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Cover artwork for Rosie's Magic Horse (detail) by Quentin Blake

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March 2013



For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website

Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand

To 12 May 2013

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Enjoy book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Plus, a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio.

"A measured look at Blake's energetic output over the past decade" The Telegraph

Guided Tour from 'The Life of Birds' series (detail) by Quentin Blake

China’s White Gold
Contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen

To 1 April 2013

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Fitzwilliam Museum is showcasing the first major exhibition in this country of more than 80 works created in Jingdezhen by over 50 contemporary ceramicists.

"A revealing show" Crafts Magazine

Exhibition installation

Sculpture Promenade

To end of March 2013

Your last chance to see incredible monumental and intricate sculptures by three internationally renowned contemporary sculptors; Helaine Blumenfeld, Peter Randall-Page and Kan Yasuda.

The Space Within by Helaine Blumenfeld


Talks take place at 13.15, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website

  The Lansdowne Relief, AD 100 –150

The Lansdowne Relief: a new member of the Antiquities family

Sat 2 March: 12:00 - 14:00

Be guided through its story by staff and Museum friends.

The Lansdowne Relief and the Longue Durée of Maritime Entanglements

Wed 13 March

Professor James Whitley, Cardiff University


Art Speak

Tue 19 March

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art

The use of sculpture at Villa Adriana

Wed 27 March

Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper of Antiquities

Villa Adriana


 Cleopatra by Helaine Blumenfeld


Is beauty irrelevant in public art?

Thu 7 March: 12:30 - 13:30

Four distinguished panellists will discuss this question to mark the final month of the Fitzwilliam Museum's Sculpture Promenade. Panellists include: Helaine Blumenfeld (Sculptor), Jonathan Jones (Visual Arts Critic & blogger – The Guardian), Richard Cork (Visual Arts Critic / Author), Semir Zeki (Professor of Neuroesthetics, UCL)
Gallery 3. FREE. Seats available on a first-come, first-served, basis.


For all ages - children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE, unless otherwise stated.

Family First Saturday - Mixed up portraits

Sat 2 March: 14.00-16.00

Pick up a template from the Fitz Family Welcome Point (Museum Courtyard) and explore portraits and sculptures in the collection, through different techniques in art. Then turn your template into a Picasso inspired mask to wear and take home.

Cambridgeshire Buried Treasure

Sat 9 March: 10:00 - 12:30

Join us on a search for buried treasure, starting at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology and moving to the Fitz to discover precious coins. Then make your own embossed treasure in the education studio. Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email
£5 per child

 Coin hoard



Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3
Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00
unless otherwise stated
FREE space may be limited. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.

Promenade Concert

Sun 3 March

Nadav Hertzka (piano) performs pieces by Tchaikovsky, Liszt/Wagner.

Britten Sinfonia Academy

Sun 10 March: 15.00 – 15.45

Following a weekend’s residency at the Fitz, listen to new music inspired by the Museum and its artefacts by an ensemble of talented young musicians from the East of England. Other complementary pieces performed by both Academy and Britten Sinfonia musicians.

Promenade concert



Harlequin and Companion by Pablo Picasso

Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901

The Courtauld Gallery
14 February – 26 May 2013

Discover the story of Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist. Experience the first masterpieces with which Picasso found his distinctive voice and which mark the beginning of his famous Blue period.

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Image credits

Banner: Quentin Blake, Cover artwork from ' by Russell Hoban (Walker Books, 2012), detail. © Quentin Blake.

1. Quentin Blake, Guided Tour from 'The Life of Birds' series (detail). Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

2. China's White Gold exhibition. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

3. Helaine Blumenfeld, The Space Within at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

4. The Lansdowne Relief (detail), AD 100 –150. Once belonged to Emperor Hadrian. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

5. Villa Adriana © Bushtick (Flickr Creative Commons)

6. Helaine Blumenfeld, Cleopatra (front) at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. Coins © portableantiquities (Flickr Creative Commons)

8. Promenade concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

9. Pablo Picasso, Harlequin and Companion © The State Pushkin Museum, Moscow