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National Museum Cardiff What’s On Spring and Summer Guide

March - June 2012

Exhibitions Family Fun Talks and Tours Music

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Exhibitions - all FREE Find out more online: www.museumwales.ac.uk

David Jones: Engravings, Illustrations and Inscriptions Sat 10 March-Sun 15 July

John Piper: The Mountains of Wales Queen Elizabeth II, 1952, Dorothy Wilding (hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson) © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler/ National Portrait Gallery, London.

Sat 11 FebruarySun 13 May

The Queen: Art and Image

Opens Sat 24 March A fresh look at the Museum’s collection of preImpressionist French paintings, researched and interpreted by postgraduate students from the University of Bristol. Funded by the Association of Art Historians.

Titian’s Diana and Actaeon on tour

Until Sun 29 April To mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, an in-depth exploration of the most striking and resonant images of Elizabeth II, spanning her reign. Organised by National Portrait Gallery, London. Free guided tours every Thursday & Sunday, 2pm.

Research and Reveal: Investigating French Art with the University of Bristol

This exhibition showcases an extraordinary private collection of works by John Piper, depicting the mountains of Snowdonia, north Wales.

Captain Scott: South for Science

Thur 19 April-Sun 17 June Purchased by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland in 2009 after a two-year fundraising campaign, this masterpiece of Renaissance art will be displayed in Wales for the first time in its colourful history.

Until Sun 13 May Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole a hundred years ago explored this last great frontier and brought back new knowledge of the continent’s rocks, weather and wildlife.

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call (029) 2039 7951


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Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne Sat 2 JuneSun 23 September Anthony Browne is a picture book artist whose pictures often tell more of the story than the words. Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne brings Anthony’s work to life, with real street scenes including the infamous Willy the Wimp, the character said to be

based on Anthony himself. In this exhibition you can see artwork from My Mum and My Dad; walk through the back yard from Changes; take a stroll in the park or visit a life-size gorilla in the zoo, showcasing artwork from Little Beauty. You can also enter the forest where Anthony Browne’s fairytale adaptations can be found, including Hansel and Gretel, Me and You, Bear Hunt and The Tunnel. A touring exhibition from Seven Stories, the national centre for children's books. © Anthony Browne

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Sat 16 June-Wed 19 September One of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition 2012 showcases the very best in photographic images of the natural world. Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine and is sponsored by Veolia Environment.

© David Fettes (UK) Pool of Hippos

The Exhibitionists Thu 28 June-Sun 19 August Amgueddfa Cymru in collaboration with BBC Wales will give five members of the public access to the national art collection. As part of BBC Wales's new ground-breaking art series The Exhibitionists, we will open the doors to treasures of the national collection. Two of the five people will curate an exhibition at the Museum which will be on show this summer.

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Family Activities We have so much going on this spring that we don’t have room to fit it all in here! Don’t forget – you can get even more information online www.museumwales.ac.uk/what's on

Clore Discovery Centre Discover and handle hundreds of museum objects. Pick up a trail to help you explore the galleries 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.

Antarctic Explorers Sat 10 & Sun 11 March, 11am-4pm Become an Antarctic Explorer and discover how people and animals survive in this amazing frozen environment. Part of National Science and Engineering week.

Easter Egg Hunt Fri 6-Mon 9 April, 11am-4pm Can you find the eggs hidden around the Museum? Find them all to win a prize.

Collaged Landscapes Tue 10-Sun 15 April, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Work with an artist to explore the work of John Piper and make your own collaged landscape to take home.

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Archaeology Family Workshop Tue 17 April-Fri 20 April, 11am, 1pm & 3pm ‘Deep Time’ Cartoon Workshops.

The Shape Game Sat 2-Tue 5 June, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Take part in craft activities which complement our new exhibition, Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne.

Sustainable Supermarket Sweep Tue 5-Sat 9 June, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Shop to feed your family in a challenge to provide the healthiest meal that doesn’t cost the earth. Take-away easy seasonal recipes to make at home.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call (029) 2039 7951


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Understanding our World Sat 30 June, 11am-4pm Meet our curators and discover how their work is an important part of protecting and understanding nature. You can take a tour behind the scenes and take part in a family challenge sustainable supermarket sweep! Part of Cardiff’s Good Living Festival. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility, please call: (029) 2057 3148 for further information.

Peregrines on the Clock Tower April-July Come and watch Cardiff's resident peregrine falcons on the screen in the Main Hall as they nest on City Hall’s Clock Tower.

Free

Family

Book on Arrival

Hands on

Links with landmark television series commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales and the Open University in Wales

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Tours, Talks, Concerts and more Daily Guided Tour: Highlights of Art

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 2 March, 1.05pm

12.30pm for 30 minutes

Guided Tour: Origins: in search of early Wales Every Sat & Sun, 11.45am for 30 minutes

Guided Tour: The Queen: Art and Image Until 29 April, every Thur & Sun, 2pm for 30 minutes.

St David’s Day Celebrations Thu 1 March

The Currency of Portraits. Dr Kevin Clancy, Director, The Royal Mint Museum. In conjunction with The Queen: Art and Image.

Music Nation Cymru Sat 3 & Sun 4 March, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Young musicians from music authorities across Wales perform in ensembles as part of the UK - wide Music Nation Weekend.

Cardiff Coffee Concert: Gail Pearson & Andrew OwensMatthews Sun 4 March, 11.30am

Concert 1.15pm Fanfares & Flourishes, by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Talk 2.15pm The Life of Winnifred, Countess of Dundonald; the last of the Lloyds of Gwrych, by Mark Baker, Phd Archaeology, School of Archaeology, History and Religious Studies, Cardiff University.

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Britten: On This Island Ravel: Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques Advance tickets*: Adults £8.80, Concessions £6.60 from New Theatre Box Office: (029) 2087 8889, or www.museumwales.ac.uk. Small number of tickets available on the door on the day of the concert: £10. *Includes handling fee.

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity Tue 6 March, 1.05pm Find out more about our research and how we look after and document the thousands of insects, molluscs, plants, vertebrates and marine life in our care. Tours change each month. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call: (029) 2057 3148 for advice.

Origins Lunchtime Talk Wed 7 March, 1.05pm Invisible Crafts: the Perishable Material Culture of Prehistory. Dr Linda Hurcombe, Department of Archaeology, Exeter University.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call (029) 2039 7951


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Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 9 March, 1.05pm An introduction to the exhibition John Piper: The Mountains of Wales and Piper’s work in Snowdonia and the rest of Wales. Melissa Munro, Art Department.

Behind the Scenes: Geology

Lunchtime Concert

Science Evening Lecture

Sun 18 March, 1pm

Wed 21 March, 7.30pm

Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama perform work by Masters of The Queen's Music; marking the exhibition of The Queen's portraits.

Phoenix from the Ashes: the Origin of the Chemical Elements. Investigating the development of chemical elements in the 13.7 billion years since the beginning of the universe. It is a picture that appears almost, but not quite, complete. Professor Mike Edmunds, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University. Joint event with Cardiff Scientific Society. Suitable for age 12+. Reardon Smith Theatre.

Behind the Scenes: Art

Tue 13 March, 1.05pm

Tue 20 March, 1.05pm Find out more about our research and how we identify, look after and keep track of the thousands of rocks, fossils and minerals in our care. Tours change each month. Some tours may be unsuitable for visitors with restricted mobility; call: (029) 2057 3148 for advice.

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 16 March, 1.05pm

Mountcutting for watercolours and drawings. Numbers limited.

Origins Lunchtime Talk

Art Lunchtime Talk

Wed 21 March, 1.05pm

Fri 23 March, 1.05pm Metalwork to Manuscript: The Celtic contribution to Insular Art. Susan Youngs, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford.

John Piper: Abstraction and Figuration. Dr. Karin Hiscock, Independent Art Historian.

Behind the lines – a geological interpretation of Piper’s Snowdonia works. Dr Richard Bevins, Keeper of Geology.

Free

Charge

Adults

Booking by telephone

Book on Arrival

Talk

Tour

Concert

Links with landmark television series commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales and the Open University in Wales

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Natural History Open Day Sat 24 March, 10am-4pm Bookable family activies at 11am, 1pm & 3.15pm. Meet the natural history curators and visit the stands in the Main Hall to see some of the 5 million specimens from our stores. Book onto a special tour to explore the collections housed behind the scenes (suitable for age 8+).

Size of Wales Talk Sat 24 March, 2pm-3pm Size of Wales: How Wales is contributing to rain forest conservation. What have rainforests got to do with us in Wales? What has size got to do with it? Danielle Johnson will look at how a range of businesses, schools and colleges have joined together to help protect an area of tropical forest literally the Size of Wales. Joint event with the Royal Geographical Society. Suitable for age 12+.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity

Tue 27 March, 1.05pm

Tue 3 April, 1.05pm

Conservation Lab: The Wet Stuff.

See 6 March for details.

Film Screening:

Scott of the Antarctic (U – 1948) Wed 28 March, 11am Introduced by Tom Sharpe, Exhibition Curator Scott: South for Science.

Scott Lunchtime Talk

Origins Lunchtime Talk Wed 4 April, 1.05pm A Celebration of discoveries in Pontnewydd Cave Neanderthals in Wales. Elizabeth Walker, Archaeology Department.

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 6 April, 1.05pm

Wed 28 March,1.05pm The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography. Sophie Gordon, Senior Curator of Photographs, The Royal Collection.

Organ Recital Fri 30 March, 1pm

An introduction to David Jones: Engravings, Illustrations and Inscriptions

Behind the Scenes: Geology Tue 10 April, 1.05pm See 13 March for details.

A recital on the WilliamsWynn 18th-century organ. Sponsored by the Friends of the Museum.

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Field Trip Sat 21 April John Piper in Snowdonia – follow in the artist’s footsteps with Art and Geology curators. Details coming soon; www.museumwales.ac.uk

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Cardiff Coffee Concert: Badke String Quartet

Panel Discussion Captain Scott: South for Science Thu 26 April, 2pm-4pm Join our experts for an Antarctic afternoon, Booking essential: (029) 2057 3148.

Organ Recital Fri 27 April, 1pm

Tue 24 April, 1.05pm

Sun 15 April, 11.30am

See 30 March for details. Artefact Study Room: Collections in Store.

Maxwell Davies: A Sad Pavan for these Distracted Tymes

Natural History Lunchtime Talk

Thomas Tomkins: A Sad Pavan for these Distracted Tymes Britten: String Quartet No.3, Op.94 Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op.80 For ticket details see 4 March.

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity Tue 1 May 1.05pm

Wed 25 April, 1.05pm Diatoms - indicators of environmental change. Ingrid Jüttner, Biodiversity Department.

See 6 March for details.

Origins Lunchtime Talk Wed 2 May, 1.05pm

National Museum of Art Lecture Series

Behind the Scenes: Art Tue 17 April, 1.05pm

Wed 25 April, 6.30pm

The Prints and Drawings Study Room. Numbers limited.

Pots of cash: recent coin hoards from Wales. Edward Besly, Archaeology Department.

A talk on an aspect of the Museum’s art collection by a guest speaker. Tickets £5 & £4. To book call: 0844 415 4100. Supported by the Art Fund.

Free Concert

Charge

Family

Adults

Hands on

Booking by telephone

Book on Arrival

Talk

Tour

Links with landmark television series commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales and the Open University in Wales

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Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 4 May, 1.05pm A recent contemporary metalwork acquisition: Homura I by Takahiro Yede. Rachel Conroy, Art Department.

Behind the Scenes: Geology Tue 8 May, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

Art Lunchtime Talk

Tue 15 May, 1.05pm

Fri 18 May, 1.05pm

Paintings in Store. Numbers limited.

What is Realist Art? Ed Lilley, Senior Lecturer, History of Art Department, University of Bristol.

Adult Learners Week Workshops: Burying Bronze! Tue 15-Thu 17 May, 2pm-4pm

See 13 March for details.

National Museum of Art Lecture Series Wed 9 May, 6.30pm John Piper: an artist in time and in history. Professor Frances Spalding, CBE Tickets ÂŁ5 & ÂŁ4. To book call: 0844 415 4100. Supported by the Art Fund.

Art Lunchtime Talk

Meet museum archaeologists and conservators, who will talk about their work investigating Bronze Age finds from across Wales. Handle ancient bronzes from the collections and uncover some of the stories behind these objects. Why did Bronze Age people choose to bury their most valued possessions?

Origins Lunchtime Talk Wed 16 May, 1.05pm

Fri 11 May, 1.05pm Titian's Diana and Actaeon: painting as poetry. Carol Plazzotta, Myojin Curator of 16th Century Painting, National Gallery.

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Making an Impression: British medieval seals and sealing practices. Dr Elizabeth New, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University.

Exhibition Guided Tour Fri 18 May, 2.30pm Meet the student curators for a tour of the Research and Reveal exhibition.

Natural History Day Conference Sat 19 May, 10.15am-4pm Unknown Wales: A celebration of Welsh wildlife. This day conference will celebrate the new discoveries and new thinking on wildlife in Wales, whether on land or in our seas. Joint event with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Suitable for age 12+. Call: (029) 2057 3148 to book; leave your details and number of places required.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call (029) 2039 7951


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International Day for Biodiversity

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Sat 19 May, 10am-4pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 1 June, 1.05pm

Tue 22 May, 1.05pm Natural history activities for the whole family. Find out how you can help protect the amazing life on our planet, from the beach to the garden!

Lunchtime Concert

Conservation Lab: Analysing metal objects.

National Museum of Art Lecture Series Wed 23 May, 6.30pm

Sun 20 May, 1pm

History and Illusionism Granet's Choir of the Capuchin Church. Stephen Bann, Emeritus Professor of History of Art, University of Bristol.

Exhibition Guided Tour Fri 1 June. 2.30pm

Performance by students from the Guitar Department at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

The influence of Josiah Wedgwood. Gayle Blake Roberts, Director, Wedgwood Museum.

Meet the student curators for a tour of the Research and Reveal exhibition.

Tickets ÂŁ5 & ÂŁ4. To book call: 0844 415 4100. Supported by the Art Fund.

Origins Lunchtime Talk Wed 6 June, 1.05pm

Organ Recital Fri 25 May, 1pm See 30 March for details.

Roman Brooches: Regional Patterns and Personal Taste. Evan Chapman, Archaeology Department.

Geology Lunchtime Talk Wed 30 May, 1.05pm A lovely day on the beach holiday geology in south Wales. Christian Baars, Geology Department.

Free

Charge

Family

Adults

Booking by telephone

Book on Arrival

Talk

Tour

Links with landmark television series commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales and the Open University in Wales

Concert

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Lunchtime Concert

Behind the Scenes: Art

Evening Recital

Sun 10 June, 1pm

Fri 19 June, 1.05pm

Performance by students from the Composition & Creative Music Technology Departments at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Nannau - a closer look at some of the objects and the research materials.

Behind the Scenes: Geology

Wed 20 June, 1.05pm

Venetian masterworks by Giovanni Gabrieli and his contemporaries performed by QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble, Grace Davidson, soprano and Steven Harrold, tenor. Tickets: £15 from www.gregynogfestival.org or (01686) 207100 and at the door, subject to availability.

Tue 12 June, 1.05pm See 13 March for details.

Origins Lunchtime Talk Shopping-mall CSI: Archaeological conservation in the community. Dana Goodburn-Brown, AmTec Co-operative.

Art Lunchtime Talk

Afternoon Recital

Fri 15 June, 1.05pm

Thu 21 June, 2.30pm

Picture books and Philosophy for Children. Jo Bowers, Senior Lecturer, Primary English, University of Wales Institute Cardiff. In conjunction with the exhibition Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne.

With harpist Rhodri Davies including John Cage's Sounds of Venice.

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 ‘Free b’ city centre bus to Greyfriars Road. Details correct at time of printing. Please check www.museumwales.ac.uk before making a special journey.

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21 June, 7pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Fri 22 June, 1.05pm Anthony Browne discusses his own books.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Tue 26 June, 1.05pm Artefact Study Room: Roman Brooches.

Geology Lunchtime Talk Wed 27 June, 1.05pm Further advances in sourcing the Stonehenge bluestones. Richard Bevins, Keeper of Geology.

Organ Recital Fri 29 June, 1pm See 30 March for details.

For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call (029) 2039 7951


National Museum Cardiff Spring and Summer Guide 2012