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National Museum Cardiff What’s On Spring Guide March-June 2013

Exhibitions Family Fun Talks and Tours Music

www.museumwales.ac.uk 0300 111 2333 Allen Jones, Buses, 1964 (detail) Š the artist.

Exhibitions - all FREE Tim Davies: Drift

Pop and Abstract Sat 9 March-Sun 1 September

Ken Elias, Days are where we live, 1968-69 (University of Glamorgan collection) © the artist.

The ‘Swinging Sixties’ transformed British art in the post-war period through vibrant colour and American influences to create a progressive, international style. This exhibition features important artists such as Peter Blake, Alan Davie, David Hockney and Bridget Riley alongside artists with close links to Wales including Ken Elias, Mali Morris, John Selway and Ernest Zobole. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

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Sat 9 March-Sun 26 May Drift is a video installation created by Tim Davies when he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2011. The work presents a dramatic and poignant portrait of Venice, creating links with the way the city is represented in the Museum's historic collection by artists such as Canaletto, Monet and Whistler.

Holly Davey: The Landing Commission Sat 9 MarchSun 1 September An expansive photographic installation commissioned by the Museum in 2012 for the landing area of the Contemporary Art Galleries. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

The Eric and Jean Cass Collection

Ken Bowling, Caesar's Plume, 1973 © the artist.

Sat 4 May-Sun 21 July A range of paintings, prints and ceramics by international artists donated to the Museum by Eric and Jean Cass through the Contemporary Art Society in 2012.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333

Julian Stair: Quietus - The Vessel, Death and the Human Body Sat 6 April-Sun 7 July A major solo exhibition by an acclaimed ceramicist exploring the containment of the human body after death. Beautiful funerary vessels, from cinerary jars to sarcophagi, engage the visitor with this challenging subject through the symbolism of ceramic containers. Quietus is a touring exhibition in collaboration with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Picturing Castles Sat 25 MaySun 29 September A celebration of Wales’ many castles featuring watercolours, drawings and prints from 1670s-1860s by artists such as Henry Gastineau, Paul Sandby, Thomas Girtin and Richard Wilson.

Jonah Jones: Y Gair – The Word Until Sun 7 April An introduction to the work of the artist, author and educator Jonah Jones (1919-2004) across different media, focusing on sculpture and calligraphy.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Sat 16 MarchSun 28 April A prestigious competition showcasing the best in photographic images of the natural world, which is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. 58 © Jordi Chias (Spain) Turtle gem

Shirley Jones: 30 Years of the Red Hen Press

Animeiddio Cymru – Wales Animation

Sat 20 April-Sun 30 June Shirley Jones is an artist, writer and printer. Her Red Hen Press in Powys has created limited edition books for 30 years. Each book is a total concept, combining text, images and binding in perfect harmony.

Until Sun 17 March Discover your favourite characters with original puppets, props and artwork. Plus screenings of special episodes and interactive SuperTed adventure.

Beans on Toast Sat 25 MaySun 29 September Where does our food really come from? Does it matter what we eat? Visit our family exhibition to investigate the journey of beans on toast, from plant to plate. Part of the British Ecological Society's Festival of Ecology: www.festivalofecology.org

Library The Museum’s Library holds a significant collection of antiquarian, private press and other fine volumes, particularly rich in natural history books and accounts of tours of Wales. The Book of the Month display in the Main Hall showcases highlights from the collection.

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Family Activities St David’s Day: Family Day Sat 2 March 11am-4pm Enjoy a range of family activities and crafts to celebrate all things Welsh plus live music provided by the Music Partnership Forum Wales Festival.

Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival Wed 20-Sun 24 March

Clore Discovery Centre Family Activities Find out more about fossils, dinosaurs, plants, animals and life in the past. Activities run at 2pm each Saturday and Sunday during term-time and between 11am-4pm during school holidays.

Science Tours for Families Explore the science galleries with our volunteer guides. See website for details.

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Explore, Discover, Create… Every Saturday until 29 June, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Art and Science workshops take place on alternate Saturdays. Each week a different specimen or work of art inspires you to make something to take home. Explore, Discover, Create is generously sponsored by Westco.

Join us for the first ever Children's Literature Festival in Cardiff, where events include Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown. There are more festival events happening at St. Fagans too, so check out the website for details: www.cardiffchildrenslitfest.com

Dinosaur Masks Sat 23 March-Sun 7 April 11am-4pm Find out about some unusual dinosaurs and make a mask to take home.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333

Archaeology Discovery Day

Natural Science Family Talk

Sat 23 March 10.30am-4pm

Wed 27 March, 1.05pm

A day of activities for everyone, to complement National Science & Engineering Week

Wildlife Photo Family Workshops Tues 26-Thurs 28 March 11am, 1pm & 3pm Take part in our wild photo quiz, discover some stunning wildlife images and try out your own photography skills around the museum.

Sea Dragons and Smugglers: Fossils and Geology of the South Wales Coast. Dr Christian Baars, Geology Department.

Egg Hunt Fri 29 March-Mon 1 April Find all the eggs hidden around the museum to win a prize.

Scratch, Splash & Smudge Family Workshops Tues 2-Fri 5 April 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Natural History Open Day

Fashion Futures Sat 27 April 10.30am-3.30pm Is your future in fashion? Book your place on our day of workshops and talks. See website for details.

Cardiff Astronomical Family Day Sat 11 May 10am-4pm Come along to the Cardiff Astronomy Festival and find out the whole story behind the Sun, our nearest star. Talks, solar viewing through specialist telescopes, astronomical equipment for sale and advice on this fascinating hobby.

Make your own abstract work of art to take home.

Wed 27 March 10am-4pm Meet the Natural History Curators, see a selection of specimens from our stores, follow our family quiz trail and book onto a special tour to explore the collections stored behind the scenes (suitable for age 8+).

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Fossil Fanatics Mon 27-Fri 31 May, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Discover dinosaurs, ammonites and trilobites in the Evolution of Wales gallery and make a prehistoric memento to take home.

Pots from the Past Sat 25 May-Sun 2 June 11am-4pm Make a piece of art inspired by the pots used to prepare food in ancient times.

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Land & Larder Sat 15-Sun 16 June 10am-4pm Join us for a weekend of natural history activities exploring the theme of “food” – food for wildlife AND food for us. Part of the British Ecological Society's Festival of Ecology: www.festivalofecology.org

Sustainable Supermarket Sweep Sat 15-Sun 16 June 11am, 1pm & 3pm A shopping challenge to feed your family a healthy meal that doesn’t cost the earth. Plus easy seasonal recipes to make at home.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333

Tours, Talks, Concerts and more Daily Guided Tour: Highlights of Art 12.30pm for 30-40 minutes

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 8 March, 1.05pm

Tues 5 March, 1.05pm

Guided Tour: Origins – in search of early Wales Every Saturday & Sunday 11.45am for 30-40 minutes

Fri 1 March, 10am-12pm Join us for a morning of celebration. Enjoy brass bands in the Main Hall and a hearty breakfast menu to celebrate local produce in our Oriel Restaurant and Coffee Shop. Part of Music Partnership Forum Wales Festival.

Art Opinions Service Fri 1 March, 2-4pm Bring in your own picture or art object for opinions/referrals by the Art Department. Valuations cannot be given. Charged

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Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Cardiff Coffee Concert Sun 10 March, 11.30am

Wed 6 March, 1.05pm

St David’s Day: Brass and Breakfast

Free

Find out how viewing pollen through a microscope can help us reconstruct vegetation of the past.

Don't Look Now: The Cleaning and Restoration of Canaletto's Bacino di San Marco, Looking North. Adam Webster, Chief Conservator.

Search for the Silures: the Llanmelin Community Project. Caroline Pudney, Community Archaeologist for Cadw

Esmée Fairbairn Evening Lecture Wed 6 March, 5.45pm Krupp: Photography and the Making of a Company Archive. Professor Ute Eskildsen, former Director and Head of Photography at Museum Folkwang, Essen, explores the documentary aspects of the Krupp archive. For details and booking, e-mail historic.photography@ museumwales.ac.uk

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Katarina Wolpe (Piano) performs Schubert’s: Three Impromptus, Stefan Wolpe’s Form for Piano (1959) and Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat, Op.110. Advance tickets cost £8.80* adults / £6.60* concessions from New Theatre Box Office (029) 2087 8889, or www.museumwales.ac.uk. £10 on the door. (*Includes handling fee.)

Behind the Scenes: Geology Tues 12 March, 1.05pm Meet our museum scientists, find out about their research and discover how they look after and document the rocks, fossils and minerals in their care. Tour will vary each month. Book by telephone 7

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 15 March, 1.05pm

Evening Lecture: Solar Max Wed 20 March, 7.30pm

Margam House in 1700: A Lost Welsh Mansion. Oliver Fairclough, Keeper of Art.

Still Life with Guitar Sun 17 March, 1pm A musical celebration of the shared Celtic heritage of Wales and Ireland by Emma Coulthard (flute) and Michael McCartney (guitar) performed in the galleries.

Behind the Scenes: Art Tues 19 March, 1.05pm How to mount a watercolour or print.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 20 March, 1.05pm Ice Age Island: New Discoveries of Neanderthal and Modern Hunter Gatherer Archaeology in Jersey. Dr Matthew Pope, Senior Research/Teaching Fellow, Institute of Archaeology.

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Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Tues 26 March, 1.05pm

Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre. A discussion of the science behind the Sun’s activity, eruptions in its magnetic field and the impact on us with Dr Lucie Green, Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

See the pottery from the site of the medieval kiln at Drybridge Park in Monmouth and find out what happens when good pots go bad!

Art Lunchtime Talk

Organ Recital

Fri 22 March, 1.05pm

Fri 29 March, 1pm

From Medieval Monastery to Country House: The Evidence of Two Late Seventeenth-Century Pictures of Margam Abbey. Dr David M Robinson FSA.

James Gough performs on the 18th-century Williams Wynn Wynnstay organ. Organised by Cardiff Organ Events. Sponsored by Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Lunchtime Concert Sun 24 March, 1pm Students from the string and keyboard departments of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama perform in the galleries.

Art Opinions Service Fri 5 April, 2-4pm See 1 March for details.

Behind the Scenes: Geology Tues 9 April, 1.05pm See 12 March for details.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333

Lunchtime Talk: Archaeology

Behind the Scenes: Art

Natural Science Lunchtime Talk

Tues 10 April, 1.05pm

Tues 16 April, 1.05pm

Wed 24 April, 1.05pm

A Very Fair Castel on the River Usk - Newport Castle and its Marcher Lords. Will Davies, Regional Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology, CADW.

The Paintings Conservation Studio.

Lapis Lazuli Mineralogy A Tool to Provenance Archaeological Artefacts. Dr Jana Horák, Geology Department.

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 12 April, 1.05pm Pop and Abstract: A gallery tour with Nicholas Thornton, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Cardiff Coffee Concert Sun 14 April, 11.30am Gabrielle Painter (Violin) and Evgenia Startseva (Piano) perform Brahms’ Violin Sonata in G, Op.78 and Enescu’s Violin Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.25. For booking details, see 10 March. Thanks to the generosity of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, tickets are free for all between the ages of 8-25 (inclusive) for this performance.

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Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Tues 17 April, 1.05pm

Organ Recital Fri 26 April, 1pm

From Drawing Board to Workbench: Viking Combs Revisited. Ian Dennis, Archaeological Illustrator, Cardiff University.

Guest soloist Robert Court. See 29 March for details.

Art Lunchtime Talk

Lunchtime Concert

Fri 19 April, 1.05pm

Sun 28 April, 1pm

Pop and Abstract: Pop Goes the Valleys. Dr Ceri Thomas, Curator, Art Historian and Artist.

Students from the harp department of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama perform in the galleries.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Behind the Scenes: The Library

Tues 23 April, 1.05pm Discover the secrets of ancient painted wall plaster fragments in the conservation laboratory.

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Tues 30 April, 1.05pm Examine the accounts of tours of Wales made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Art Lunchtime Talk

Art Lunchtime Talk

Fri 3 May, 1.05pm

Fri 10 May, 1.05pm

The Age of Jazz: The Influence of American Abstract Expressionism on British Art. Melissa Munro, Derek Williams Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Artist Tim Davies introduces his installation Drift - films he made when representing Wales at the Venice Biennale 2011.

Lunchtime Concert Sun 19 May, 1pm

Art Opinions Service Fri 3 May, 2-4pm See 1 March for details.

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity Tues 7 May, 1.05pm Visit the Herbarium to discover how we identify and preserve plant specimens for the collections.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 8 May, 1.05pm Technology or Design? Decorating Metalwork in the 1st century AD. Mary Davis, Senior Conservator, Department of Archaeology.

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Behind the Scenes: Geology Tues 14 May, 1.05pm See 12 March for details.

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 17 May, 1.05pm Quietus in Context – A Brief History of Funerary Ceramics. Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art.

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama perform baroque guitar music in the galleries.

Behind the Scenes: Art Tues 21 May, 1.05pm The Paper Conservation Studio.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 22 May, 1.05pm Archaeological Excavation of Experimental Roundhouses. Professor Martin Bell, Head of Department of Archaeology, University of Reading.

Sun 19 May, 11.30am The vocal group Farthingale Ensemble performs Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.39, John Metcalf’s Two Settings of Ceiriog plus works by Michael Parkin and Steve Crowther. For booking details, see 10 March. Thanks to the generosity of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, tickets are free for all between the ages of 8-25 (inclusive) for this performance.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 24 May, 1.05pm Julian Stair: the artist talks about his exhibition Quietus - The Vessel, Death and the Human Body.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Tues 28 May, 1.05pm Discover the stories behind three medals for gallantry won by a policeman, an RAF pilot and a rooftop rescuer at Cardiff’s Royal Hotel.

Art Lunchtime Talk

Art Lunchtime Talk

Fri 7 June, 1.05pm

Fri 14 June, 1.05pm

In Other Spaces: The Sensitivity between Ceramics and Sites. James Beighton, Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Curator of Quietus exhibition.

Artist Shirley Jones discusses her work in the exhibition 30 Years of the Red Hen Press.

Sun 16 June, 1pm

Art Opinions Service

Organ Recital Fri 31 May, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert Sinfonia Newydd from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama perform in the galleries.

Fri 7 June, 2-4pm Guest soloist Robin Baggs. See 29 March for details.

See 1 March for details.

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity

Behind the Scenes: Geology

Tues 4 June, 1.05pm

Tues 11 June, 1.05pm

See our natural history collections with museum scientists.

See 12 March for details.

Graham Sutherland and Design.

Castles Field Trip to West Wales

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Wed 12 June

Wed 19 June, 1.05pm

Dr John Kenyon will examine some of the sites that feature in the exhibition Picturing Castles. See website for details.

All at Sea: Learning how to make a Bronze Age Sewn Plank Boat. Dr Linda Hurcombe, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Exeter.

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Behind the Scenes: Art Tues 18 June, 1.05pm

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Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 21 June, 1.05pm

Natural History Lunchtime Talk Wed 26 June, 1.05pm

Private Presses in Wales, in conjunction with Shirley Jones: 30 Years of the Red Hen Press. John Kenyon, Librarian.

Gwyl Ifan Sat 22 June, 12noon Dancers and musicians from Wales and other countries dress in colourful costumes to perform in the Main Hall.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Horsetails: The Curse of the Gardener or an Evolutionary Miracle? Dr Chris Cleal, Department of Biodiversity.

Gregynog Festival Day

Lunchtime Talk: Food Security From Global to Local Thurs 27 June, 1.05pm Professor Denis Murphy, University of Glamorgan. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology: www.festivalofecology.org

Wed 26 June

Organ Recital Performances and lectures to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Wales' oldest classical music festival, founded by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. See website for details.

Fri 28 June, 1pm Guest soloist Relf Clark. See 29 March for details.

Tues 25 June, 1.05pm What can the finds from the Courtyard House at Caerwent tell us about life in a Roman home in Wales?

Find out more about all of these events and sign up for our e-newsletter at www.museumwales.ac.uk Open: Tues-Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am-5pm. How to find us: Located in Cardiff’s Civic Centre. Take J32 from the M4 southbound onto the A470, following signs for the city centre. From Cardiff Central bus and train station, take the number 6 BayCar from Penarth Road at the back of the train station to Museum Avenue. Details correct at time of printing. Please check www.museumwales.ac.uk before making a special journey.

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333


National Museum Cardiff - What's On Spring Guide 2013