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National Museum Cardiff

April – September 2014 Exhibitions Family Fun Talks & Tours Music

www.museumwales.ac.uk 0300 111 2 333 29 March – 22 June Image: Curiosity and the Cat © Hannes Lochner (South Africa)

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Exhibitions all free Until 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. This exhibition focuses on his remarkable bronze portraits of Welshmen who achieved greatness in all walks of life. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Kingston University.

Until Sun 1 June

Andrea Büttner: Hidden Marriage A new installation by Andrea Büttner combining two diverse collections held at the Museum – the drawings of Gwen John and moss from the herbarium. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust. Until 22 June

Wildlife Photographer of the Year A prestigious competition

Above: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831, John Constable (1776 – 1837) Photograph © Tate, London 2013. Purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Manton Foundation, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and Tate Members.

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showcasing the best in photographic images of the natural world, which is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Until 19 July

Dylan and Friends Portraits of Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, including oil paintings by Augustus John and Alfred Janes, photographs by Bill Brandt, Rollie McKenna and Nora Summers. Part of Dylan Thomas 100, the centenary celebrations of the birth of Dylan Thomas.

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Until Sun 7 September

Constable: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

David Jones, Capel-y-ffin, 1926-27 © Courtesy of the David Jones Estate.

Until Sun 7 September

Wales Visitation: Poetry, Romanticism and Myth in Art American writer, Allen Ginsberg, visited Wales in 1967. His poem Wales Visitation was inspired by 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.

One of his most dramatic landscapes recently purchased by Tate. The display will be complemented by a series of events and learning activities as part of Aspire, a partnership programme enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable by touring Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 to five UK institutions. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund. Sat 12 April – Sun 20 July

Landscapes by JD Innes: Beauty Most Wild

During his brief and tragic life, Welsh artist James Dickson Innes (1887-1914) painted a unique vision of the Welsh landscape in a colourful Post-Impressionist style. The exhibition marks 100 years since the artist’s death. Supported by the Brecknock Art Trust.

From art to natural history, 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 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) Our exhibition and activity programme is generously supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Details correct at time of printing. Please contact us before making a special journey.

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Right: J. D. Innes, Arenig, c1911 © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales

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Sat 5 July – Sun 26 October

where you can try observing and recording nature. Learn how a Victorian naturalist sketched the natural world, or how scientists image objects in 3-D. Discover how insects view nature differently, or get up close with natural history objects under the microscope.

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting

Sat 2 August – January 2015

Above: Richard Wilson, Dinas Bran from Llangollen, 1770-71, oil on canvas. © Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Exhibitions Sat 21 June – Sun 7 September

Simon Pope: Primary Agents of a Social World A new film installation exploring the shifting relationship between coal and communities in the South Wales Valleys. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

(1714-1782), perhaps Wales’s greatest artist. Before Wilson, British artists painted the landscape to record its appearance. Wilson showed how landscape paintings could have layers of meaning and convey mood and emotions too. A partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

This major exhibition marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wilson 4

A display of 66 lithographs from 1917 commissioned by the Ministry of Information. They provide a fascinating representation of Britain’s war objectives, military activities and effort on the Home Front, including work by Augustus John, Frank Brangwyn, William Rothenstein and C.R.W. Nevinson. Sat 2 August – Sun 11 January 2015

The Welsh and the War

Sat 5 July – Sun 26 October

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting

Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War

Sat 19 July – April 2015

I Spy... Nature

Portraits of people – soldiers, sailors, airmen, politicians and families – whose lives were transformed by the First World War.

Experience how scientists’ observations lead to new discoveries. A hands-on, family-friendly exhibition

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Family activities Sat 24 May, 11am – 4pm

Sat 12 – Sun 27 April 11am – 4pm

Family Biodiversity Day

Torn Paper Landscapes

Meet the experts, handle real natural history objects and take part in fun activities for all the family.

Take inspiration from artist Innes’s work to create a landscape masterpiece. Thurs 17 April & Sun 11 May, 2pm

Poppy Sowing

Help sow poppy seeds in our new Urban Meadow.

Sat 24 – Wed 28 May, 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Beautiful Butterflies Learn how to spot some of our spring butterflies and make a butterfly model to take home.

Fri 18 – Mon 21 April 10am –5pm Sat 12 – Thurs 17 April 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Spring Birds

Learn some common bird calls and make a crafty birds’ nest. Tues 15 – Thurs 17 April, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm

Creating Constable Make your own artwork inspired by Constable’s landscape.

Book on arrival. Places limited.

Easter Hunt Follow the trail around the museum to solve the clues.

Tues 22 – Fri 25 April 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm

Nature in Art

Make your own artwork inspired by Sutherland’s paintings.

Sat 24 May – Sun 1 June 11am – 4pm

Them bones

Explore skeletons and bones from the collection and make a skeleton puppet.

Hands-on. All events are free unless this symbol is shown

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Family activities Tues 27 – Fri 30 May, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm

Words and Pictures Write poetry and make pictures inspired by artworks in the contemporary galleries.

Sat 21 June, 11am – 4pm

Refugee Day

Refugees and Asylum Seekers bring a wealth of experiences with them. During Refugee Week 2014, celebrate this fact through music, dance, theatre and stories.

Sat 2 – Sun 3 August, Sat 9 – Sun 10 August 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm

Condensed Histories: First World War shows Using comedy, storytelling, juggling, magic and more, Greg Chapman’s Condensed Histories offer a unique view of history.

Sat 19 July – Fri 1 Aug 11am – 4pm

I Spy... Nature

Explore the way we look at nature and make some artwork to take home.

Wed 28 May, 1.05pm

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk “Naming fossils – why Brontosaurus is no more,” by Caroline Buttler, Head of Palaeontology Section. Sat 14 June 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Brilliant Bees

Help count bees visiting our Urban Meadow and plant bee-friendly seeds. Part of Wales Biodiversity Week.

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Tues 30 July, 1.05pm

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk

Sat 19 – Fri 25 July, Tues 29 July – Fri 1 August 11am, 1pm & 3pm

A family talk on bat sounds by Catalena Angele, Biodiversity Documentation Assistant.

Nature in a New Light

Take a guided tour of the I Spy...Nature exhibition and make your own artwork inspired by the weird and wonderful sights on display.

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Sat 16 – Sun 17 August, Sat 23 – Sun 24 August 11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm

Weekends in August 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Rock On!

Discover the fascinating world of Geology and make a memento to take home. Sat 2 – Sun 17 August 11am – 4pm

Propaganda Posters Take inspiration from First World War material to create a propaganda-style poster. Tuesdays – Fridays, 5 – 29 August, 10am – 12.30pm and 2 – 4pm

Landmarks in the Landscape

Comforts for the Troops: First World War Family Workshops

During the First World War, women were encouraged to knit and sew items to send to the troops. Discover what went into these parcels, try on replica items and have a go at working antique sewing and sockknitting machines. Tues 19 – Sun 31 August 11am – 4pm

Beautiful Buildings Learn about the museum building and other local architecture then create a piece of art to take home.

Pick up a family art activity from our Landscape Art Cart. Tuesdays – Fridays, 5 – 29 August 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm

Making Art

Make your own works of art inspired by work in the contemporary galleries. Book on arrival. Places limited

Wed 27 August, 1.05pm

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk “Minerals under the microscope” by Tom Cotterell, Mineralogy Curator. Sun 31 August, 2pm

Harvest the Meadow Help harvest and package seeds to create more urban meadows. Sat 20 September

Beachwatch

Come to Ogmore beach to learn about the wildlife, rocks and fossils of the area, followed by the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean. 10.30am – 12pm: Free educational beach activities. Booking essential: eventscardiff@museumwales. ac.uk 1pm – 2.30pm: Beachwatch beach clean

Sat 19 July – Sun 31 August, 10am – 5pm

Summer Treasure Trail

Follow the trail around the museum to solve the clues. Book in advance by email

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Tours, talks, concerts and more

J. D. Innes, Pembroke Coast, c.1911 © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales

Daily at 12.30pm for 30 – 40 minutes

Guided Tour: Highlights of Art A tour of selected works with a volunteer guide, themes vary.

Tues 1 April, 1.05pm

National History Museum talks in Welsh about the folk customs collections in Wales Visitation (with simultaneous translation available).

Join a curator for a special introductory talk on their favourite objects in our Natural Sciences galleries.

Fri 4 April, 2 – 4pm

Meet the Curator: Natural Sciences gallery talk

Wed 2 & 16 April, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Art Opinions Service Bring in your own picture or art object for opinions/ referrals by the Art Department. Valuations cannot be given. Sun 6 April, 11.30am

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Fri 4 April, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Seasonal Singing and Celebrations. Emma Lile, Curator at St Fagans

Piatti Quartet Tickets: £8.90* adults, £6.70* concessions from

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J.D. Innes events New Theatre Box Office (029) 2087 8889, or www. museumwales.ac.uk/shop (*includes handling fee). Limited number of tickets available on the door: £10. Tues 8 April, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences

Tues 22 April, 1.05pm

Fri 25 April, 1.05pm

Artefact Study Room: Henry Stopes’ Victorian collection of prehistoric tools from across the world.

Finding J.D. Innes John Hoole and Margaret Simons, authors of a new biography, talk about forty years of research.

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Fri 2 May, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Come behind-the-scenes to meet our museum scientists, find out about their research and discover how they look after and document the objects in their care. Fri 11 April, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk A Passage to India: Two 18th century Welshmen Abroad. Oliver Fairclough focuses on two portraits, one painted by a Chinese artist of a ship’s captain from Swansea, the other a one-armed naval officer. Tues 15 April, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art Bringing Home the Bacon. Katy Sanders talks about transporting works of art on loan to museums and galleries around the world.

Book on arrival. Places limited Music

Art Lunchtime Talk

Innes on Arenig. North Wales artist Keith Bowen explores the various locations painted by J.D. Innes and Augustus John between 1910 and 1913.

Fri 25 April, 1pm

Organ Recital

Fri 9 May, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the historic art galleries for free recitals by guest soloists on the 18th-century Williams Wynn Wynnstay organ. Organised by Cardiff Organ Events. Sponsored by Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Tues 29 April, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: The Library View examples of books from the Library’s special collections. Book in advance by email

Some miraculous promised land. Charlotte Topsfield explores the personal and artistic ties between J.D. Innes and Augustus John. Sat 17 May

Field Trip A tour around some of J.D. Innes’s key viewpoints in north Wales led by Keith Bowen, an artist and Innes researcher. Tickets from www.museumwales.ac.uk/ shop. See website for details.

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Tours, talks, concerts and more John Constable events Sat 10 May 11.30am – 4.30pm

Study Day: Constable Inspires Fri 16 May, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Wales Visitation Natural Sciences Curator Ray Tangney introduces the moss in Andrea Büttner’s installation, making links to the Museum’s Bryophyte Herbarium.

Wed 30 April, 1.05pm

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk Fish conservation and diatoms by Ingrid Juettner, Botany Curator. Fri 2 May, 2 – 4pm

Art Opinions Service See 4 April for details.

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A day of talks, opinions and new perspectives from the experts, inspired by John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831. To book your free place, e-mail: eventscardiff@ museumwales.ac.uk Fri 23 May, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Constable and the Canon of Landscape. Anne Pritchard, curator of Constable, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 considers the artist’s role in the history of landscape painting.

Fri 6 June, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk The Constable Challenge. Stephanie Roberts, Learning Trainee, reflects on the challenge of making Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 relevant to today’s audience. Fri 13 June, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk Constable and Salisbury. Adrian Green, Director of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, explores John Constable’s relationship with Salisbury and the context in which he painted Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831.

This programme of events is part of Aspire, a partnership programme touring Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831 to five UK institutions. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.

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Tues 6 May, 1.05pm

Meet the Curator: Natural Sciences gallery talk See 1 April for details. Wed 7 & 21 May, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Tues 13 May, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 8 April for details. Sun 18 May, 11.30am

Tues 20 May, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

Fri 6 June, 2 – 4pm

Art Opinions Service See 4 April for details.

Historic Silver. Rachel Conroy, Assistant Curator of Applied Art, explains the techniques involved in making some stunning works of art and the inspiration behind their design.

Tues 10 June, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 8 April for details.

Tues 27 May, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology Artefact Study Room: A Medieval Miscellany.

Tues 17 June, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

Cardiff Coffee Concert

Fri 30 May, 1pm

Organ Recital

Beth McIntyre selects works of art on paper in the Prints and Drawings Study Room.

Glendower Ensemble See 6 April for booking details.

See 25 April for details.

Wed 18 June

Sun 18 May, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert Students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama perform in the galleries.

Book on arrival. Places limited Music

Tues 3 June, 1.05pm

Meet the Curator: Natural Sciences gallery talk See 1 April for details. Wed 4 & 18 June, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

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Gregynog Festival Day The Gregynog Festival was founded by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies in 1933. This year’s war-themed programme includes Belgian musicians whom the sisters helped to rescue and rehouse in Mid Wales in 1914. For tickets call 01686 207100 or visit www. gregynogfestival.org

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Fri 20 June, 1.05pm

Tues 24 June, 1.05pm

New perspectives on Swansea’s Cambrian Pottery. Jonathon Gray reveals new research on important trade connections with the USA.

The latest discoveries relating to the Llangorse textiles, in the Conservation Laboratory.

Art Lunchtime Talk

Fri 20 June, 2pm

Music of the Renaissance

Luke Starkey and Catherine Jones perform music by Alfonso Ferrabosco and John Dowland. Sun 22 June, 1pm

Lunchtime Concert See 18 May for details. Tues 24 June

Castles Field Trip Visit magnificent Pembroke, Manorbier and Carew Castles, all offering a history from Norman times to the Civil War of the 1640s and beyond. Tickets £45/£40 from www.museumwales. ac.uk/shop. See website for details.

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Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Wed 25 June, 1.05pm

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk Molluscs and their disguises by Anna Holmes, Invertebrate Biodiversity Section. Fri 27 June, 1pm

Organ Recital

© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales

Fri 4 July, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk An introduction to Monmouth-born Sir Charles Jackson (1906-1936) and his significant collection of historic silver.

See 25 April for details. Tues 1 July, 1.05pm

Meet the Curator: Natural Sciences gallery talk

Fri 4 July, 2 – 4pm

Art Opinions Service See 4 April for details.

See 1 April for details. Wed 2 & 16 July, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Tues 8 July, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 8 April for details.

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Tues 15 July, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Art

Richard Wilson events Fri 11 July, 1.05pm

Join Conservator Adam Webster in the oil paintings studio. Tues 22 July 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 3pm

Behind the Scenes: Festival of Archaeology

Art Lunchtime Talk From Wales to Italy and back again: an introduction by Oliver Fairclough to the newly opened international exhibition on the 18th century landscape painter Richard Wilson.

Art Lunchtime Talk How Wilson painted. Kate Lowry explores how Wilson painted and the materials and methods he used. Fri 5 September, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Organ Recital

How Wilson saw Britain, and how Britain saw Wilson, by Peter Lord, art historian.

See 25 April for details. Tues 29 July, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: The Library View books from the Library’s special collections.

Book on arrival. Places limited Music

Field Trip: Visit north Wales in the footsteps of Richard Wilson

See some of the places that Wilson painted and explore his home town of Mold in the company of our expert staff. See website for details. Book on-line at www. museumwales.ac.uk/shop Fri 19 September

Fri 18 July, 1.05pm

Fri 25 July, 1pm

Sat 6 – Sun 7 September

Classical Celtic: Wales and Scotland in Mediterranean Light A day conference exploring the nature of the British tour in Romantic-era Wales and Scotland (1760-1820). Experts from art history, archaeology, geology, literature and history will share their views, including the influential work of Thomas Pennant of Downing (1726-98), a relation of Richard Wilson. Jointly organized with the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. Book via e-mail: eventscardiff@museumwales. ac.uk Left: Anton Raphael Mengs, Portrait of Richard Wilson, 1752 © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales

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Tours, talks, concerts and more Tues 5 August, 1.05pm

Meet the Curator: Natural Sciences gallery talk

Tues 9 September, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Natural Sciences See 8 April for details.

See 1 April for details. Fri 29 August, 1pm

Organ Recital

See 25 April for details. Tues 2 September, 1.05pm

Meet the Curator: Natural Sciences gallery talk See 1 April for details.

Wed 3 & 17 September, 1.05pm

Archaeology Lunchtime Talk

Fri 12 September, 1.05pm

Art Lunchtime Talk

Charles Reed talks about the conservation and restoration of three 16th century memorial paintings of the Stradling family. Tues 16 September, 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: Paper Conservation

Emily O’Reilly talks about conserving the 66 lithographs in the exhibition Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War. Tues 23 September, 1.05pm

Fri 5 September, 2 – 4pm

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

See 4 April for details.

Mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by examining medals in the Artefact Study Room.

Art Opinions Service

Book on arrival. Places limited Music

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Tues 24 September, 1.05pm

Natural Sciences Lunchtime Talk Digging Worms! Observations of marine shovelhead worms, by Kate Mortimer-Jones, Invertebrate Biodiversity Section. Fri 26 September, 1pm

Organ Recital

See 25 April for details. Tues 30 September 1.05pm

Behind the Scenes: The Library View books from the Library’s special collections.

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