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October 2014




14 October 2014 – 25 January 2015

This October see life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks in our new major loan exhibition - the first to uncover the evolution of the artist’s mannequin. The exhibition will show how, from being an inconspicuous studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes, the lay figure became the fetishised subject of the artist’s painting, and eventually, in the 20th century, a work of art in its own right.

The exhibition forms part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, presented by the University of Cambridge Museums with the Festival of Ideas.

Exhibition generously supported by: Henry Moore Foundation, The Monument Trust, The Marlay Group, The Tavolozza Foundation and The Technology Partnership. Exhibition programme generously supported by ttpgroup.

Independent on Sunday:
A real crowd-puller... [an] extrodinary richness of objects on display.

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Chapman Brothers picture

Portrait of a woman

Fatal Consequences: The Chapman Brothers and Goya’s Disasters of War

14 October 2014 – 8 February 2015

The Chapman Brothers’ Disasters of War takes Goya’s print series of the same title and reinvents and extends the imagery and horrors with a cornucopia of ideas from later wars and modern culture. This exhibition shows different versions of the Chapman Bothers’ set, together with a selection from Goya’s original series.

Caroline Watson and female printmaking in late Georgian England

Until 4 January 2015

Caroline Watson (1760/61 - 1814) was one of the most skilful engravers working in late 18th century England. She can be seen as the first British professional woman engraver. This exhibition shows a selection of her portrait and subject prints, together with those of other contemporary women printmakers.



Discover lesser-known stories behind some of the objects at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science with a free trail on science and racism in the 19th century, available to pick up at both museums throughout the month of October. The trail is complemented by a special display at the Whipple Museum, which includes anthropometric instruments and illustrations.

Vase depicting African people



To book contact: 01223 332904 | Places confirmed on receipt of payment.


Ideas of perfection

Sat 18 October – adult session
Sun 19 October – young person’s session
Sat 25 October & 1 November – mixed adult & young person’s sessions
14.00 – 16.00

Enjoy a tour of the exhibition Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish and use the exhibits as a springboard for writing creative poetry and prose. This event forms part of the Festival of Ideas and Curating Cambridge.
£25 (£15 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum) for whole series


Curating Gardens

Thu 23 October: 18.00 – 20.00

Is a garden something that can be curated? Join Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and Beverley Glover, Director of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as they discuss the art and science of garden curation. Part of Curating Cambridge.
£6, drink included

 x-ray mannequin

Looking at artificial others: Mannequins with x-ray vision

Tue 28 October: 18.00 – 20.00

Join Jane Munro, curator of Silent Partners, for an evening featuring presentations on three of the most extraordinary and fascinating mannequins in the exhibition. Conservators, radiologists and curators reveal how makers strove to produce the 'perfected' mannequin to serve the artist's every need.
£6, drink included

 Book sale

The Big Fitz Book Sale

Fri 31 October – Sat 1 November: 11.00 – 16.00

Museum Courtyard

Drop-in and browse thousands of second-hand books. Available on all subjects from 50p; with all funds raised going towards transport costs for schools, enabling more children to benefit from the Fitzwilliam’s offer. Last year we successfully raised £1,200 and this year we hope to raise even more.



Unless otherwise stated, talks are free and admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For more information and locations visit our website.

The Kiss of Judas: Conserving a Medieval church panel

Wed 1 October: 13.15 – 14.00

With Lucy Wrapson, Conservator and Research Associate, Hamilton Kerr Institute.

A Museum in mind: Glass in the Cecil Higgins Collection

Thu 9 October: 14.00

With Tom Perrett, Head of The Higgins Bedford.
£6 (£5 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum). For more information, and to book, visit the Museum website.

A curator’s introduction to Silent Partners

Wed 15 October: 13.15 & 14.30

With Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

Symbolism, naturalism, and decadence: Art Nouveau glass at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Thu 16 October: 14.00
(re-scheduled from 2 Oct)

With Prof. Paul Greenhalgh, Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.
£6 (£5 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum). For more information, and to book, visit the Museum website.

 Medieval church panel


Art Speak

Tue 21 October: 13.15 – 13.45

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

Meet the sculptor

Wed 22 October: 13.15 & 14.30

With sculptor Harry Gray. This event forms part of Curating Cambridge.

Millais’ Bridesmaid and other images of adolescence

Sat 25 October: 15.00

With Dr Nina Lubbren, Art Historian and Principal Lecturer in Film Studies, Anglia Ruskin University. This event forms part of the Festival of Ideas.

David’s Polyphemus: The statue and the Baroque love of the monstrous

Wed 29 October: 13.15 – 14.00

With Carlo Milano, Art Historian specialising in Italian 17th and 18th century sculpture and decorative arts.




To book contact: 01223 332904 | Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

 Mannequin painting

Portals to the world

Tuesdays 7 October – 2 December: 14.00 – 16.00

An art appreciation course designed specially for people with a dementia and their carers. This nine week cultural journey is a partnership project with dementiaCOMPASS (a volunteer run organisation which supports people with dementia).

MUSE: Model painting (on paper)

Fri 24 October: 10.15 – 14.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by the exhibition Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month.




To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

ReSource: Clay sculpture inspired by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth

Sat 11 October: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 13-18
Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and projects based on this month’s theme.

Work experience taster day with the University of Cambridge Museums

Wed 29 October: 10.00 – 16.30

A chance for students in secondary education to gain an understanding of the variety of jobs available through museums. With visits to two museums and talks from several professionals, the event is free and lunch is provided. For more information, and to sign up, please provide your name and the school you attend to

 Girl looking at art



To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.  Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the whole duration of any workshop.


Caskets and reliquaries

Sat 4 Oct: 10.30 – 12.30

5 - 7 yrs
Explore the collection to find boxes, and their contents, from across history. Afterwards work with artist Jason Lons to create a container for your very own precious possessions.
£5 per child

Family First Saturday

Sat 4 October: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in to our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, this month exploring the artist's model.

 Family activity

Curious Collections: University of Cambridge Museums family day

Wed 29 October: 12.00 – 16.00

Ages 5+
As part of Curating Cambridge the Fitzwilliam Museum's Family programme will be taken over by seven Cambridgeshire Museums. Join them in creating and organising your own collection by taking part in various activities spread throughout the Museum.



Enjoy a free Sunday classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 from 13.15 – 14.00. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk on a first- come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited – no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Alumni weekend concert

28 September

Chloe Beresford Jones (soprano), Helen Groves (soprano) and Jill Morton (piano) perform songs by Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Strauss.

Piano recital

12 October

Diana Brekalo (piano) performs pieces by Sibelius, Liszt, Tarbuk and Brahms.

Tonos humanos

19 October

Geoffrey Morris (baroque guitar) and Tyrone Landau (tenor) perform the music of José Marín (1619 - 1699) from manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam collection.

Piano Recital

26 October

Maria Setiadi performs a selection of pieces, including Debussy's Images.

 Sunday music concert




Castle Hill Open Day 2014

18 October: 12.00 – 17.00

Come and explore the history, heritage and art of the Castle Hill area of Cambridge from the Romans to the present day. Highlights include free family friendly talks, tours and activities, live music, games and hot refreshments!
Visit Kettle's Yard website

 Children looking at exhibition display

Curating Cambridge & Festival of Ideas

This autumn lots of exhibitions and events are taking place over the city as part of Curating Cambridge and the Festival of Ideas. Curating Cambridge spans five weeks from 20 October to 23 November and runs alongside the Festival of Ideas – a two week programme of over 250 events focusing on Identities from 20 October to 2 November.

 Cambridge Literary Festival logo

Cambridge Literary Festival

Booking is now open for three winter festival preview events: Nick Hornby on 12th November; and Marilynne Robinson and Clive James on 14th November.  Read more here


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
Header: José María Sert (1874–1945), Photographic study for The Triumphs of Humanity, 1937.
Private Collection. Courtesy Galerie Michèle Chomette, Paris © José Maria Sert
5. Paul Huot (French, active 1790s to 1820s), Female Mannequin, c. 1816. Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Sammlung Angewandte Kunst © bpk - Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte / Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
7. Image courtesy of Chris Titmus, Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge