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Mon 26 Jul 2021 - Sun 5 Sep 2021TIME
11am - 3pm
Home of Charles Darwin - Down HouseSUITABLE FOR
Come and see ceramic sculptor Jo Pearl's thought-provoking sculptural and animated installation, Moving Darwin at Charles Darwin's beautiful family home, Down House.
The work is inspired by Darwin's lesser-known thesis The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, which was penned here at Down House in 1872. The fascinating installation includes a stop-frame clay animated film, raw clay portraits and a series of ceramic emotional sculptures that respond to Darwin's theories, the setting and legacy of the family and its conjoined history with the ceramic dynasty of the Wedgwoods.
Moving Darwin is a personal taxonomy of what emotions look like and feel like, inspired by Darwin’s pioneering theory that facial expressions of emotions are universal whether you live in Pinner or Papua New Guinea. Breathing life into clay, the exhibition charts the six emotions Darwin defined as essential to human evolution: Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
|Member (Family 2 Adults)||Free|
|Member (Family 1 Adult)||Free|
|Child, 5-17 years||£10.40|
|Family (2 Adults)||£45.00|
|Family (1 Adult)||£27.70|
The Moving Darwin installation is included in standard admission for visitors who purchase House and Garden tickets. This installation is not included in Gardens-only tickets.
Visitors will need to book a House and Gardens ticket to enjoy our Moving Darwin installation as part of their visit. Please use the link above and choose the 'House and Garden' ticket option.