Activity: Hidden Portraits

Inspired by the performances of Jimmy Robert, you are going to be the star of your artwork!

Jimmy Robert, Descendances du nu, 2016. Performance view: Centre d'art contemporain - la synagogue de Delme, France, 2016 Photo: O.H. Dancy. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.

With your family, collect some items from around your home. They might be, blankets, cushions, boxes, cuddly toys, newspaper, books etc.

Choose an area in your home where there is enough space to gather your items and you. This could be your bed, the front room, a corridor etc.

Have your family help. Let them put you in a posed position, sitting, standing or lying down. Ask them to arrange the objects you have collected around you.

Some of these may cover parts of your body. It’s good to show some parts and hide other parts, a bit like a human collage.

Now you have had a go, you might be able to work together to use larger objects, objects that are too heavy to move so you go to them, tables, chairs, boxes etc.

We would love to see how you became the art, so take a picture and share it with us on our social media #NCMaking.

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This activity was created by our Play & Learn Facilitator, Rachel Scanlon