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Lunchtime Talks

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

23/04/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

Woman with a basket

Curator’s guide to the Beggarstaffs exhibition

A talk with Stephen Calloway, Exhibition Curator.

08/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Coins

Dressed up like a Julius Caesar: Late Stuart coin design

A talk with Dr Barrie Cook, Curator of Medieval and Early Modern Coins, British Museum.

15/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

21/05/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

Ode to a Nightingale manuscript

Some scraps of paper: Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale at The Fitzwilliam Museum

A talk with Dr Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books.

22/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Queen Victoria

Celebrating the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria and our recent acquisition of her bust by Alfred Gilbert

A talk with Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts and Dr Emma Jones, Sculpture Research Associate.

29/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Fans

Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection

A talk with Flavia Ravaioli, Assistant Conservator.

05/06/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Coins

Coin collecting and politics in the Tudor age

A talk with Dr. Andrew Burnett former Deputy Director of the British Museum.

12/06/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

18/06/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

Papers

Revealed in the Hayley Papers: Literary, artistic and domestic gossip from late 18th and early 19th century cultural life

A talk with Dr Lisa Gee, post-doctoral researcher.

19/06/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musuem in a box

Can you handle it? Using 3D prints to improve museum access

A talk with Dr Catriona Cooper, Dr Abi L. Glen and Dr Jennifer Wexler, AHRC Creative Engagement Economy Fellows.

26/06/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Egyptian coffin lid

Caring for ancient Egyptian coffins in Cairo: A new collaboration for the future

A talk with Melanie Pitkin, Research Associate and Helen Strudwick, Associate Curator.

03/07/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Italina art gallery

Artist Unknown: Stories from the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections

A talk with Eliza Spindel, Curatorial and Research Assistant, Kettle’s Yard.

10/07/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Paint palette

The early modern revolution of colour palettes on ceramics with over-glazed painting

A talk with Professor Chingfei Shih, Art History Department, Taiwan University.

17/07/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

23/07/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free | Drop-in

Camel

Jennifer Lee: A personal selection

A talk with artist Jennifer Lee.

24/07/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Lunchtime Concerts

Instrumental Award Holders

Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders

Pembroke College Old Library

Performances by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

28/04/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Scordatura Women’s Music Collective

Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Poppy Beddoe (clarinet), Henrietta Hill (viola), Rachel Watson (cello) and Fionnuala Ward (piano) perform Anna Amalia’s Divertimento, Dorothy Rudd Moore’s Moods and Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale.

05/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musicians

Musicke in the Ayre

Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Din Ghani (baroque guitar and lute) and Fernanda Sánchez Rojo (soprano) mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of José Marín with a performance of 17th century Spanish songs, some from a manuscript within the Fitzwilliam’s collection.

12/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Music for clarinet and piano

CANCELLED

Churchill College Music Centre

With Antony Friend (clarinet) and Florian Mitrea (piano).

19/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Patrick Hemmerlé

Music for piano

Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Patrick Hemmerlé (piano), performs Chopin’s The Complete Etudes.

26/05/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

A guitar at the opera

Old Divinity School, St John’s College

David Sciacca (solo guitar) performs pieces from Italian Opera with arrangements of works by Bellini, Rossini and Mascagni.

02/06/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

The Mitchison Ensemble

Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Sarah Bowden (clarinet), Sam Alberman (violin), Tom Taylor (viola) and Jon Fistein (cello) perform Penderecki’s Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio and Beethoven’s String Trio in G.

09/06/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Adult Workshops

Gold coin

MUSE

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop.

Find out more about the intriguing world of Tudor and Stuart England through coins and medals, and make your own graphite images of portraits and power in the Studio.

26/04/2019

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Lady with an umbrella

MUSE

Look at intimate print studies by Whistler and friends in our exhibition The Gentle Art. Create your own sketches inspired by the show, then join us in the Studio to turn your drawings into intaglio prints.

10/05/2019

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Mindfulness

Arts Educators

A chance to restore, refresh and relax. Join us for 40 minutes of stress release with a combination of body awareness and mindfulness. No previous experience needed.

15/06/2019

11:00 to 12:00

£5

Gold coin

MUSE

A chance to get close to small Tudor and Stuart coins in our Making a Nation exhibition, with a special talk by Richard Kelleher, Exhibition Curator and Assistant Keeper of Coins and Medals. Afterwards create your own topical currency, with a twist, back in the Studio.

21/06/2019

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Jewellery making

Sterling silver workshop with Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery

Put your creativity to the test and craft your very own sterling silver pendant during this hands-on workshop.

29/06/2019

14:00 to 16:30

£45

Girl with tattered glove

Extended MUSE workshop

Exquisite examples of still life paintings can be seen in our Beggarstaffs exhibition. Join guest artist Penny Price to experiment with the painting techniques used to create these seemingly timeless works of art.

26/07/2019

10:00 to 15:00

£40 per person (£35 concessions)

Talks and Events

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.

04/05/2019

11:30 to 12:10

Free

Fitzwilliam Museum

Late at the Fitzwilliam

Come and enjoy the Museum after-hours. Listen to a selection of talks, hear from students at Long Road Sixth Form College about their Graduate Art Foundation Show, or book for a special harpischord performance. The shop and cafe will be open late too.

15/05/2019

17:00 to 21:00

Free

Sophie Yates

Harpsichord concert with Sophie Yates

Join us to celebrate the launch of the new CD by international recitalist, Sophie Yates, with a unique performance of 17th-century Italian and Italian-influenced harpsichord music exclusively from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding sheet music collection.

15/05/2019

19:00 to 20:00

£20 (£15 concessions)

Still of flowers and plate

Early morning guided tours of Beggarstaffs

A private guided tour of the Beggarstaffs exhibition for individuals and groups, up to 20 people at each session, before the Museum opens.

21/05/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Camoufage moth

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Evolving patterns

Museum of Zoology

Explore connections between art and science through an audio descriptive tour of the evolution of patterns found in nature, based on artworks from the temporary exhibition Evolution as Inspiration.

21/05/2019

14:00 to 15:30

Free

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.

01/06/2019

11:30 to 12:10

Free

Still of flowers and plate

Early morning guided tours of Beggarstaffs

A private guided tour of the Beggarstaffs exhibition for individuals and groups, up to 20 people at each session, before the Museum opens.

04/06/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Cooking

Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults: Feast & Fast exhibition brainstorm

Go behind the scenes with Dr Victoria Avery, Curator of the upcoming food themed exhibition, Feast & Fast. Handle objects that will be included in the show and assist with co-curation by sharing your thoughts and ideas!

11/06/2019

14:00 to 15:30

Free

Still of flowers and plate

Early morning guided tours of Beggarstaffs

A private guided tour of the Beggarstaffs exhibition for individuals and groups, up to 20 people at each session, before the Museum opens.

18/06/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Gold coin

Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults: Coins and medals of the Tudors and Stuarts

Join Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper of Coins and Medals, for a behind the scenes handling session of some wonderful coins and medals from our collection, to complement the current exhibition.

18/06/2019

14:00 to 15:30

Free

Cycladic figurine

Creative workshop for blind and partially sighted adults: Shaping the human form

Inspired by the Cycladic figurines of ancient Greece and their influence on modernist sculptors including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, we will create our own sculptures using simple stylised elements to represent the human form.

22/06/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Still of flowers and plate

Early morning guided tours of Beggarstaffs

A private guided tour of the Beggarstaffs exhibition for individuals and groups, up to 20 people at each session, before the Museum opens.

02/07/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.

06/07/2019

11:30 to 12:10

Free

Still of flowers and plate

Early morning guided tours of Beggarstaffs

A private guided tour of the Beggarstaffs exhibition for individuals and groups, up to 20 people at each session, before the Museum opens.

16/07/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Bowl

Elspeth Owen: Potter and material woman

Elspeth Owen’s ceramics are found in museum collections all over the world and are all made in her studio in a former cricket pavilion in Grantchester. Elspeth will talk about the centrality of touch in the making and enjoying of pots and there will be an opportunity to handle some of her works.

27/07/2019

14:00

Free

Lectures

Clearchus’s Journey from Soloi to Ai Khanum: A Peripatetic Tale of Old Cyprus

Old Divinity School Lecture Theatre, St John’s College
Doors open: 17.30 Lecture: 18.00

An evening lecture on old Cyprus by Professor Paul A. Cartledge.

05/06/2019

17:30 to 18:00

Free

Tour

Tours

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturdays, or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group.

05/04/2014 to 04/04/2021

14:30 to 15:30

Family Activities

Child with clipboard

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'toot toot, beep!'

04/05/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Baby magic

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of the collection through sensory exploration of colour, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Look at the galleries together and get creative in the Studio.

14/05/2019

10:00 to 11:00

£4 per child

It’s magic

2 - 5 yrs

Exploring art together can be magical. Hear stories about objects in the collection, and make art of your own to take home.

15/05/2019

10:00 to 11:30

£4 per child

Clay figure

Crafty clay

5 - 7 yrs

See clay creations in our display of studio ceramics and get creative in the Studio with artist Sarah Nibbs.

18/05/2019

10:30 to 12:30

£8 per child

Doodle

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'dazzling doodles'.

01/06/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Cinderella musical poster

Children’s Art Week

10.30 – 12.00 • 5 – 7 yrs
13.00 – 14.30 • 8 – 12 yrs

Visit the Beggarstaffs exhibition and create your own playful poster with artist Lara Jones.

08/06/2019

10:30 to 14:30

Free

Conservation work

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'caring for our museum'.

06/07/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

It’s magic

2 - 5 yrs

Exploring art together can be magical. Hear stories about objects in the collection, and make art of your own to take home.

09/07/2019

10:00 to 11:30

£4 per child

Baby magic

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of the collection through sensory exploration of colour, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Look at the galleries together and get creative in the Studio.

10/07/2019

10:00 to 11:00

£4 per child

Circus performers

StrongWomen Science

Ages 5+

A new show starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks.

30/07/2019

11:00 to 15:00

£10 per child

Circus performers

Family Art Week

The circus is coming to town. Join us for circus themed activities and performances inspired by circus strongman and Victorian adventurer The Great Belzoni.

30/07/2019 to 02/08/2019

11:00 to 15:00

Free | Drop-in

Circus performers

StrongWomen Science

Ages 5+

A new show starring two women scientists turned circus performers. Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? StrongWomen Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks.

31/07/2019

11:00 to 15:00

£10 per child

Discover in a day

Ages 5+

Pick up your Discover Arts Award Challenge at the Fitzwilliam. Hunt around the Museum and gather inspiration

02/08/2019

11:00 to 15:00

Free | Drop-in

Circus trick

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'circus tricks'.

03/08/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Tackle the Riddle of the White Sphinx

Ages 7+

Crack codes and solve clues in this fun workshop based on the Hidden Tales, an exciting new adventure series where families go on a treasure hunt around the museums of Cambridge. Make art inspired by the Fitzwilliam with illustrator Jennifer Bell and listen to a book reading by author Mark Wells.

13/08/2019

10:30 to 12:30

Free

for Young People

Women at the races

ReSource: An eye 4 design

13 - 18 yrs

Create your own bright and bold stencil print designs inspired by eye-catching posters in the Beggarstaffs exhibition with artist Ollie St Clare Terry.

11/05/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Don Quixote poster

Make! Design dazzle

11 - 13 yrs

Look at the stylish posters in the Beggarstaffs exhibition, and get ideas for your own stencil designs with artist Ollie St Clare Terry.

11/05/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Mindfulness and art

15 - 18 yrs

A session using mindfulness and body awareness to help you relax and find your inner calm. Gain new creative energy and learn techniques to help with everyday stress.

15/06/2019

13:05 to 13:55

£5

View of the Grand Canal, Venice

ReSource: Journeymen / journeywomen

13 - 18 yrs

Become Journey men and women (art apprentice graduates of the medieval period!) and search for your next inspiration by travelling the world through the collections of the Museum. Your artistic journey will be led by artist Caroline Wendling, who will support you in recording your findings and discoveries and creating new artworks.

15/06/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

View of the Grand Canal, Venice

Make! World art tour

11 - 13 yrs

Follow in the footsteps of famous artists as we travel through the Museum’s galleries. Make your own journal to capture the observations from your artistic journey with artist Caroline Wendling.

15/06/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Hand made sculpture

ReSource: Open studio

13 - 18 yrs

Ignite your imagination with a tour of the Museum then join artist Iona McCuaig in the Studio to find your own creative self using a range of materials. Your studio, your art, your time to experiment and explore.

13/07/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Hand made sculpture

Make! Open studio

11 - 13 yrs

Find your Fitzwilliam favourites or discover something new to inspire your very own artwork. There is no set theme but lots of lovely art materials – join us and get creative in the Studio with artist Iona McCuaig.

13/07/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Circus tent

Circus of the bizarre

Ages 11+

Join us for our popular summer arts festival creating a circus of the bizarre in our marquee on the front lawn.

01/08/2019

13:30 to 15:00

Free | Drop-in

Apples

Curating Challenge: Bronze Arts Award in a week!

11 - 14 yrs

Work with staff and artists on a special Arts Award project to develop and test creative ideas for an upcoming exhibition on the theme of food, feasting and fasting. Find out about what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum and share your own mini-exhibition at the end of the week.

06/08/2019 to 09/08/2019

10:15 to 15:00

£85 (4 day course)

 

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