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Mutton Dressed as Cockerel
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Everyone is familiar with folklore, folktales, folk music, and folk dance, but what about folk art? For some reason, it has not garnered the same amount of attention. Tate Britain hopes to change all this with the first ever major exhibition of British Folk Art. Up until the 31st of August the will be showcasing some extraordinary and surprising work by self-taught artists and artisans. Discover an eclectic range of humble, yet quirky items, such a ship figureheads, shop signs, a 'god in a bottle', and a larger-than-life thatch statue of King Alfred. Also featured cockerel sculpted out of mutton bones that was made by French Prisoners of War during the Napoleonic Wars.

Tickets to the exhibit are 14.50 for adults, 12.50 concessions, and free for under 12s. Alongside the exhibition will be a series of workshops, including a children's digital art studio, e-textiles, samplers and hanky embroidery, sign painting, and knife carving.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 31st August
Phone: 44 (0)20 7887 8888
Where: Tate Britain
Cost: 14.50 adult, 12.50 concession, under 12s free
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