Making Colour

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From lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, to dazzling gold and silver – travel through the story of colour with the National Gallery.

‘Making Colour’, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling gemstones to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues.

Span hundreds of years from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement as you take in displays of paintings, mineral specimens, textiles, ceramics and glass.

Journey from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian – in a series of colour-themed rooms. Finally, enter a dazzling central room devoted to gold and silver.

‘Making Colour’ is complemented by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought on colour. Designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register colour, the experiment will reveal how the eye and brain respond to colour in unexpected ways.

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Making Colour

18 June - 7 September 2014

Open daily 10am–6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Friday Lates until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

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Your ticket price includes a small voluntary donation to the National Gallery. Thanks to your support we are able to look after the paintings in our care and maintain free admission and access for all to our permanent collection.

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Non donation prices: Adult £7.00; Senior £6.00; Job Seeker/Student/National Art Pass £3.50

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A maximum of 6 tickets is available per booking.

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You can enter the exhibition during the half hour following your booked entry time.

Tickets for children under 12

Entry is free for children under 12, but a ticket is required.

These tickets must be booked with an accompanying paid ticket (maximum 2 per paying visitor).

Tickets for children under 16

Entry is free for children under 16, but a ticket is required.

These tickets must be booked with an accompanying paid ticket (maximum 2 per paying visitor).