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October 2015




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


Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’

13 October 2015 to 31 January 2016

Ronald Searle (1920-2011) is among Britain's most popular and celebrated graphic satirists.

Born in Cambridge, Searle is best known as the inventor of the fictional girls’ school St. Trinian’s (1948) and for his collaborations on Geoffrey Willans’ Molesworth series (1953- 58). However, as this exhibition shows, he had a long and productive career across a range of different genres. Searle worked as a war artist, but also made drawings for book and magazine illustration, travel reportage, theatre, film, medals and political caricature.

This exhibition is drawn from a recent gift of the artist’s work, generously presented to the Museum by his children in 2014.

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Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings

13 October 2015 to 31 January 2016

This exhibition looks at the methods used by British artists from James Gillray to Glen Baxter to amuse and entertain, ranging from the simple exaggeration of facial features and burlesque comedy, to more complicated word-play and ironic literary allusions. 

Works in the show are drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s collection with key loans from Andrew Edmunds and Benjamin Lemer.

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Following Hercules: The story of classical art

Until 6 December 2015

See how sculptures made in the Mediterranean millennia ago came to define western art. Hercules inhabits each of the forty objects on display, from miniatures and Renaissance prints, drawings and paintings, to Wedgwood cameos and a giant polystyrene statue by contemporary artist Matthew Darbyshire.

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Power and Resistance in pre- and early Roman Italy

6 October to 29 November 2015

A display exploring how Greek colonies changed the life and languages of the native peoples of ancient Italy.

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1939-1945: World at War

6 October 2015 to 31 January 2016

Banknotes and coins reveal little known aspects of World War II. See different types of currency and learn about rampant inflation as the nations at war struggled to pay for the conflict.

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Rothschild bronze

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

Until 30 April 2016

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

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Rothschild bronzes

Extended until 15 November 2015

See two magnificent metre-high bronze
male nudes astride two ferocious panthers, attributed to Michelangelo.

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The cutting edge of classical art

Wed 7 October: 18.00 - 20.00

A talk with artists and the curator of the Following Hercules exhibition.

Join exhibition curator, Caroline Vout, in dialogue with artists Matthew Darbyshire, Edward Allington and Jess Flood-Paddock as they talk about the ongoing relevance of classical art in contemporary art practice.

To book call 01223 332904 or email:

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Portals to the world

Each Tuesday
13 October to 8 December: 14.00 - 16.00

An art appreciation course designed especially for individuals living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners.

Each week on Tuesday join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related art handling, or hands-on, art activity.

This nine week cultural journey is a partnership project with Dementia Compass.

Free, booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email:

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Artist residency with Emma Smith

Sun 25 October: 14.00 - 15.15

Join Open House artist Emma Smith, for an introductory talk on her residency with Kettle’s Yard and communities of North Cambridge.

Her artwork is inspired by sixteenth century casebooks noting ailments of the population, and 'prescribed' solutions of astrologers Forman and Napier.

Free, but booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: 

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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.

Manet: Sex and/or beer

Wed 7 October: 13.15 – 14.00

Paul Joannides, Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Cambridge

‘For with perfect balance, all would be well’- Why balance is so integral to the works at Kettle’s Yard

Wed 14 October: 13.15 – 14.00

Lucy Wheeler, Learning and Engagement Officer, Kettle’s Yard

Art Speak

Tue 20 October: 13.15 to 13.45

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

Colour and power

Wed 21 October: 13.15 – 14.00

Spike Bucklow, Research Associate, Hamilton Kerr Institute

Power and resistance in sculpture in the aftermath of WWI

Sat 24 October: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Nina Lübbren, Art Historian; Principal Lecturer in Film Studies, Deputy Head of Department of English and Media, Anglia Ruskin University

Hercules: The thinking person’s superhero

Fri 30 October: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Emma Stafford, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Leeds University



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



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.

Music for piano

Sun 11 October

Diana Brekalo performs Christopher Gunning’sPiano Sonata (2012) and pieces by Clara Schumann.

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Mulberry Piano Trio

Sun 18 October

Listen to performances of Kenneth Leighton’s Trioand Mozart’s Trio in C major, K. 548.

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Classical songs

Sun 25 October

Alison Summers (soprano) and Christopher Gould (piano) perform songs by Dvorak, Hahn and Mozart.

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Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Perfect bodies: Copying, originality and classical sculpture

Sat 10 October: 10.15 - 16.00

Discover how classical sculpture has at times been an inspiration for Western Art, whilst at other times been rejected in this hands on workshop.

£40, £35 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Booking essential.

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Kettle’s Yard in context

Each Thursday
22 October - 5 November: 14.00 - 15.30

Study Kettle’s Yard artists (such as Miro, Gaudier Brzeska, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood) in the context of their contemporaries (including Picasso, Epstein, William Nicholson and Spencer) represented at the Fitzwilliam.

The course will include opportunities to view work not normally on show.

£30, £25 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Booking essential.

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Intaglio printing

Fri 23 October: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired our Ancient Greek collection and Following Hercules exhibition.

£10. Booking Essential.

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ReSource: Drawing in 3D with Susie Olczak

Sat 17 October: 11.00 - 1300

Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and to take your drawing to another dimension.

£5. Booking Essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

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Family First Saturday

Sat 3 October: 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 find out about Hercules and design a hero.


Heroic people

Sat 24 October: 10.30 - 12.30

8 - 12 yrs

Join artist Esther Cooper-Wood and create your own drawing of a superhero, after gaining inspiration from our Following Hercules exhibition.

£8 per child. To book call 01223 332904 or email:

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Exploring abstraction: Big Draw special

Wed 28 October
8 - 12 yrs: 11.00 - 11.45 & 12.00 - 12.45
11 - 14 yrs: 14.00 - 14.45 & 15.00 - 15.45

Explore how artists in the Kettle’s Yard display and the Fitzwilliam collection use shapes, colours and gestural marks to create abstract art. Then have a go at creating your own artwork in a workshop with artist Isabella Martin.

Free. Book your place at the Fitz Family Welcome Point on the day. Tickets will be released from 10.00.




Re-approaching Cyprus: A day devoted to recent research in Cypriot archaeology and Cypriot collections

Fri 23 October: 09.00 - 15.00

This conference explores research advances in Cypriot Archaeology resulting from recent archaeological projects in Cyprus, and research conducted in European Museum collections, concluding with a look at worldwide trends.

Free admission. To register your interest contact Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou:, 01223 746643.

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Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon's Gliding Paintings

15 October 2015 to 17 January 2016

The Courtauld Gallery, London

This exhibition explores a remarkable series of paintings by Peter Lanyon, one of Britain’s most important and original Post-War artists.
During the 1950s, he produced radical, near-abstract paintings of the tough coastal landscape of his native West Cornwall inspired by his experience of gliding, this series will be the focus of this major retrospective.

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

Banner: Ronald Searle (1920-2011), Four cats © The estate of Ronald Searle
1. Ronald Searle (1920-2011), Molesworth, 1999 © The estate of Ronald Searle
3. Matthew Darbyshire,
Hercules (detail), 2014, polysterene, h. 315cm, lent by Robert Tucker and Jonathan Wilmot, Restoration House, Rochester, Kent
6. View of Kettle’s Yard house. Photo: Paul Alitt
8. Matthew Darbyshire, Untitled Hercules figurine, 2015 (ed 1 of 10), Cork, 200 x 80 x 80mm, Courtesy of the artist and Herald St, London
10. View of Kettle’s Yard house. Photo: Paul Alitt
11. Édouard Manet, Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, 1868. The Ashmolean Museum, University Oxford. Purchased by private treaty sale through Robert Holden Ltd, following a public appeal, and with the assistance of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean, Manny & Brigitta Davidson and family, Mr & Mrs Geoffrey de Jager, Sir Harry & Lady Djanogly, Mr Philip Mould, the Rothschild Foundation, the Dr Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation, Mr & Mrs Timothy Sanderson, the Staples Trust, Sir Adrian Swire, Mr & Mrs Bernard Taylor, Barrie & Deedee Wigmore, Mr & Mrs Brian Wilson, the J.L. Wine Charitable Trust, & the Woodward Charitable Trust, 2012
17. Hand drawing © (Flickr Creative Commons)
18. © Martin Bond
21. Peter Lanyon, Soaring Flight, 1960