December exhibitions and events at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
22nd November 2013
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A new exhibition of Exeter's fine Art starting on 4 December includes hospital drawings by Barbara Hepworth and paintings by Thomas Girtin, Francis Towne, Alan Cotton and Brian Rice. The new World Cultures display looks at how the Maori used natural resources in their daily life. Families can enjoy meeting the RSPB in the birds gallery and Tudor Christmas celebrations at St Nicholas Priory. New Exhibitions are listed below, followed by special events then on-going exhibitions and displays. New Exhibitions Exeter's Fine Art Collection 4 December 2013 to 6 April 2014 RAMM Gallery 5 This display includes works by major artists of both the 19th and 20th centuries. Having recently returned from a major touring exhibition, RAMM's pair of hospital drawings by Barbara Hepworth, Trio and Preparation, will be on display for the first time in several years. The artist was an enthusiastic supporter of the NHS and was encouraged to visit the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Exeter by Norman Capener, a surgeon and friend. Trio includes a portrait of Capener (centre), who was himself a painter and sculptor and maintained a long association with RAMM as a member of the Board of Governors and co-opted member of Exeter City Council. He also later became a trustee of the Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery. Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) was one of the greatest English watercolourists whose innovations opened the way for Romantic landscape artists of the 19th century. Even JMW Turner, his contemporary, is said to have remarked: Had Tom Girtin lived I should have starved. RAMM is fortunate in having two of Girtinâs watercolours of the Exe estuary: Rainbow scene on the River Exe and Exeter from Trew's Weir. Both will be shown alongside works by other notable watercolour artists such as Francis Towne and John White Abbott. More recent interpretations of Devon scenery will include Alan Cotton's impressive oil painting, Hartland Quay, North Devon and Brian Rice's Devon. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 ----- Taonga: Maori treasures of the natural world 14 December 2013 to 8 June 2014 RAMM World Cultures display case Aotearoa (New Zealand) was one of the last land masses to be discovered by humans. People first arrived there by boat 1,000 years ago and they soon found that they had access to an abundance of resources from three sacred worlds: the land, the sea and the sky. This display takes a look at a small collection of Maori objects and specimens from the museumâs ethnography and natural history collections and explores how the Maori used these resources in daily life, battle and ceremony. ------ Talks, lectures and special events St Nicholas Priory Guided Tours Tuesday 3 December, 11am to 12 noon, £7 (£5) St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Take a tour of one of Exeterâs best kept secrets, an Elizabethan town house furnished in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology. Tickets available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. ---- Keynote Evening Lecture: Learning and the Arts in Tudor Devon and Cornwall Wednesday 4 December, 5.30 to 9pm, £12 (£10) RAMM Galleries 20 and 21 followed by the Devonshire Suite at the Thistle Rougemont Hotel, Queen Street Start your evening viewing the exhibition, then join Professor Sam Smiles for his lecture at 7.30pm. Sam Smiles is Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth, and Programme Director, Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter. He specialises in the history of British art and has a particular interest in the contribution of Devon and Cornwall to the national picture. He will focus on Tudor works of art and architecture, new ideas about education, church and state and the development of historical scholarship. Tickets available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. ----- Lunchtime lecture: The Elizabethan Discovery of South West England Wednesday 11 December, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4) RAMM Meeting Room A Andrew McRae, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Exeter University, examines the special role the South West played in the late 16th-century movement to describe the nation, considering major works alongside lesser-known local descriptions. Tickets available online or from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. ----- Chat about the Birds Thursday 12 December, 11am to 4pm, free, drop in. Wildlife tours 11am and 2pm. RAMM's In Fine Feather gallery Meet and talk with local bird experts from the RSPB and join them for a 20-30 minute walk around RAMM to see the wildlife on display and hear news of wildlife conservation. ----- Promenade drama performance: Shakespeare with a Punch Friday 13 December, 5.30 to 7.30pm, free, drop in St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Join the University of Exeterâs Drama Department outside the Elizabethan Guildhall in Exeter High Street at 5.30pm and parade down to St Nicholas Priory for a glass of punch and promenade drama performances between 6pm and 7pm. Meet the fools, clowns and ordinary folk of Shakespeareâs plays in comic scenes and festive silliness featuring emerging artists from the MA Staging Shakespeare course. In partnership with the University of Exeter Drama department. ----- Tudor Christmas at St Nicholas Priory Saturday 14 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, drop in, admission charged St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Join us to make traditional Christmas decorations in the parlour. In the morning, Mistresses Eleanor and Christina will also be in the kitchen showing visitors how to prepare sweetmeats, decorations and delicacies for the Hurstsâ Christmas celebrations. Admission charges: adults £4, children £1.50, families £10, concessions available. ----- Ongoing Exhibitions & Displays West Country to World's End: the South West in the Tudor Age 26 October 2013 to 2 March 2014 RAMM Galleries 20 and 21 Celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people, this landmark exhibition explores the West Country in the age of the Tudors. Comprising loans from the Bodleian Library, British Library, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, Royal Collection, Royal Museums Greenwich, Victoria & Albert Museum and private lenders, it presents a compelling account of the remarkable contributions of individuals from the South West from 1540 to 1620. During the Elizabethan Golden Age West Country folk were famed for their innovation and endeavour. Drake sailed to World's End in pursuit of treasure and glory, while Raleigh took settlers to a New World. Exeter-born painter Nicholas Hilliard and scholar Thomas Bodley found fame beyond their native city which bustled with merchants made rich by overseas trade. Goldsmiths, plasterers, carpenters, masons and lacemakers were commissioned to provide luxury houses and goods. These local stories are told against the backdrop of historical events the Reformation and religious turmoil, political unrest, conflict with Spain and intrigues in the Royal Court that make for one of the most evocative periods of English history. The exhibition has been made possible through the support of Arts Council England and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue available from RAMM during the exhibition at the special price of £14.95. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 Accompanying events Wednesday 4 December - Keynote Evening Lecture: Learning and the Arts in Tudor Devon and Cornwall with Professor Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth, 5.30 to 9pm, £12 (£10). Wednesday 11 December - Lunchtime lecture: The Elizabethan Discovery of South West England with Andrew McRae, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Exeter University, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4) Friday 13 December - Promenade drama performance: Shakespeare with a Punch with University of Exeter's Drama Department, 5.30 to 7.30pm, free. ⢠Saturday 14 December - Tudor Christmas at St Nicholas Priory, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, Drop in, admission charged. Wednesday 8 January - In Bed with the Queen: Elizabeth I and the politics of intimacy with Dr Anna Whitelock, Senior Lecturer in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4). Wednesday 15 January - Gallery conversations with Professor Sam Smiles, one of the exhibition curators, 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm, £6 (£4).  Wednesday 22 January - The Houses and Household Goods of Elizabethan Exeter with John Allan, Exeter Cathedral Archaeologist and former Curator of Antiquities at RAMM, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4). Thursday 30 January - The Lady Elizabeth: the Virgin Queenâs Perilous Path with Alison Weir, Britain's top-selling female historian, 5.30 to 8.30pm, £12 (£10). Saturday 1 February - Adult Creative Writing Workshop: Worlds Within Worlds with Lawrence Sail, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, 10.15am to 4.15pm, £25.  Wednesday 5 February - Everyday Life and Accidental Death in the Tudor South West with Dr Steven Gunn, Fellow and Tutor in History at Merton College, Oxford, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4). Wednesday 12 February - Seapower, Climate Change or Plain Bad Luck? The Defeat of the Spanish Armada with author and historian Dr Robert Hutchinson OBE, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4). Saturday 15 February - Demonstration: Portraits in Miniature with the Hilliard Society, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, free, drop in. Wednesday 26 February - British Exploration and Images of the New World c1580-1615 with Dr Stephanie Pratt, Associate Professor of Art History at Plymouth University, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4).  Wednesday 26 February - Gallery conversation with Professor Sam Smiles, one of the exhibition curators, 2.15 to 3.15pm, £6 (£4. ----- What do you Collect? Cooking the Books 5 November to 2 February RAMM Finders Keepers? gallery One man's collection of cookery books and food related ephemera, amassed in his quest to find out more about our culinary and food history. What do you Collect? Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? Email RAMM@exeter.gov.uk . ----- Coded Clothes 27 April to 8 December RAMM World Cultures gallery This display shows a special selection of adornments from RAMMâs World Cultures collection. All over the world people strive to transform and beautify their bodies with permanent and temporary adornment. For many communities it is an integral expression of the traditions, nationality, status and spirituality through which people define their personal identity and place in society. For others, it's to attain an ideal of beauty promoted by their society, or to deliberately reject that ideal in order to pursue individuality. ----

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