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January 2017



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

Founders print album

Contemporary print by Susan Aldworth

An Amateur's Passion: Lord Fitzwilliam's print collection

Until 29 January 2017
Charrington Print Room (16)

The albums of prints on show are rarely seen in public. They reveal what interested Lord Fitzwilliam most in acquiring and ordering his print collection, offering a facinating insight in to the mind of an 18th century collector.
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Realisation: Recent works by Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon

Until 5 February 2017
Shiba Gallery (14)

This exhibition challenges our assumptions of reality. Susan Aldworth's works, resist identification, yet they are etchings from the physical touch of human brain tissue. Jane Dixon's photograms, appear to be records of real organic forms, but are actually imaginary and drawn by the artist.
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 Being Modern installation

The Dollar: The rise of global currency

Until 26 February 2017
The Arts of the Near East (33)

The dollar is found the world over. It is familiar to us as the money of the United States, but dollars are also the currency of many other nations around the globe. The objects in this display explore the history of one of the world’s most iconic currencies.
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Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until March 2017
European Pottery Gallery (27)

This second display from Kettle's Yard brings together for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard and their collection on their website.
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 Henry Moore sculpture

 Tiffany vase

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Until November 2017
Front lawn

With Hill Arches, Moore has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This sculpture from the Henry Moore Foundation, will be on the front lawn of the Museum until the end of next year.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the next few months see over 130 pieces of works of art from Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi introduced to the galleries, on long term loan. Pieces on display include the nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet, Art Nouveau Tiffany glass, metalwork and ceramics designed by Christopher Dresser and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture. All the pieces can be identified by their specially designed labels.
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 Gallery tour

Tour of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance through Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501, email:
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Free, 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.

Realisation: Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon in discussion

Wed 11 Jan: 13.15 – 14.00

With artists Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon
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Art Speak

Tue 17 Jan: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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From Cambridge to Athens: The Benaki Museum collection of Chinese ceramics

Wed 18 Jan: 13.15 – 14.00

With Professor George Manginis
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The Dollar: Rise of the global currency

Wed 25 Jan: 13.15 – 14.00

With Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals
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 Jane Dixon drawing



 Acrylic paints

MAKE! Animals, art, action

Sat 28 Jan: 14.00 – 16.00

11 - 13 yrs

From mythological beasts to much loved pets, animals are everywhere in our collection of ceramics. Join artist Caroline Wendling and find out how to use your imagination to transform them into colourful acrylic paintings.
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ReSource: Painting in colour

Sat 28 Jan: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Be inspired by our 20th century painting collection and develop your own abstract acrylic paintings with artist Caroline Wendling. Experiment with imaginative use of colour and textures and explore the amazing possibilities of paints.
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Family First Saturday

Sat 7 Jan: 14.00 – 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of animal sounds, including a guided open rehearsal in Gallery 3 at 15.00 by students of the Britten Sinfonia Academy.
Free, no booking required
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Musical bitesize

Sun 15 Jan: 13.30 – 14.30

Discover jewels in the Fitzwilliam collection brought to life through pop up performances by the young musicians of the Britten Sinfonia Academy.
Free, no booking required
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 Violinist from Britten Sinfonia Academy

Lions and unicorns concert with the Britten Sinfonia Academy, presented by Letty Stott

Sun 15 Jan: 15.15 – 16.00

The young, dynamic musicians of the Britten Sinfonia Academy will be performing music inspired by animals in the art of the Fitzwilliam collection. As part of the concert, Britten Sinfonia’s newly announced leader and internationally renowned soloist, Thomas Gould, will also be playing the solo in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending.
Free, no booking required
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 Britten Sinfonia Academy

Playful pottery

Sat 21 Jan: 10.30 – 12.30

5 - 7 yrs

Make clay textures and painted patterns inspired by the art of Lucie Rie.
£8 per child. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Working with clay



Oil pastels


Wed 27 Jan: 10.15 – 12.00

Oil pastels provide artists with a portable and vibrant medium to create art. Learn techniques and develop your pastel art skills, inspired by landscape art in the Museum’s permanent collection.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 on Sundays 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

22 Jan

Piano recital with Chris Lloyd

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Vox Cantab

29 Jan

Choral concert directed by Louisa Denby, including Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands plus secular motets by Brahms and Mendelssohn.
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 Music manuscript


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TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Hewitsons LLP, Marshall of Cambridge, Rheebridge Ltd and Sotheby’s

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

2. Susan Aldworth, Passing Thoughts, 2013 (detail) © The artist
4. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
5. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
7& 12
© Martin Bond
8. Jane Dixon, Drawing for Evidence of Doubt (detail), 2011-13
© The artist
10 & 11. Courtesy of Britten Sinfonia Academy