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Past exhibition

18 June – 7 September 2014

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

From lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, to dazzling gold and silver – travel through the story of colour with the National Gallery.

‘Making Colour’, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues.

Span hundreds of years from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement as you take in displays of paintings, mineral specimens, textiles, ceramics and glass.

Journey from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian – in a series of colour-themed rooms. Finally, enter a dazzling central room devoted to gold and silver.

‘Making Colour’ is complemented by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought on colour. Designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register colour, the experiment will reveal how the eye and brain respond to colour in unexpected ways.

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‘Making Colour' is part of the 'National Gallery Inspires' programme of exhibitions. Drawn from the National Gallery collection, the exhibitions take a fresh view of National Gallery paintings alongside special loans and feature world-leading research by Gallery experts.

Generously supported by

Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

with additional support from:

Terry de Gunzburg

TERRY de GUNZBURG

Wellcome Trust

The Tavolozza Foundation - Katrin Bellinger

Dr Nicola Coldstream

Simon & Virginia Robertson

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council supports scientific research at the National Gallery

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Maximum 6 tickets per purchase.

Open daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Late night Fridays until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

Advance booking recommended

Tickets: Timed-ticket entry

Adult £8.00
Senior £7.00
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £4.00
Student/Jobseeker £4.00

Please note: These ticket prices include a voluntary donation to the National Gallery. Thanks to your support we are able to look after the paintings in our care and maintain free admission to our permanent collection.

By agreeing for the National Gallery to Gift Aid your admission ticket, we can claim a further 25p on every £1 spent, at no extra cost to you. You must be a UK taxpayer and pay an amount of income/capital gains tax at least equal to the tax we reclaim on your payment. Please ask our staff at the Ticket Desk or make your Gift Aid declaration when purchasing tickets online.

Prices excluding voluntary donation are: Adult £7.00; Senior (60+) £6.00; Job Seeker/Student/National Art Pass: £3.50

Please note: Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or replaced. Tickets offered for resale will be cancelled without refund and admission will be refused to the bearer.

Please ensure you have your tickets with you when you visit the Gallery. Proof of purchase will not be accepted for admittance and lost or forgotten tickets cannot be replaced.

If you choose to print your tickets at home, please ensure that you have A4 paper and black ink available and that you can open and print PDF files. A clear printout of your ticket is needed for entry to the exhibition.

Under 16s

Free with a paying adult. Ticket required. Call 0800 912 6958 or book online.

Groups

For groups of 10 people or more call 020 7907 7059 (no booking fees, lines open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm).

Disabled visitors

For Disabled Concession tickets (£6.00) and accompanying free carer tickets please call 0800 912 6958 (no booking fees) or ask at the Ticket Desk.

School, college and university groups

Educational institutions wishing to purchase exhibition tickets should email tickets@ng-london.org.uk for a booking form at least once month in advance of the intended visit date.

Timed-ticket entry

Ticket holders should enter the exhibition at the Sainsbury Wing during the half-hour time slot on their ticket.

You can stay as long as you like until closing procedures start, but there is no re-admission to the exhibition. The last ticket entry slot commences 1½ hours before closing time (e.g. 4.30–5pm entry for 6pm closing time).

Staff will start closing procedures five minutes before the advertised closing time.

Other ways to book

  • Book online (no booking fee)

    Choose your tickets online up until midnight the day before your visit. Receive your ticket immediately (via secure email link) and print it yourself at home

  • In person (no booking fee)

    Tickets can be purchased from the Advance Ticket Desk in the Sainsbury Wing until 5.15pm (8.15pm on Fridays)

  • By phone

    Book tickets by phone until 3pm the day before you visit
    0800 912 6958 (booking fee £1.90 maximum per ticket, lines open Monday to Saturday 9am to 10pm, Sundays 10am to 8pm)
    International callers +44 020 7126 5573 (booking fee £1.70 per ticket)
    For Disabled Concession tickets (£6.00) and accompanying free carer tickets, please call 0800 912 6958 (no booking fees)
    Tickets ordered by phone will be available for collection at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit

  • By post

    From the National Gallery (no booking fee). Please allow two weeks for processing and postage of your booking