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Inception, Harry Potter and M. C. Escher: Dulwich presents The Amazing Worlds Weekend

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On 30 October – 1 November Dulwich Picture Gallery will host The Amazing Worlds Weekend, a fantastical programme of events for Museums at Night inviting visitors to venture into the surreal world of the Dutch master of illusion and paradox, M. C. Escher. The line-up includes film screenings, exhibition tours, interactive art, storytelling and live gaming.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with Escher meets Inception, an evening of impossible perspectives and twisted realities. Visitors can enjoy tours of The Amazing World of M. C. Escher and join in the virtual adventures of Ida in Monument Valley with live gaming in the Gallery. Visitors can then see Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking film Inception on the big screen in the Gallery.

On Saturday visitors of all ages can enjoy a special Halloween Harry Potter an evening of entertainment with spooky story-telling, exhibition entry and a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Budding witches and wizards are invited to dress the part with prizes for the best Potter-inspired costumes.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can also create their own supersize spirographs to take home with the Iron Genie. Artist Anita Chowdry will be showing visitors how they can create unique patterns using the mechanism’s swinging pendulums to drive the movement of a pen.

Food and drink will be available during both evenings including speciality pizzas and gourmet burgers and a wide selection of drinks suitable for all ages.

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Louisa Bee, Press and Communications Manager / 020 8299 8710

Notes to Editors

Museums at Night
Museums at Night is the annual after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, founded in 1811 and designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane. It houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the country, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from the Tudor period to the 19th century. The Gallery’s Permanent Collection is complemented by its diverse and critically acclaimed year round temporary exhibitions. 

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Friday 30th October
Escher meets Inception
Enter a world of impossible perspectives and twisted realities. Explore M. C. Escher with our exhibition tours. Create your own takeaway artwork with our live demonstrations of artist Anita Chowdry’s The Iron Genie. Join in with Monument Valley live gaming and and see how its design pays homage to Escher’s infinite staircase. At 9pm, enjoy Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking film Inception on the big screen in the Gallery. Indulge in our gourmet sharing platters and sample our speciality drinks and cocktails.
6.30 – 11pm
£25, £20 Friends & students
Saturday 31 October
Halloween Harry Potter
Knock to enter a Halloween evening like no other. Dare to listen to our Gallery tales: what stories do the Old Masters tell? Who was the Gallery’s fourth coffin for? Explore M. C. Escher’s amazing worlds, create your own take-away artwork and enjoy Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the big screen in the Gallery. The best Potter-inspired Halloween costumes will win Escher goodies. Enjoy speciality pizzas and gourmet burgers from our Gallery cafe and a selection of drinks.
6 – 10pm
Storytelling, 7pm, 8pm
Exhibition tours 6.30pm, 7.30pm
£24, £20 Friends & students
£15 Children
ALL WEEKEND, Friday 30 October – Sunday 1 November
The Iron Genie
Throughout the weekend watch Anita Chowdry’s harmonograph create Spirograph-like drawings before your eyes as its swinging pendulums drive the movements of a pen. Explore the instrument’s mechanisms and create your own work to take home.
Entry included in your Gallery ticket or evening cinema ticket.