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

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  • Artwork by Lily, Stephen Perse Foundation  2015
    Lily, Stephen Perse Foundation 2015
  • Artwork by Stirling, Corby Academy 2016
    Stirling, Corby Academy 2016
  • Artwork by Xuanru, Cambridge International School 2015
    Xuanru, Cambridge International School 2015
  • Artwork by Liz, Parkside Sixth Form 2016
    Liz, Parkside Sixth Form 2016
  • Mike, Corby Academy 2016
    Mike, Corby Academy 2016
  • Corby Academy 2015
    Corby Academy 2015

We offer a range of activities for young adults to help you enjoy the collection out of school hours.

SOURCE

SOURCE is a popular part of our Secondary Schools and Colleges programme designed specifically for  GCSE, A’ Level and BTEC courses.

A FREE Drop-in programme of informal studio and gallery art practice

Saturdays 11, 18, 25 February & Half-Term 14 Tues - 17 Fri February

At The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

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What students say, SOURCE 2016

 ‘I was interested to come in order to experiment more with drawing/recording in the galleries. Such helpful advice on how to approach this – I really enjoyed some relaxed sketching! Very useful research.’

‘Really useful – great for getting sheets done for GCSE coursework. Really lovely people and good materials.’

 

What teachers say, SOURCE 2016

'The Source events at the Fitzwilliam are a great annual opportunity for art students to enrich their projects through engaging with this world class collection in a focussed way. There can be no better way to connect with art and design than through young people seeking ideas and inspiration from the wealth of treasures at the Fitz. These creative and imaginative opportunities also have great potential to stay with students well into the future!' -  Head of Art and Design, Hills Road VI College, Cambridge

 

For the last nine years The Fitzwilliam Museum has offered SOURCE over and beyond the Spring half-term, supporting GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams.

Based in the informal atmosphere of the Fitzwilliam studio, the Museum Education team and freelance artists offer one-to-one advice to students. We can help students to research their exam theme by giving access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists. To do this we offer starting points, gallery tours and advice on how to make the most of our on-line resources. Download Exam Themes 2017

In addition, the artists and art materials in the studio are available, and not least the space - both mental and physical - to work which is not always so easy to find at home. Artistic support is available in the media of drawing, painting and printmaking each day, and also encouragement to draw from observation in the galleries.

SOURCE has been shown to help students meet the Assessment Objectives set out in each exam paper, and to improve their grade. Why not try it?

 

Focus Saturdays will include

  • Printing
  • Drawing and painting

FREE. Drop-in: no booking required. Refreshments available. 

For further information, please contact Sarah Blake on 01223 332904 or .

ReSource for 13-18 year olds

Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month. These sessions are specifically designed for young people.

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Work Experience

Work Experience Taster Days

There are 30 Work Experience Taster Day places available each session, held twice a year. If you are between the ages of 13 - 18 and interested in a place, please email your name and the school you attend to the University of Cambridge Museums Opening Doors Project Coordinator at

Work Experience Taster Days are held three times a year, please visit Get Involved on the UCM website for future dates.

Work Experience Placements

The University of Cambridge Museums offer work experience placements in June and July for school-aged participants, providing them the opportunity to spend a week learning new skills and developing their self-confidence, timekeeping and communication.

During their placement work experience students spend half their time at the Fitzwilliam Museum and half their time at one of the other University museums. They undertake a short project ‘Curating a Personal Story’ where they are required to select two objects from each of their host museums and two from home, bringing them together in a mini exhibition which tells a story about themselves. At the end of the week the students present their mini exhibition to a small group of museum staff.

 

 

Art and Design Exam Themes

 

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum, a great place to introduce your students to their mock and actual Exam research for GCSE, A Level and BTEC Art and Design.

Each year we prepare a selected itinerary that matches key objects from our collection to your exam themes. We suggest that you read the attached PDF which is divided into the various Exam Boards, this may well help you prepare your students for your Self Led Session in the Fitzwilliam Galleries.

Your students are encouraged to draw from the real objects, record information and their own thoughts and ideas, it is a good idea to start them off with one or two objects, explaining details on the object labels each have museum accession numbers, a unique catalogue code they can then use to search for further information on line back at school or college.

Photographing objects can be helpful but nothing beats drawing from the objects.

(Please check that camera flash is off and that special exhibitions may not permit the use of photography due to copyright)

The attached document outlines themes from 2017 and is intended as a starting point.

This is for Teachers as you may well not have released exam papers to your students.

Students may also enjoy researching at the other University of Cambridge Museums which are just a 10 minute walk.

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people aged between 5 – 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.

The University of Cambridge Museums can play a part in your Arts Award programme. We can devise, support and deliver your award across the eight University Museums and collections. Whether you are a school, community group, or individual, we can partner you with an award advisor. The University of Cambridge Museums offer all levels of Arts Award, for which more information can be found on our blog.

For more information on Arts Award, please see the official website.

Please contact Lucy Shipp, Learning Associate (Widening Participation and Arts Award) 01223 761742 or email las83@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk for details.

Upcoming Young People Events

Working towards audience diversity through creating progression opportunities at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

Since summer 2016, Kate Carreno, Assistant Director Central Services, and Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning, at the Fitzwilliam Museum have been participating in the Arts Marketing Association’s Audience Diversity Academy … Continue reading


Teachers Explore ‘Line and Shape’

Wed, 25 Jan 2017

In the spring and summer of 2016, Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccarelli from AccessArt and Kate Noble from the Fitzwilliam Museum collaborated to create and deliver a series of InSET sessions (in-service-training) for primary school teachers. AccessArt facilitates high … Continue reading


Romsey Mill Young Mum’s Arts Award

Thu, 22 Dec 2016

The Fitzwilliam Museum has been working with the Young Mums group at Romsey Mill since 2012 supporting participants to achieve an Arts Award (a nationally recognised qualification). The programme follows … Continue reading


Exploring Colour at the Botanic Garden

Thu, 15 Dec 2016

The current COLOUR exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum has shown the close links between art and science – both in the production and analysis of these amazing manuscripts. Our challenge … Continue reading


Stories, Statues and Stillness

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Exploring movement and mindfulness with preschoolers at the Museum of Classical Archaeology This year, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas was based around the theme of ‘movement’.  This was very exciting … Continue reading