Talks, tours & events

Film: I Am Not A Witch

Thu 16 Aug | 2.00pm

Eight-year-old Shula is accused of witchcraft in Rungano Nyoni’s critically-acclaimed debut feature. Faced with the options of accepting her supernatural branding and living a tethered life as a sorceress, or to cutting her ties with local tradition to be transformed into a goat that may be killed and eaten for supper, Shula ends up at the local “witch camp”. What follows is a bewilderingly funny tragi-comic tale that veers into magical surrealism.

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Film – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Sat 18 Aug | 2.00pm

Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria, first gained notoriety in 1933 by appearing nude in steamy German flick, Ecstasy. In 1937, she was discovered by Louis B. Mayer in Paris and signed to MGM, returning to Hollywood, he began to promote her as the “world’s most beautiful woman in the world”. While starring opposite Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Powell, Hedy toyed with inventing in her spare time. The result, discovered during WWII, was a radio system we now use as the basis for bluetooth and wifi. Long overdue for rediscovery, Hedy’s story has to be seen to be believed.

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Foreign Language: Mustang

Sat 18 Aug - Sun 19 Aug | 18 August, 4.30pm / 19 August, 2.00

Mustang follows the lives of five sisters living in a remote Turkish village, railing against expectations as their family’s enforced rules become increasingly strict, until finally marriage arrangements begin to be made. Beautiful, hazy and suspenseful, the film is part coming-of-age tale, part prison-break drama.

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Art Store Tour

Sun 19 Aug | 12-1pm

Guided by one of our knowledgeable gallery team, you will learn about the story of Towner’s impressive art collection, from the original Victorian bequest to recent acquisitions of works by contemporary artists.

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Film – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Sun 19 Aug | 4.30pm

Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria, first gained notoriety in 1933 by appearing nude in steamy German flick, Ecstasy. In 1937, she was discovered by Louis B. Mayer in Paris and signed to MGM, returning to Hollywood, he began to promote her as the “world’s most beautiful woman in the world”. While starring opposite Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Powell, Hedy toyed with inventing in her spare time. The result, discovered during WWII, was a radio system we now use as the basis for bluetooth and wifi. Long overdue for rediscovery, Hedy’s story has to be seen to be believed.

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Make Your Own Stereoscopic Viewfinder

Wed 22 Aug | 10.00am to 1.00pm

Join us for this workshop led by Clare Dales, an artist who works in print and photographic media, who will introduce you to the wonders of stereoscopes. Inspired […]

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Film – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Thu 23 Aug | 2.00pm

Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria, first gained notoriety in 1933 by appearing nude in steamy German flick, Ecstasy. In 1937, she was discovered by Louis B. Mayer in Paris and signed to MGM, returning to Hollywood, he began to promote her as the “world’s most beautiful woman in the world”. While starring opposite Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Powell, Hedy toyed with inventing in her spare time. The result, discovered during WWII, was a radio system we now use as the basis for bluetooth and wifi. Long overdue for rediscovery, Hedy’s story has to be seen to be believed.

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Film: Mary Shelley

Sat 25 Aug | 2.00pm

Elle Fanning shines as a young Mary Shelley in this biopic, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. Caught up in a relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, her first love, Mary elopes with him to stay at the home of Lord Byron by Lake Geneva. There, as the story famously goes, the guests were challenged to write a ghost story, the result was Frankenstein. The film follows her story from the moment she meets the dashing Percy to finally getting her novel published.

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Documentary: Cameraperson

Sat 25 Aug - Sun 26 Aug | 25 August, 4.30pm / 26 August, 2.00pm

Filmmaker Kristen Johnson presents her 25-year career in the industry in this autobiographical collage documentary. Featuring fragments of film she has shot for other people, interspersed with personal footage of her own, the result is a unique meta-documentary and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2016.

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Perspectives on… The Lyons Lithographs

Sun 26 Aug | 2pm

Commissioned by catering giant J. Lyons and Co. to brighten the drab austerity of post-war tea houses, the resulting collection of lithographs by leading artists of the day including Bawden, Piper and Ardizzone continue to delight modern audiences.

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