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What’s On October 2013 – March 2014

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www.museumwales.ac.uk 0300 111 2 333 Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, 23 Nov – 16 March 2014 © Courtesy of Sir Peter Blake

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Exhibitions all free

Above: Anthony McCall, Landscape for Fire II (1972). 16mm film still. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre © the artist. Gift of the artist and Sprüth Magers Gallery, London.

Until Sun 24 November

Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground. Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935 – 62 This exhibition presents an original view of the complex British artist Keith Vaughan (1912-1977). Drawn from the large Vaughan collection held in the School of Art, Aberystwyth, it explores themes that preoccupied him – the male figure and pictorial space.

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Until Sun 3 November

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin The artist Howard Hodgkin is a passionate collector of Indian paintings. This exhibition, selected from his extraordinary private collection, includes outstanding and beautiful paintings from throughout the Mughal period (c15501850): illustrations of epics and myths, royal portraits, court life and a spectacular group of elephant portraits. On tour from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Sat 28 September – Sun 5 January

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979 A touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection featuring some of the most important British artists of the last 50 years including Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, Richard Long and David Nash. Uncommon Ground examines the way artists in the 1960s turned away from the enclosed space of the gallery and went out into the landscape to forge a new form of art. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust. Sat 19 October – Sun 9 March

Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist? On his death 100 years ago, Alfred Russel Wallace was widely praised as the ‘last of the great Victorians’. Famous for independently discovering the process of evolution by natural selection alongside Charles Darwin, today few remember this great Welsh scientist. This exhibition will be a celebration of Wallace’s life and work, and in doing so will raise our awareness of this remarkable man.

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Sir Peter Blake presents his illustrations of Under Milk Wood. This major body of work is the culmination

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Peter Blake, Gossamer Beynon’s Dream, 2002 © Courtesy of Sir Peter Blake

Tues 29 October – Sun 8 December

Manet on Tour Edouard Manet’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus (1868) on its tour of UK museums and galleries.

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From art to science, everyday objects to beautiful artefacts, you’ll find it all in one incredible museum. Opening times Tuesday – Sunday and most Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am – 5pm Closed 24-26 December 2013 and 1 January 2014. For more details on our full events programme and to sign-up for our e-newsletter, visit www.museumwales.ac.uk National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP Phone: (029) 2057 3000 or 0300 111 2 333 (charged at local rate) Details correct at time of printing. Please contact us before making a special journey. Design gilladvertising.com

Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood

of a 25-year project and is exhibited for the very first time. The show includes pencil portraits of each of the 60 characters in the cast, watercolours of the dream sequences and collages and paintings of scenes and locations in the fictional village of Llareggub. Part of DT100, the year-long celebration of the birth of Dylan Thomas.

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Sat 23 November – Sun 16 March

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This work was recently purchased by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Right: Detail of Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus (1868), by Edouard Manet © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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From Sat 22 February

Andrea Büttner

A new installation by Andrea Büttner combining two diverse collections held at National Museum Cardiff – the drawings of Gwen John from the art collections and moss from the herbarium. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Exhibitions Sat 7 December – Sun 11 May

The Double Edge: Ivor Roberts-Jones (1913-1996) and Identity in Bronze Roberts-Jones was one of this country’s finest portrait sculptors and produced some impressive monumental public sculptures in bronze. This exhibition focuses on his remarkable portraits in bronze of Welshmen who achieved greatness in all walks of life. From Tues 10 December

Dylan and Friends

Portraits of Dylan Thomas, his family and friends, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Sat 29 March – Sun 22 June From Sat 22 February

Wales: A Visitation. Poetry, Romanticism and Myth in Art American writer, Allen Ginsberg, visited Wales in 1967 and after taking LSD explored the Welsh countryside. His experience inspired his poem Wales Visitation which drew on an imagined Celtic past and the landscape and folklore of Wales. This exhibition takes inspiration from Ginsberg’s poem, using works from the Museum’s collection to explore modern and contemporary forms of Romanticism. Featured artists include David Jones, Richard Long, Graham Sutherland and Clare Woods. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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.

Library The Library holds a significant collection of antiquarian, private press and other fine volumes, particularly rich in early natural history books and accounts of tours of Wales. The Book of the Month display in the Main Hall showcases highlights from the collection. Above: Clare Woods, Hill of Hurdles, 2010 © the artist and Stuart Shave / Modern Art

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Family activities Tues 29 October – Fri 1 November, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Weekends during term time, 2pm

Clore Explorers

Natural Mark Making

Workshops to discover more about the museum’s collections and create something crafty to take home (themes vary).

Draw with unusual materials in a workshop that has been inspired by nature and our Land Art exhibition. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust. Sat 26 October – Fri 1 November (closed Mon 28 October) 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Selected Sundays, 1pm (see website for dates)

Family Science Tours

Where’s Wallace?

Special tours for family groups to explore our science galleries and find out more about evolution, biodiversity and our place in the world.

Find out about the Victorian naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace in our familyfriendly workshop.

Sat 26 October – Sun 3 November, 11am – 4pm (closed Mon 28 October)

Wallace’s Warning Signals

Hands-on

Meet the natural history curators and visit their stands in the Main Hall. Pick up a spooky trail and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour (places limited).

Tues 29 October 11am – 4pm

Mademoiselle Fanny Claus – Family Activities

A day of exploration for everyone with ‘meet the curators’ and hands-on activities for all the family.

Explore this painting by Edouard Manet through dressing-up and drop-in art activities in the gallery. This painting is on tour from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Archaeology Open Day

Talk

Tour.

Mobility restrictions may

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Special Hallowe’en Natural History Open Day

Fri 1 November, 10am – 12.30pm, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Learn about the warning colours used in nature and make your own vivid animal mask. Drop-in workshop, but spaces may be limited.

Book on arrival

Wed 30 October 11am – 4pm

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Family activities Sat 2 – Sun 3 November 11am, 1pm & 3pm

You Should Ask Wallace

Sat 7 – Sun 8 December 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Where’s Wallace? See 26 October for details.

Join Theatr Na Nóg for performances based on the life of the Victorian naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace. Sat 16 November 11am – 4pm

Diwali Mela

Join us for a fun-packed day of Bollywood and Bhangra music and dance, rangoli workshops, fashion shows, Asian arts & crafts, family events and more. In association with Hindu Association Wales & India Centre Cardiff. Sat 16 – Sun 17 November 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Grow Your Own Baby Bulb!

Learn about growing bulbs and plant your own baby bulb to take home!

Sat 14 December 11am – 4pm

Festive Family Fun Join us for a day of celebrations, music, stories and workshops. Plus Santa Claus at 3pm!

Sat 21 December – Sun 5 January, 11am – 4pm (closed 24 – 26 December and 1 January)

Sat 21 December – Sun 5 January, 11am – 4pm (closed 24 – 26 December and 1 January)

Winter Animal Hunt Follow the trail around the museum to solve the clues. Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited. January 2014, date TBC

Star Attractions at the Museum A fun-filled day of spacethemed family activities. See website for details.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales Take inspiration from the work of Dylan Thomas to make a treasure box for your Christmas goodies. Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited. Sat 25 January 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Big Garden Birdwatch

Find out which birds you can see during winter and make a bird feeder to encourage them into your garden. 6

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Sat 1 February 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Sat 1 March 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Noisy Dinosaurs Workshop

Our Cardiff – St David’s Day Celebration

Find out more about dinosaurs, the sounds they made and explore some fossils from our collection. Then take part in a noisy reading of a story about a special dinosaur called Albie, written by one of our museum team. Part of National Storytelling Week.

Make an imaginative piece of artwork that describes the best bits of the city. Sat 8 – Sun 9 March 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Sow Now, Eat Later! Peter Blake, Captain Cat © Courtesy of Sir Peter Blake

Tues 25 – Fri 28 February 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Illustration Workshop

Sat 22 – Fri 28 February 11am – 4pm (closed Mon 24 February)

Create illustrations inspired by the work of Sir Peter Blake. Places limited.

I Love Archaeology Help us celebrate Welsh archaeology by making a piece of artwork. Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited.

Sat 22 – Fri 28 February (closed Mon 24 February) 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Where’s Wallace?

Pick up tips and seedlings to help grow your own veg for the summer. Sun 16 March 11am – 4pm

Brain Games A set of fun and interactive competitive activities offering primary school children the chance to collect points and learn what the brain does.

Sat 1 March, 11am – 4pm

St David’s Day Family Fun

A celebration of our beloved Welsh poet Dylan Thomas with singing, poetry, music, stories and creative workshops. See website for details.

Dylan Thomas painting?

See 26 October for details. Book on arrival

Talk

Hands-on

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Music. All events are free unless this symbol is shown

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Wed 9 October, 6pm

Special Evening Art Lecture: In Conversation with Howard Hodgkin

Daily at 12.30pm for 30 – 40 minutes

Guided Tour: Highlights of Art A free tour of selected works in the art galleries with a volunteer guide.

Above: Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an elephant elephant, c1645 © The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

Tues 1 & Tues 8 October, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences

Come behind-the-scenes to visit the natural science collections. Meet our museum scientists, learn about their research and how they look after and document the objects in their care.

Fri 4 October, 2pm – 4pm

Art Opinions Service Bring in your own picture or art object for opinions/ referrals by the Art Department. Valuations cannot be given.

Fri 4 October, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Contemporary Ceramics: introducing some recent acquisitions by Rachel Conroy, Curator of Applied Art.

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Wed 9 October & Wed 23 October, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

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Wed 9 October, 6pm

Sun 13 October, 11.30am

Tues 22 October, 1.05pm

In Conversation with Howard Hodgkin. Take this rare opportunity to listen to the artist and collector, Howard Hodgkin, talking about his outstanding collection of Mughal Indian paintings. Introduced by Rana Mitter, Presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves and Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford. Tickets £5 adults / £4 concessions from www. museumwales.ac.uk/shop.

Ensemble Cymru Tickets: £8.90* adults / £6.70* concessions from New Theatre Box Office (029) 2087 8889, or www. museumwales.ac.uk/shop. On the door: £10. Thanks to the generosity of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, tickets are free for everyone 8–25 years except for solo performances. (*includes handling fee)

Conservation Laboratory: Latest Work.

Special Evening Art Lecture

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Sun 13 October, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Fri 25 October, 1pm

Organ Recital

Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the historic art galleries for recitals by guest soloists on the 18thcentury Williams Wynn Wynnstay organ. Organised by Cardiff Organ Events. Sponsored by Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.

Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama perform in the galleries. Tues 15 October, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art Maharaja Dhiraj Singh of Raghugarh riding,Raghugarh, Central India, c.1700 © The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

Fri 11 October, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk ‘A porcelain equal in every respect to the French’: Welsh porcelain 1813-1826 by Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art. Book on arrival

Book online

Join conservator Emily O’Reilly to visit the Paper Conservation studio. Fri 18 October, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk David Cox’s Oil Painting Technique by Rebecca Ellison, Oil Paintings Conservator. Adults

Talk

Tour

Sat 26 October 10.30am – 3.45pm

Unknown Wales: A Celebration of Welsh Wildlife A day conference celebrating new discoveries in Welsh wildlife.To book, call 01656 724100 or e-mail info@welshwildlife.org

Music

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Tues 29 October, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: The Library

View examples of illustrated private press books in the Library’s special collections. Wed 30 October, 1.05pm

Wallace at Lunchtime

The first in a series of lunchtime talks based on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace. See website for details.

Fri 1 November, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Lunchtime Concert

An introduction to Edouard Manet’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, on loan from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

See 13 October for details.

Fri 1 November, 2pm – 4pm

Paintings Conservation Studio.

Art Opinions Service See 4 October for details. Tues 5 & Tues 12 November, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 1 October for details. Wed 6 & Wed 20 November, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Fri 8 & Fri 15 November 1.05pm Thurs 31 October, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

A tour of the Origins gallery for Welsh learners.

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979. See website for details.

Taith Iaith

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Sun 10 November, 1pm

Tues 19 November, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

Sun 24 November 11.30am

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Castalian Quartet. See 13 October for booking details. Tues 26 November, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Artefact Study Room: The Early Mesolithic of Burry Holms, Gower.

Wed 27 November, 1.05pm

Wallace at Lunchtime

See 30 October for details.

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Fri 13 December, 1.05pm

Wed 4 December, 6pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Special Evening Art Lecture

Jeff Towns, antiquarian book dealer and leading expert on Dylan Thomas, discusses the exhibition Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

In Conversation with Sir Peter Blake. Join legendary pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, as he discusses his illustrations of Under Milk Wood. Introduced by Mel Gooding, writer, art critic and exhibition curator. Tickets £5 adults/£4 concessions from www. museumwales.ac.uk/shop Thurs 28 November, 1.05pm

Taith Iaith

A tour of the exhibition Uncommon Ground for Welsh learners. Fri 29 November, 1pm

Organ Recital

Sun 15 December, 11.30am

Cardiff Coffee Concert Fri 6 December, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk An Introduction to Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, by Beth McIntyre, Exhibition Curator. Fri 6 December, 2pm – 4pm

Art Opinions Service

See 25 October for details. Tues 3 & Tues 10 December, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences

See 4 October for details. Sun 8 December, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert See 13 October for details.

See 1 October for details.

Mavron String Quartet. See 13 October for booking details.

Wed 11 December, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Thurs 19 December, 2pm

Carols at the Museum

Join us for a festive gathering with songs, mince pies and mulled wine. Tues 7 & Tues 14 January 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 1 October for details.

Book on arrival

Book online

Adults

Talk

Tour

Music

Mobility restrictions may apply, please call for advice. All events are free unless this symbol is shown

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Wed 8 & Wed 22 January, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Fri 17 January, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Tues 21 January, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Portrait Miniatures. Take a closer look at some of the Museum’s fine collection of portrait miniatures.

Conservation Laboratory: Latest Work.

Ivor Roberts-Jones, Kyffin Williams Š Estate of Ivor Roberts-Jones

An Introduction to The Double Edge: Ivor RobertsJones (1913-1996) and Identity in Bronze by Oliver Fairclough.

Fri 24 January, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Sun 19 January, 11.30am

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Emma Kirkby (soprano) & Howard Williams (fortepiano). See 13 October for booking details.

Tues 28 January, 1.05pm

Finding the Double Edge: Ivor Roberts-Jones and Public Sculpture, by Jonathan Black, Senior Research Fellow in the History of Art at Kingston University and author of Abstraction and Reality: The Sculpture of Ivor Roberts-Jones.

Wed 29 January, 1.05pm

Wallace at Lunchtime

See 30 October for details. Thurs 30 January, 1.05pm

Taith Iaith

Amazing Adaptations: Welsh language talk to explore the special adaptations that animals and plants have for survival. Fri 31 January, 1pm

Organ Recital

See 25 October for details. Tues 4 & Tues 11 February, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences

Sun 26 January, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert

See 1 October for details.

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Wed 26 February, 1.05pm

Fri 7 February, 1.05pm

Wallace at Lunchtime

Art Lunchtime Talk Modelling versus Carving: Modern Sculpture from Rodin to Hepworth. Join Head of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nicholas Thornton, for a talk on some of the sculpture on display in the galleries. Wed 5 February, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Fri 7 February, 2pm – 4pm

Art Opinions Service

See 30 October for details. Thurs 27 February, 1.05pm

Taith Iaith

Sun 16 February, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert

Art Lunchtime Talk Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. See website for details. Sun 16 February 11.30am

Organ Recital

Tues 18 February, 1.05pm

See 25 October for details.

Behind the Scenes: Art

Join curator Rachel Conroy for a handling session focussing on the Museum’s internationally important collection of historic Welsh ceramics. Wed 19 February, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Tues 4 March, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 1 October for details. Wed 5 & Wed 19 March, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Fri 7 March, 1.05pm

Cardiff Coffee Concert Erato Piano Trio. See 13 October for booking details. Book on arrival

Fri 28 February, 1pm

See 13 October for details.

See 4 October for details. Fri 14 & Fri 21 February, 1.05pm

A Welsh language guided tour of the Clore Discovery Centre.

Book online

Tues 25 February, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Art Lunchtime Talk Wales: A Visitation – an introduction to the exhibition by Nicholas Thornton.

Artefact Study Room: Medieval floor tiles. Talk

Tour

Music

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Fri 7 March, 2pm – 4pm

Art Opinions Service

Tues 18 March, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

See 4 October for details. Sun 9 March, 11.30am

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Sara Trickey (violin) & Daniel Tong (piano). See 13 October for booking details. Tues 11 March, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences

Curator Anne Pritchard explores researching historic paintings. Fri 21 March, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Wales: A Visitation. See website for details. Tues 25 March, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

See 1 October for details. Fri 14 March, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Wales: A Visitation. Melissa Munro looks at the NeoRomantic works of John Piper, Ceri Richards and David Jones in the Derek Williams Trust Collection. Sun 16 March, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert See 13 October for details.

Book on arrival

Book online

Human remains store: Bronze Age burials. Wed 26 March, 1.05pm

Wallace at Lunchtime

See 30 October for details. Thurs 27 March, 1.05pm

Taith Iaith

Bats and Welsh woodland animals tour for Welsh learners.

Talk

Tour

Fri 28 March, 1pm

Organ Recital See 25 October for details.

Coming soon... Our season of Sunday Coffee Concerts continue on Sunday 6 April and Sunday 18 May 2014. Tickets available from New Theatre Box Office or www.museumwales. ac.uk/shop. Free Lunchtime Concerts also take place on 18 May and 22 June.

April

Poppies Launch In April, we begin our programme of activities to commemorate the centenary of World War I. Join us at the launch, when we invite people to sow poppy seeds and remember those who have fallen for us in this war and others. Look out for our inspiring programme of events across all our sites over the coming years!

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