June Exhibitions And Events At Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum
29th May 2013
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This month visitors can enjoy two new exhibitions, total immersion in Tudor life, a closer look at the collections with RAMM’s volunteers, a string quartet, a lunchtime lecture and folk music with RAMM Patron Steve Knightley. Old friends and new will also be able to catch up with RAMM at Exeter Respect Festival and the Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracy. 

Exhibitions are listed below followed by special events in chronological order. 

Exhibitions

Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Prints 1986 to 2011

15 June to 15 September

This exhibition features the printmaking of Gillian Ayres, one of the leading British abstract artists of her generation. As well as the vibrant, heavily-worked canvasses for which she is best known, Gillian is also a dedicated printmaker. 

Born in 1930, Gillian Ayres studied at Camberwell College of Art between 1945 and 1950. She worked initially in London and then went on to teach at the Bath Academy in Corsham, Saint Martins School of Art and finally became Head of Painting at Winchester School of Art. She left teaching in 1981 and moved to Wales and then Cornwall, where she currently lives. 

Over the course of her career, the artist has made a significant and varied body of original prints. Most of the works in this exhibition have been proofed by Gillian Ayres and Jack Shirreff and were printed at 107 Workshop.

Ayres and Shirreff first met at Corsham and it was his reinvigoration of the use of carborundum combined with etching that offered her a whole range of possibilities in the medium of print.

Gillian Ayres’ work is in the collections of the British Museum, Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Ayres was made a Royal Academician in 1991 and awarded a CBE in 2011.

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

Wasted

22 June to 29 September

This exhibition explores the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts and their relationship to myths, history, cutting edge stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent. 

The art works are sculptural, incorporating milk teeth donated by children and bones and fat from living, consenting donors. 

Wasted is produced by Gina Czarnecki in collaboration with Professor Sara Rankin, Imperial College London. The body, its limits and unexplored possibilities for self-regeneration form the basis of a four year body of research culminating in this ground breaking exhibition.

Exeters Fine Art

6 April to 24 November

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.

The Tannery: Photographs by Paul Glendell

20 March to 23 June

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

Activities and Events

The Tudor Household: A hands-on day for adults Saturday 1 June, 10am to 5pm, £40 (£30) St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL For more information email kate.osborne@exeter.gov.uk 

A rare opportunity to experience life in the late 16th century in one of Exeter’s finest historical buildings. With the exclusive use of the Priory, participants can immerse themselves in Tudor life with the History Re-enactment Workshop’s Tudor family. Activities include cooking, sewing and needlecrafts, writing, still room work and song and dance. Bring an apron, notepad, shoes you can dance in and a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. 

Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours.

Exeter Respect Festival

Saturday 1 Jun 11.30am to 7pm and Sunday 2 June 11.30am to 6pm, free Belmont Park, Exeter EX1 2DH

Visit RAMM’s stall at the city’s annual celebration of cultural diversity. The festival presents two days of free live music and performance, a plethora of stalls offering children’s activities, information about local groups and institutions, fair trade and crafts for sale, food, a licensed bar and friendly atmosphere. www.exeter-respect.org

Lunchtime lecture - Benjamin Robert Haydon: The Triumphs and the Tragedies Wednesday 5 June, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3).

RAMM Meeting room A 

Alan Read, lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), Tate and Dulwich Picture Gallery, will illuminate the life of Plymouth-born historical painter Benjamin Robert Haydon.

Haydon was a fascinating yet tortured character who craved but rarely achieved success. His campaigning zeal helped the nation acquire the 'Elgin Marbles' and led to the reform of art education in Britain but his talents continually failed to justify his ambitions as an artist. Complementing RAMM’s displays of the city’s art collection.

Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours.

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2013

Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, 10am to 5pm Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF

This fair, which is run in association with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, is one of the largest and most prestigious craft and design events in the UK. Find RAMM in the Children’s Craft Marquee and join in with our activities and explore crafts from around the world. 

The Children’s Craft Tent is supported by The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon Arts In School Initiative (DAISI), RAMM and the Crafts Council’s Crafts Club.

Supported by WBW Solicitors. 

Tickets from Bovey Crafts, call 01626 830612, www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk

Making a difference: Volunteering Day

Saturday 8 June, 10am to 5pm, free

RAMM is celebrating National Volunteering Week with a selection of its volunteer-led activities for all the family. Volunteers at RAMM today are sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for RAMM and its collections. Visitors can join one of the spotlight tours featuring different aspects of the displays, handle a range of artefacts, try on costumes or take part in family activities. 

Sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm: RAMM has around 120 volunteers who support the museum in many ways across all departments. If you are interested in volunteering with RAMM, email ramm.volunteer@exeter.gov.uk or visit the volunteer section on RAMM’s website.

Spotlight Tours

Each tour lasts approximately 20 minutes. Meet your guide in the garden reception.

10.15am Exeter’s Local History, Ancient worlds and Ancient Egypt 11.15am Natural History, Ancient worlds and Ancient Egypt 12.15pm Exeter’s Local History, Ancient worlds and Ancient Egypt 2.15pm Natural History, Fine and Decorative Art 3.15pm Exploring World Cultures and Exeter’s Local History 4.15pm Natural History, Barkcloth in World Cultures 

Activities for all the family

Around RAMM, 10am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm, free, drop in Handle objects from a range of collections: beadwork from Africa, Roman ceramics, Victorian under clothing, Ancient Egyptian Shabtis, fragile echinoderm shells and a 300,000 year old handaxe. 

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.

Volunteering Day at the Priory

Saturday 8 June, 10am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm, admission charged St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL There are Tudor costumes to dress up in, Tudor games to play, magnetic mosaics and 45-minute tours starting at 11am and 2pm.

Chat about the Birds

Friday 14 June, 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.

Steve Knightley: Songs from the English Countryside Thursday 20 Jun, 7pm, £18 (£16) RAMM Gallery 20 

Patron Steve Knightley returns for a special solo performance with a mix of his own and traditional folk songs. Enjoy an evening of haunting music with powerful lyrics, inspired by the people and landscape of Steve’s native West Country. Bar supplied by SW Events. 

Tickets are available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours.

Rathbones Spring Concert Series: Benyounes Quartet Wednesday 19 June, £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:

* Schubert - Quartet in E Flat D.87

* Beethoven - Quartet Op.18 no.1 in F major

* Dvorak - Quartet in E flat Op.51

The Benyounes Quartet is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting young British ensembles. In June 2012, the quartet won 2nd prize at the 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and they received four special prizes including Best Interpretation of a Bartok Quartet and Best Performance of the commissioned piece. They were also invited to perform at the new Liszt Academy and in the Budapest Spring Festival in 2013. In May 2012, the quartet reached the final of Young Classical Artist Trust, performing at the Wigmore Hall. 

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.

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