Purple Light Up at The British Museum


Date:Tuesday 3 December 2019

Location:The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG



ActionSpace artists Thompson Hall and Mark Lawrence presented two workshops at the British Museum as part of Purple Light Up. This was a free day of disability-led performances, workshops and tours to coincide with International Day for Disabled Persons.

Thompson Hall is a frequent visitor of museums and galleries where he makes observational sketches, which he uses to build up ideas for his own complex panoramic paintings. Hall’s most recent work explores themes such as social change, marginalisation and social injustice.

Purple Light Up saw Thompson Hall hosting a workshop entitled City of Heroes where visitors were invited to add their personal hero stories onto blocks surrounding Hall’s own hero story illustration thus creating a City of Heroes.


Thompson Hall’s workshop will was held in the Main Court at The British Museum.


Working across many media in 2d, 3d and digitally, Mark Lawrence experiments with the accumulation of clustered colours, projecting footage of his paintings and collages and exploring ways of engaging with the projections.

For #PurpleLightUp Lawrence invited members of the public to interact with his immersive film projections, using themselves and a range of reflective objects to explore movement, shadow and reflection, in his installation titled Clever The Way It’s Moving.


Mark Lawrence’s workshop was held in the Korean Galleries at The British Museum. 


To see the full programme of events visit here. 

Image: Mark Lawrence, Clever The Way It’s Moving at Barbican Centre.

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