June exhibitions and events at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
26th May 2015
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Displays include natural history collecting during the First World War, pottery prime ministers, work by Devon artists and a contemporary artwork. Special events include a classical concert, lectures, a stand at the Exeter Respect Festival, tours and talks.


Special events are listed below, followed by exhibitions then displays.

 

Special events

Friendly Traders, Raiders or Settlers? New Research on the Vikings in the West Country


Tuesday 2 June, 6.30 to 7.45pm, £7.50 from 14 April


Written sources originating in the European kingdoms between AD 800 and 1100 seem, on first reading, to describe a period of almost continuous raiding by war-bands from Scandinavia. But archaeologist Derek Gore argues that a careful analysis of the written record reveals not only the political aspirations of Viking leaders but also the desire of some warriors to settle and integrate into the population in the kingdoms while archaeological evidence suggests primarily commercial contacts between Scandinavia and Europe before this Viking Age. A study of other material such as stone sculptures, place names, personal names, hoards and single finds of metalwork from the West Country allows a more complicated picture to emerge from this difficult period.

Tickets are available from 14 April 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.


Organised by Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery, registered charity no. 306649. The Friends support the museum with financial help towards acquisitions and conservation. W www.exeter.gov.uk/friends, E friends@exeter.gov.uk.

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All Different, All Equal: Exeter Respect Festival


Saturday 6 June, noon to 7pm, and Sunday 7 June, 11am to 6pm


Free, drop in


Belmont Park, Exeter EX1 2DH


Visit RAMM’s stall at Exeter’s annual celebration of cultural diversity. Two days of free live music and performance in a friendly, invigorating, alcohol-free atmosphere. Stalls offer children’s activities, information about local groups and institutions, fair-trade and crafts, and food from around the world.

www.exeter-respect.org

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Local History Tour – Sold Out


Saturday 6 June, 11am, £5


Join a 40-minute tour of the Making History galleries: Exeter and Devon from

prehistory to the present.


All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

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Evening lecture: Have you good taste?


Tuesday 9 June, drinks 6pm, talk 7 to 8.30pm, £12 (£10), patrons 2 for the price of 1


By National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) lecturer David Phillips. It’s hard enough telling whether your artwork is any good, but is it also socially acceptable? In an entertaining survey including artistic beauties as well as beasts, David Phillips will focus on what can make art socially questionable, concluding with a revealing explanation of Kitsch.

Sponsored by Stones


Organised by RAMM Development Trust, Registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications. Tickets are 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.

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Meet the Artist: Gallery Conversation – Sold Out


Wednesday 10 June, 1pm to 2pm, £8 (£6)


Benedict Rubbra leads a tour around the exhibition and provides a personal view of the works on show. Accompanying the exhibition Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image, 2 May to 2 August at RAMM.

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Rathbones Spring Concert Series: Solem Quartet


Wednesday 17 June. Doors open at 6.30pm. Drinks, £2 donation. 7.30pm start. £18 (£16). Three concert series £50 (£44). Patrons 2 for the price of 1.

Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter EX4 3RX

  • HAYDN: Quartet Op.20 No 6 "Sun"
  • BEETHOVEN: Quartet in E Flat Op.74 “Harp”
  • MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in F minor Op.80

Rathbones Spring Concert Series

  • Wednesday 22 April, Melvyn Tan, Piano
  • Wednesday 20 May, Soh-Yon Kim, Violin and Maksim Stsura, Piano
  • Wednesday 17 June, Solem Quartet

Organised by RAMM Development Trust, Registered charity no 1038570. The trust raises money through its patron scheme, sponsorship, events and grant applications. Tickets are 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.

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Museum Full Site Tour


Saturday 20 June, 11am, £5


Join a 60-minute tour of RAMM’s galleries.


Tickets are 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.


All tours of RAMM’s galleries are available for private group bookings on mutually agreed dates. One-hour volunteer presentations are available for groups and society: RAMM or St Nicholas Priory (minimum donation of £40 to the RAMM Development Trust) or the 22,000-coin Seaton Down hoard and Roman Devon (Minimum donation £40 to the Seaton Down hoard fund). Contact ramm.extra@exeter.gov.uk or 01392 265984.

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The Churches and Church Life of Medieval Exeter


Wednesday 24 June, 1 to 2pm, £12 (£10)


Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter EX4 3RX


Exeter and its surroundings were home to some sixty religious houses, parish churches and chapels in the Middle Ages. Professor Nicholas Orme explains how they came into being and what they tell us about religion and society in the city up to the Reformation.


Tickets are 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.

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Exhibitions

Exeter’s Fine Art Collection


16 April to 11 October


Gallery 20


An exhibition of paintings by Francis Hayman, an important Devon born artist of the 18th century, alongside topographical prints and drawings of 18th- and 19th-century Exeter.


RAMM’s portrait of the artist Francis Hayman by Joshua Reynolds will be on public display for the first time. This important work was purchased after a fundraising auction organised by the Friends of the Museum and a successful application to the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.
 
The display will also include self-portraits and portraits by Hayman himself.

A Devon-born artist, Hayman was a founder of the Royal Academy and a friend to both Reynolds and William Hogarth. He also influenced the young Thomas Gainsborough. His portrait by Joshua Reynolds, the most influential Devon-born artist of all time, makes an ideal addition to the RAMM collection since the artist and sitter shared a common bond as fellow Devonians. At this point in time Hayman’s career was in decline as his rococo style fell out of fashion. By contrast, Reynolds emerged as the predominant British portrait painter of the 18th century.


The RAMM collection of topographical prints, drawings and watercolours is a rich source of information on the appearance of Exeter during the 18th and 19th centuries. However a group of watercolours in this display will also show the city as it was in the early 20th century, shortly before the devastation of the Second World War.


From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

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Quay Views: Exeter Canal and the Exe


9 May to 2 August


Gallery 5


First constructed in the 1560s, Exeter’s canal system has been extended and upgraded over the centuries. Now used primarily by leisure craft, the city waterways were once vital to the regional economy. The decline of the West Country wool trade and the arrival of the railways in the 19th century led to a reduction in use. However, sizeable cargoes were still brought up to the quayside even after the Second World War.


For three centuries, visiting and local artists have been inspired by the combination of water and architecture in and around Exeter. RAMM’s Fine Art Collection is now an invaluable visual record of the city before the major redevelopments of the late 20th century.


From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

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Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image


2 May to 2 Aug


Gallery 21


This is the first major exhibition dedicated to this Devon-based artist’s search for a harmonious relationship between form, colour and light. Paintings and drawings spanning four decades trace the development of his singular technique. The works all originate from three-dimensional forms constructed from various materials such as paper and card or wire and wood. Vibrant shapes of light are then projected onto these forms, creating unexpected spaces and colours, tones and shadows. Changed lighting transforms the object’s appearance, allowing the creation of further paintings and drawings from a single form.


Inspired by Florentine renaissance artists like Fra Angelico, Donatello and Brunelleschi, Benedict’s work stems from his understanding of control, freedom and the timeless emotional strength that they achieved. His publications are: Painting Children (1993), Benedict Rubbra, Paintings 1958-1998 (1998) and Benedict Rubbra, Point of Balance (2008).


From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

Accompanying event: Wednesday 10 June, Meet the Artist: Gallery Conversation 1pm to 2pm, £8 (£6). Gallery 21

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Social Fabric: African Textiles Today


23 May to 6 September


Gallery 22


An exploration of the history, manufacture and social significance of African printed and factory-woven textiles. The designs mirror the convergence of African tastes and patronage with strong historical and contemporary trading ties from across the globe. These textiles have also influenced some of the region’s foremost contemporary artists and photographers.


Social Fabric
shows examples from eastern and southern Africa including kanga from Kenya and Tanzania, capulana from Mozambique, and shweshwe from southern Africa. These cloths have the ability to mirror changing times, fashions and tastes. They provide a detailed chronology of the social, political, religious, emotional and sexual concerns of the (mainly) women who wear them. Their patterns and inscriptions vary according to the age of the wearer and the context in which the cloth is worn. Their unspoken language may be used to suggest thoughts and feelings which cannot be spoken. They are worn in secular and sacred contexts and play a central role in all of the major rite-of-passage ceremonies in women’s and, in some cases, men’s lives.

A British Museum touring exhibition. Supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.


From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling.

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Displays

Artist Reflections: Mark Anstee

14 February to 6 September

World Cultures gallery


Anstee’s RAMMYRIORAMA is a play on the myriorama – a Victorian spectacle of moving images. Pre-dating film, these monumental scrolls unwound to reveal painted panoramas of great historic events, heroic battles or epic journeys through newly discovered foreign lands.


Mark Anstee has produced a hand-painted poster that advertises the RAMMYRIORAMA, which promises a grand tour of the world as seen through many of the objects in RAMM’s World Cultures collection.


Mark has been commissioned to make site-specific drawing projects indoors and in the landscape for over 15 years. He has been both Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at Stonehenge and Artist-on-Manoeuvres onboard HMS Bulwark.


Artists Reflections is funded by Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum programme. The list of artists was drawn up by RAMM’s Contemporary Arts Panel, in consultation with Arts Council England and Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. Mark Anstee’s reflection on world cultures is the second of four and follows Polly Morgan’s response to natural history.

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What Do You Collect? Elected and Collected


31 March to 21 June


Finders Keepers? gallery


A special display featuring contemporary local collections. This changing programme continues with a collector who has a passion for political commemorative china featuring a selection of prime ministers from past to present.

Display your collection

Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? Email ramm@exeter.gov.uk.

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Ebb and Flow: Seasonal sounds through the Devon Year – An Installation by Chris Watson


Saturday 28 March to 31 December


Garden entrance staircase

Chris Watson, one of the world’s leading wildlife recorders, is bringing sounds from rural Devon into the heart of RAMM. Four seasonal recordings from a variety of locations will be used to create a changing soundscape evocative of Devon’s diverse ecosystems.


Chris Watson is a BAFTA award-winning audio recordist who has worked with the BBC on many of their best-known natural history productions including Tweet of the Day, Frozen Planet and The Life of Birds.


Ebb and Flow has been made possible through New Expressions 3, a national programme fostering collaboration between contemporary artists and museums and is supported by the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts.

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Definitely Devon: Devon Artist Network


2 March to 27 September


RAMM Café


Local artists celebrate the beauty of Devon’s coast, country, cultural history and Roman roots using a range of media. Inspired by the splendour and diversity that characterises the county, all the displayed works are available for purchase.

Devon Artist Network http://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/

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The First World War: From RAMM's Collection


From 2 June

Natural history collecting and recording at home and abroad during active service.


Courtyard


Over the 2014 to 2018 commemoration period one of the cases in RAMM’s courtyard gallery will show objects that reflect life in Exeter and Devon during the First World War, a time of momentous change for individual people, families and society.


Part of RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities that focuses on the First World War’s impact on the people and landscape of the Southwest. Developed with regional and national partners, it examines the wider social and cultural changes that have had a lasting effect on our everyday lives.

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Henry Vaughan: A Reclusive Collector of Art


18 Dec 2014 to 5 July 2015


World Cultures Display Case


In 1899, at the age of 90, unmarried and with no children, Henry Vaughan bequeathed one of the biggest private collections of art to several major British public institutions.


What isn’t common knowledge was that before this bequest was made, Henry Vaughan donated his father‘s small collection of ethnographic artefacts to the Albert Memorial Museum when it opened its doors to the public in 1868. In the last four decades, this collection has received much academic attention because of its connection to the second and third voyages of Captain Cook.


The display tells the story of Henry Vaughan and the journey of those objects from the exotic South Sea Islands to Exeter.


Part of Discovering Worlds, a Designation Development Fund supported project exploring the objects in and histories of lesser-known donors to Exeter’s historic Pacific collections.

 

For more information contact Rob Mackenzie, Marketing Assistant, on 01392 265317 or robert.mackenzie@exeter.gov.uk, Steve Upsher, Media Relations Officer, on 01392 265103, or Ruth Randall, Audience Development Lead on 01392 265955.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is one of Exeter City Council’s flagship services. RAMM is also supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Stunning displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.
Awards and standards include Museum of the Year 2012, the Arts Council Designation Scheme, Devon Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012, Collections Trust Best Practice Award 2013, RIBA South West Special Award for Conservation and Building of the Year 2013, the Accreditation Scheme for Museums in the United Kingdom, Inspiring Learning for All, 2012 Silver Tourist Attraction Award in the South West and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014.

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum &Art Gallery is in Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX. Phone 01392 265858. Web: www.exeter.gov.uk/RAMM Email: ramm@exeter.gov.uk
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