eNews: January 2011

Happy New Year from The Fitzwilliam Museum, and welcome to our first eNews of 2011: keeping you in touch with the very latest information about exhibitions, events, displays and more. Admission to the Museum is FREE, and a wide-ranging programme of activities is on offer.

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 To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS

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Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

Until 9 January 2011
"Gloriously illustrated manuscripts" - Sunday Times Critical List

This week is your last chance to see this acclaimed exhibition, which has received nearly 27,000 visitors.

Exploring the artistic legacy of one of the world’s greatest epics - the 1000 year-old Persian 'Book of Kings', or Shahnameh - the exhibition presents a captivating literary and artistic tradition that for many in the West has remained hidden.

Related event: Writing Lives with author Nick Jubber

Wed 5 January 2011 | 18:30-20:30
Join author Nick Jubber for this talk about his recently published travel adventures through Iran and Afghanistan, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard.

Tickets include a glass of wine and a chance to view the exhibition after hours.

£8 (£6 concessions), booking essential, email: dawn.coleman@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or telephone 01223 703520.

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OTHER EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS NEW YEAR

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Afterlife

Until 8 May 2011
Recent prints by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Paul Coldwell, Mat Collishaw, Jane Dixon, Paul Morrison, Hughie O’Donoghue and Marc Quinn.

Current special displays:

English Silver Drinking Vessels from the Gray Collection
Until 1 April 2011

Rare examples of English silver drinking vessels, on loan from the Bill Gray collection.

Inflation, War and Global Financial Crisis
Until 3 April 2011

Banknotes and other forms of money from the 19th century to the present day exploring the effects of hyper-inflation, war and breakdowns in the financial system.

 

FREE LUNCHTIME TALKS

Free, no booking required but space may be limited. Admission is by token, available from the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk.

Interactive digital surface maps: Using new technology to record Islamic pottery

Wed 19 January | 13.15-14.00

New Year, new hang: The refurbishment of Gallery 1

Wed 26 January | 13.15-14.00

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EVENTS FOR ADULTS

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Trail: Beauty Walk

Available from Tues 11 January
Pick up a map which leads you on a free 'beauty walk' around the Fitzwilliam and nominate the painting or object you find the most beautiful - with the chance to win a £25 gift voucher from our Courtyard Shop.

Art Speak

Tues 25 January | 13.15
Just turn up and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

FREE, no booking required

 

EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES

To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

 

Family First Saturdays

Sat 8 January | 14.00 - 16.00
Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum - this month exploring Greece & Rome.
FREE, no booking required

It’s Magic!

Tues 25 January | 10.00 - 11.30
Ages 2 – 5: looking at art and making art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in our studio to take home.
£3 per child, booking essential

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MUSIC AT THE FITZWILLIAM

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Sunday Promenade Concerts

Enjoy free music recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Gallery 3.

The Harris Quartet
Sun 23 January | 13.15
Music by Haydn, Mozart & Britten

French song from the Belle Epoque
Sun 30 January | 13.15
Music by Fauré, Debussy & Chabrier

Free, no booking required. Retiring collection.


For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

 

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