These days London seems to be crawling with, well, crawls. From London Game Crawl to the #ldnontcoffeecrawl to Fuse’s own Galentine’s Crawl, people love making journeys together to discover new places in our Forest City.
One mainstay of these events is The Crawl, put on each summer by Museum London with the Museum Underground volunteer committee. The event pairs regional art with regional beer, offering crawlers a chance to sample both excellent brews and thought-provoking exhibits. This summer’s event tours through DNA Artspace, Forest City Gallery, Satellite, and The Arts Project.
In previous years, The Crawl has been a guided tour through the galleries. This year the crew at Museum Underground have changed things up with a new, self-guided format, complete with a passport to track your travels. The night will culminate in an after-party at Museum London. Anderson Craft Ales, Forked River Brewing Company, and Toboggan Brewing Co. will be at the museum to offer samples of their best brews.
Museum Underground committee chair Andrea Martens offered some of her thoughts on The Crawl and let us know some more of what to expect in the 2017 edition, coming up this Saturday, July 22nd.
What are some of the changes happening with The Crawl this year?
This year we’re having the Crawl portion be a ‘DIY’ tour of the participating locations downtown. This way we can have more people join The Crawl tour and after party at Museum London.
Another advantage to the new format is that people can stay as long as they like at each tour location. Then they can walk back to Museum London at 8pm and sample local brews, submit their event passport to enter a prize draw, join a brief gallery tour and enjoy the DJ!
Say I’m someone who hasn’t really engaged with visual art before. Why should I check out The Crawl?
The Crawl is the perfect way to engage with London in a way that you haven’t before, whether you’re a visual art aficionado or stranger to it. It’s about the experience of discovering new things in a familiar place—being a tourist in your own city.
What are some of your favourite memories from previous Crawls?
People enjoying a new gallery space that they’ve never been to before. Every year we’ve had the comment, “Thanks for hosting something like this in our city!”. I also love seeing people come back year after year. Rain or shine, it’s always been a really fun time.
Get your tickets for The Crawl, happening this Saturday, July 22nd. To keep up to date with Museum London, you can sign up for their newsletter on their website. You can follow Museum Underground on Facebook.
Featured Image from the 2016 edition of The Crawl. Photo by Sammy Roach