Explore Calder’s ways of seeing, thinking and making
Alexander Calder was an American sculptor who made kinetic sculptures. This meant that a lot of his sculptures were made to move. He made mobiles that hung from the ceiling and loved music, dancing and the circus!
Here’s how to make the most of your visit to the Alexander Calder exhibition with tips and free fun activities for children and families. Psssst under 12s go free!
Before your visit
Watch this charming animation by Ed Cheverton, inspired by Calder’s acrobatic imagery and colourful work.
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- ‘Alexander Calder was an amazing artist’ – read an exhibition review written by Bella, age 11
- Who was Alexander Calder? Find out more about the man who made art move!
During your visit
- Strike a pose! Take inspiration from the artworks and move your own body to create movement and sculpture like the artist
- Kids eat free at the Tate café, recently named Best Family Restaurant in the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards
- Read more tips for families visiting Tate Modern
After your visit
- Inspired by Calder’s artwork? Create your very own Alexander Calder Sculpture Circus with the pack from Tate Kids! Tweet @tate_kids using #Calder and you could see your work online
- Alexander Calder made lots of wire sculptures inspired by the circus and all the performers. Read an interview with a real life aerial performer from Circus Starr
- Encore! Encore! The crowd goes wild! Create a story inspired by amazing acrobats with Tate Tales