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Join the Fitz on
Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand
To 12 May 2013
Your last chance to see this exhibition by Quentin Blake - one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Enjoy book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Plus, a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio.
In a recent social media competition, Charis Millett made this charming comment about the artwork pictured right:
This etching reminds me weirdly enough of me and my sister hanging out and having a gossip in the buzzy way that insects do... This is why I love Quentin Blake's drawings so much, he can bring so much life and imagination to you with a few simple lines. And yes unfortunately I'm the shorter, rounder insect.
Image["Etching #2 Women with Birds by Quentin Blake"]
Talks take place at 13.15, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website
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Tue 14 May
Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art
Can Guido Reni still speak to us? Two Reni paintings through 17th and 21st century eyes
Wed 15 May
Libby Howie, Independent Art Dealer and Adviser
Walruses in uniform: researching the history of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Wed 22 May
Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities
Museums at Night
Fri 17 May: 18.00 – 21.00
Join us for a special evening and explore the collections after hours. Listen out for live music across the site with modern music on the outside lawn; folk, pop and world in the galleries and jazz next to the Courtyard Café - open late. Dip into short talks from Fitzwilliam staff about the art they love, draw copies of artworks in the galleries then make a frame for your picture in our Education studio. There will also be an opportunity to dress up and pose as a painting! Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum website for details about the musical line up. For information about late night openings at other University Museums visit the University Cambridge Museums website.
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Wed 29 May: 11.00 – 16.30
Join us in celebrations to mark the re-opening of the Armoury. See a live knight on horseback and armour making demonstrations. Touch replica armour, discover how it was worn and become a knight by creating your own arms and armour to wear as you explore our new displays. Horse parades will take place at 12.00 and 16.00. Full timetable available on the Fitzwilliam Museum website nearer the time.
Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.
Neglected treasures of Georgian harpsichord music from the Fitzwilliam's collection
Fri 10 May: 13.15
Dr Gerald Gifford, Honorary Keeper of Music, presents a programme of lesser known Georgian keyboard music from the Museum’s collection. Listen to a variety of pieces inspired by, and also independent of, Handel.
Image["Gerald Gifford playing the harpischord"]
Magic of the Woods, Shimmers of the Sea Konstellation
Sun 12 May: 13.15
Alexandra Reid (violin), Carris Jones (mezzo-soprano) and Libby Burgess (piano) perform pieces by Elgar.
Sun 19 May: 13.15
Lucy Brown (clarinet), Joey Edwards (cello) and Simon Brown (piano) perform pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
THE FITZ RECOMMENDS
Festival of Plants
Sat 18 May: 10.00 – 16.00
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
A combination of horticulture and science in a day dedicated to bringing plants into focus. So whether it’s getting advice on which plant goes where or how to home compost, discovering the inner workings of flowers, picking up some unusual plants for the garden, or simply having a fun day out with the family, they’ll be something for everyone at the Festival of Plants. Find out more.
General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE
For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
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Banner: Quentin Blake, Cover 'On Angel Wings' (detail) by Michael Morpurgo, 2006. Image © Quentin Blake.
1. Quentin Blake, Etching #1 'Insects', 2012. Image © Quentin Blake.
2. Quentin Blake, Lisa and Dennis Walking, The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, 2008. Image © Quentin Blake.
3. Guido Reni, Christ appearing to the Virgin, c.1608. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
4. Portico at dusk. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
5. Knight on horseback © Dominic Sewell
6. Gerald Gifford in concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
7. Promenade concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
8. Botanical picture. Image © Cambridge University Botanic Garden.