Entrance to the exhibition and the rest of the Gallery will be free to everyone throughout the day.

Visitors will also be invited to take part in a special Open Weekend event to mark the annual UK-wide countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Led by the Portsmouth-based artist Jon Adams, visitors will be encouraged to make flags from recycled book pages and ‘plant' them in the Gallery studio. The event, entitled ‘Dysarticulate' is part of a country-wide initiative to create tens of thousands of unique temporary public artworks over the Open Weekend.

Other events include a free drop-in sewing workshop as part of a fascinating art project 'Desconocida Unknown', exploring the global abuse of women from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm in the Library, a free ‘Highlights of the Collection' talk at 2pm, and free coffee tasting, provided by De'Longhi, the headline sponsors of the Gallery for 2010 in the Galleria. Children's trails will also be available for families to pick up throughout the day.

Event programme:

Free De' Longhi Coffee tasting
10am-5pm, Room 17

Free Flag-making workshop
Come and make a unique flag out of recycled book pages.
1-4pm, Studio

Free Drop-in sewing workshops
10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30pm, Library

Free Highlights of the Collection Talk
2pm, meet at reception

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