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Detail of 'yourself, you' by Edmund de Waal

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November 2013



Japanese courtesan


The night of longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints

Until Sun 12 January 2014

See beautiful Japanese prints depicting lovers from literature and life in this exhibition of woodcuts and books of the Edo and Meiji periods (1600 – 1900).

Featuring a selection of 40 prints and books by some of the most famous artists of the time, such as Hiroshige and Utamaro, the displays explore how love and desire were presented and accepted in Japanese art. Prints range from chaste expressions of longing, such as a lover writing a poem or letter, through to prints of lovers during their most intimate moments.

The exhibition is based on the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

a thousand hours by Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam

Fri 29 November 2013 to Sun 23 February 2014

At the end of November three galleries of the Museum will be taken over by renowned potter, and Cambridge graduate, Edmund de Waal. The re-curated spaces feature objects from de Waal’s residency in China last summer, pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, poetry, photographs and letters. Highlights include two major installations. The first of these, a thousand hours, is one of de Waal’s most ambitious to date and was the centrepiece of a major exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London. The work comprises 1,000 pots encased in two large walk-through vitrines. A second yourself, you has been specially commissioned for this show.



Two Regency collectors & their museums: Sir John Soane & Richard Fitzwilliam, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion

Severis Lecture 2013

Thu 14 November: Reception 18.30, Lecture 19.15 (Gallery 3)

Join Tim Knox, Museum Director, for a lecture on collecting and its influence on the John Soane Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
£5 (£3 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum), includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Booking essential through the ADC Theatre Box Office, tel 01223 300085 or purchase online

Tim Knox



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Places confirmed on receipt of payment

Hand drawing


Fri 29 November: 10.15 - 12.00   

Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this art workshop. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of the month. £5 per workshop.

Portals to the world collage

Portals to the world: an art appreciation course designed specially for people with dementia and their carers

Tue 5, 12, 19 & 26 November: 14.00 – 16.00

Listen to a short talk by a Museum staff member, followed by a handling session or a practical art activity. This is a partnership project with dementiaCOMPASS (a volunteer run organisation which supports people with dementia). Free.



Free. Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For our full season of talks and locations visit our website

Art Speak

Tue 12 November: 13.15 – 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.

Looking at Japanese erotica

Wed 6 November: 13.15 – 14.00

With Dr Ellis Tinios, Honorary Lecturer in History, University of Leeds.

A call to arms: Redisplaying the Armoury

Wed 13 November: 13.15 – 14.00

With Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts.

How to spend it: Luxury and display in Veronese's Hermes, Herse and Aglauros

Wed 20 November: 13.15 – 14.00

With Libbie Howie, Independent Art Dealer and Advisor.

Being Modern in Britain: Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth

Wed 27 November: 13.15 – 14.00

With Julia Tozer, former Head of Education.

Japanese woodblock print by Kitagawa Utamaro



To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Paint brushes

Family First Saturday

Sat 2 November: 14.00 – 16.00

All Ages

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring a variety of themes.
Free, no booking required.

Painting Party

Sat 30 November: 10.30 - 12.30

Ages 5 - 7

Explore how to use paint through music and games. Join in playing ‘pass the picture’, ‘musical paintings’ and many more. This is messy fun, old clothes recommended.
£5 per child, booking essential.



Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk from 12.00 on the day. Space is limited – no standing room available. For more information and our full concert season click here

Promenade Concert

3 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Matthew McCombie (piano) performs pieces by Chopin, Grieg, and Albeniz.

Cracow duo

10 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) perform pieces by Chopin, Tansman, Stravinsky, and Piazzolla.

Promenade Concert

Sun 17 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Rachel Good (violin) and Samira Tabraue (piano) perform pieces by Frank, Fauré and Massenet.

Baroque tapestries

Sun 24 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Le Petit Orchestre, Helen Kruger (violin/director) and Kate Macoboy (soprano).

 Music in gallery 3



Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art

Until 5 January 2014

British Museum, London

Discover Japanese prints like no other. Banned for much of the 20th century, these explicit and beautifully detailed erotic paintings, prints and books inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso, manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. Parental guidance advised for visitors under 16. Supported by Shunga in Japan LLP. Part of Japan400.
Book now:
020 7323 8181 | #ShungaExhibition

Japanese print by Kitagawa Utamaro

Christmas Fairs

Start getting into the festive spirit and get ahead with your Christmas shopping at Ely Cathedral’s Christmas Gift & Food Fair (15 – 16 Nov) and Wimpole Estate’s Christmas Craft Fair (16 – 17 Nov).

 Craft stall


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Picture 7: © ohdearbarb (Flickr Creative Commons)

Picture 9: Kitagawa Utamaro, detail taken from Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow), 1788 © The Trustees of the British Museum