Events and Exhibitions at the RAMM Musuem Exeter
30th April 2013
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This month visitors can enjoy two touring exhibitions: the best in modern portraiture and stunning wildlife photography, a new display of Exeter’s fine art and an exhibition of photographs capturing the essence of life and work in Britain’s last oak bark tannery in East Devon. Special events this month include a classical concert, talks and gallery tours. Families will enjoy special half term activities at both RAMM and St Nicholas priory and people working in the city centre will have a rare chance to share a drink in the museum and unwind after work. Old friends and new will be able to catch up with RAMM at the Devon County Show. Exhibitions and displays are listed below followed by special events in chronological order. -----

Exhibitions & Displays BP Portrait Award 2012
Until 19 May Gallery 21, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. From informal and personal studies of friends and family, to revealing paintings of famous faces, this year’s exhibition features 55 works selected from 2,187 international entries. The exhibition includes the four shortlisted artists: Aleah Chapin for her portrait of Auntie, Alan Coulson for Richie Culver, Ignacio Estudillo for El abuelo (Augustin Estudillo) and Jamie Routley for Tony Lewis, as well as the work of the BP Travel Award 2011 winner Jo Fraser. Exhibition organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London. Accompanying event Tuesday 7 May, 6.30 to 7.30pm, £7 (£5). - Evening lecture: What Makes a Great Portrait? with Sandy Nairne, Director of the national portrait Gallery. ----

Veolia Environnement Exhibitions Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 2 June Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

Inspiring wonder at the natural world and highlighting the need for wildlife conservation, this exhibition showcases the winning images from all 11 categories of the competition including underwater worlds, urban wildlife, plants and more. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the world’s most prestigious annual wildlife photography competition. It is currently in its 48th year and is open to amateur and professional photographers alike. A book accompanying the exhibition along with a range of items including notebooks, postcards, greetings cards, prints and magnet sets are for sale. Accompanying event Saturday 20 April, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, £6 (£4.50) - Afternoon lecture: A Frozen Moment in Antarctica with West Country-based competition winner, researcher and ecologist, Mark Tatchell. -----

The Tannery: Photographs
by Paul Glendell
20 March to 23 June RAMM Gallery 22

In his unposed black and white photographs award-winning photojournalist Paul Glendell captures the essence of life and work in Britain’s last oak bark tannery. The ancient industry of tanning leather using oak bark has been carried out at Hamlyns tannery in Colyton, Devon for hundreds of years. J and FJ Baker and Sons Ltd, who now run the tannery, are the only company in Britain that still makes leather in this way. The work is hard, smelly and messy but produces high quality leather for which there is still a flourishing market. Glendell’s photographs portray the people and processes involved in this ancient craft, conveying the spirit of the place, the qualities of light and the sense of movement. Like James Ravilious, Glendell is inspired by the founding principles of Henri Cartier-Bresson. He continues in this fine tradition of social documentary, capturing the moment and the essence of a place with the unassuming Leica camera, documenting environmental issues and disappearing cultural history. Glendell’s work has been published in Time and Life magazines, national newspapers and the BBC. His commissioned photography work involved extensive travels around Britain, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Israel. His work has been exhibited in Britain, France, China, Slovakia and Hungary. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 Accompanying event Wednesday 15 May, 1 to 2pm, tickets £4.50 (£3) -

Lunchtime Lecture
: Human Nature with Paul Glendell Exeters Fine Art 6 April to 24 November RAMM Gallery 5

A century ago in 1913, Applehayes Farm at Clayhidon on the Devon-Somerset border belonged to Harold Harrison, a retired rancher from Argentina. Harrison, became friends with the Camden Town Artists Group whilst a London art student and from 1910 onwards he invited the members to visit his farm, amongst them Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan. Bevan, in particular, was inspired by the East Devon landscape and returned regularly until 1920. RAMM is commemorating this centenary with a display of its important 1913 paintings by both Bevan and Ginner. Samuel Palmer was one of the most original and influential artists of the 19th century and is famously associated with Shoreham in Kent. However, in later life he was arguably more inspired by the scenery of Devon than any other. With the help of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Museum, RAMM has recently acquired one of Palmer’s important late watercolours, After the Storm, 1861. This large scale exhibition work is an imaginary shipwreck scene based on the coastline around the Valley of the Rocks near Lynmouth and will be on public display in Exeter for the very first time. The images in this exhibition are available to buy on a range of products.

Visit our prints website: http://prints.rammuseum.org.uk

From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858. Accompanying events *

Wednesday 8 May, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3) -

Lunchtime art gallery walk and talk with John Madin, RAMM’s Art Curator * Wednesday 5 June, 1 to 2pm
, £4.50 (£3) - Lunchtime lecture - Benjamin Robert Haydon: The Triumphs and the Tragedies with Alan Read, lecturer for NADFAS. -----

What do you
Collect? My Purrfect Collection 22 April to 21 July RAMM Finders Keepers? gallery Hello Kitty originated in Japan in 1974 and has been popular for all ages ever since. In the latest celebration of the passions of local collectors we will be showcasing one person’s Hello Kitty collection, amassed since the mid 1980s. 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 RAMM’s World Cultures collection. What do your clothes say about you? 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. ----

Special events Evening lecture
: What Makes a Great Portrait? Tuesday 7 May, 6.30 to 7.30pm, £7 (£5) RAMM Gallery 20 What can portraiture teach us about self and identity? Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Chair of the judging panel for the BP Portrait Award, will talk about the portraits in this year’s exhibition. Complementing the BP Portrait Award 2012 exhibition which is on until 19 May. Supported by Capita Financial Group. Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. ----

Lunchtime art gallery walk and talk Wednesday 8 May, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3) RAMM Gallery 5 Join John Madin, RAMM’s Art Curator, for an introduction to the exhibition displaying artworks from RAMM’s collections. Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. -----

Chat about the Birds Wednesday 8 May, 11am to 3pm, free drop-in RAMM In Fine Feather Gallery Find out more about our feathered friends in RAMM’s birds’ gallery. RSPB experts will be on hand to answer your questions on the collections and the work of the RSPB. Free guided wildlife tours through RAMM start in the In Find Feather gallery at 11am and 2pm. The tours are a 20 to 30 minute walk around the museum discovering the fantastic wildlife on display and how the RSPB is helping to protect it. Discover underwater wonders around Devon's shores, learn how bees are saving the UK millions of pounds a year, find out which piece of clothing inspired the RSPB's origins and how everything from tigers to sparrows are being protected by local conservationists. -----

Evening
lecture - Museums Go Global: The Worldwide Spread of Museums in the Nineteenth Century Thursday 9 May, 6.30pm, £4.50 (£3) RAMM Gallery 20 The nineteenth century was truly the great ‘Age of the Museum’. Municipal museums in Britain sprang up after the 1845 Museums Act. But they were already being founded throughout the colonies of the British Empire. John Mackenzie, pioneer of the study of popular and cultural imperialism, will discuss why this was the case, what form some of these extraordinary museums took, what they tell us about the global spread of European culture, and the role this played in the development of national identities. Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. -----

Mental illness on film: Stigma and 'The Soloist' Friday 10 May, 2 to 4.45pm, free but ticketed Gallery 20 A free screening of the film The Soloist, directed by Joe Wright and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., followed by an expert-led discussion. Would discovering a biological basis for psychiatric disorders lessen the stigma encountered by the mentally ill? Speaker(s): Dr Susan Kelly (Egenis, University of Exeter), Dr Daniel Racey (University of Exeter Medical School) and Chair: Dr Helen Featherstone (University of Exeter) This event is free but ticketed - tickets from RAMM, in person, or phone 01392 265858, or email museum.reception@exeter.gov.uk. Organised by: Egenis. Visit www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/egenis/events/title,26592,en.html or email egenis@exeter.ac.uk for further details. -----

Lunchtime Lecture: Human Nature Wednesday 15 May, 1 to 2pm, tickets £4.50 (£3) RAMM Meeting Room A Paul Glendell will show a selection of environment, conservation and culture photographs from his archives of 25 years, including work for Natural England, the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the BBC, and discuss what inspires him and why he chooses these issues. Complementing the exhibition The Tannery: Photographs by Paul Glendell. Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. -----

Rathbones Spring Concert Series: Martin Cousin Piano Wednesday 15 May, £18 RAMM Gallery 20 Museum doors open at 6pm. Drinks are available from 6.30pm for a donation of £2. Concert begins at 7.30pm Pre-concert suppers, £12.50: RAMM’s café is open from 6pm for pre-concert rustic suppers made with locally sourced ingredients. Save with a Season ticket £48 (£42) Programme includes: * Beethoven - Sonata in E flat Op.7 * Brahms - Three Intermezzi Op.117 * Rachmaninov - Sonata no.1 in D minor Op.28 Martin Cousin is one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation. A winner of the Gold Medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London and the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition in Italy, Martin has given numerous recitals in the Wigmore Hall and he has appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestras. Further afield, his tours have included New Zealand, Italy, the USA, Japan and across Europe. Organised by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Development Trust which raises funds to support RAMM’s future. For more information on how to support the trust, join the Business Club or become a Patron contact Margi Jervoise: T 01392 265963, E margi.jervoise@exeter.gov.uk. Registered Charity no. 1038570. Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. -----

RAMM at the Devon County Show Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May, 9am to 6.30pm Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ – Avenue L Visit RAMM’s stand at Devon’s premier show. Billed as Devon’s Big Day Out, the County Show is a showcase for aspects of life and work in the county as well as entertainment, shopping and good food. RAMM returns to the show again this year with handling collections, activities and information. With the support of the Devon County Show. Tickets from Devon County Show, call 01392 446000, www.devoncountyshow.co.uk -----

Thursday night late at RAMM
Thursday 16 May RAMM Garden reception, 5.30 to 7.30pm Côte Brasserie, Cathedral Yard, Exeter from 7.30pm. To celebrate Museums at Night, RAMM has joined with partner venue Côte Brasserie to offer a Thursday night special. Enjoy the Museum’s displays and exhibitions with a glass of Prosecco in an exclusive late night opening and if you wish to dine afterwards you can treat yourselves to a two course meal at Côte bistro with a combined ticket. RAMM only, £5 including a glass of Prosecco RAMM and Côte meal, £15: combined tickets includes a glass of Prosecco at RAMM and a two course meal at Côte Brasserie Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. -----

Virtual
Vincenzo: RAMM’s Sodi Harpischord brought back to life Saturday 18 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4.30pm, free, drop in RAMM Garden Reception The Vincenzo Sodi 1782 harpsichord on display at RAMM is so delicate that it can no longer be played. With the aid of the latest computer technology, Exeter’s Sound Gallery have re-created the entire keyboard as an interactive installation. Visitors are welcome to try out their keyboard skills and hear how a piece of music would sound if they were able to play it on the 231 year-old instrument. Part of Sound Gallery’s Analogue to Digital Music Expo at Exeter Phoenix 18 May 2013. www.analogue-to-digital.com www.vincenzo.sound-gallery.net -----

Friends evening lecture: Devon’s Heroic Antarctic Explorers Tuesday 21 May, 6.30pm, £5 RAMM Gallery 20 Paul Davies, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Polar Society, will give an illustrated talk about Antarctic Exploration, making special reference to Devon. Many Devon men sailed with both Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton. They played vital roles and endured great hardships. He will also focus on Devon landmarks and monuments linked to the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Paul will celebrate the contribution of Devon men to these pioneering expeditions. Tickets are available from 9 April in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. -----

RAMM Development Trust evening lecture Revolution and Regicide Thursday 23 May, 7pm, £10 (£8) RAMM Gallery 20 Helen Rappaport, author and historian, takes a close-up view of the murder of the Romanovs in Ekaterinburg in July 1918, examining the nature of the family’s captivity inside the Ipatiev House, the botched and hasty disposal of the bodies afterwards and the subsequent search to uncover the remains and subject them to DNA testing. She will also bring the story up to date by explaining how the Romanovs, now elevated to sainthood, are at the heart of a massive revival of the Orthodox Church in Russia. A fundraising event for RAMM’s Development Trust. Sponsored by Stones Solicitors Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. ----- Family

Activities: Close Encounters Wednesday 29 May and Thursday 30 May 10.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30 to 3.30pm, drop in, £2 per child RAMM Courtyard Look at wildlife close up with a digital microscope and magnifying glasses and draw the patterns revealed. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults can watch/supervise for free. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. -----

Demonstration: Exploring the Vertues of Herbes Thursday 30 May, 11am to 1pm, drop-in. Admission charged. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Learn more about the power of plants in the year 1602 by helping our ‘herb women’ prepare natural remedies in the Tudor kitchen, using a variety of plants gathered from their own physick garden. Mistresses Eleanor and Christina are skilled in the knowledge and the use of herbs. They will be preparing infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves for the benefit and wellbeing of the Hurst household. -----

Family
Activities: Art Gallery Friday 31 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2 per child, drop in RAMM Courtyard Your opportunity to have your work in the children’s gallery on the RAMM website. Produce your own picture inspired by one of RAMM’s paintings, drawings or prints currently on display. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults can watch/supervise for free. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. -----

Family Activities at the priory: Butter Making Friday 31 May, 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 A chance to make butter Tudor style. Please bring one large pot of real double or whipped cream which is at room temperature and wear clothes that can get messy. Places are limited. If the activity is busy there may be a short wait. Accompanying adults can watch and help. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults can watch/supervise for free. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait.

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