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Duration: 30 minutes

An adventure inside some of the most exciting paintings held in British collections today. Presenter Eleanor Nairne, an art historian and curator, plays a statue in a magical gallery, who comes to life after closing time and pulls viewers headfirst into paintings like LS Lowry's Britain at Play, Andy Warhol's Marilyn Diptych and Henri Rousseau's Surprised.

While inside the paintings, Eleanor explores not only the artist, the technique and the painting, but also the social and historical context of the work, allowing each short film to be used as a jumping-off point for larger discussions and activities - themes such as multiculturalism, life during the war, industrial Britain, imagination, synaesthesia, science, the universe and mental health. Ever wanted to set sail in an umbrella boat? Or visit Van Gogh's kitchen? Fancy playing detective in the 15th century or wrestling a tiger in a dream-like jungle? This is your chance!

Made up of five short films, this episode looks at Henri Rousseau, LS Lowry, Andy Warhol, Paula Rego and Joseph Wright of Derby.

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    Photo: Eleanor Nairne

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