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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During your visit

Alexander Calder Goldfish Bowl 1929, Tate Modern Alexander Calder Performing Sculpture exhibition 2015

Alexander Calder
Goldfish Bowl 1929
Calder Foundation, New York © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS, London

  • 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

This digital sketch shows a circus leader guiding two pipe wire animals

Make your own Calder inspired circus

  • 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

Book now to see this fun and extraordinary exhibition.