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National Museum Cardiff

What’s On July – September 2013

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Spotlight Display Tues 2 July – Sun 4 August

The Mold Gold Cape

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A special opportunity to view one of the finest examples of prehistoric embossed gold-work in Europe. This unique ceremonial cape was found with a rich Early Bronze Age burial. Explore its making, significance and place amongst early metalworking communities in north-east Wales. In partnership with the British Museum with Art Fund support.

Exhibitions – all free Sat 9 March – Sun 1 September

Holly Davey: The Landing Commission A new site-specific commission by the Museum to transform the stairwell of the Contemporary Art Galleries with an expansive photographic installation, created by one of Wales’s leading contemporary artists. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust. Sat 4 May – Sun 21 July

The Eric and Jean Cass Gift

Highlights modern works donated to the Museum in 2012 through the 2

Contemporary Art Society. These works were part of the outstanding, private collection of Eric and Jean Cass and include paintings, prints and ceramics from international artists. Sat 25 May – Sun 29 September

Beans on Toast Where does our food come from? Does it matter what we eat? Come and 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

Sat 25 May – Sun 29 September

Picturing Castles A celebration of Wales’s many castles featuring watercolours, drawings and paintings from 1670s -1860s by artists such as Henry Gastineau, Paul Sandby, Thomas Girtin and Richard Wilson. Some are on show for the first time.

Thomas Girtin, Kilgarren Castle, about 1791 © National Museum Wales

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Pop and Abstract The ‘Swinging Sixties’ transformed British art in the post-war period through vibrant colour and American influences to create a progressive, international

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Sat 9 March – Sun 1 September

style. It features important artists including 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.

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

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

Sat 8 June – Sun 1 September

Tues 11 June – Sun 22 September

This new exhibition by Berlin-based artist Dan Rees explores the cultural associations of laverbread – the traditional but often overlooked Welsh delicacy. The langauge of advertising is used to re-brand and repackage this seaweedbased product for the modern, health-concious consumer. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Francis Crawshay (1811-78) ran the Hirwaun Ironworks and Treforest Tinplate Works. During this time he commissioned 16 portraits of his managers and workers with their tools, probably painted by WJ Chapman. This unique collection of industrial workers’ images was donated to the Museum by a descendent of Francis Crawshay in 2012.

Crawshay Portraits

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John Lewellyn, Foreman Smith, Forest.

Dan Rees: Kelp

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Exhibitions Sat 27 July – Sun 3 November

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin Sat 13 July – Sun 24 November

Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground Figure and Ground presents an original view of the complex British artist Keith Vaughan (1912–1977). Initially influenced by Graham Sutherland, Vaughan’s early work was Neo-Romantic in spirit, then in the late 1950s he developed his semiabstractionist ‘assemblies.’ This exhibition explores themes that pre-occupied him: the male figure and pictorial space. On tour from the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. 4

Sat 27 July – 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, diverse and beautiful paintings from throughout the Mughal period (c1550-1850): illustrations of epics and myths, royal portraits, scenes of court life and a spectacular group of

elephant portraits. On tour from the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

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: Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah and Ikhlas Khan riding an elephant, Bijapur c.1645 © The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

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Family activities Wed 31 July, 1.05pm

Every Saturday & Sunday, 2pm during term time

Natural Science Family Talk

Clore Discovery Centre: Weekend Workshops

Wales’s Creature Collections and the Family Tree of Life. Dr Ben Rowson, Biodiversity Dept.

Join us to find out more about objects from the Museum’s collection. Themes vary but each workshop will offer an opportunity to learn and discover plus a craft activity. Every Wednesday 31 July – 28 August, 2pm

Summer Film Club Enjoy a classic family film every week through the holidays. See website for listings.

Sat 3 August – Sun 1 September, daily 11am – 4pm (closed Mondays)

Sat 20 July – Fri 2 August 11am – 4pm (closed Mondays)

Dress to Impress: Bronze Age Style

Selected Sundays, 1pm (see website for dates)

Visit the amazing Mold Cape on display in our Origins gallery and be inspired to design and make your very own piece of Bronze Age bling!

Special guided tours for family groups.

Sat 27 July – Sun 4 August 11am, 1pm & 3pm (closed Mondays)

Family Science Tours

Clore Discovery Centre: Museum Explorers

Every week during the holiday we will be exploring a different display from the Museum’s galleries. Come along to find out more about our collections and make something to take home as a reminder of what you’ve found out!

Beans on Toast: Family Activities

Looking at the food we eat and where it comes from. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology. See exhibition page 2. Book on arrival

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Family activities Wed 28 August, 1.05pm

Tuesdays – Fridays, 6 – 30 August, 10.30am & 11.30am

Natural Science Lunchtime Talk

Pop and Abstract: On the Mat…

Volcanoes that Go Up and Down. A family-friendly talk about volcanoes that come and go under the sea plus make our own volcano erupt! Helen Kerbey, Geology Dept.

A family gallery talk and activities in front of one work of art. These activities are supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust. See exhibition page 3. Tuesdays – Fridays 6 – 30 August, 2pm – 4.30pm

Pop and Abstract: Making Art! Drop into the Foyle Art Learning Space and take part in an activity that has been inspired by one of the paintings in the gallery. These activities are supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Every weekend from 10 August – 1 September 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Sat 21 September Every weekend from 10 August – 1 September 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm

Visions of Mughal India: Family Activities Pick up an activity from the art cart in the gallery and make your own work inspired by some of the paintings. These activities are supported by the GC Gibson Charitable Trust. See exhibition page 4.

Beachwatch

Join Museum staff on Ogmore beach in the morning to learn about the wildlife, rocks and fossils of the area. Stay to help with the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean in the afternoon. 10.30am – 12pm Free educational beach activities. Booking essential: eventscardiff@museumwales. ac.uk. 1pm – 2.30pm Beachwatch beach clean.

Rock on!

Discover the fascinating world of volcanoes, crystals, fossils and rocks in this series of weekend workshops. 6

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Fri 12 July, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Picturesque Wales: Watercolour Artists on Tour. Beth McIntyre and Charlotte Topsfield, Art Dept. will discuss the exhibition Picturing Castles.

Daily at 12.30pm for 30 – 40 minutes

Guided Tour: Highlights of Art Every Saturday & Sunday, 11.45am for 30 – 40 minutes

Guided Tour: Origins – in search of early Wales

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Tues 2 July, 1.05pm

Thurs 4 July, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity

Beans on Toast Lunchtime Talk

Come behind-the-scenes for hands-on experience of the work done by Museum scientists. Topics change each month. Suitable for ages 10+.

Not a Tropical Paradise: Insect Pests of Our Food. Dr Mike Wilson, Biodiversity Dept. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology.

Wed 3 July, 1.05pm

Origins Lunchtime Talk

Fri 5 July, 1.05pm

The Henry Stopes Collection – a Victorian’s Passion for Flint. Elizabeth Walker, Archaeology & Numismatics Dept.

Nothing Is What It Is Because Everything Is What It Isn’t. Artist Holly Davey talks about her new photographic installation. The commission is supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

Art Lunchtime Talk

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Talk

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Tour

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Fri 5 July, 2pm – 4pm

Sat 13 July, 10am – 5pm

Art Opinions Service

ArchaeoPasts 2013 Conference

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This lively and accessible day programme is for anyone with an interest in their ancient pasts. In the morning session, guest speakers will explore the Bronze Age world of the Mold Cape. National Museum archaeologists will also present a rich mix of new discoveries from Wales, to intrigue and feed curious minds! Booking essential: e-mail eventscardiff@ museumwales.ac.uk. Adults £5, concessions £4, children/students free (students require ID).

Bring your own picture or art object for opinions/referrals by the Art Department. Valuations cannot be given. Tues 9 July, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Geology Meet our museum scientists, find out about their research and discover how they look after and document the objects in their care. Thurs 11 July, 1.05pm

Beans on Toast Lunchtime Talk

Slugs: Can We Forgive Them? Dr Ben Rowson, Biodiversity Dept. Part of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology. See exhibition page 2. Sun 14 July, 2pm – 4.30pm

Ancient Metalworking Workshop This hands-on metalworking session will immerse participants in the skills and techniques of the Bronze

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Age gold-worker. Over 16s only and places limited. Book in advance by e-mailing: eventscardiff@ museumwales.ac.uk £10 per person. Tues 16 – Wed 17 July, 1pm

Meet the Curator: Bronze Age Bonus! Find out about the work of museum archaeologists and conservators dealing with Bronze Age treasure, recording artefacts and making history. Places limited, book early. Tues 16 July, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art A closer look at contemporary silver. Rachel Conroy, Art Dept. Thurs 18 July, 1.05pm

Beans on Toast Lunchtime Talk

Food self-sufficiency: present day potential and lessons from history, particularly WWII. Amber Wheeler, PhD student, Faculty of Business and Society, University of Glamorgan. Part of

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British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology. See exhibition page 2.

Fri 26 July, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Keith Vaughan: The Sense of Touch. Simon Pierse is an artist and art historian based at Aberystwyth University where his research focuses on British post-war art. Fri 30 August, 1pm

Fri 19 July, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Fri 6 September, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk An Introduction to Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin. Dr Andrew Topsfield, Keeper of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum and exhibition curator.

Organ Recital

See 26 July for details. Keith Vaughan: A Life in Notebooks and Drawings. Colin Cruise, Research Lecturer in the School of Art, Aberystwyth University.

Tues 3 September, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Biodiversity See 2 July for details.

Tues 23 July 10am – 12.30pm

Ancient Metalworking Workshop See 14 July for details. Fri 26 July, 1pm

Organ Recital Performance on the 18th century Williams Wynn Wynnstay organ in the historic art galleries. Organised by Cardiff Organ Events. Sponsored by Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Wed 4 September, 1.05pm

Origins Lunchtime Talk

Quoits and Dolmens: Pembrokeshire Neolithic Tombs and Excavations at Carreg Coetan. Dr Sian Rees, CADW. Fri 6 September 2pm – 4pm

Above: Sultan Ali Adil Shah hunting a tiger, Bijapur, Deccan c.1660 © The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

Tues 10 September, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Geology See 9 July for details.

Art Opinions Service See 5 July for details.

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Book in advance by e-mail: eventscardiff@museumwales.ac.uk

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Music

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Fri 13 September, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Wed 18 September, 1.05pm

Origins Lunchtime Talk

Rajasthani Paintings in the Hodgkin Collection. Dr Rosemary Crill, Senior Curator – South Asia, Victoria and Albert Museum.

Speed and Light: Terrets and the Iron Age Chariot. Anna Lewis, PhD student, University of Leicester.

Sun 15 September, 1pm

Fri 20 September, 1.05pm

Lunchtime Concert

Art Lunchtime Talk

Still Life with Guitar present exciting new chamber music, including the first performance of Frank Corcoran’s ‘7 Cubist Miniatures for Cardiff’.

The Prints of Howard Hodgkin. Helen Waters, Alan Cristea Gallery. Tues 24 September, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Tues 17 September, 1.05pm

Pilgrim Badges and Souvenirs. Learn about recent research on small objects of devotion found in Wales and what they reveal about Medieval pilgrimage and superstition.

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Natural Science Lunchtime Talk Living with Friends: colonial life in ancient seas. Dr Caroline Buttler, Geology Dept. Thurs 26 September 1.05pm

Taith Iaith

A tour for Welsh learners behind the scenes of the Marine section. Katie Mortimer-Jones, Biodiversity Dept. Fri 27 September, 1pm

Organ Recital

See 26 July for details. Fri 27 September, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

The Artist and the Castle. Dr John Kenyon curated the exhibition Picturing Castles and is an authority on castles in Wales. He will introduce the works and discuss the history of the buildings.

007 Bond Posters. Clare Smith, Art Dept.

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Wed 25 September 1.05pm

Talk

Tour

Music

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National Museum Cardiff, July-September 2013