Tickets now on sale for the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Christmas Party

Magic at Christmas - a festivity of wine and canapes, music and magic

Tuesday 16th December 6.30 - 8.30pm
Fitzwilliam Museum - Gallery III
Tickets £22.50

Please click here to buy tickets or telephone Cambridge Corn Exchange on 01223 357851

Please refer to the booking guidelines sheet that accompanied the most recent newsletter if you need a reminder of the Promotional Code which you will need if booking tickets online

Programme of Events: Autumn - Winter 2014

Tickets for all Friends events are now only available through the Cambridge Corn Exchange, online, by phone or in person.


To book by phone call 01223 357851.

In person visit City Centre Box Office, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Box Office Opening Hours
Phone Line Monday – Saturday 10.00-18.00
Counter Sales Monday – Friday 12.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-18.00

Full details of all Friends events can be found in the latest newsletter.

Gwen Raverat at Darwin

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Tuesday 21 October - 14.00-16.00
Tuesday 4 November - 14.00-16.00

Gwen Raverat’s account of her upbringing at Newnham Grange, is told in her book Period Piece. It brings vividly alive the events of that small corner of Silver Street at the end of the nineteenth century. Born a Darwin, her family were central in the rich intellectual and artistic life of the time. Gwen herself was an artist and the Fitzwilliam Museum has a large collection of her woodcuts.
The tour will start at the Museum where there will be a small sample of her work from the archive on display, including one of her notebooks. Nancy Gregory, Blue Badge guide, will then take us on the short walk over to Darwin College and talk about some of the scenes described in Period Piece. The College Archivist will show us the traces of Newnham Grange and the views that Gwen grew up with, and which she drew on in her work.

Places: 18 - Friends only

Annual Lecture in memory of Sue Purdy
Matisse - A Second Life
Alastair Sooke, critic and broadcaster

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Photo: Richard Cook

Tuesday 28th October 2014
18.00 Howard Theatre, Downing College

Towards the end of his life, the French artist Henri Matisse was certain about one thing: the Chapel of the Rosary that he designed for a community of Dominican nuns in the ancient hill town of Vence, a few miles west of Nice, was his masterpiece – ‘the culmination of a lifetime of work’. In the wake of Tate Modern’s blockbuster exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Alastair Sooke will explain why Matisse was so enamoured with the chapel – and situate it within the wider context of the final decade of the artist’s life, when, in an astonishing blaze of creativity he pioneered a radical new way of making art using nothing but coloured paper and scissors.

Alastair Sooke is art critic of the Daily Telegraph and has written and presented documentaries on television and radio for the BBC, including Modern Masters, The World’s Most Expensive Paintings, Treasures of Ancient Rome and, most recently, Treasures of Ancient Egypt, an acclaimed three-part series about Egyptian sculpture, painting and design. He is a regular reporter for The Culture Show on BBC Two, and has presented a number of full-length Culture Show programmes about artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Henri Matisse. He is the author of Henri Matisse: A Second Life, published by Penguin.

Places: 160 - Guests welcome
£7.50, with wine reception after the lecture

Behind the Scenes: The Chinese Gallery
Highlights of the Chinese Collection

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Wednesday 26 November
10.30 - 12.00

After coffee and biscuits in the Friends’ Room, James Lin, Senior Assistant Keeper of Applied Arts, who has a particular interest and expertise in Chinese jade and archaeology, will take us to the Chinese Gallery. There he will give a general introduction to the museum’s Chinese collection and highlight some of the important objects, including those that have particularly interesting stories attached. Some of the objects in the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum are unique and some of them were originally from the Forbidden City

Places: 16 - Friends only
£12 - Meet in the Friends’ Room

History of Art Graduate Talks

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An opportunity to hear graduate students in the History of Art Department talk about their research.

Wednesday 29 October - 12.00-13.00
Nicola Kozicharow
Representations of Women in Early Twentieth-Century British Art

Wednesday 26 November - 12.00-13.00
Zuzanna Sarnecka
The Depiction of the Virgin in Italian Renaissance Painting

Places: 16 - Friends only - Free, but booking essential
Please meet at the Courtyard Entrance at 11.50


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7 October, 4 November, 9 December - 14.15 for 14.30

Our informal drop-in meetings will resume in the Michaelmas Term. Do come and join us.

7 Oct: Sally Sandys-Renton will explain to us “the symbolism in flower painting”

4 Nov: Dr David Evans will show us some 20C prints

9 Dec: Elisabeth Everitt will talk about “musical instruments in the Fitzwilliam Museum”

Friends only - Free

Friends' Christmas Party - Save the Date!

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December 16th
18.30 - 20.30

Invitations will be posted in October

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