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Don McCullin, A farm entrance near my house in Somerset, 2008

Family Saturday at Home: Don McCullin

Our next ‘Family Saturday from Home’ takes its inspiration from the recent exhibition in Somerset, 'Don McCullin. The Stillness of Life', experimenting with different ways to record our landscape and environments we call home.

Join our popular Family Saturdays from the comfort of home with a new series of creative, hands-on activities to enjoy together with your children. These are aimed at 6+ but can be easily adapted and guided for younger children.

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Don McCullin, The extreme Arctic, Norway, 2019

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Don McCullin, A flooded field near my house in Somerset, 2016

About Don McCullin

The photographer Don McCullin has spent his life travelling to remove locations in the world and recording scenes of conflict and destruction.

Sir Don McCullin CBE was born in Finsbury Park, London in 1935. He left school at 15 without any qualifications. He signed up to National Service in the RAF, and became a photographic assistant working on aerial reconnaissance photography.

Between 1966 and 1984, he worked for The Sunday Times Magazine under Editor-in-Chief Harold Evans and Art Editor David King. It was during this time he released his most celebrated images. In 1993, McCullin was the first photojournalist to be made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and in 2017 McCullin was knighted in the New Year Honours for his lifetime services to photography.

Don McCullin lives in Somerset and loves to take photographs of the landscape where he lives. He is particularly fond of the trees in winter when all of the leaves have fallen because you can see how old the tree is and think about all the things it must have seen in its lifetime.

Find out more about Don McCullin here.

You will need:

  • Access to outdoor space (your garden, window box or doorstep)
  • Cardboard eg. a cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Coloured pens or pencils

Activity 1

Download an activity sheet here and, using coloured pens or pencils, create your own story inspired by the photographer Don McCullin. What can you see in this landscape? Tell us your story.

Activity 2

Make your story come to life by using materials you have at home. (You could make lots of them!)

  • Go outside to your garden or doorstep and find some natural materials. Look for twigs, leaves, seed heads, stones, mud and moss – collect what you can!
  • Go inside and gather together cardboard, scissors, pens / pencils, glue and tape
  • Cut a square from your cardboard
  • Draw the sky and the land then colour it in
  • Do you need to add a building, characters or animals to your story? Use more cardboard and cut out your shapes
  • Make your landscape come to life: twigs turn into trees and moss into the hills!
  • Let’s make it stand. Fold a strip of cardboard into a triangle shape. Use tape to attach it to the back of your pictures, so it stands up
  • Enjoy your indoor landscape

Instructions for Activity 2

We would love to see what you create!
Can you photograph your artwork or ask someone to help you? Here are two easy ways to share your artwork with us:

For more activities related to landscape visit:
Show Me: Learning about landscapes
Royal Collection Trust: Compose your own landscape
Learning Through Landscapes: Outdoor lesson ideas
BBC: Creating a collage landscape

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Family Saturdays have been a popular monthly event at Hauser & Wirth Somerset since opening in 2014. As we embark on our new shared reality, our education team will continue to create activities connected to our exhibitions and artists – encouraging practical hands-on tasks and imaginative narratives to enjoy together as a family.

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