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W H AT ’ S

ON JAN– APR 2020


Welcome to the Fitz The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded by a bequest of Richard, Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, in 1816, and now houses over half a million artefacts from around the world. See everything from Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces; illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance sculpture; rare coins to Korean ceramics. © Martin Bond

Admission to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions is free for everyone to enjoy.

A message from the Director

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second wave of our Sensual/ Virtual umbrella, we invite you to take an indulgent look at the visually stunning historical recreations conjured up within the exhibition from the English Sugar Banquet for a Renaissance wedding to the Baroque Feasting Table and see if they appeal to your senses, or not.

A flamboyant 4-metre tall pineapple installation on the Museum’s front lawn, specially-commissioned from Bompas and Parr (experts in multi-sensory experience design), marks the Museum’s major exhibition for the period, Feast & Fast. This spectacular pineapple is illuminated at night, so do walk by after darkness falls as well. Coming under the

Sharpening Perceptions, a painting exhibition of copies made by students at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, helps us to better appreciate the virtual reality of art and the skill involved in capturing likenesses. Whilst Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 15401650 evokes quite different sensations based upon the Five Senses, Seven Virtues and Deadly Sins. This season also sees the opening of a new schools 2

focussed exhibition Inspire, showcasing primary school children’s creative response to our painting of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio and highlighting the importance of cultural leaning for young people at a time when the arts in schools are increasingly under threat. Since I arrived at the Museum in February I have been working on The Fitzwilliam Museum Mission with the staff and Syndics. I am looking forward to sharing this Mission more widely in 2020 as we pursue our aim to be the best Fitzwilliam Museum we can be.

Luke Syson Director

Within this brochure there are a mixture of chargeable and free events, with booking information on pages. Where concessionary prices are listed, these are available to Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 65+, students and those in receipt of benefit.

This year’s Business Partners are: TTP and Brewin Dolphin. Their support has gone towards a creative and thought-provoking programme including outreach in the community, visitor engagement, creative learning events and our major exhibitions.

Lates 4 Exhibitions 6 Talks 11 Adults 13 Tours 15 Blind and Partially Sighted 16 Music 17 Families 18 Children’s workshops 21 Young people 22 Displays 26 Conference & Lecture 28 University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden 29 Support the Fitzwilliam 30 Visitor information 31

L O C AT I O N K E Y 3 British art

13 Temporary exhibition

35 Seminar Room

7 Italian art

14 Temporary exhibition

36 Studio

10 Temporary exhibition

16 Temporary exhibition

11 Temporary exhibition

27 European Pottery

12 Temporary exhibition

34 Fan Gallery

A floor plan showing all locations is available from both entrances and on our website. KEEP IN TOUCH The Fitzwilliam Museum


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Special after-hours events See our current exhibitions after-hours, browse art-inspired gifts in our Shop and relax with treats in our Café. Each late has a variety of different activities programmed, detailed below. © Martin Bond



Food, Faith and Wellbeing Thursday 30 January 17.00 – 21.00 • FREE Entry via Courtyard Entrance

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Listen to thoughts about the role of fasting in religion at our Food, Faith and Fasting panel discussion. Chaired by Dr Christopher Kissane, (Editorial Fellow at History Workshop and Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck), the panel will be drawn from Cambridge University student representatives from different faiths and communities. Gallery 7 at 19.00. Hear Simon Pickering from Wintercomfort talk about food and homelessness in the Relax, Reflect and Respond Zone (the bright orange room at the end of the exhibition) at 18.30 and repeated at 19.30. Join award-winning Cypriot-Armenian author Nora Nadjarian for a poetry reading in Gallery 22 at 18.00. Book for one of our two 30-minute meditation sessions - A celebration of stillness - in Gallery 28 at 18.00 and 20.00. Experience a cacao ceremony and take time to reflect, calm and nourish the busy mind, nurturing a sense of wellbeing and self-care. Cacao can help depression, lower blood pressure and is heavy in nutrients. Led by Emma Kerr of The Self Space Cambridge. To book email: or tel. 01223 332904. Sample our Café’s Health and Wellbeing menu including non-alcoholic drinks and vegan food. 4

Thursday 27 February 18.00 – 21.00 FREE but BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: Student ID card required Entry via both entrances The annual late night opening exclusively for all students – co-curated by the Fitzwilliam Museum Society.

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Taking Love and Dark as our starting points, join us for a dynamic programme of art events and performances, and indulge in the delights of the Fitzwilliam after hours. There will be live music, pop-up talks and behind the scenes tours by curators and staff, the Museum Remix pop-up exhibition and creative arts and crafts activities. Cash bar and snacks will be available in the Courtyard Café. Please note that the Courtyard Shop will not be open for this late.

Perceptions of Vision and Taste Thursday 19 March 17.00 – 2100 FREE Entry via Courtyard Entrance

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See four exhibitions after-hours: Feast & Fast, Inspire, Sharpening Perceptions and Virtue, Vice & the Senses, and enjoy them through a series of pop-up talks and events. Join us for culinary and theatrical experiment with a performance of Food and Feuds: Two cooks of Hexham, written by Fiona Ellis (in Grove Lodge Rooms at 17.30 & 19.45). Delving into the life of Hexham's Hannah Glasse (considered by many to be the first domestic goddess) this imaginary time travelling experience, designed to appeal to all five senses, brings Glasse, Ann Cook (Glasse’s sworn enemy and rival) and Isabella Beeton together to cook whilst they talk about their hopes and dreams from conflict to sisterhood. You even get to leave with a gingerbread biscuit gift! £25 (£20 concessions). BOOKING ESSENTIAL visit or tel: 01223 357851 5


STUDENT LATE Love Art After Dark

The art of food in Europe, 1500 –1800 Until 26 April • FREE 11, 12 & 13

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Food defines us as individuals, communities, and nations: we are what we eat and, equally, what we don’t eat. When, where, why, how and with whom we eat are crucial to our identity. Feast & Fast presents novel approaches to understanding the history and culture of food and eating. This research‐led multi-sensory exhibition showcases hidden and newly‐conserved treasures from the Fitzwilliam and other collections, and features four spectacular historical reconstructions with food at their centre, including an English sugar banquet for a Renaissance wedding, a European feasting table and a Georgian confectioner’s shop window and workspace. It teases out many contemporary and controversial issues — such as the origins of food and food security, overconsumption in times of austerity, and our relationship with animals and nature – thereby linking the past with our present, and encouraging visitors to question and rethink our relationship with food. To complement Feast & Fast, a flamboyant 4 metre tall pineapple installation specially commissioned from Bompas and Parr - experts in multi-sensory experience design - can be seen on the Museum’s front lawn for the duration of the exhibition and illuminated at night. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name, available to purchase from the Courtyard Shop. #FeastFast 6

Tuesdays 14 January, 18 February & 10 March Courtyard Entrance gates open at 9.00 for a 9.15 start £13.50 (£11.50 concessions) • BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851 An exclusive private guided tour of the Feast & Fast exhibition by one or both curators for individuals and groups, before the Museum opens at 10.00. After the tour, you are welcome to remain in the exhibition for as long as you wish, or be first in the queue for coffee and pastries in the Courtyard Café, with a 20% discount from 10.00 – 12.00, and a 10% discount on the exhibition catalogue, available for purchase in the Courtyard Shop, on production of your ticket.

Daytime exhibition tours Tuesdays – Fridays 21 January – 24 April 11.00 – 11.30 & 15.00 – 15.30 FREE • Drop-In Meet in the Courtyard Entrance Learn more about the Feast & Fast exhibition with one of our front of house staff as your expert guide.

17th century feasting at Vanderlyle Vanderlyle on Mill Road is delighted to be partnering with The Fitzwilliam Museum during the Feast & Fast exhibition. Over four nights, the restaurant will create a series of banquet-style feasts inspired by the works of 17th-century cook and food writer, John Evelyn. Bookings will be available from January and should be made directly with the restaurant via their online system: About the restaurant: Vanderlyle is a restaurant owned and run by chefs Alex Rushmer and Lawrence Butler. It opened in Cambridge in April 2019 with a focus on sustainability, seasonality and locality. The restaurant works directly with local growers, farmers and producers to create daily changing, vegetable-focussed tasting menus in a relaxed and friendly environment.



Early morning private tours

Madeleine and Amelia, Willingham Primary School - Cupid and Psyche


Inspire: A celebration of children’s art in response to Jacopo del Sellaio’s Cupid and Psyche Until 22 March 2020 • FREE 10 Over the past 12 months, hundreds of local primary school children have visited the Fitzwilliam to look at the painting of Cupid and Psyche with their teachers or parents, and many thousands more have studied it back at school. This exhibition demonstrates the importance of cultural learning for young people at a time when the arts in schools are increasingly under threat, giving young people opportunities to look deeply and thoughtfully at objects and images and to respond creatively through thinking, talking and making together. Modelled on the National Gallery’s Take One Picture programme and in partnership with AccessArt.



Sharpening Perceptions 4 February – 17 May • FREE 14

Copy by Anna Don of Giovanni di Paolo, St Bartholomew

An exhibition of copies of paintings in The Fitzwilliam Museum made by students at the Hamilton Kerr Institute as part of their training to become painting conservators. The copies will be displayed alongside the original paintings. They are not intended to look the same as the original but to show how it was made, with areas of bare canvas or panel, priming layers, drawing, etc. The areas that are brought to completion show how the original may have looked before pigments faded. The act of copying focuses the student’s attention and helps them see things in paintings that casual observers might easily miss. 9

Jan Saenredam (1565-1607), Sight, from the Five Senses, engraving after Hendrik Goltzius (detail)


Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 1540 – 1650 17 March – 14 June • FREE 16 This exhibition looks at the spread and development of prints representing abstract qualities such as the Five Senses, Seven Virtues and Deadly Sins. German and Netherlandish 16thcentury examples feature female figures accompanied by animals associated with the concept in question, or holding significant objects or attributes. At the turn of the 17th century, printmakers in Holland, France and England became more inventive, moving away from traditional allegorical depictions to pairs of amorous couples, women in fashionable dress and elaborate domestic scenes. 10

Talks take place from 13.15 to 14.00 in the Seminar Room 35 (seating is limited), unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes before the talk. Assisted hearing sets are available.

‘To eat or not to eat’: Vegetarianism and veganism in Europe, 1500 – 1800

Art and simulation in philosophy 5 February

Wednesday 15 January

Dr Tom McClelland, Lecturer in Faculty of Philosophy

Dr Melissa Calaresu, Feast & Feast exhibition co-curator

Ottoman dining Wednesday 12 February

Inspire project Wednesday 22 January Luke Syson, Director, and Kate Noble, Education Officer

‘The Season of Spiritual Warfare’: Fasting in early modern Europe

Dr Helen Pfeifer, Faculty of History

Food service by the book in early modern Europe Wednesday 19 February Prof Deborah Krohn, Bard Graduate Center, New York

Reconstructions in the exhibition Sharpening Perceptions 26 February Dr Spike Bucklow, Reader in Material Culture

A love story for the Medici? The story of Cupid and Psyche on Florentine Renaissance wedding chests Wednesday 4 March Dr Donal Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History of Art

Wednesday 29 January Dr. Christopher Kissane, Editorial Fellow at History Workshop and Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck Copy by Spike Bucklow of Jan Van Os, Flowers and Fruit



A variety of free talks by members of staff and guest speakers


Curator’s introduction to Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 1540 – 1650 Wednesday 25 March Elenor Ling, Assistant Keeper, Paintings Drawings and Prints

Photo: Mike Thornton © StillVision Photography

The Astronomicum Caesarium, 1540, f15r

Jacopo del Sellaio (1441 -1493), The Story of Cupid and Psyche (detail)


Jewish food and the Passover rite A vision of the universe: The Astronomicum Caesarium of 1540

Cupid and Psyche: Scientific insights into the painting behind Inspire

Wednesday 8 April

Wednesday 11 March

Wednesday 18 March

Edward Cheese, Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, and Dr Sara Öberg Strådal, Research Associate

Dr Paola Ricciardi, Senior Research Scientist, Fitzwilliam Museum and Victoria Sutcliffe, Painting Conservator, Hamilton Kerr Institute

How we fell in love with Italian food

Julia Biggs, Independent Art Historian

Wednesday 22 April Professor Diego Zancani, Emeritus Professor of Italian, University of Oxford

Art speak Tuesdays 21 January, 18 February, 24 March & 21 April 13.15 • FREE • Drop-in Meet in Courtyard Entrance Spend half an hour looking at, and talking about, art.


BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

MUSE 10.15 – 12.00 £10 per session 36 Discover new ways of working at this artist-led workshop, inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions and collections, with different themes each month.

Expressive figures

The power of pigment

The eyes have it

Friday 24 January

Friday 7 February

Friday 24 April

The human figure has long inspired artists, as we can appreciate in the exhibition of tender and naturalistic prints by Rembrandt. Drawing from these prints, create your own intaglio print in the Studio.

Learn the art of painting with egg tempera (coloured pigments mixed with egg). The Museum’s painting of Cupid and Psyche, created in this medium, is the focus of the exhibition of primary school art Inspire - on display in Gallery 10.

Walk around the sumptuous portraits in the recently restored Gallery 3, then go to the Studio for a portrait session with a difference, all about eyes – the life of these portraits. Learn techniques for drawing these so-called windows to the soul, and create a treat for your eyes.

Extended MUSE workshop Pineapple pins Friday 20 March 10.00 – 13.00 £35 (£30 concessions) 36 Come and make a pineapple needle felt brooch. The workshop will be run by Żenia/The Lady Moth, fibre artist and experienced teacher. Materials and tools will be provided. We will begin in the Feast & Fast exhibition, learning about the history of pineapples.



Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641), Rachel de Ruvigny, 4th Countess of Southampton, c.1638

A range of creative workshops for adults

Joris van Son (1623 – 1667), Still life with a lobster, 1660


Food glorious food

Painting still life inspired by Feast & Fast

Creative writing workshops Thursday 30 January • 18.00 – 20.00 Saturdays 8 & 15 February • 10.30 – 12.30

Saturday 18 April 10.00 – 15.30 £40 (£35 concessions)

Three workshops: £30 (£25 concessions) One workshop: £10 (£8.50 concessions) Friends’ Room


Food … a necessity, an art form, and of global concern. Join Helen Taylor for three creative writing workshops exploring our complicated relationship with food using the exhibition Feast & Fast for inspiration and illumination.

Join artist, Georita Harriott, for a still life painting workshop. We will be using gouache and all materials will be provided.


Meet in the Courtyard Entrance

Take a one-hour introductory tour of the Museum with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Guided tours for private groups are also available through the Guided Tours Department at the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, tel: 01223 791501 or email: For a self-guided tour of the collection pick up a digital eGuide, available from both Museum entrances for free.

St Christopher meeting the Devil, by the Master of St Christopher, c.1510–15 (detail)

Saturdays 14.30 £8


Guided tours

Seven strange stories at the Fitz

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Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 March 14.00 £10 + booking fee • BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Visit: or email: Meet in the Courtyard Entrance

Early morning curator’s tour of Arts of East Asia

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for this unique tour that offers an illuminating insight into some frequently overlooked paintings from the permanent collection, and the fantastic stories that they tell. Come and hear tales of impossible transformations and unlikely journeys, of cross-dressing heroes and flying philosophers.

Thursday 23 January Courtyard Entrance gates open at 9.00 for a 9.15 start £13.50 (£11.50 concessions) BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851

LGBTQ tours For information about these tours see page 29.

Celebrate Chinese New year by joining Dr Cheng-Sheng Lin on a private tour to explore Chinese works of art in our Arts of East Asia Gallery. Ticket holders are entitled to a 20% discount in our Courtyard Café from 10.00 to 12.00 on production of their ticket. 15

An afternoon of touch tours and audio descriptive sessions Guide dogs and companions are welcome to all sessions BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Fantastic fans Tuesdays 14 & 21 January 14.00 – 16.00 FREE The Fitzwilliam Museum Meet in Courtyard Entrance Go behind the scenes with conservator Flavia Ravaioli for a rare opportunity to touch a variety of fantastic and beautiful fans from the collection.

Birds near and far Tuesdays 4 & 11 February 14.00 – 16.00 FREE University Museum of Zoology Meet inside the Entrance Discover the quirks of birds from New Zealand and Australia, from the burrowing kakapo to the chuckling kookaburra. We will focus on conservation stories that have brought birds back from the brink, and explore birdsong of species closer to home.

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B L I N D & P A R T I A L LY S I G H T E D

Tours for blind and partially sighted adults

The ancient Maya and chocolate Tuesday 10 March 14.00 – 16.00 Tuesday 11 March 10.30 – 12.00 FREE Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Meet inside the Entrance Join Sarah-Jane Harknett to explore the world of the ancient Maya. Learn about the materials they used to show their power and how they liked to take their chocolate!

Creative workshop: Sensory still life Saturday 8 February 14.00 – 16.00 FREE The Fitzwilliam Museum Meet in Courtyard Entrance Inspired by the Feast & Fast exhibition, we will explore the art of still life and invite you to create your own relief composition based on natural forms and culinary tastes past and present. 16

Small Group visits With advance notice we can organise tailored tours, talks and handling sessions for small groups of blind and partially sighted people across a range of University of Cambridge Museums. Contact us to find out more.

Self-guided audio described tours Available free of charge on audio handsets for a tour of selected exhibits from the permanent collection. For large print, Braille information or further access enquiries, tel: 01223 332928 or email:


Lunchtime concerts 13.15 – 14.00 • FREE 3 Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Main Entrance desk on a first-come firstserved basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Seating is limited - no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

The Celia String Quartet

Music for piano

Sunday 12 January

Sunday 16 February

Programme to include Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135 and Mozart’s String Quartet K. 465 (“Dissonance”).

Avguste Antonov performs works by American living composers, including the classical compositions of rock star Billy Joel.

Music for flute and piano

Music for soprano, flute and piano

Sunday 19 January Sarah Blazeby (flute) and Antoinette Cann (piano) perform works by Debussy, Faure and Eldin Burton.

Music for cello and piano Sunday 26 January Jon Fistein (cello) and Olga Elbourn (piano) perform Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne and Beethoven’s Sonata in C, Op 102, No. 1.

Scordatura Women’s Music Collective

Sunday 23 February With Chloe Beresford-Jones and Helen Groves (sopranos), Sally Landymore (flute) and Jill Morton (piano).

Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders Sunday 1 March A performance by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Music for violin and piano

Sunday 2 February

Sunday 8 March

Programme to include Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio.

Fumi Otsuki (violin) and Sarah Kershaw (piano) perform pieces by Ifukube, Grieg, Jánaček, Chopin, Vaughan Williams and Debussy.

Music for saxophone and piano Sunday 9 February With Rob Burton (saxophone) and Konya Kanneh-Mason (piano).


Sketch the Sound Sunday 15 March 13.15 – 14.00 & 15.00 – 15.45 FREE but BOOKING ESSENTIAL To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: Get your creative juices flowing at this special event featuring live music performed by students from Britten Sinfonia Academy. Pick up a pencil and create your own unique works of art in response to the sounds you hear. The music could be fast, slow, high, low, written yesterday or 500 years ago, just go with the flow! The event will be presented by a professional artist who will draw live and share their top drawing tips. Materials will be provided. All ages and skill levels welcome!


Pick up a range of free activities to explore and learn together as a family Available anytime, at both entrances.

Gallery trails 5 – 12 yrs Choose from a selection of themed gallery trails.

Fitz Kits 5 – 10 yrs A range of interactive activities that take you on a journey around the Museum, including the new Explorer pack.

Baby play mat 0 – 2 yrs Sensory resources to help you and your baby explore themes and objects in the collection.

Story Starters 2 – 6 yrs Pick up a satchel containing a picture book and activities to help you explore the galleries.

Ages are a guide only. You are welcome to choose resources to suit your family. Contact us at to talk about what we can offer. Images © Martin Bond



Family First Saturdays 4 January, 1 February, 7 March, 4 April 14.00  – 16.00 FREE • Drop-in On the first Saturday of each month join our friendly team for fun activities and art-making for all the family based on one of the themes below.

Marvellous mythology 4 January

Chinese New Year 1 February See overleaf for details

Sensory spring 7 March

Food and drink 4 April

Plus, you can take a free tour around the Museum or listen to a story based on the month’s theme. Family tour

14.00 – 14.30 & 15.00 – 15.30 • Ages 6+


14.30 – 15.00 & 15.30 – 16.00 • 2  – 5 yrs Number restrictions apply for both, please collect a sticker from the Courtyard Entrance.



Family First Saturday: Chinese New Year Saturday 1 February 12.00 – 16.00 • FREE • Drop-in Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Fitz! Activities include:

Lion dance

Animals of the Zodiac trail

Lantern making

Paper cutting (recommended for ages 8+)

BOOKING ESSENTIAL for the below events, visit: or tel: 01223 357851

Storytelling: The Jade Emperor’s Great Race

Chinese calligraphy

12.30 – 13.00, 13.30 – 14.00 & 14.30 – 15.00 Ages 5+ £3 per person

12.00 – 12.30, 13.00 – 13.30 & 14.00 – 14.30 Ages 8+ £3 per child

A lively, interactive musical performance of The Jade Emperor’s Great Race. This traditional Chinese new year story explains how the order of animals in the Chinese zodiac were decided. Get tips on how to scare away Nian the Monster if he comes by your house on the eve of the lunar new year.

Learn how to create characters with Chinese brushes and ink.

In partnership with Cambridge China Centre and Cambridge Chinese Community Centre

Twilight at the Museums: De-lightful! Wednesday 19 February 14.00 – 16.00 FREE • Drop-in Explore your senses and take a journey through light and dark at the University of Cambridge Museums’ (UCM) annual Twilight event. © Martin Bond


Access to a world-class collection of art provides inspiration for art-making 36 Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the workshop. For all events meet in the Courtyard Entrance. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Colour mix

It’s magic


18 January 10.30 – 12.00 • 5 – 7 yrs 13.30 – 15.00 • 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child

Wednesday 22 January & Tuesday 24 March 10.00 – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £4 per child

Wednesday 18 March 10.00 – 11.00 & 13.30 – 14.30 3 – 5 yrs FREE

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson to investigate colour in Jacopo del Sellaio’s painting Cupid and Psyche. Experiment with your own colour creations in the Studio.

Exploring art together can be magical. Hear stories about objects in our collection, and make art of your own to take home.

Baby magic Tuesday 21 January & Wednesday 4 March 10.00 – 11.00 0 – 2 yrs £4 per child

Join musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music for a playful look at the Inspire exhibition. We will retell the story of Cupid & Psyche through sound and explore how music can create visions of things that we cannot see in real life.

Clay celebrations Saturday 21 March 10.30 – 12.00 • 5 – 7 yrs 13.30 – 15.00 • 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Look at the galleries together and get creative in the Studio.

See our soup-er exhibition Feast & Fast, then get creative in the Studio with ceramicist Sarah Nibbs.

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Creative workshops for children and families

15, 19 –  22 February (half-term) 15 – 19 yrs FREE • Drop-in Galleries & 36 A specially designed programme for students preparing for their art exams, particularly GCSE, A Level, BTEC.

Ask the artist 15, 19 – 22 February 12.00 – 12.30 Your opportunity to ask questions to artists – what were their career journeys? It’s up to you in this informal Q&A session.

Street art Saturday 15 February 11.00 – 16.00 Join London-based street artist ‘Hello The Mushroom’ in our Studio to explore street art techniques and help to create a large panel picture that students can add to throughout the week.

© Ollie Terry



BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Art Extra: Artist led skill classes 14.00 – 15.00 Wednesday 19 February Get to grips with Procreate – the iPad app for designers, illustrators and artists, with textile designer Lucy Mazur. And learn drawing techniques with Jason Ions. Thursday 20 February Computer aided design explained and demonstrated with Royal College of Art graduate sculptor Susie Olczak. Friday 21 February Figure drawing with Wysing based artist Caroline Wendling.


Portfolio review Friday 21 February 11.00 – 12.00 Book a 20 minute slot with the Deputy Head of Cambridge School of Art, at Anglia Ruskin University, to talk about art and design courses and career ideas.

Yoga and wellbeing Saturday 22 February 12.00 – 12.45 & 13.30 – 14.15 Learn some simple and useful techniques to remain mindful and focussed in the run-up to your exams. Led by experienced yoga instructor Daniela McDermott. No previous experience needed. Numbers are limited to 12 per session.

11.00 – 13.00 13 – 18 yrs £5 36 Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and art skills? Join us in the friendly environment of the Studio and get creative with our guest artists. Each month we offer an art workshop on a different theme designed to expand your painting and drawing skills.

Figurative: Abstraction Saturday 11 January Learn how to follow a process of abstracting the human form, starting with sculptural figures in the collection, then model your own sculpture in clay with guest sculptor Susie Olczak in the Studio.

Vogue Saturday 28 March

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Study the extravagant fashions in the portrait paintings of Gallery 3 and design contemporary versions with textile designer Lucy Mazur.

Not what it says on the tin

Feast & Fast Challenge: Bronze Arts Award in a week!

Saturday 25 April Join artist Caroline Wendling as we visit the Feast & Fast exhibition, followed by a Studio session to create something you could eat with your eyes!

Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 April 10.15 – 15.00 11 – 14 yrs £90 (4 day course) Work with staff and artists on a special Arts Award project inspired by the Feast & Fast exhibition. Learn new art skills, find out about what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum, and share your own mini exhibition at the end of the week to achieve a Bronze Arts Award.

© Martin Bond




BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.


Make! 14.00 – 16.00 11 – 13 yrs £5 BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email: 36

The shape of human Saturday 11 January People are everywhere in our collection of sculptures, but at first glance some of them seem like abstract shapes. Explore how to create abstract human figures modelled in clay with guest sculptor Susie Olczak.

Catwalk Saturday 28 March

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Create your own fashion and fabric designs with textile designer Lucy Mazur, inspired by the glamourous fashions shown in Gallery 3.

Not what it seems Saturday 25 April Boiled eggs and rashers of bacon, or marzipan? Some of the displays in the Feast & Fast exhibition will make you look twice. Try making your own fake food models in clay of lobsters, king prawns, chickens and pineapples with guest artist Caroline Wendling. Sir Peter Lely (1618 – 1680), Portrait of a lady, c.1665 (detail)


Creative wellbeing programme for university students FREE BOOKING ESSENTIAL for each session Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Meet in Courtyard Entrance Relax and enjoy some creative making, tinkering and doodling designed to lower stress and maximize your zentential over a cup of tea or coffee.

1 • Wednesday 29 January Hey good looking! 14.00 – 14.30 Discover beauty objects in our collection from perfume bottles to a Medusa mirror. And see how different ideals of beauty are represented in our Egyptian, ancient Greek and Rome galleries and Gallery 3.

Studio spa 14.30 – 15.30 Pamper yourself and join the team from Rituals Cambridge offering free hand massages, talks and samples of a selection of fragrances. Book yourself a free place and relax.

2 • Wednesday 11 March Sweet treats 14.00 – 14.30 Take a look at the collection’s sweet treats from dessert dishes to a treacle tin bangle and elegant ceramic bonbon dishes. Followed by a delicious workshop!

Chocolate tasting 14.30 – 15.30 Tickle your taste buds with a specialist heritage chocolate tasting. Discover the origins of cocoa and the Mayans with guests from The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, then create your own chocolate inspired artworks.





Poussin’s virtual reality Until 7 June 7 The great French artist Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) was meticulous in the preparation of his paintings. This was known to have involved the use of a device his contemporaries referred to as a ‘great machine’, a miniature stage set using small wax figurines which allowed him to ‘rehearse’ the perspectival setting and fall of light and shade in an imagined space. Following contemporary descriptions, artist Andrew Lacey in collaboration with artist Siân Lewis and cabinet maker Robin Williams have carefully recreated a replica of Poussin’s ‘machine’ based on the composition of Poussin’s masterpiece, Extreme Unction (1638-40), acquired by the Museum in 2012. The result is a fascinating insight into the working methods of one of the world’s greatest painters. See it for yourself in Gallery 7.

John Keats: Presence and absence Until 5 January 3 (tablecases) Exploring the life and afterlives of one of Britain’s best-loved poets, this display features the rarely seen autograph manuscript of Keats’s masterpiece, Ode to a Nightingale. Visitors can also view the miniature portrait of Keats that he gave to his ‘bright star’ Fanny Brawne when he left for Rome, never to return.


Until February 27 This collection, formed over many years, includes pieces by some of the finest artists to work in clay from the mid-20th century onwards.

Š The estate of Hans Coper

Design Evolution: Highlights from the Keatley Trust Collection Ongoing Mezzanine

Jane Short, Four Seasons Dish (2000) Š The artist

This display highlights some of the outstanding pieces of decorative art on loan to the Museum from the Keatley Trust which was founded in 1968 in order to purchase the best designed and most finely crafted art to lend to museums around the UK.

The Frua-Valsecchi Collection

Vase, favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany

Ongoing Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. These artworks have been generously offered to the Fitzwilliam on long-term loan. They can be identified in the galleries by their dark purple labels.



Salisbury Family Collection of Studio Ceramics

Theodorus Netscher (1661 – 1728), Pineapple grown in Sir Matthew Decker’s garden at Richmond, Surrey, 1720 (detail)


Decoration in Tutankhamun’s tomb © Nigel Strudwick


Nefertiti in the tomb of Tutankhamun Wednesday 29 April 17.30 FREE but BOOKING ESSENTIAL Email: Mill Lane Lecture Room 9 This year’s lecture will be given by Nicholas Reeves, PhD FSA, the well-known expert on the archaeology of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Dr Reeves has held curatorial positions at The British Museum, Eton College and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In his talk, he will discuss the hidden presence of Nefertiti within the tomb of Tutankhamun.


Power, Promise, Politics: The pineapple from Columbus to Del Monte Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February • 8.45 – 17.00 The Sainsbury Laboratory Auditorium (Cambridge University Botanic Garden) & The Bateman Auditorium (Gonville and Caius College) The pineapple is an emblem of power, promise and politics and continues to attract interest from plant scientists, historians and artists. From its ‘discovery’ by European colonisers in the late 15th century to an everyday canned food and logo of fair-trade movements, it is a story through which we can understand modern globalisation. This interdisciplinary conference brings together academics from the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as museum professionals and artist-practitioners. They will investigate the understudied tensions between the representational power of the pineapple and the political contexts of its production around the globe. This conference builds on some of the themes from the Fitzwilliam’s Feast & Fast exhibition, while making connections between the global and local origins of the food that we eat which are at the heart of contemporary debates. For more information and how to book visit: or email: 28

Twilight at the Museums Wednesday 19 February 16.30 – 19.30 FREE Our favourite night of afterhours exploration is back! This half-term, join families across the city for an evening of free drop-in and bookable events. Experience museums and collections in a completely different way and set out on a journey of discovery. twilight

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

Cambridge Science Festival


Feeling incurably curious? Through a mixed programme of events for adults, young people and families you will discover the many guises of science within museum collections.

Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects across the University of Cambridge Museum collections.


9 – 22 March

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Gallery Hire

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A number of beautiful galleries are available for hire outside public opening hours. We can host unique drinks receptions, corporate networking events, private parties and dinners, concerts and lectures. Bespoke, private tours can be included as part of your event and we work closely with a selection of approved suppliers for catering, AV provision, photography and entertainment.

Social events in the summer and at Christmas

Following an extensive refurbishment, Gallery 3, the Fitzwilliam’s grandest gallery is now available to hire. To speak about the kinds of events you could host, contact: Grace Hadley, Event Coordinator. Tel: 01223 768594 Email:

Seasonal offers in the Courtyard Shop

Support Us

Uniquely among UK museums, the Friends’ subscription is directed to new acquisitions for the Fitzwilliam. Join online and find out more at: www. or call the Friends Office on: 01223 332933

Donations keep our galleries open free of charge, conserve our collection and deliver our education service. Please donate online, at the Museum or contact the Development Office to discuss giving opportunities.

The Marlay Group is the Museum’s highest level of membership. They support vital work on collections, galleries and exhibitions and benefit from private events and access to experts. Legacies help safeguard the collection for future generations to appreciate. Corporate sponsorship of exhibitions, events and education programmes, offers opportunities for businesses to strengthen their corporate image and support our community. Find out more, contact: The Development Office Tel: 01223 332921 Email:

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Self-led group visits


A wide and flexible range of teaching and practical sessions for pre-booked school groups and CPD for teachers. For more information about our wider learning offer tel: 01223 332904, email: education@ or see website.

Must be booked at least 10 days in advance tel: 01223 332904, or email: education@fitzmuseum.

Filming and photography (without flash) for personal use are permitted but only with small, personal, handheld cameras and phones. Photography and filming take place from time to time for publicity and marketing purposes. If you do not wish to appear in the photographs or films, let a member of staff know.

Reproduction prints For high quality reproduction prints and canvas prints from the collection visit:

Courtyard Shop Visit the shop for a range of gifts inspired by the collection. www.fitzwilliammuseum

Courtyard Café

Access Use Courtyard Entrance for street level access and for groups and schools. Fully accessible toilets and lift access to all floors, apart from Gallery 34. Free audio described guide for blind and partially sighted visitors. Assistance dogs are welcome. Wheelchairs are available from the Courtyard Entrance, but please book in advance. For large print, Braille information or further access enquiries, tel: 01223 332928 or email: fitzmuseumaccess@

10.00–16.30 Lunches from 11.30–15.30. For reservations tel: 01223 764402.

eGuide The Museum’s eGuide, offering select tours of the collection, is available free of charge from both entrances.

Reference Library By advance appointment tel: 01223 764398, email: fitzmuseum-library@lists. or visit: research/referencelibrary

Study Room Individual and group access to the collection of paintings, drawings and prints by advance appointment. Open Tuesday–Friday 10.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.30. Tel: 01223 764363 or email: fitzmuseum-studyroom@lists.

Personal item storage All bags larger than 30 x 25cm must be left at either the coin operated lockers (Courtyard Entrance) or the manned bag check (Main Entrance). Please do not carry any items on your back.

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Opening Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00 Sundays & Bank Holidays 12.00 – 17.00 CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday, 24–26 & 31 December and 1 January




How to find us



The Fitzwilliam Museum is on Trumpington Street, a few minutes walk from Cambridge City Centre. No visitor parking, but limited Pay & Display on Trumpington Street. Disabled badge-holders can park in pay and display bays for as long as is needed, and on single/double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ‘no loading’ sign. Nearest car parks: Grand Arcade off Pembroke Street, or Queen Anne, Gonville Place. The U bus from Madingley Road Park & Ride, Cambridge Station, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital stops outside the Museum every day. Timetable available from: City Sightseeing bus also stops outside the Museum. For Park & Ride information visit:

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What's On January - April 2020  

Programme of exhibitions and events

What's On January - April 2020  

Programme of exhibitions and events