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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Spring 2020 Events



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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.


Friends Curatorial Morning

Seeing Sound: Music imagery and inspiration with the exhibition curators Jane Munro, Dr Rebecca Virag, and Fiona Robinson, contributing artist

Thursday 9 January • 10.30 – 12.30

A last chance to enjoy a curatorial led morning, taking a closer at this exhibition which brings together a remarkable range of works from the Museum’s collections to explore the ways in which artists and composers have engaged in a dialogue between sight and sound. Artistic and musical collaborations for the stage sit alongside works that employ music making as a visual metaphor for love. Others reference music’s ability to trigger an emotional response without a visual cue. The tension between abstract and figurative, graphic and sonic, is alluded to through the display of musical scores alongside drawings and prints. The exhibition includes works by Watteau, Rossetti, Renoir and Picasso and musical manuscripts by Handel, Brahms, Stravinsky and the Founder of the Museum, Lord Fitzwilliam.

Places: 25 • Friends only
Cost: £20 includes coffee, tea and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Meet in the Seminar Room (35) at 10.30

Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Morning music (detail)




Friends Study Morning

Inspire: A celebration of children’s art in response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche with the exhibition team

Thursday 13 February • 10.15 – 13.00

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of local primary school children have visited the Museum to look at the painting of Cupid and Psyche with their teachers or parents, and many thousands more have studied it back at school. This exhibition demonstrates the importance of giving young people opportunities to look deeply and thoughtfully at objects and images and to respond creatively through thinking, talking and making together. Modelled on the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ programme, the exhibition reminds us of the importance of cultural learning in schools.

In partnership with AccessArt.

Places 25 • Friends only
Cost: £20 includes coffee, tea and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Meet in the Seminar Room (35) at 10.15

Image: Artwork by Olivia Ligeza, Year 2 pupil, Arbury Primary School



Welcome Coffee, Cake and Tour for New Friends

Wednesday 11 March • 14.15 – 16.00

If you are new to the Friends, would like the opportunity to meet other Friends and wish to be better acquainted with The Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection of paintings, please do join us for refreshments and a guided tour through the paintings galleries, led by Sarah Burles. This tour will also feature the recently reopened Gallery 3 after nearly two years of refurbishment.

Places: 20 • Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Arrive via the Courtyard Entrance and meet in the Friends Room

Image: © Martin Bond




Regrettably, in light of the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19, we have taken the decision to postpone this lecture. We look forward to rescheduling and to seeing you all soon.

The Sue and Ian Purdy Lecture with Dr Spike Bucklow of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, The Fitzwilliam Museum

Sharpening Perceptions

Wednesday 18 March • 18.00 – 20.00

Lecture 18.00 – 19.00
Drinks 19.00 – 20.00

This lecture, based upon the exhibition in Gallery 14, features copies of paintings made by students at the Hamilton Kerr Institute. Towards the end of their training, students copy a painting that they are treating in the studios. The purpose of the exercise is to teach them how to examine a painting visually, discovering exactly how the painter achieved their effects. The copies are not taken to completion, so they provide a record of the painter’s process and form an accessible teaching resource for future students.

Dr Bucklow will explain why this activity is the culmination of the HKI students’ learning process, how the students engage with the painting and the works they are copying, and what can be learned beyond the exercise.

Places: 200 • Guests Welcome
Cost: £10 to include a glass of wine
Venue: Lecture Theatre and theatre foyer, Fitzwilliam College.
Parking at Huntingdon Road and Storey’s Way entries to the college.
Bus Service to Huntingdon Road from the City Centre.
Please note parking is limited and available on a strictly first come, first served basis.

Image: Copy by Anna Don of Giovanni di Paolo, St Bartholomew


Regrettably, in light of the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19, we have taken the decision to postpone this tour. We look forward to rescheduling and to seeing you all soon.

Tour of Peterhouse College and Gardens

Tuesday 21 April • 11.00 – 13.30

Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges, founded by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely in 1284 and granted its charter by King Edward I. Peterhouse College has made its own distinctive contribution to society for over 700 years, surviving the Reformation, Civil War and the upheavals of every century since. It remains the smallest college in terms of number of Fellows and students, but as the late Noel Annan put it in his 1999 survey of the universities and society, The Dons, this small College has always had “an intellectual influence … out of all proportion to [its] size”.

The College’s remarkable continuity is reflected in the historical benefactions that underpin its life and work today. Communal life is centred on the Hall, built with the legacy of the Founder on his death in 1286; the Chapel, the creation of Matthew Wren and John Cosin in the 1600s; and the Libraries, which have built on the benefactions of Andrew Perne in the sixteenth century and of Adolphus Ward in the early twentieth.

Welcome and introduction by Peterhouse fellow, Professor Richard Holton followed by a tour with Dr Saskia Murk Jansen, Development Director, of The Combination Room, The Old Hall, The Chapel and then the grounds and courts of the College. Of course, the grounds were once much larger, before the land was earmarked by the University of Cambridge for the construction of The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Places: 25 • Friends only
Cost: £15 includes morning coffee, tea and cake
Venue: Peterhouse College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RD
Meet at the Porter’s Lodge at 11.00