Latest News at Leighton House
Let's Get Creative: Get
involved in our new community initiative
At Leighton House, we are developing a new
project called Let’s All Get Creative to help households
in need. Our 'Creativity Boxes’, filled with arts and crafts
materials and arts projects, will support children, young
people and adults alike to learn, and to share their thoughts,
feelings and ideas through creativity.
We are currently looking for young people
living in the Borough to help us pack these boxes from home.
If you have free time to spare or are interested in volunteering
opportunities for your Duke of Edinburgh award, please get in touch
today via email@example.com - just add 'Let's
Get Creative' in the subject of the email.
Leighton House will
#CreateOneness: Thank you to our donors
Leighton House has successfully raised over
£26,000 to fund our first permanent contemporary artwork,
Oneness by Iranian artist Shahrzad Ghaffari, to adorn the
walls of the new helical staircase in the modern wing.
Facilitated through the Art Fund’s Art Happens
crowdfunding platform, Leighton House became the quickest museum in
the history of the platform to hit its fundraising target of
£17,300, in under two weeks. Due to the incredible show of support,
the extra funds raised will be used to help design and build a
bespoke scaffolding system for Ghaffari to access the 11-metre high
staircase wall to complete her hand-painted mural next spring.
Artist Shahrzad Ghaffari comments on the
success of the campaign:
It’s an immense honour and a profound
expression of trust that will inspire me through every brushstroke.
Anchored by your support, I hope to be able to do that spirit of
generosity justice and honestly right now – I can’t wait to get
Oneness draws on a
13th-century Persian poem by Rumi exploring universal themes of
love and knowledge, weaving words into abstract form. The central
visual motif, the turquoise calligraphic brushstrokes, pays homage
to the traditional designs of the Middle-Eastern tiles in
Leighton’s Arab Hall while its spiralling form echoes the helical
structure of the staircase. The mural will bring a fresh
perspective on the fusion of cultures and the close relationship
between art and architecture found in the Victorian interiors at
Leighton House, creating ‘Oneness’ between the past, the present
and the future of the museum.
The striking mural will be the final piece of
the Museum’s major
redevelopment, currently underway, aimed at providing
much-needed additional visitor and learning facilities, exhibition
spaces and improved accessibility.
Leighton House to close from Saturday 7 November
We are sorry to announce that, due to new national
restrictions and following Government advice, Leighton House will
be closed from Saturday 7 November. The Museum is ‘still
open’ on our social media platforms and through upcoming online
workshops and talks, so don't forget to keep an eye for regular and
If you have purchased a ticket to visit, you should have received
an email from Eventbrite with refund instructions. Please contact
us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any
We look forward to seeing you back at Leighton House very