Latest News at Leighton House Museum

Time for Art: a new initiative to support local children in need

March 2021

We are excited to announce our new initiative to support children and young people in West London, encouraging creative learning away from computer screens whilst also recognising digital exclusion.


Leighton House has linked up with West London Zone, RBKC Looked After Children’s Services and Winsor & Newton, the long-established maker of arts and crafts materials, to create Time for Art gift boxes. Each keepsake art box contains a unique array of guided, practical arts and crafts projects linked to Leighton House, with all the materials needed to follow each activity, from brushes to paper, to paints and inks, pencils and pens.  Two leading contemporary artists, Ayesha Gamiet and Laurelie Rae, have designed these original art projects for Time for Art.

Each box is a present, decorated with a gold ribbon, intended to bring happiness and relaxation, encourage creativity and self-expression, and support the development of skills and knowledge of different media, techniques, artworks and makers, as well as of Frederic, Lord Leighton and Leighton House.


The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Friends of Leighton House and City Bridge Trust and generously supported by Winsor & Newton.


Find out more on our social media channels


Leighton House will #CreateOneness: Thank you to our donors

Novermber 2020

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 started.


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 exciting updates.

If you have purchased a ticket to visit, you should have received an email from Eventbrite with refund instructions. Please contact us on with any enquiries.

We look forward to seeing you back at Leighton House very soon!

Open Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5.30pm.

12 Holland Park Road
London W14 8LZ