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September 2015




Free admission. Open: Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 - 17.00. Closed: Mondays

 Cork model of Hercules

Following Hercules: The story of classical art

25 September to 6 December

Hercules is one of the best loved heroes from ancient Greece. Known in antiquity for completing twelve tasks or ‘labours’ that confirmed his status as a god, Hercules is today tasked with one more - to show visitors to the Fitzwilliam how sculptures made in the Mediterranean millennia ago came to define western art. Hercules inhabits each of the forty objects on display, which range from exquisite miniatures and Renaissance prints, drawings and paintings, to Wedgwood cameos and a giant polystyrene statue. The result is an arresting visual experience of differing scales, styles and material, which gives ongoing meaning to the ‘classical’.
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Kettle's Yard display

Beauty and Balance:
Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

From 14 August

Kettle’s Yard house and gallery is currently closed for a major building project. In the first of two displays, key arrangements from Kettle’s Yard’s house will be re-created in the Glaisher Gallery.

Paintings and sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Joan Miró and Christopher Wood will be on display.
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WATERCOLOUR - Elements of nature

Until 27 September

"Ravishing & conceptually strong" Financial Times

"An unmissable feast" Apollo

Rarely exhibited, the Fitzwilliam's collection of watercolours is one of the finest in the world. Highlights include superb landscapes by John Constable, Peter de Wint, John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer, J. M. Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Paul Nash.
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Ruskin’s Turners

Until 4 October

In 1861, John Ruskin, J.M.W. Turner’s most fervent champion, generously gifted 25 Turner watercolours to the Fitzwilliam. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view them.

See works made for engraving, book illustration and vignettes, as well as landscapes.
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Frontispiece to The Book of Ahania by William Blake

Rothschild bronze

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

Until 27 September

See works by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt and Dürer, hanging alongside prints by later artists such as Canaletto, Blake and Munch.
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Rothschild bronzes

Extended until 15 November

See two magnificent metre-high bronze
male nudes astride two ferocious panthers,
recently attributed to Michelangelo. If the
attribution is correct, they are currently the
only surviving bronzes in the world by his
hand. Decide for yourself and cast your vote
in the gallery.

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Writing Lives and Treasured Possessions

Thu 3 September: 18.30 - 20.00

Join Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, award winning writer Ali Smith and novelist, broadcaster and critic Sarah Dunant, for a gala reading of works in response to the Fitzwilliam’s Treasured Possessions exhibition.
£10 (£8 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum). Price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
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The Daughters of Sir Matthew Decker

Open studio: Watercolour

Fri 11 & Sat 12 September
11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00

Adults & children aged 8+

In the final weekend of Watercolour: Elements of nature, the Studio will open for painting with watercolours. All materials will be provided and professional watercolour artists John Wiltshire and Georita Harriott will demonstrate technique and answer questions.
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 Watercolour of Postwick Grove by John Sell Cotman



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. Induction loop available. For more information and locations visit our website.

People in the Armoury

Heavy metal: Armour in action and display

Wed 16 September: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Rebecca Norris, Curatorial Assistant, Applied Arts

Art Speak

Tue 22 September: 13.15 to 13.45

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

An introduction to the Kettle’s Yard display Beauty and Balance

Wed 30 September: 13.15 - 14.00

Dr Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator, Kettle’s Yard



Tour of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections with a Blue Badge Guide. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance via Cambridge Tourist Information Centre tel: 01223 457574 or email:
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 People in gallery

Touch tour for blind and partially sighted adults

Wed 30 September: 15.00 – 15.45

Find out about the transformation of the Museum of Zoology through object handling, led by trained Museum staff.
Free. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Tour for blind and partially sighted adults



Enjoy a free 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

Sun 27 September

Harmoniemusik (wind and piano) perform Leoš Janáček’s Three Moravian Dances, Mikhail Glinka’s Trio pathétique, Madeleine Dring Trio, and Andre Caplet Quintet.
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Watercolour painting

Fri 25 September: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by our two watercolour exhibitions.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Watercolour of Venice by Sargent



ReSource: Pencil, paint & clay

Sat 11 July: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

A workshop inspired by the Kettle’s Yard display at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Family First Saturday

Sat 5 September: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in to our Fitz Family Welcome Point in Gallery 33 and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, this month exploring colour and landscapes.
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Inspired landscapes

Sat 19 September: 10.30 – 12.30

8 – 12 yrs

Through drawing and discussion, work with artist Caroline Wendling to explore the exhibition Watercolour: Elements of nature. Then paint your own imaginary landscape inspired by what you have discovered.
£8 per child. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Children with clip boards



Horizons: Kettle's Yard at Jerwood Gallery

12 September 2015 - 03 January 2016

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

As Kettle's Yard undergoes a major capital redevelopment project, explore key pieces from Jim and Helen Ede's impressive collection of Modern British and European art at Jerwood Gallery. The display will be accompanied by complementary works from the Jerwood Collection.
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Alfred Wallis Sailing Ship

The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show

Sat 19 & Sun 20 September

IWM, Duxford

Experience the spectacle of 20 Spitfires taking off from IWM Duxford’s historic airfield, flying in mass formation as they did in the Battle of Britain. Tickets on sale until 13 September, they are unavailable to buy on the day.
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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

2. Matthew Darbyshire, Untitled Hercules figurine, 2015 (ed 1 of 10), Cork, 200 x 80 x 80mm,
Courtesy of the artist and Herald St, London
3. View of Kettle's Yard House, photo Paul Allitt
10 & 11.
© Martin Bond
© Harmoniemusik
© Martin Bond
17. Alfred Wallis, Sailing ship and orchard, c. 1935-37 © Kettle's Yard
18. © IWM, Duxford