All parents with their children are welcome to join us each Sunday at 1:30 PM. All workshops take one hour and consist of two parts. First, we visit the up-to-date exhibition together and we talk about the works presented there. During the second part of the workshop we take up manual activities that enable everybody to creatively use their awaken sensitivity and imagination.

4.05 CHOSEN PROFESSIONS

The Romani used to travel a lot, often as a result of being expelled from certain territories. Therefore it was necessary for them to have skills that were easily transferrable irrespective of where they ended up. The Romani people escaped rigid class divisions, which brought chaos and freedom in the structured social hierarchy. Among their chosen professions were skilled craftsmen, horse traders, animal trainers and musicians. During the workshop, we will think about our skills and talents, and graphically present our ideal, dream jobs.

11.05 MIRROR AUTOBIOGRAPHY

The artist Daniel Baker created a work which consists of a series of mirrors-books. It shows Romani history written by non-Romani as if in a distorted mirror. What is more, each of us sees our own reflection in Baker’s fake book – a reflection of our prejudices and fears. The analogy between the book and the face linked by the mirror shows different ways of depicting/describing the identity. In the second part of the workshop, inspired by this work, we will draw our own portrait on a mirror and give a unique title/name to this book.

18.05 THE FLYING CARPETS

During the workshop we will tour the museum, which will be filled up with carpets. We will study their texture, ornaments and colours whose intensity and decorations draw on the aesthetics of Romani culture. We will also have a look at carpets flying into the Szczepin housing estate. Finally, we will create magic carpets from colourful fabrics ourselves.

25.05 TENTS IN MOTION

The workshop will be the last chance to see the exhibition “Houses as Silver as Tents”, which is devoted to Romani culture. So far, during our family workshops we have looked at various aspects of this culture. We have also talked about nomadic peoples’ penchant for travel. During the workshop we will make a reference to the title of the exhibition, which is a quotation from a poem by the Romani poet Papusza, and we will make out own mobile silver tents.

All the workshops are free, but please register via: edukacja@muzeumwspolczesne.pl