October exhibitions and events at Exeter's Award-Winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
3rd October 2012
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The new exhibitions and special events are listed by date below followed by on-going exhibitions and displays. 

Life Through the Lens
6 Oct 2012 to 10 Jan 2013

Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX This exhibition questions the nature of still and moving image as a record of the past. It showcases fascinating images from RAMM’s collection of historic glass plate slides, cine film contributed by members of the public and digital images generated by local young people. The exhibition makes intriguing insights about people and places based on the images that have survived from the past. What should museums preserve for the future?

Associated Events

Fri 19 Oct, 1 to 2pm. Lunchtime talk: Fashion and Family History Captured in Time.

Fri 7 Dec, 1 to 2pm. Lunchtime talk: Caring for your Family Photographs.

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RAMM display: Water, water everywhere…
7 Oct to 6 Jan 2013

Finders Keepers? gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX In the latest of our special displays for local collectors, we present one man’s extraordinary collection of bottled water. The water samples come from all over the world, fetched by travellers, from taps and puddles. Each one contains memories of a particular time and place.

What do you collect? Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? Email RAMM@exeter.gov.uk.

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RAMM Development Trust – Hawksmoor Autumn Concert Series:

Piano Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm, £16 (£14), season ticket £40 (£35) Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX Nikolai Demidenko, piano Beethoven : Sonata Op.27 No.2 “moonlight sonata”

Beethoven : Sonata Op.13 “pathetique”

Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D.946

Schubert: Impromptus Op 90 D.899

Nikolai Demidenko’s frequent London recitals have included the Great Performers series at the Barbican Concert Hall, the International Piano Series at South Bank Centre and recently the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Concerto highlights have recently included appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra in the Bath Festival, and tours in the UK, Spain and Ireland with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

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

The Hawksmoor Autumn 2012 Concert Series is a trio of classical concerts hosted in the wonderful Victorian splendour of RAMM organised by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Development Trust (charity number 1038570) for the support of the museum, sponsored by Hawksmoor Investment Management Limited and supported by the Exeter & District Classical Music Trust.

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RAMM display: Once a Warrior
Fri 12 Oct to Sun 13 Jan 2013

Gallery 21, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX Westcountry servicemen and women find parallels with Native North American warrior societies in their own experiences of the military. Their recorded voices and artwork, inspired by Warriors of the Plains, are displayed digitally alongside the exhibition.

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Home Gods
13 Oct to 31 Mar 2013

World Cultures gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX In pre-Christian Finland it was believed that the world was inhabited and ruled by spirits. Harmonious interaction with these spirits through ritual behaviour such as the cult of the Kotijumalat, or home gods, was of primary importance to the community’s well-being in an often hostile environment. Inspired by these traditions, Finnish artist Tatu Nikkanen has been giving shape to his own home gods using basic tools and scrap materials taken from the urban environment. This display brings together examples of his work with comparative material from RAMM’s World Cultures collections.

Associated Events 

Wed 28 Nov, 1 to 2pm. Lunchtime talk: Home Gods - an introduction to ancient Finnish animism.

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Lunchtime talk:
Fashion and Family History Captured in Time Fri 19 Oct, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3) Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX Shelley Tobin, RAMM’s Assistant Curator of Costume, will offer tips on how to date family photographs, exploring what it is possible to learn from people’s clothes and hairstyles.

 

Supported by WBW Solicitors, RAMM Business Club Gold member.

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

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Lunchtime lecture: The Golden Years of Devon Ornamental Plasterwork Wed 24 Oct, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3)

Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX John Thorp, an expert on ornamental plasterwork, will describe the history of decorative plasterwork in Devon from 1550 to 1720, tracing its spread from aristocratic houses to the lower gentry and eventually the more prosperous farmers.

Supported by WBW Solicitors, RAMM Business Club Gold member.

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

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Friends Autumn Lecture - John Everett Millais: Taking his Place among the Avant-Garde Thu 25 Oct, 6.30pm, £5 Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX – come through the Garden Entrance

Coinciding with the Tate Britain exhibition, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, Claire Donovan will talk about the work of John Everett Millais a pivotal figure of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Tickets are available from 9 October in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during RAMM opening hours.

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The Big Draw at RAMM: Line up for the House of Horrors Wed 31 Oct, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm. Tickets £6.

Meeting Room A, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX Sketch a scene inspired by the architecture of our wonderful Victorian museum and create a Halloween cartoon featuring museum objects. For children aged 6 and over.

Tickets are per participating person available in person or by phone using a credit or debit card; call 01392 265858. Accompanying adults can watch/supervise for free. 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.

Supported by Guildhall Shopping Centre – Kingdon Silver Business Club Members

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Ongoing Exhibitions & Displays

Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
22 September to 13 January 2013

Gallery 21, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

This exhibition explores the fascinating world of Native North American warfare and ritual through the material culture of Plains Indians between 1800 and the present. There are exceptional examples of feather headdresses, shields, moccasins, painted hides, scalps, pipes, tomahawks, and traditional and contemporary dress.

Although many of these items may seem initially familiar from popular culture, the exhibition uncovers the deeper ritual significance of these iconic objects. The legacy of the warrior societies is also examined, revealing how crucial they are in the maintenance of tribal identity among Plains Indians today.

A British Museum Touring Exhibition.

Associated Events

Wed 21 Nov, 1 to 2pm. Lunchtime lecture: Plains Peoples in American and European Art.

Wed 21 Nov, 2.45 to 3.45pm. Gallery walk and talk: Ritual and Honour - Warfare among Plains Indians.

Associated display

Fri 12 Oct to Sun 13 Jan 2013: Once a Warrior

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A Symphony of Curves: Geoffrey Preston
18 August to 11 November

Gallery 22, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

A Symphony of Curves is a rare opportunity to see the art of the architectural sculptor at close quarters and learn about the development of the craft of plasterwork over four centuries.

Geoffrey Preston is one of the UK’s most highly-regarded architectural sculptors. He specialises in decorative plasterwork and has created award-winning work for buildings all over the country from his workshop in Exeter.

The exhibition includes beautiful decorative plaster panels together with design drawings and photographs of some of his principal commissions. The centrepiece of this exhibition is a wonderfully exuberant Rococo ceiling made in 2011.

The practical and technical aspects of decorative plasterwork are explained through displays of tools and materials. It is an extraordinary art not to be overlooked.

The exhibition also explores the rich tradition of the art in Devon. Examples from RAMM’s collections are on display as well as a special feature on the 17th-century Devon craftsman, John Abbott.

Associated activities and events

A digital Devon Plasterwork Trail is available online, optimised for mobile phones and tablets, highlighting decorative plasterwork to see in Devon. Visit http://tour.rammuseum.org.uk/tours-in-devon.

Wed 24 Oct, 1 to 2pm. Lunchtime lecture: The Golden Years of Devon Ornamental Plasterwork.

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Exeter’s Fine Art Collection
14 April to 4 November 2012

Gallery 5, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

This new display of RAMM’s own art collection includes some of the museum’s most famous paintings alongside important new acquisitions never before seen in Exeter. From 18th-century portraits, Devon and Exeter landscapes to modern abstract works, there is a rich variety on view.

William Powell Frith’s portrait of three lady archers, The Fair Toxophilites, is one of the most memorable images of the Victorian age whilst the iconic Portrait of an African is probably the best-known painting in the museum. In 2010 RAMM purchased a superb miniature of William 3rd Viscount Courtenay of Powderham by the Devon born artist and friend of the Prince Regent, Richard Cosway. Last year, Bideford, Devon was acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. David Bomberg, who painted this work on a visit to Devon in 1946, is now widely regarded as one of the most important British artists of the 20th century.

In addition, the changing display features landscape and marine paintings and watercolours by important artists both visiting and resident in Devon over the centuries such as: JMW Turner, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Thomas Luny and FJ Widgery.

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Ghostwriter
Until 30 Dec 2012

Ghostwriter by Blast Theory is a contemporary artwork which takes the form of a phone call. It has echoes of a ghostly museum guide and its rich atmosphere acts as a mysterious lure into RAMM. Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media.

Access Ghostwriter on your mobile phone during your visit to RAMM. Calls are charged at standard rates. A free phone is also available from reception.

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