s (1885-1948) distinguished contribution to the practice and spirit of twentieth century British art through his skill as a painter, draughtsman and illustrator as well as his career as art educator, having succeeded Henry Tonks as Professor and Principal of the Slade School of Fine Art in 1930. It draws on his richly detailed diaries which he commenced immediately prior to his Slade appointment and continued until his untimely death in post in 1948 to offer insights into the artistic and literary circles of which he was a part.
This exhibition has been made possible with the kind support of Osbornes Law
Book Tickets & Find out more about visiting here
How you can help
Closing the house has had a significant, detrimental financial impact on Burgh House.
As a self-funded charity, we rely on our events to keep the house open.
If you aren't already a member, please consider joining up!
We will be keeping in regular contact during the closure period and every donation no matter how small will make a huge difference to us. Thank you.
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