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National Museum Cardiff What’s On Autumn and Winter Guide

Exhibitions Family Fun Talks and Tours Music (029) 2057 3000 Phil Collins free fotolab 2009, shortlisted artist for Arts Mundi 5

Exhibitions - all FREE Going Modern: the struggle for Abstract Art in Wales Until Sun 25 November The selected artists in this display were either members of 56 Group Wales or had been invited to join the group at some point in their careers.

J.M.W Turner in focus: The Davies Sisters’ Collection Until Fri 25 January This display brings together the works bequeathed to the Museum by the Davies sisters and explores recent investigations into the paintings as part of the BBC television series Fake or Fortune?

The Wolf Inside Until Sun 24 February Ever wondered about the ancestors of your pet dog? Or why are there so many different kinds of sheep? Find out more amongst the skulls and skeletons on display.

Animeiddio Cymru - Wales Animation Until Sun 17 March From Jerry the Tyke to SuperTed, Fireman Sam to Rastamouse, Wales has been at the heart of animation for close to a century. Come to experience the past, the present and the future in Wales Animation.

Jonah Jones Y Gair – The Word Sat 8 December-Sun 7 April An introduction to the work of the artist, author and educator Jonah Jones (1919-2004), focusing on sculpture and calligraphy.

Library The Museum’s Library holds a significant collection of antiquarian, private press and other fine volumes. The 'Book of the Month' display in the Main Hall shows examples from the collection.

What’s On Brochure Survey We would welcome your feedback on the What’s On brochure and would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer our online survey by visiting: www.museumwales. Thank you.

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), The Beacon Light, 1840s, oil on canvas, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, (c) National Museum Wales.


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Until Sun 13 January Artes Mundi is Wales’s biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art exhibition. Featuring work by seven groundbreaking contemporary artists from Europe, Latin America, India and Scandinavia, this must-see show includes painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film and performance. The exhibition explores social themes telling stories of lived experience, and gives a platform for commentary on the world today. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is principal sponsor of Artes Mundi 5. Artes Mundi is publicly funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government and the City and County of Cardiff.

Guided Tour



Lunchtime Performance

Daily 2pm (Until 13 January)

Thu 1 November, 1.05pm

Explore the exhibition with one of our Live Guides.

Artist Kathryn Ashill explores the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Art Cart

Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Respect Campaign 2012

Every Saturday, 10am-4pm (Until 12 January)

Lunchtime Performance

Create your own response to the exhibition.

Thu 8 November, 1.05pm Stories for grown-ups told by Michael Harvey.

Family Workshops

Lunchtime Talk

Every Sunday, 11am, 1pm & 3pm (Until 13 January)

Lunchtime Performance Thu 15 November, 1.05pm Jazz Time from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Fri 9 November, 1.05pm

Create your own works of art with the help of the Artes Mundi Live Guides.

Artes Mundi and Indian contemporary art by Zehra Jumabhoy, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Lunchtime Performance Thu 22 November, 1.05pm Live music, in association with Sw ˆ n Festival.




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Artes Mundi Conference

Lunchtime Performance

Lunchtime Performance

Wed 28 November

Thu 6 December, 1.05pm

Thu 3 January, 1.05pm

Exploring contemporary art’s shifting relationship with ideas of borders and the cultural politics of place. For more details and ticket prices visit

The Welsh Sinfonia perform the world première of a series of short pieces by composers from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Sgwadiau 'Sgwennu'r Ifainc and Young People's Writing Squads, in association with Literature Wales.

Lunchtime Performance

Lunchtime Performance Thu 13 December, 1.05pm

Thu 29 November, 1.05pm BookIns, the unique community group reading aloud event: bring your favourite books and bring them alive by reading out loud simultaneously with other readers. Your chance to become an active part of the exhibition.

Menna Elfyn, in Association with the India-Wales Writer's Chain.

Lunchtime Performances Thu 10 January, 1.05pm Dirty Protest Theatre, commissioning new writing from Welsh talent.

Lunchtime Talk Fri 30 November, 1.05pm Performance and the Exhibition. David Thorp, Associate Director, Artes Mundi. Sheela Gowda, Heartland (detail) 2011


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Family Activities Clore Discovery Centre

BBC Prehistoric Autopsy

Telescope Family Workshop

Thu 8-Sun 11 November

Sat 24 November, 11am-4pm

Discover and handle hundreds of Museum objects. Pick up a free gallery trail or bring in your mystery object and we’ll help you identify it. Family activities at 2pm each weekend and every day during school holidays, 11am-4pm.

Members of Cardiff Astronomical Society will advise you on what telescope to buy for all levels of expertise and size of budget.

To accompany the BBC series, this hands-on exhibition shows us what evolution really means.

Christmas Characters Cartoon Family Day

Film Screening

Sat 1 December, 11am-4pm

Fri 16 November, 1pm

Explore, Discover, Create‌ Every Saturday 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Under Milk Wood (1972 Cert 15)

Join Warped Drawings and create some festive cartoon works of art!

Diwali Mela Sat 17 November, 11am-4pm

Art and Science workshops take place on alternate Saturdays. Every week you will learn about different specimens or works of art and then make something to take home. Suitable for children age 4+. Explore, Discover, Create is generously sponsored by Westco.



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A 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.


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Book on Arrival


Christmas Film Club

Winter Animals Family Trail

Animation Family Workshops

Sat 1 December

Sat 8 & Sat 22 DecemberSun 6 January, (closed Mondays) 10am-4pm

Sat 22 DecemberSun 6 January, (closed Mondays) 10am-4pm

Enjoy festive films to celebrate our Animation Wales Exhibition.

Christmas Family Fun Day Sat 8 December, 11am-4pm

Can you find all of the winter animals that have come out of hibernation to hide around the Museum? Collect a family trail from the Clore Discovery Centre then explore the Museum to find the clues.

Create your own piece of visual art.

Festive crafts, music, museum trails and carols around the Christmas tree.


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Stargazing Live Family Day

Family Film Club

Sat 12 January, 11am-4pm A day of space-themed family fun that’s out of this world! In conjunction with BBC Stargazing Live 2013. Subject to change, please check the website for full details.

Chinese New Year Family Workshops Sat 26 January, 11am-4pm A day of Chinese-inspired workshops. Learn to write your name in Chinese.

Sat 26 & Sun 27 January, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Find out which birds you are likely to see during winter and make a bird feeder to encourage them into your garden.


All in the Genes Family Workshop Sat 9-Sun 17 February (Closed Monday), 10am-4pm

Enjoy a classic family film.

Cartoon Family Workshops Sat 9-Tue 12 February (Closed Monday), 11am-4pm Have you ever wanted to be a cartoonist? Come and have a go in our family workshop with Cardiff’s ‘Warped Drawings’.

Animated Family Fun Workshops Sat 9-Tue 12 February (Closed Monday), 11am & 3pm

Big Garden Bird Watch


Sat 9-Sun 17 February (daily except Monday), 2pm

A chance to animate your family! Explore the art, natural history and archaeology of the Museum and then create a short animated sequence of your own in this creative workshop.

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Learn more about animals in our family workshops.

The Wolf Inside Family Workshops Wed 13-Sun 17 February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Visit the exhibition and make your own artwork in response to the displays.

Canine Capers Sat 16 February, 11am-4pm A family fun day celebrating our four-legged, tailwagging friends.

St David’s Day Family Day Saturday 2 March, 11am-4pm Family activities and crafts to celebrate all things Welsh and enjoy live music as part of the Music Partnership Forum Wales Festival.


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

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity

Come Draw with Me! Thu 8 November, 6pm-8pm

Tue 6 November 1.05pm

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

Artes Mundi 5 Guided Tour Daily 2pm (Until 13 January)

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


Meet our museum scientists and get some hands-on experience of the work they do. Find out more about our research and how we look after the collections in our care. See website for details each month. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call (029) 2057 3148.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 7 November, 1.05pm Spears from the Lake: recreating the Llyn Cerrig Bach ironwork. David Chapman, Ancient Arts.

The Campaign for Drawing invites you to join five acclaimed artists – Brendan Stuart Burns, Laura Ford, Marega Palser, Stephen West and Sue Williams – for a unique evening in the Impressionist and Modern Art galleries. Share their inspiration in these worldfamous collections to refresh and develop your own drawing skills. Tickets: £25, includes materials and refreshments, only available online from Supported by STAEDTLER.

Lunchtime Concert Sun 11 November, 1pm Music and words from the First and Second World Wars. Performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

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Behind the Scenes: Geology

Behind the Scenes: Art

Natural Science Lunchtime Talk

Tue 13 Nov, 1.05pm

Tue 20 November, 1.05pm

Wed 28 November, 1.05pm

Meet our museum scientists, find out about their research, and discover how they look after and document the collections in their care. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call (029) 2057 3148.

Welsh ceramics – recent acquisitions.

Plumbing Arctic depths at 68 Degrees North. Dr Andrew Mackie, Biodiversity Department.

Taith Iaith Thu 29 November, 1pm

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Tour the Artes Mundi exhibition and practice your Welsh.

Sun 18 November, 11.30am Brodowski Quartet

Organ Recital Fri 30 November, 1pm

Smetana: String Quartet No.1 in E minor (From my life) Dvorak: Quartet in F, Op.96 (American) Advance tickets*: Adults £8.80, Concessions £6.60 from New Theatre Box Office: (029) 2087 8889 or Small number of tickets available on the door on the day of the concert: £10. *Includes handling fee.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 21 November, 1.05pm 'Light Fantastic' in the Vale: the St Fagans Historic Landscape Project. Dr Mark Redknap, Archaeology Department.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Tue 27 November 1.05pm

Guest soloists will perform on the Williams-Wynn 18thcentury organ. Sponsored by Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. November’s soloist is David Geoffrey Thomas.

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity Tue 4 Dec, 1.05pm See 6 November for details.

See website for details. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call (029) 2057 3148.





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Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 5 December, 1.05pm Heritage Iron: How fast is it disappearing and can we slow it down? Professor David Watkinson, Department of Archaeology, Cardiff University.

Art Lunchtime Talk

Staff Carols

Art Lunchtime Talk

Thu 13 December, 3pm

Fri 11 January, 1.05pm

Join us for a festive sing along with mulled wine and mince pies.

Jonah Jones Y Gair – the Word: An Introduction to the Exhibition. Peter Jones, son and author of Jonah Jones – An Artist’s Life.

Cardiff Coffee Concert Sun 16 December, 11.30am

Fri 7 December, 1.05pm Victorian Visions: Exploring our displays of nineteenthcentury British paintings. Rachel Flynn, Art Department.

Sun 13 January, 11.30am Richards String Quartet, Ravel: String Quartet in F Christopher Painter: Images in the Mist See 18 Nov for ticket prices.

Art Opinions Service

Tue 15 January, 1.05pm

See 2 November for details.

The Prints and Drawings Study Room.

Lunchtime Concert Festive music from brass ensembles. Performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Dante Quartet, Haydn: Quartet in F, Op.50, No.5 (Dream) Kodály: Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.2 See 18 Nov for ticket prices.

Behind the Scenes: Art

Fri 7 December, 2pm-4pm

Sun 9 December, 1pm

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Behind the Scenes: Art

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Tue 18 December, 1.05pm

Wed 16 January, 1.05pm

007 Bond film posters.

From Sand to Super-cool Liquid – a sort of alchemy: Glass in Roman times. Dr Denise Allen, Assistant Director, Andante Travel.

Behind the Scenes: Geology Tue 8 January, 1.05pm See 13 November for details.


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Art Lunchtime Talk

Organ Recital

Fri 18 January, 1.05pm

Fri 25 January, 1pm

Jonah Jones and the image of writing. Professor Tony Curtis, University of Glamorgan.

Guest soloist Jeffrey Howard. See 30 Nov for details.

Lunchtime Concert

Tue 29 January, 1.05pm

Sun 20 January, 1pm Marking the 50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death, including Babar the Elephant for narrator and piano. Performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology See website for details. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call (029) 2057 3148.

Wed 23 January, 1.05pm The Archaeology of Airfields – recent work on 20th century military remains in Dyfed. Alice Pyper, Dyfed Archaeology. Charge

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Adults Talk

See 6 November for details.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 6 February, 1.05pm

Natural Science Lunchtime Talk

Sun 10 February, 11.30am

Fossils & Folklore. Dr Caroline Buttler, Geology Department.

Taith Iaith, Thu 31 January, 1pm Practise your Welsh with a tour of our Applied Arts collection.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Tue 4 February, 1.05pm

This is the first of three tours in 2013 looking at a range of early natural history books largely from the Willoughby Gardner Bequest. The tour will also explain the role of the Library within the Museum.

Wed 30 January, 1.05pm

Tue 22 January 1.05pm


Behind the Scenes: The Library

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity

Late Neanderthals and early modern humans in Wales. Dr Rob Dinnis.

Cardiff Coffee Concert Erato Piano Trio, Mozart: Piano Trio in C, K.548 Brahms: Piano Trio in C, Op.87 See 18 Nov for ticket prices.

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 15 February, 1.05pm, Beer drinking in the 18th century. Rachel Conroy, Art Department.

Art Opinions Service Fri 1 February, 2pm-4pm See 2 November for details.

Family Tour

Book on Arrival Concert


Behind the Scenes: Geology

Organ Recital Fri 22 February, 1pm

Tue 12 February, 1.05pm See 13 November for details.

Behind the Scenes: Art Tue 19 February, 1.05pm Derek Williams Trust recent acquisitions.

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk Wed 20 February, 1.05pm From Bede to Bead: The composition and origins of Early Anglo-Saxon glass beading in Britain. James Peake.

Natural Science Lunchtime Talk Wed 27 February, 1.05pm

Guest soloist Andrew Kirk. See 30 Nov for details.

Lunchtime Concert Sun 24 February, 1pm Historical Performance department. Performed by students of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Tue 26 February 1.05pm See website for details. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call (029) 2057 3148.

Surveying the Marine Bristleworms of the Falkland Islands. Teresa Darbyshire, Biodiversity Department.

St David’s Day Special Event: Brass and Breakfast Fri 1 March, 10am-12pm Join us for a morning of celebration at the Museum. Brass bands from all over south Wales will fill the Main Hall with stirring anthems to honour our patron saint. Enjoy a taste of Wales with a hearty breakfast menu to celebrate local produce in our Oriel Restaurant and Coffee Shop. Part of Music Partnership Forum Wales Festival. Look out for our St David's Day Family Day on Sat 2 March - see page 7 for details.

Find out more about all of these events and sign up for our e-newsletter at 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 ‘Free b’ city centre bus to Greyfriars Road. Details correct at time of printing. Please check before making a special journey.


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National Museum Cardiff - What's On Autumn Winter 2012-13  

Nov 2012 - Feb 2013: Events / Exhibitions