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Ugly animals, Egyptian film, cartoons and more at this week’s museum lates

Posted at 1:30 pm, November 18, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

To help you get through the week with a bit more culture under your belt, here are five cool after-hours museum happenings.

1. ‘Yes we’re mad! No we’re not joking’ at Tate Modern

Michael Landy

Today, hear British installation artist Michael Landy talk about consumerism, commodity and rubbish. There will also be a raffle, with one of Michael Landy’s artworks as the prize. Monday November 18, Starr Auditorium 6.30pm-8pm, Tickets are £12 (£8 conc.)

2. Ian Hislop and Nick Newman at the V&A


Get ready for some cartoon talk, as Nick Newman (cartoonist) and Ian Hislop (writer and broadcaster) get together for what promises to be a comical evening. The two, who have collaborated on My Dad’s the Prime Minister, News at Bedtime and Private Eye, will discuss the inspiration and ideas behind creating cartoons. Wednesday November 20, The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Tickets are £9 (£6 conc.)

3. Exhibition Tour: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Join photographer David Graham for this free tour of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitionThursday November 21, Main Hall, 7.30pm, Free (tickets available from 6pm on the day), exhibition ticket must be purchased for £3 (£2 conc.)

 4. Egyptian film: new perspectives on historical narratives at The British Museum

Two short films, Sound From the Hallways (2012) and Two Faces in the Landscape (2000), both exploring Egyptian culture and history, will be screened on Friday November 22 at The British Museum. There will be an introduction by writer and British Museum Trustee, Ahdaf Soueif. Following the screenings, the makers of Sound From the Hallways will be discussing the implications of their artistic decisions on new realities within pre-existing historical narratives. Friday November 22, BP Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm-8pm, FREE (booking essential)

5. Ugly Animal Preservation Society at the Natural History Museum

Scientists and comedians go head to head, each defending an endangered ugly animal of their choice in this debate held at the Natural History Museum. The speakers will be announced closer to the date. Friday November 22, Flett Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm-8pm, Tickets are £18 (£15 members)

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