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Lunchtime Talks

Pottery

My ceramic practice, and Moon Jars for the 21st century

With Nao Matsunaga, ceramic artist.

25/04/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Flux exhibition

Flux: Parian unpacked

With Matt Smith, artist and Curator of Flux, Professor of Ceramics and Glass, Konstfack University, Stockholm.

02/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Egyptian face

Remembering the dead: The art of stelae in Egypt’s First Intermediate Period

With Dr Melanie Pitkin, Research Associate Egyptian Coffins.

09/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Exhibition installation shot

In conversation: Ceramic connections from Ladi Kwali to Magdalene Odundo

With Magdalene Odundo, artist and Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts and Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham.

16/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

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

22/05/2018

13:15 to 13:45

Free

Book cover

Owen Jones, the Alhambra, and The Grammar of Ornament

With Dr Deniz Turker, Research and Outreach Associate, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge.

13/06/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

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

19/06/2018

13:15 to 13:45

Free

Botanical art

The botanical art of Clarence Bicknell

A screening of Marcus Bicknell’s short film about his great great uncle, followed by a joint talk with Graham Avery.

20/06/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Bronze sculpture of a man

A Michelangelo discovery: Project update and conclusions

With Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, Editor and a contributing author of Michelangelo Sculptor in Bronze: The Rothschild Bronzes.

27/06/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Bronze sculpture of a man

A Michelangelo discovery: Project update and conclusions

With Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, Editor and a contributing author of Michelangelo Sculptor in Bronze: The Rothschild Bronzes.

27/06/2018

15:00 to 15:45

Free

Girl sleeping

Sleeping by John Everett Millais: "The most beautiful picture the artist ever painted"

With Jane Munro, Acting Assistant Director, Collections.

04/07/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Contemporary sculpture

From memory: Nigel Hall, sculpture and drawing

With Nigel Hall RA in conversation with Barry Phipps, Curator of Works of Art at Churchill College.

11/07/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Cypro-Syllabic script

Robert Hamilton Lang and the decipherment of Cypro-Syllabic

With Dr Thomas Kiely, A. G. Leventis Curator of Ancient Cyprus, British Museum.

18/07/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

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

24/07/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Lunchtime Concerts

University of Cambridge instrumental award holders

The very best undergraduate chamber musicians perform Mozart’s Flute Quartet and Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No.1.

29/04/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Music for piano

Drew Steanson performs Mozart’s Sonata in F, Medtner’s 4 fairy tales op.34 and Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnole.

06/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Jane Austen

Jane Austen and the piano

Music from the author’s collection performed in costume, with Judith Gore (piano).

13/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Mozart

Music for string quartet

Wagstyl and Sam Alberman (violins), Tom Taylor (viola) and Jon Fistein (cello) perform works by Mozart (Dissonance Quartet), Turina and a new short piece by Miska Abbado-Mullova.

20/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Chamber works by female composers

Scordatura, the Women’s Music Collective, perform Louise Farrenc's Clarinet Trio, Phyllis Tate's Sonata for Clarinet and Cello, and Libby Larsen's Yellow Jersey.

27/05/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Music for cello and piano

With Joshua Lynch (cello) and Sally Halsey (piano).

03/06/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Louis Spohr

Two nonets

Steve Bingham (violin, leader) and friends perform Spohr and Martinu nonets.

10/06/2018

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Family Theatre Performance

ADC on Tour presents: His Dark Materials

Recommended for children aged 8+

When the children of Oxford go missing, it is down to Lyra and her daemon to save them. But all that Lyra knows is turned upside down when she crosses into another world and meets Will...

27/07/2018 to 04/08/2018

10:30 to 16:30

Prices vary by day, visit the ADC website

Adult Workshops

ceramic pots

MUSE

Explore the technique of clay coil work and make a smaller sized form to take home, taking inspiration from our Things of Beauty Growing exhibition. Please note that pieces will be left to air dry, and not fired as part of this workshop.

27/04/2018

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Ceramics

What is studio pottery?

Learn about the development of studio pottery and how potters have drawn inspiration from natural, historical and international sources, amongst others...

17/05/2018

14:00 to 16:00

£20 (£15 concessions/Friends)

Sketchbook

MUSE: Sketchbook making

Make your own sketchbook for your summer travels from a variety of papers suitable for different art techniques. Experiment with fold out pages and binding styles with artist Caroline Wendling.

18/05/2018

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Ceramics

What is studio pottery?

Learn about the development of studio pottery and how potters have drawn inspiration from natural, historical and international sources, amongst others...

24/05/2018

14:00 to 16:00

£20 (£15 concessions/Friends)

Ceramic fish

Mella Shaw, artist talk and smoke-firing demonstration

Artist Mella Shaw will give a talk about her practice and her recent work HARVEST, a large scale ceramic installation recently showcased by the Craft Council as part of Collect Open at the Saatchi Gallery, London. The talk will be followed by a smoke-firing demonstration on the front lawn of the Museum.

15/06/2018

14:00 to 16:00

£10

Ceramic pot

MUSE: Painting on pots

Create your own design to apply to a pre-fired pot, taking ideas from pots in our East Asian ceramics collection and our studio pottery
exhibitions.

29/06/2018

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Sign post

MUSE: Earth and fire

Join us for a visit to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where we will be viewing, and drawing, ceramics in their collection.

20/07/2018

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Talks and Events

Sculpture

The museum is not neutral

FULLY BOOKED

This study day will explore how cultural organisations are shifting their focus, questioning our histories, and making themselves relevant to a wider public.

30/04/2018

11:00 to 16:30

£35 (£20 concessions/Friends), includes tea or coffee on arrival and lunch

Flux exhibition

Creative workshop for Blind and partially sighted adults

Whose life would you choose to celebrate? Join us to explore the sculptural figures in our Flux: Parian unpacked exhibition. Experiment with the tactile qualities of clay and create a sculptural portrait, abstract or figurative, of someone significant for you.

30/06/2018

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Evening Performances / Events

Museum exterior

Late at the Fitzwilliam: Objects in the round

Come and enjoy the Museum after hours in an evening devoted to three-dimensional objects, with music in the Courtyard and Shop and Café open late...

16/05/2018

17:00 to 21:00

Free

Conferences and Seminars

Madonna sculputre

On Show: Contemporary ceramics in the Goodison gift in the context of a historic museum collection

On Show is a rare opportunity to hear different perspectives on how the art of display can animate objects and deepen insight into historic collections. The study day will draw on two current displays, exclusive to the Fitzwilliam Museum: the Goodison gift of contemporary ceramics and the exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery.

10/05/2018

11:00 to 16:30

£26 Includes tea or coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea

Artist at work

Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

This study day, organised in partnership with Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and the Paul Mellon Centre, London, concludes the display of the exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery at The Fitzwilliam Museum...

18/06/2018

10:00 to 16:30

£30 (£25 concessions/Friends). Includes tea or coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea.

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 06/04/2019

14:30 to 15:30

Telescope

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Astronomy and Empire

Explore the Whipple’s Astronomy and Empire exhibition through audio description and object handling.

26/06/2018

13:00 to 14:30

Free

Sign post

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Exploration of the Pacific

A chance to discover the new Pacific displays at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology through audio description and object handling.

25/07/2018

14:00 to 15:30

Free

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 heroes and villains.

05/05/2018

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Baby magic

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sound, and movement. Enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.

08/05/2018

10:00 to 11:00

£3 per child

It's magic

2 - 5 yrs

Exploring art together can be magical. Enjoy an introduction to objects in our collection through stories and then make art of your own to take home.

16/05/2018

10:00 to 11:30

£3 per child

Sculptural busts

Hero busts

5 - 7 yrs

Discover history’s heroes and villains in our Flux: Parian unpacked exhibition, then create your own bust to take home. Who would you like to remember and why?

19/05/2018

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 crazy clay, with a special performance of Claytime by Indefinite Articles (14.30 - 15.30).

02/06/2018

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Exhibition installation shot

Clay creations

8 - 12 yrs

Come and explore our exciting show of British studio pottery, before trying slip printing onto clay with artist Mella Shaw.

16/06/2018

10:30 to 12:30

£8 per child

Exhibition installation shot

Clay creations

8 - 12 yrs

Come and explore our exciting show of British studio pottery, before trying slip printing onto clay with artist Mella Shaw.

16/06/2018

13:30 to 15:30

£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 fantasic flowers.

07/07/2018

14:00 to 16:00

Free

It's magic

2 - 5 yrs

Exploring art together can be magical. Enjoy an introduction to objects in our collection through stories and then make art of your own to take home.

10/07/2018

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, sound, and movement. Enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.

11/07/2018

10:00 to 11:00

£3 per child

Craft activity

Big Weekend

The Fitzwilliam will be joining other University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) at the Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece. Enjoy some creative hands-on activities inspired by all of our collections and pick up the UCM’s action-packed Summer at Museums programme for families.

14/07/2018

12:00 to 17:00

Free

Fitzwilliam Museum

Architecture unseen

8 - 12

Join artist Kaitlin Fergerson to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Study the shapes, shadows and forms of the building to create 3D works.

21/07/2018

10:30 to 12:30

£8 per child

Children crafting

Family Art Week

As part of the University of Cambridge Museums Summer at the Museums programme, join us for a week of free art making and activities focused on the theme of stories, including special performances of His Dark Materials by ADC on Tour.

31/07/2018 to 03/08/2018

11:00 to 15:00

Free

Child with clipboard

Discover in a day

Pick up your Discover Arts Award challenge at the Fitzwilliam. Hunt around the Museum and gather inspiration, try out activities as part of our Family Art Week. Hand in your completed booklet to achieve the Discover Arts Award in a day!

03/08/2018

10:00 to 16:00

Free

Family First Saturday

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

04/08/2018

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Brooch

BLING!

5- 7 yrs

Explore our temporary exhibition of designers and jewellery to inspire larger than life bling creations with artist Iona McCuaig.

18/08/2018

10:30 to 12:30

£8 per child

for Young People

Exhibition installation shot

ReSource: How to make exhibition?

13 - 18 yrs

Join the Museum’s Exhibition Manager, Dr David Evans, for a tour of the large scale ceramics exhibition Things of Beauty Growing, and learn about exhibition installation and what goes on behind the scenes. Afterwards, create your own artwork in clay with guest artist Sally Todd and experiment with curating your own exhibition.

12/05/2018

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Ceramics

MAKE! Experiments in clay

11 - 13 yrs

Join artist Sally Todd to experiment with dynamic shapes and form in clay, inspired by the Things of Beauty Growing exhibition.

12/05/2018

14:00 to 16:00

£5

ceramic pots

ReSource: From pot to print

13 - 18 yrs

Create linocut designs with guest artist Lucy Mazur, inspired by ceramic forms and glaze designs from Things of Beauty Growing.

09/06/2018

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Ceramic pot

MAKE! Cut and print

11 - 13 yrs

Explore surface designs on ceramics, and create your own lino cut print with guest artist Lucy Mazur.

09/06/2018

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Founder's Entrance

ReSource: Art cuts

13 - 18 yrs

Geometric shapes are the starting point for many artists and designers. Design your own geometric patterns from looking at works of art in the collection and the Museum building, then learn how to turn them into stencils that you can use with artist Hideki Arichi.

14/07/2018

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Craft space

MAKE! Cut out and stencil

11 - 13 yrs

Experiment with a selection of pre-cut stencils and learn how make one to create repeat designs with artist Hideki Arichi.

14/07/2018

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Child crafting

Bronze Arts Award in a week!

11 - 14 yrs

From architecture to art work, and sculpture to skeletons, work with artists to explore and create incredible structures. Create your own art work and designs, and collaborate with others to share skills to achieve a Bronze Arts Award in partnership with the newly re-opened Museum of Zoology.

07/08/2018 to 10/08/2018

10:15 to 15:00

£90 (4 day course)

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