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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00

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Lunchtime Talks

Images of women in the ancient world

With Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou, Cyprus Curator & Assistant Keeper.

01/03/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Painting and narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

With Dr Nina Lübbren, Deputy Head of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University.

08/03/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Introduction to Madonnas and Miracles

Dr Mary Laven and Dr Maya Corry, Co-Curators of the exhibition.

15/03/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

21/03/2017

13:15 to 13:45

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

18/04/2017

13:15 to 13:45

A pious home? Italian Renaissance devotional jewellery and amulets

With Dr Irene Galandra Cooper.

26/04/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Adult Workshops

MUSE

Explore how we can interpret modernist paintings in our collection as music. Bring along your own CDs of music that have inspired you, share a track from classical to jazz, modernist to blues, and paint in acrylic to imagine these sounds as visual images.

24/02/2017

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Conservation confidential: Down the microscope and in the studio

Ages 15+

Join us for a talk about how conservators investigate the life-stories and secrets of artworks, followed by a choice of behind the scenes visits. From Egyptian mummies to Michelangelo drawings, see how we image, analyse and probe. Have a new, very personal encounter with our collections!

18/03/2017

14:00 to 16:00

Free

MUSE

Looking at portraits in Houghton’s Emperors and in the Museum’s 20th century gallery, we’ll explore the different role the portrait bust has played in politics and art. Followed by drawing and sculpting a portrait bust in our studio.

31/03/2017

10:15 to 12:00

£10

MUSE

Contemplate our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, then return to the studio to make your own beautiful icons using gouache paint and gold foil embossing.

28/04/2017

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Lectures

Marina Warner: The Flight of the Holy House: Nazareth – Loreto – Walsingham

The annual lecture of the Cambridge Italian Research Network with British historian and novelist, Marina Warner.

13/03/2017

17:30 to 20:00

£15 (£12 concessions/Friends)

A celebration of contemporary British crafts and the Goodison gift study day

Introduced by Sir Nicholas Goodison, who with his wife Judith, has given over a hundred works by contemporary artists to the Museum and Amanda Game, author of Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to The Fitzwilliam Museum, this study day will give participants an opportunity to hear talks by leading contemporary UK-based designers and makers who work with a wide range of materials.

20/03/2017

11:00 to 16:30

£35 (£20 concessions/Friends)

Talks and Events

Lesbos and Syria: A Collaboration between the poet Ruth Padel and Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj

To mark the sixth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, poet, classicist and Hellenophile Ruth Padel, joins artist Issam Kourbaj, to present an intervention that explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece. At this event, Kourbaj will launch Dark Water, Burning World - a new artwork inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels on display in Gallery 21; and Padel will read a new poem Wave - influenced by her meetings on the island of Lesbos, both with the inhabitants and with some of the thousands of Syrians who have fled there.

15/03/2017

15:30 to 16:30

Free

Cambridge Literary Festival

Join authors Louise Foxcroft and Gillian Beer as they introduce their respective books Gayer-Anderson: The Life and Afterlife of the Irish Pasha, and Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll.

23/04/2017

12:00 to 14:00

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Up close and personal: Degas and Rodin bronze sculptures

A unique opportunity to handle some beautiful bronze sculptures of horses, dancers, and other figures by famous French Impressionist artists Degas and Rodin. Learn how and why they were made, with Dr Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts.

26/04/2017

14:30 to 16:15

Free

Music

Classical songs

Jessica Lawrence-Hares (soprano) and Lim Cheng Wei (piano) perform songs by Wagner (Wesendonck lieder), Ravel, Debussy and Cambridge composer, David Earl. 

26/02/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Music for guitar and cello

Ian Kelleher (guitar) and Charles Ellis (Guitar and cello) perform pieces by Piazzolla, Legnani, De Falla, Ravel, Burgmuller and Villa-Lobos.

05/03/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Symphonia Academica

Listen to Brahms' powerful piano quartet in g minor performed by Symphonia Academica with Julian Trevelyan (piano), Peter Bussereau (violinist), Ania Ullman (viola) and Julia Graham (cello).

12/03/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Hymns from the Hearth: Domestic polyphony from the Italian Renaissance

Designed to complement our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, this programme explores a different tradition of musicmaking from the grand polyphony of the chapel and cathedral. The Italian lauda (sacred song) provided a rich resource of music and poetry for domestic musical devotion at all levels - from simple, unaccompanied renditions to elaborate polyphony; yet it also influenced the most sophisticated composers of the age. Hear The Clerks vocal ensemble, specialists in the consort music of the Renaissance, perform traditional song, including laude from the collections of Ottaviano Petrucci and Serafino Razzi, and motets by Josquin Des Prez and Palestrina.

21/04/2017

18:45 to 20:15

£25 (£20 concessions/Friends)

Evening Performances / Events

Late at the Fitzwilliam

Immerse your senses and be transported to the holy home in Renaissance Italy. For one night only experience the Madonnas and Miracles exhibition with added sights, smells, sounds and handling objects to touch. Enjoy perfume workshops, or listen to a renowned writer of historical fiction explaining how to conjure up the past convincingly.

 

17/05/2017

17:00 to 21:00

Free, some ticketed elements

Tour

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturdays, or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group.

05/04/2014 to 05/04/2018

14:30 to 15:30

Family Activities

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of powerful figures.

04/03/2017

14:00 to 16:00

Free

How did they do that?

3 - 5 yrs

Discover the science behind some of our best-loved artworks. These sessions will be run in collaboration with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and will include hands-on exploratory activities.

15/03/2017

10:30 to 14:30

Free

Prized prints

8 - 12 yrs

Explore special objects in our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition and create prints of your own treasured possessions with artist Caroline Wendling.

18/03/2017

10:30 to 12:30

£8 per child

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of miraculous stories.

01/04/2017

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Easter egg-stravaganza

Ages 5+

Join us for egg decorating with artist Lara Jones. There will also be storytelling inspired by our special exhibition Madonnas and Miracles.

12/04/2017

11:00 to 13:00

£8 per child

Light animation

5 - 7 yrs

Bring light and shadow to life in this animation workshop, led by artist Susie Olczak.

22/04/2017

10:30 to 12:30

£8 per child

It’s magic

2 - 5 yrs

Listen to stories exploring work in the galleries and make art of your own in the studio to take home.

25/04/2017

10:00 to 11:30

£3 per child

Baby magic

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sounds and movement.

26/04/2017

10:00 to 11:00

£3 per child

for Young People

Source

A specially designed programme of practical art workshops and gallery research for students preparing for their art exams, particularly GCSE, A Level and BTEC. Each day we offer free one-to-one advice, gallery tours and studio space with guest artists and arts specialists.

25/02/2017

10:15 to 16:00

Free

MAKE! Fantastic faces

11 - 13 yrs

Enjoy drawing faces or want to find out how to? Learn from artist Lucy Mazur as we explore tiny faces on small coins to large marble portrait sculptures in the Houghton’s Emperors exhibition.

11/03/2017

14:00 to 16:00

£5

ReSource: Powerful portraits

13 - 18 yrs

Join us to explore identity and portraits with artist Lucy Mazur. Use exciting drawing techniques with pens, biros and graphite to make lines and textures in large energetic images, inspired by the display of sculpture in Houghton’s Emperors.

11/03/2017

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Bronze Arts Award in a week!

11 - 14 yrs

We express our identities through how we decorate the places we live in and the objects we surround ourselves with. Inspired by Madonnas & Miracles, create your own objects and designs for the home, find out about artists and makers, and share skills to achieve an Arts Award.

04/04/2017 to 07/04/2017

10:15 to 15:00

£85 (4 day course)

MAKE! Art on your bag

11 - 13 yrs

Design your own tote bag! Transform your drawings into coloured pattern and design, and transfer these in paint on to your own bag with artist Hideki Arichi.

29/04/2017

14:00 to 16:00

£5

ReSource: Pattern sensation

13 - 18 yrs

Pattern is everywhere from ceramics to armour. Learn how to transform your drawings into coloured pattern and design, then transfer these in paint on to your own tote bag or canvas with artist Hideki Arichi.

29/04/2017

11:00 to 13:00

35

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