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Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, 1995
Private Collection © The Lucian Freud Archive.
Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

MAY

Friday 4 May

18.30 – 20.30
Late Shift
Drop-in Drawing Life Drawing Class
Develop your sketching with a live model, inspired by the figures and poses in Freud's portraits. With artist Robin Lee Hall.

Thursday 10 May

19.00
Late Shift
In Conversation In Praise of the Voluptuous
Discussion about contrasting images of body size in art history and popular culture, with Dr Justin Varney and historian Leslie Primo.
Tickets: £5/£4
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19.30
Late Shift
Gallery Talk Animals in Portraits
Inspired by Freud’s paintings of animals, this tour highlights other works in the Collection. Led in British Sign Language by John Wilson with interpretation into English.

Friday 11 May

18.30 – 20.30
Late Shift
Workshop Painting in the Studio
Join us for a self-portrait workshop inspired by Lucian Freud’s early work, using conté, charcoal, ink and wash. With artist Sadie Lee.
Tickets: £10

19.00
Late Shift
Film Season Freud on Film: Lucian Freud
Screening of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s documentary exploring Freud’s relationship with his sitters and the influence of fellow painter and friend, Francis Bacon. The film sets out to pinpoint Freud's view of the human condition and examines the tensions and conflicts within his paintings. The film includes interviews with Freud's daughters, Bella and Esther, George Melly and Celia Paul. (Duration: 30 mins)

Thursday 17 May

19.00
Late Shift
Poetry Reading In Memory of Lucian Freud
Annie Freud has curated an evening of her father’s favourite poems. She will be joined by a stellar cast of poets; Wendy Cope, John Hegley, Don Paterson, Matthew Caley, Rachel Boast, John Stammers and Lorraine Mariner.

Reading and speaking poems aloud was a very important part of Lucian Freud’s life, his work and his relationships. Annie remembers: “when I was a child, he often used to invent little rhymes to distract me from the boredom of sitting for a picture. I remember the shared sympathy we felt for the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo’s lonely life on the desolate coast of Coromandel, and our sense of dread should Carroll’s Snark turn out to be a Boojum.

In later years, I remember his tremendous excitement when the three-volume paperback edition of Bertolt Brecht’s poems was published. Every time we met, he would read a newly-discovered poem to me. And then at other times and in quite another mood, he’d entertain me with Rochester’s fabulous obscenities, particularly ‘Under Nellie’s Picture’, a wonderful four-line shocker dedicated to Nell Gwyn.

For Lucian Freud, reading poems aloud were often part of having a conversation. Poems mattered to him because they actually said something of importance. I think there were times when reciting a much-loved poem was a way of saying something that couldn’t be said in any other way. My sister Rose tells me that during his last months there were days when he recited Shakespeare’s 130th Sonnet over and over again on a continuous loop.”

Tickets: £10/£8
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Friday 18 May

18.00 – 22.00
Late Shift Extra: Draw the Line
A night of activity inspired by the Lucian Freud Portraits, including music, poetry, film, life drawing, walks, talks and performances. Part of Museums at Night.
Free. Some events will be ticketed.

Saturday 19 May

11.00 – 16.00
Walking Tour Freud's London: The Later Years
Spend a day exploring Freud, his work, his inspiration and the London he knew. The day begins with a lecture looking at aspects of Freud’s later work, followed by the opportunity to see the exhibition. The afternoon walk will take in the places which link Freud to his adopted city. The day will be led by experienced Blue Badge Guide Alan Read.

Ticket includes entry to the exhibition and lecture.
You can find out about Freud’s earlier career and the School of London painters, with walking tours led by Blue Badge Guide Sarah Ciacci on the 14 or 28 April.
Tickets: £30/£25

Thursday 24 May

19.00
Late Shift
In Conversation Sue Tilley & William Feaver
Sue Tilley, Freud’s model for his painting Benefits Supervisor Sleeping her experience as a sitter with author William Feaver.
Tickets: £5/£4
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Friday 25 May

18.30 – 20.30
Workshop Painting in the Studio
Inspired by Lucian Freud Portraits. artist Dan Llywelyn Hall.
Tickets: £10

Saturday 26 May

11.00 – 17.00
Workshop Painting in the Studio
Inspired by Freud's naked portraits learn the art of life drawing, working from a live model using charcoal and paint. Led by artist Sadie Lee. Ticket includes entry to the exhibition.
Tickets: £50/£40