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Pop-up Photostudio, Camera Obscura and more photo family activities

Pop-up Photostudios and other free family activities!

During half-term week, 28 October – 1 November there are plenty of family photography activities at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art including a ‘zombie booth’ especially for Halloween!   Drop in, no need to book!

Camera Obscura
Monday 28 October, 11.00am-3.00pm

Come and enjoy the magic of the Camera Obscura in Mowbray Park. The camera obscura (‘darkened room’) is a technological ancestor of photography. Portable camera obscuras were used by often used by artists as an aid to drawing. In Victorian times, much larger public camera obscuras became popular attractions and some of this attraction continues today.  Bring your digital camera or mobile phone to record what you can spy from inside our camera obscura!
Please note that this is an outdoor activity, weather permitting.

The Camera Obscura is kindly loaned by VARC and photographer Ingrid Pollard, supported by Northumberland National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
26 October – 3 November 2013

Snap Happy Backpacks
Borrow a backpack full of fun photography themed activities for families.  Collect your backpack from the Art Gallery on Level 2 (a refundable deposit is required).

Wednesday 30 October - 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30 – 3.00pm (drop in)
Spooky Pictures
Make spooky landscapes and portraits using light reactive paper and join in our scary shadow puppet show.
For more information please contact the Learning Team on 0191 553 2323 or e-mail

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October 2013, 10.00am-4.00pm

Pop-up photo studio
Dress up, make props and pose for our photographers in our temporary photo studio booth.  Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be converting their activity space into a pop-up photo studio for 2 days during the October half term holidays.  Drop in to pose for a family portrait, our photography team will assist you in creating your look and making props.

On Thursday 31 October the photo studio will have a spooky make-over for Halloween.  Dress up in your best Halloween costume, make some gory props and pose for our ghoulish photographers.
With photographers Nicola Maxwell and Mike Davidson.

For more information please contact Education Officer on 0191 561 1235 or email:

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