Art Fund Museum of the Year 2012, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum has a busy exhibitions and events programme that ensures there’s always something new and that people in the South West - visitors and residents alike - can enjoy an extraordinary variety of quality exhibitions, including prestigious loans and exhibitions from national partners.Entry to RAMM and its exhibitions is free. It has stunning displays which combine a local focus with national and international relevance while the exhibitions range from wildlife photography to Victorian Medievalism and from Gilbert & George to Fine Art. There is usually a modest charge for accompanying events which include gallery walks, lectures, concerts and family activities.The 2014 exhibitions are:
RAMM is celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people in a landmark exhibition exploring 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 will present a compelling account of the remarkable contributions of individuals from the South West from 1540 to 1620
This display includes works by major artists of both the 19th and 20th centuries. It features drawings by Barbara Hepworth, watercolours by Thomas Girtin, Francis Towne and John White Abbott and paintings by Alan Cotton and Brian Rice.
Awake through the Years: Southwest Wood Engravers
7 December to 23 March
Land and seascapes; antiquities and historic buildings; composite topographical townscapes; and monumental figures and book illustrations from four contemporary South West wood engravers: Harry Brockway, Hilary Paynter, Pam Pebworth and Howard Phipps.
22 March to 22 June
RAMM is delighted to be presenting the work of Gilbert & George as part of the national ARTIST ROOMS programme in 2014. Gilbert & George are among the most celebrated artists to have emerged from the British art scene in the late 1960s.
ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international modern and contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.
5 April to 29 June 2014
Objects from the Wellcome Collection relating to human sexuality in all its forms: The variety of attitudes and cultural practices embodied by this display prompts us to question our own attitudes towards such contemporary issues as censorship and display, the boundaries between childhood and adulthood, control of sexuality, fertility and contraception, pleasure and power relations. It asks our audiences to open up their minds and to reflect of the value and significance of sex to us today.
26 March to 20 July
Since 2009 The British Wildlife Photography Awards has showcased some of the finest images captured by photographers practising in Britain. The 14 categories, including Botanical Britain, Young People’s Awards, Coast and marine and Wildlife in HD Video, are inspiring, thought provoking and highlight the natural wonders right on our doorsteps. Subjects range from familiar favourites to rare and elusive floral and faunal gems.
12 July to 2 November
Featuring some of the most significant figures in British art from the past 60 years, including David Bomberg, Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, George Shaw and Clare Woods, this exhibition looks at the way modern artists have been inspired by landscapes, nature and the seasons.
‘Detached & Timeless’ has been originated especially for RAMM in collaboration with the Arts Council Collection on the Southbank, with loans from Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.
7 to 21 August
An exhibition showcasing the work of a local art group chosen by the readers of Exeter Express and Echo newspaper.
August 2014 to January 2015
Commemorating the outbreak of the First World War with works by Walter Bayes and Muirhead Bone, RAMM's portrait collection will also be represented by two naval heroes of the Napoleonic era with Devon connections - Admiral Edward Pellew and Captain Charles Proby. Pellew rose to become commander of the Mediterranean fleet and a national celebrity after the Bomdardment of Algiers whilst Proby also gave outstanding service in the Seven Years War and the War of American Independence.
November 2014 to April 2015
An exhibition focusing upon the revival of medieval style architecture, fine art, craft and literature in the Victorian age.
The displays are:
14 December 2013 to June 2014
This display takes a look at a small collection of Maori objects and specimens from the museum’s ethnography and natural history collections and explores how the Maori used these resources in daily life, battle and ceremony.
June to December 2014
A display of RAMM’s Fijian objects with new interpretation by the Fijian Art Research Project. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and developed with Pacific specialists based at the University of East Anglia.
Celebrating the passions of local collectors, past displays have included cookery books, Hello Kitty paraphernalia, fans and water collected from around the globe.
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