Summer on the Square
11 – 29 August 2022
A free festival of art, outside on Trafalgar Square
11am–1pm and 2–4pm, daily
11am–1pm and 2–4pm, daily
Immerse yourself in our studio activities and be ready to sketch, make, move, explore and be inspired by the National Gallery Collection.
And when you want to take a break or sit in the sunshine (fingers crossed), Kerb have artisan food stalls serving tasty snacks – from falafel and chips to coffee and gelato.
All activities take place daily, and are open to everyone.
Get creative in studio sessions inspired by themes within our collection, then head inside to the Gallery afterwards to find the paintings themselves.
Whether you're working collaboratively or on your own, our workshop leaders will be there to inspire, motivate and offer top tips throughout the session.
Take in your surroundings and enjoy this unique opportunity to get creative in the heart of London's Trafalgar Square.
Let loose and use the art materials provided to create your own incredible masterpieces.
Enter a realm of light and colour by walking through an immersive installation of Van Gogh's 'Wheatfield, with Cypresses'.
Listen to music specially created by our Music Masters, and discover four masterpieces – by Monet, Van Gogh, Hogarth and Uccello – through sound.
Become part of a painting through reflective surfaces – experience different perspectives and feel fully immersed in the scene, colours and textures of Manet’s 'Music in the Tuileries Gardens'.
All studio sessions are drop-in and open to all ages and abilities. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis – you may be asked to wait during busy times.
Soak in the atmosphere of the Square with a scoop of delicious gelato by Milktree – choose from a range of traditional and vegan flavours, including fruits, chocolates, nuts, caramel, cookies and the classics.
Tuck into a fabulous fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours by Nazari.
They'll be serving up street food favourites including pulled chicken, falafel and halloumi, with hummus, salad and slaw, and topped with pomegranate molasses and seeds.
You won't be able to resist Billy's freshly-made gourmet chips. Made with chefs' favourite Koffmann potatoes, choose to have yours posh and cheesy or with gravy, Katsu curry or Tikka Masala sauces.
Take a break with a cup of freshly-ground barista coffee, and hot and cold drinks by illy.
We've got your art essentials covered – from pencils and paints, to sketch books and accessories.
All participants in the Summer on the Square art sessions will be eligible for a 10% discount in the Gallery shops by showing the leaflet distributed in the session.