eNews: March 2010

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The 2010 Fitzwilliam Museum Sculpture Promenade

Opens 23 March

The celebrated Sculpture Promenade is returning to the grounds of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum for a second year. This free annual installation of contemporary sculpture showcases work by some of the most talented artists working today, ranging from monumental works in bronze and steel to wind-driven, mobile forms.

The 2010 Sculpture Promenade will feature recent sculpture by Angela Conner, Ann Christopher, Mike Lyons, Nick Turvey, Nick Hornby and Rob Ward - all members of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS).

In contrast to last year’s event, the 2010 Promenade presents up to three sculptures by each artist, making this the largest sculpture installation yet seen on the lawns of the Fitzwilliam.

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A variety of exciting events are on offer at the Fitzwilliam as part of Eastern Exchanges - the East of England's contribution to the nationwide 'Stories of the World' project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. This month, internationally renowned artist Chen Hong - famous for his images of fish - will be the Museum's artist-in-residence.

Painting demonstrations with Chen Hong

Sunday 7, 14 & 21 March | 14.00-15.30
Discover the art of traditional Chinese painting with these demonstrations in the Chinese gallery

FREE, no booking required

East Meets West

Friday 19 March | 11.30-13.30
Experiment with painting techniques in this adult workshop led by Chen Hong and botanical illustrator Georita Harriott

FREE, but booking required

See below for Eastern Exchanges family events, or visit the website for full details of all events.

Artwork by Chen Hong 



Netsuke: Japanese Art in Miniature

Netsuke: Japanese Art in Miniature

Until 30 May 2010
Over 250 tiny Japanese sculptures, many dating from the 17th century

Clouds and Myths: Monotypes by Lino Mannocci

Until 9 May 2010
Evocative prints by this contemporary Italian-born artist

The Angel and the Virgin: A Brief History of the Annunication

Until 9 May 2010
Old master prints selected from the Museum's collection by Lino Mannocci

Final weeks: Sargent, Sickert & Spencer

Until 5 April 2010
Paintings, watercolours and drawings from the Fitzwilliam's own collection


All talks are free, no booking required but space may be limited. For information and locations of talks visit our website.

Netsuke: History and Development Through Three Centuries 

Wednesday 3 March | 13.15-14.00

The Conservation and Display of Architectural Drawings from Wimpole Hall

Thursday 4 March | 13.15-14.00

'Gross Material Facts': Materials and Techniques in the Drawings of Sargent, Sickert & Spencer

Thursday 4 March | 13.15-14.00

Ancient Egyptian Portraiture

Wednesday 10 March | 13.15-14.00

Stanley Spencer: 'A Fateful Strangeness'

Thursday 11 March | 13.15-14.00

Meditations and Reveries: The Genius of the Human Hand

Thursday 11 March | 13.15-14.15

Mercury Blue - A Pigment and the Power of the Planets

Tuesday 16 March | 13.15-14.00

A Canon Law Manuscipt and its Meanings

Thursday 18 March | 13.15-14.00

John Singer Sargent



Ford Madox Brown, 'The Last of England'

Literary Event: Angela Thirlwell

Tuesday 2 March | 18.30-20.30

Author of the widely acclaimed William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis, Angela Thirlwell discusses her new biography, Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown.

£8 (£6 concessions), booking essential via Cambridge County Council: tel 01223 703520 or email


Tuesday 23 March | 13.15
Enjoy half an hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Museum's Education team.
FREE, no booking required



Family First Saturdays

Saturday 6 March | 14.00-16.00
Make Chinese masks in the galleries and see artist-in-residence Chen Hong painting in the studio.

FREE, no booking required

Take the Plunge

Saturday 13 March | 14.00-16.00
Help us turn a staircase into a giant fish tank, inspired by some of the aquatic shapes in the Museum's collection.
FREE, no booking required

It's Magic!

Tuesday 16 March | 10.00-11.30
For ages 18 months to 5 years: Looking at and making art can be magical. Explore our collection and make art of your own.
£3 per child, booking essential

Flying Fish

Saturday 20 March | 11.00-13.00
For ages 8+: Enjoy this kite-making workshop inspired by the Museum's collection of Chinese objects.
£5 per child, booking essential

Indefinite Articles theatre presents 'Exquisite Shadows' workshop

Saturday 27 March| 14.00-16.00
For ages 14+: Inspired by shadow theatre, experiment with light and visual effects with this acclaimed theatre group.
£5, booking essential

Drawing in the galleries



Enjoy free music recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Sunday Promenade Concerts

Sunday 7 March| 13.15-14.00
Adella Coren Boksenberg - piano
Helen Medlock & Bryony Lang - violin
Andrew Ware - viola
Jonathan Fistein - cello

Music by Mozart and Suk

For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk




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