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The Hunterian

What’s on

January - March 2011

Welcome to the Hunterian January - March 2011

The Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum and home to over a million items ranging from meteorites to mummies and Mackintosh. Within this diverse collection, you will find some truly amazing objects! The Hunterian Art Gallery is home to one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland. It incorporates one of Glasgow’s most popular tourist attractions, The Mackintosh House, which comprises the reassembled principal interiors from the Glasgow home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Zoology Museum is crammed with an amazing array of animal life, from armadillos to zebra beetles and countless other creepy-crawlies. Our collections are world class. Visit us and experience an exciting range of displays, exhibitions and events!

All images are © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow 2011, unless otherwise stated. All information and prices correct at time of going to print.

Romans, a new roof and a re-opening‌ The Hunterian Museum Main Hall is getting a new roof. This means that the entire Museum is closed to the public. It will re-open in June 2011 and will feature a new permanent gallery devoted to the Romans in Scotland. The Hunterian Art Gallery, The Mackintosh House and Zoology Museum remain open as usual. The new Roman Frontier Gallery will explore the interaction between the people of Scotland and the Roman occupation, drawing on objects from the Hunterian’s internationally acclaimed collection. These include a superb collection of monumental Roman sculpture from the frontier, an exceptional survival in the Roman world, and other unique artefacts illustrating life on the edge of the Roman empire 2000 years ago.

When is it? Extended until mid June 2011 Where is it? Hunterian Art Gallery How much? Admission free

Past, Present and Future: Caring for William Hunter’s Prints This display highlights a current Hunterian project on the Hunter volumes of prints. They consist largely of portraits of past celebrities and prints of paintings and drawings by Old Masters, including Michelangelo, Parmigianino and Rembrandt.

Right Removing the old glue which held the edges of the prints together in groups or folios. These would have formed a book block on which to attach the spine.

An award from Museums Galleries Scotland has enabled conservation of some of the volumes, the cataloguing and digitizing of all and a research program.

Spread: Thomas Major (English; c.1714–1799) after Bonaventura Peeters (Flemish; 1614-52) Marine subject from Collection of Prints..., engraving and etching

This work has provided valuable new information on Hunter’s collection, his motivations for acquiring such volumes and on his close relationships with leading contemporary artists, collectors and publishers.

John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day When is it? 19 February - 2 April 2011 Where is it? Hunterian Art Gallery How much? Admission free Activities Tuesday Lunchtime Talks John Cage Concert Series

John Cage, River Rocks and Smoke 4/11/90, No. 1 1990 © The John Cage Trust Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates, London

‘Every Day is a Good Day’ is the first major exhibition and publication devoted to the entire range of American composer, writer and artist John Cage’s prints, watercolours and drawings. Cage was one of the leading avant-garde composers of the twentieth century, most famous perhaps for his silent work of 1952, 4’33”. The exhibition will include some 50 works on paper that span Cage’s entire visual art career and will include his extraordinary Ryonaji series. Echoing the artist’s use of chance to create work, the exhibition will be selected and installed using a computerised version of the Chinese oracle, the ‘I Ching’. ‘Every Day is a Good Day’ is a Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.

John Cage events

All concerts are free and unticketed unless otherwise stated.

Hebrides Ensemble Thursday 24 February 1.10pm – 2.00pm University Concert Hall Scotland’s Hebrides Ensemble specialises in new, 20th and 21st century chamber music, music theatre and chamber opera. Programme includes: John Cage: Watermusic and James MacMillian: 14 Little Pictures. Funded by the Ferguson Bequest. John Tilbury – piano Wednesday 9 March 7.45pm University Concert Hall Renowned as an exponent of Cage’s piano works, John Tilbury performs his Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. 6.45pm: Martin Parker-Dixon talks Cage with John Tilbury. Red Note Thursday 10 March 1.10pm – 2.00pm University Concert Hall Scotland’s professional contemporary music ensemble performs: John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra and John Cage: Aria. Funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Michael Duch – bass, Rhodri Davies – harp, John Tilbury – piano Thursday 10 March 7.30pm University Memorial Chapel Performance of experimental music by composers with a close connection to the work of John Cage, featuring pieces by Christian Wolff and Cornelius Cardew among others.

Arditti Quartet Friday 11 March 7.30pm University Memorial Chapel This first performance by the Arditti Quartet in Glasgow includes works written for them by John Cage: John Cage: Four, John Cage: Quartet in 4 parts and John Cage: Music for 4. Tickets: £10.00 (Students £5.00) available at or on the door (subject to availability). All seats unreserved. Funded by the Ferguson Bequest and the Chancellor’s Fund. Kevin Bowyer – organ Thursday 17 March 1.10pm – 2.00pm University Memorial Chapel Programme of Cage’s organ music to include Variations II and excerpts from The Harmony of Maine. Music in the University
Email music@glasgow. or call 0141 330 4092 Tramway Family Day: John Cage Musicircus 2 26 February 2011 Tramway 10.00am - 6.00pm Featuring live music, sound and light installations, workshops, explorations of sound technology and silence, all suitable for babies, toddlers, children and their families. This event introduces John Cage and his work to a whole new generation. Supported by Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. Please contact Tramway for more information: 0845 330 3501 Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

John Cage, 75 Stones, 1989 Aquatint on smoked paper © The John Cage Trust


Events and activities

Hunterian 10 Minute Talk programme Tuesdays* 12.45pm These popular lunchtime talks are given by staff from the Hunterian or other University departments about particular displays or objects.

Mid Term Madness 14 and 15 February 2011 Hunterian Art Gallery 10.00am - 12.00pm for ages 5 - 7 years and 1.00pm - 3.00pm for ages 8 - 12 years 14 February: Funky Prints - exploring patterns and shapes to create colourful prints 15 February: Clay Characters – imaginative clay figures inspired by the collections £6.00 per child per class Booking essential! For details please call 0141 330 2375 or email

*For a full list of talks and their locations, visit our ‘What’s On’ section at Admission free

Saturday Art Corner 19 February - 26 March 2011 Hunterian Art Gallery 10.00am - 12.00pm for ages 5 - 7 years and 1.00pm - 3.00pm for ages 8 - 12 years Six weeks of arts and crafts for kids inspired by the collections in the Hunterian Art Gallery £48.00 for the six week course Booking essential! For details please call 0141 330 2375 or email Classes for schools The Hunterian’s exciting schools programme ranges from hair-raising electricity workshops to inspirational Mackintosh workshops. Experience life as a Celt or a Viking in one of our ancient technology classes or select one of our Zoology Museum workshops for an unforgettable experience in our animal handing sessions. Workshops can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities. For further information on our full range of workshops, call 0141 330 2375 or email Hunterian Junior Archaeologists Club The Club meets on the first Saturday of every month, with a few exceptions, and is open to children aged 8 and over. Club activities can be found at

Come and find us

The Hunterian Art Gallery shop sells a great selection of gifts, jewellery, cards, posters and books inspired by the Hunterian collections such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Whistler and the Scottish Colourists.

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Hunterian Museum Currently closed for roof works Usually open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 5.00pm, closed Sundays and public holidays Admission free Telephone 0141 330 4221 Hunterian Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 5.00pm, closed Sundays and public holidays Admission to the Art Gallery is free – entry charge for The Mackintosh House Free admission on Wednesdays after 2.00pm Telephone 0141 330 5431 Zoology Museum Open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays Booking required for groups of 8 or more Admission free Telephone 0141 330 4772 Anatomy Museum By appointment only Telephone 0141 330 5871 for further information For details of public holiday closures or changes to opening hours, visit our website The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

Cover: John Cage, 10 Stones, 1989. Colour soap ground aquatint and spit bite aquatint on smoked paper. © The John Cage Trust.

Opening hours

Whats On  

January - March 2011

Whats On  

January - March 2011