February 2008

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Made for Export: Chinese Nineteenth-Century Flower Drawings

Tuesday 29 January 2008 - Sunday 11 May 2008
Shiba Gallery (14)
Admission FREE

A fascinating group of delicate Chinese flower watercolours, originally included in the bequest of flower paintings and drawings made to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1973 by The Hon Major Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Lord Fairhaven. The drawings appear to have been made for the export market, probably in Guangzhou, and their canvases range from silk to pith paper. The exhibition is in partnership with China Now, the UK's largest ever festival of Chinese culture.



Loan of Victorian narrative paintings brings new look to Gallery 2 

'On the Brink' To ring the changes in 2008, Gallery 2 is displaying an exceptional loan of Victorian narrative paintings from a private collection. The loan is complemented by works from the Museum's own collections; some, such as Alfred Elmore's On the Brink, long-standing favourites, and others, by William Gill and Arthur Hughes, more rarely seen.

The new-look Gallery 2 is now open to the public - for more information  visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/latest/



Coming soon - French Tapestry and Illustration

Opening Tuesday 12 February 2008  (please note change of previously published date)
Octagon Gallery (10)
Admission FREE

An exhibition that links a highly significant bequest of French 20th-century Aubusson tapestries with a gift from the Walter Strachan Archive. Strachan (1903-1994) was a teacher, translator, poet, Francophile and promoter of the arts, with links with the tapestry makers Lurcat and Prassinos. The eight tapestries on display here are accompanied by a collection from Strachan's archives, including material from livres d'artiste, illustrations, menus and cartes de voeux. Strachan's wide connections in artistic circles will be reflected in the exhibition and will feature original work by Henry Moore and Abram Krol among others.




Missed the exhibition From Reason to Revolution: Art and Society in Eighteenth Century Britain? You can listen to the From Reason to Revolution podcast in which former Director Duncan Robinson gives a 'personal tour' of the exhibition's highlights, available from the Fitzwilliam Museum's website:  




OPEN TO ALL (space may be limited)

Art in Context

Made for Export: Chinese Nineteenth-Century Flower Drawings
Wednesday 6 February | 13.15-13.45
David Scrase, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Invention, Secrets and Blackmail: the Introduction of the Mezzotint to England
Wednesday 13 February | 13.15-13.45
Elenor Ling, Documentation Assistant, Paintings

Marco Benefial, The Vision of St Phillip Neri
Wednesday 20 February | 13.15-13.45
David Scrase, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Say it with Hares and Rabbits
Wednesday 27 February | 13.15-13.45
Julia Poole, Keeper, Applied Arts




Debate: 'Is artistic autonomy under siege?'

Art Speak

Saturday 2 February 2008 | 14.00-15.00
Education Seminar Room

Are issues of artistic autonomy and creative independence becoming less relevant to today's artists and organisations? Is artistic expression compromised by the pressure to confrom to funding bodies and policy makers? Do notions of 'targeted funding' and 'racial identification' affect the quality of what is produced by twenty-first century artists?

A free 'Arts Alive' debate with speaker Andrew Calcutt, the Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Society at the University of East London.
FREE - no booking required.


Art Speak

Tuesday 26 February | 13.15 - 13.45

Simply turn up and enjoy a relaxed half-hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Fitzwilliam Museum's education team.
FREE - no booking required
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance




10 & 12-17 February and 24 February | 10.00-16.30

Drop-In: Art GCSE and A-Level Support Sessions

Throughout February half-term, members of the Museum's Education team will be available to give one-to-one advice to students preparing for art exams. Let them help you research your theme by giving you access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists. They will offer starting points, gallery tours, practical studio support and advice on how to make the best of our on-line resources.

Based in the informal atmosphere of our studio this service is free and available on a drop-in basis. For more information telephone 01223 332904 or visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/dept/education/source/

Source is supported by the Eridge Trust.






It's Magic!

Tuesday 26 February | 10.00-11.20

A chance for pre-school children and their carers to look at some magical art, then have a go at making some of their own in our Education Studio.
FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk


'Say it with Flowers'

Saturday 9 February | 13.30-15.30

For accompanied children aged 5-8: Celebrate Chinese New Year with a workshop exploring our exhibition of Chinese flower drawings. Draw from a display of seasonal flowers and plants in the studio and use your imagination, fired by a Chinese dragon story you'll hear during the workshop, to make silk banners to take home.
£4 per child, booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk


The Treasure Box

Friday 15 February | 11.30-12.30 & 14.30-15.30

For accompanied children aged 5+: find out more about the fabulous treasures behind the walls of The Fitzwilliam Museum through story telling using museum objects, from tiny jewelled caskets to Ancient Egyptian coffins.
FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk






Ways of Seeing

20th Century Gallery

Thursday 7 February | 10.00-12.00 (at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge)
                                 13.30-15.30 (at The Fitzwilliam Museum)

An introduction to the important collections of Twentieth Century art at The Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle's Yard, with Education Staff from both venues.
£25 (£22 concessions) - booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk


Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient World


Friday 29 February | 10.00-16.30

A rare opportunity to explore the origins of writing, including the development of Egyptian language and script, cuneiform and its earliest use in the ancient Near East and Linear B, the earliest form of ancient Greek. Discover examples in the Museum's galleries and try your hand at writing in clay.
£25 (£22 concessions) - booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk






Harpsichord recital

'His Lordship's Delight': organ recital by Gerald Gifford

Friday 8 February 2008 | 13.15-14.00
Admission FREE
Gallery 3

Lord Fitzwilliam and the Organ: Honorary Keeper of Music Dr Gerald Gifford celebrates some of the Museum's remarkable manuscripts of 18th-century keyboard music, including the Founder's own compositions.



Sunday Promenade Concerts

These popular recitals in Gallery 3 are FREE - come and listen, or simply enjoy the music as you explore the surrounding galleries.

This month's Promenade Concerts (13.15-14.00):

Sunday 03 February 2008 | Cambridge University Opera Society
Scenes from Mozart's Don Giovanni

Sunday 10 February 2008
| Shoko Horita - Piano
Music by Mozart, Liszt and Debussy

Sunday 17 February 2008 | Graham Waterhouse - Cello
Music by Bach, Waterhouse

Sunday 24 February 2008 | Mary Pells and Dan Tidhar - Viola da gamba and Harpsichord
Music by Abel, Schaffrath and C.P.E. Bach

For more information on music at the Fitzwilliam Museum, visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/music/






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