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August 2017

 

FAMILY ART WEEK


All ages | 01 - 04 August | 11.00 - 15.00

Start the holidays with a week of free activities focused around the theme of India, as part of the University of Cambridge Museums’ India Unboxed and Summer at the Museums programmes. Try out a different India inspired art activity each day, henna tattoos, family tours, music, dance and stories.

Performances and special events:

Tue 01 August
11.30 - 12.15 & 13.00 - 13.45: An Indian dance performance by Sanskruti School of Dance

Wed 02 August
11.30 - 12.15: Indian classical music

Thu 03 August
11.30 - 12.15: A performance of the oldest recorded song - the Indian Vedic Chant

Fri 04 August
11.30 - 12.15 and 13.00 - 13.45: Stories from India

Discover the full programme here.

   

EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS


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

Indian coin

From Kabul to Kolkata: Highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 3 September
Shiba Gallery (14)

A selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings, ranging in date from the 16th to 19th century. See works produced under the patronage of the Mughal dynasty and other princely rulers, as well as several acquired by early British patrons and collectors in India.
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Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar: Coins of India from antiquity to the present

Until 1 October
Octagon Gallery (10)

Drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s world-class numismatic collection, the exhibition explores the history of India through coins produced from the 4th century BC until recent times.
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 Art Noveau medal

Peace and War: 1900-1940

4 July – 29 October
The Arts of the Near East (33)

Between 1900 and 1940 France was at the heart of artistic innovation in Europe, and it gave the world the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. France was also locked into a struggle for supremacy with Germany, in two World Wars. Medals from France and Germany powerfully illustrate this conflict, and the arts of peace.
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Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 8 April 2018
Gallery 34

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

These beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils.
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Sea to Shore exhibition

pastoral landscape

Sea to Shore: Paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood

Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 27 August
European Pottery Gallery (27)

The third display from Kettle's Yard brings together paintings by Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood that are inspired by the sea and the shore.
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Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Until 10 September
Charrington Print Room (16)

This exhibition showcases a recently acquired complete set of Carl Wilhelm Kolbe’s etchings, after Salomon Gessner’s landscape drawings which capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll. A selection of works by eminent masters from whom Gessner drew inspiration, such as Claude Lorrain, can also be seen.
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Henry Moore sculpture

 

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. The sculpture, from the Henry Moore Foundation, sits on the front lawn.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over 130 works of art from the collection of Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi now populate 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 and Art Nouveau Tiffany glass. The pieces can be identified by their special labels.
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TOURS


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:tours@visitcambridge.org
£6
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YOUNG ADULTS


New: Self-led guides

The Museum has been working with its regular young people’s art groups to create a new set of self-led guides for teens. 

Each guide comes with the loan of a drawing kit, so you can find new interesting works of art, sketch in the galleries, and come up with ideas for artworks in your ‘studio’ at home.
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FAMILY ACTIVITIES



 

Family First Saturday

Sat 05 August: 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 metallic mayhem.
Free, no booking required
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Discover in a day

Fri 04 August: 10.00 - 16.00

Pick up your Discover Arts Award challenge at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Drop-in to hunt around the Museum and gather inspiration from the India Unboxed displays across Cambridge and try out different activities as part of Family Art Week. Hand in your completed booklet to achieve the Discover Arts Award in a day! Free. Ages 5+
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THE FITZWILLIAM RECOMMENDS


EARTH SKY: Richard Long at Houghton Hall

Until 26th October

This year Houghton Hall in Norfolk is host to a landmark exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Long. Explore five brand new works in the grounds of Houghton alongside documentation from Long's previous shows.
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Business Partners 2017

TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Brewin Dolphin and Sotheby’s all lend their support to the Museum as 2017 Business Partners, enabling a dynamic calendar of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

2. © Martin Bond
7. Alfred Wallis, Small boat in a rough sea, c.1936 © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
9. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
11 & 13. © Martin Bond
15. Image © Richard Long