Childhood Now

16 Mar 2019 – 16 Jun 2019

Event times

Tue - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays; Collections & Exhibition open 11am - 5pm

Cost of entry

Adult Day Ticket £14.50, Child Day Ticket £5.50

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Furthering the conversation initiated in Painting Childhood, this sister-exhibition brings together the works of three contemporary figurative painters – Chantal Joffe, Mark Fairnington and Matthew Krishanu.


Drawn to the subject of children, each of these British artists depict childhood in very different ways. Fierce, tender and highly personal, Chantal Joffe’s expressive paintings chart the growth of her daughter Esme from birth to adolescence, in relation to her own changing role as a mother. Mark Fairnington’s approach turns a scientific eye to the depiction of his twin sons with hyper-realistic precision, while Matthew Krishanu’s radiant paintings reveal memories of an exotic childhood in Bangladesh. Together, these three artists present fresh perspectives on what constitutes childhood today.

Mark Fairnington, Lee and Jason, 2011 ⓒ Courtesy the artist, Photography by Peter White, FXP Photography

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Matthew Krishanu

Chantal Joffe

Mark Fairnington


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