October exhibitions and events at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)
23rd September 2016
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Highlights of the exciting events programme include The Blockheads live, courses in pattern design and identity, a film in British Sign Language (BSL), tours, handling sessions, talks by artist Kurt Jackson and on magic lanterns, and half-term family activities: mask making, Roman activities linked to the Seaton Down Hoard, writing and stories with the exetreme imagination festival.
Tickets for events are available online or from reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
September events are followed by exhibitions, new displays then forthcoming exhibitions.

Activities and Events

Live at RAMM: The Blockheads
Saturday 1 October, Doors 7.30pm, 11pm finish, £20.
See The Blockheads playing live. The band behind Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, is famous for songs such as Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, What A Waste, Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), and many others.
Rarely off the road since the death of Ian Dury in 2000, and with Derek Hussey fronting the band, The Blockheads remain an English institution. Interest in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the recent biopic of Ian Dury and the musical Reasons to be Cheerful, has introduced the band to a new audience.

WEA Course: Pattern design for arts, fashion and textiles
Tuesdays 4 October to 22 November, 10am to 1pm, £81 (concessions available).
Sketching from the collections, participants will develop ideas through colour and form and build a portfolio of patterns and textile designs. Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Book places in advance: www.wea-sw.org.uk, Tel: 01392 457300, E southwest@wea.org.uk. Worker’s Education Association course ref: C3527733.

DRLC Course: Collections and Identity
Thursdays 6, 13, 20 October and 3, 10, 17 November, 10.30am to 1pm, free.
An opportunity to explore the theme of identity in relation to objects and collections. People’s attraction to objects, or feelings of repulsion, reveal aspects of who we are and our place in the world. By taking an innovative look at RAMM’s displays and handling collections, participants will represent their journey in a portfolio of drawn, written, photographic and digital work which they can take away. This course is for anyone affected by mental health issues who feels that their identity has been compromised in some way. This course is a collaboration between RAMM and DRLC. Book places in advance: www.devonrlc.co.uk, Tel: 01392 677067, Email: dpn-tr.drlc@nhs.net.

Explore Roman Devon: Handling Session
Thursday 6 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, free, drop-in.
Explore the Roman collection and handle authentic and replica Roman objects and coins in RAMM’s Making History gallery.

Explore Roman Devon: Tours
Thursday 6 October, 12noon and 2pm, free.
Join a 30-minute tour to learn about life in Roman Devon and the story behind the collection. Tours leave from the ground floor geology corridor. Each tour is limited to 8 people on a first come first served basis.

Second World War handling session
Tuesday 11 October, 11am to 3pm, free, drop-in.
Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects in RAMM’s Making History gallery.

Dementia-friendly object handling: Autumn
Thursday 13 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm. free (including companion).
Touch and talk about objects reflecting autumn, from harvest jugs to still life paintings. This free taster is an opportunity to try out RAMM’s award winning programme.
Part of RAMM’s programme of Living Each Season dementia-friendly programme, activities are suitable for people with mild to moderate memory problems, accompanied by a friend, relative or carer. Led by specially trained staff, and designed to be enjoyable for both people with dementia and carers, each visit begins with refreshments and ends with an illustrated information sheet to take home and carry on the conversation. Numbers are limited to ensure the best possible experience, so please book in advance. www.rammuseum.org.uk/about-ramm/participation/living-each-season.
Part of Age Friendly Museums Day and Silver Sunday.

Film: Writing with our Hands
Tuesday 18 to Sunday 30 October, free. drop-in.
Students from Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education have worked with RAMM and Stories Connect, to create a collaborative story, which they have made into a short film. It stars some of their favourite museum objects including an air-raid shelter, a film star’s dress and a starfish. Signed in British Sign Language (BSL) and subtitled, it features students explaining their object choices and discusses why young Deaf people need BSL.
Part of Exetreme Imagination Exeter’s festival of writing by and for children and young people, this event is supported by Arts Council England and the Literature Works Annual Fund. Exetreme Imagination is an exciting programme of author events, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions taking place at venues across the city from Monday 17 to Saturday 29 October.

Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store
Wednesday 19 October, 2pm, £5.
Take a 50-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects.
Please note: this tour has restricted access for wheelchairs, call 01392 265984 before booking.

Wonder of All Wonders: Magic Lanterns, Peepshows and Performances
Thursday 20 October, 1 to 3.30pm, £12 (£10).
Find out how RAMM’s magic lantern slide collection has been used to create a new story and experience a peepshow performance. Presentations from two experts will reveal recently discovered highlights from RAMM’s collection, and the evolution of the peepshow as an itinerant form of storytelling. Tea will be served.
Dr Richard Crangle has been researching magic lanterns and slides for over 20 years and is currently researching RAMM’s collection. Tony Lidington has been a professional performer, director and broadcaster for over 35 years.
Part of Exeter’s Unveil’d Photography Festival and the Lucerna magic lantern web resource project. For more info about Unveil’d, including the public lecture ‘Photography and Film – Ways of Seeing the World’ at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at 6pm the same day: www.unveild.photography.

Explore Roman Devon: Handling Session
Thursday 20 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, free, drop-in.
Explore the Roman collection and handle authentic and replica Roman objects and coins in RAMM’s Making History gallery.

Explore Roman Devon: Tours
Thursday 20 October, 12noon and 2pm, free.
Join a 30-minute tour to learn about life in Roman Devon and the story behind the collection. Tours leave from the ground floor geology corridor. Each tour is limited to 8 people on a first come first served basis.

Creative Responses to Landscape: a discussion between Sam Smiles and Kurt Jackson
Thursday 20 October, 6.30 to 7.30pm, £15 (£12).
Professor Sam Smiles, an authority on J.M.W. Turner, and acclaimed British artist Kurt Jackson will discuss the similarities and differences between the creative responses of Turner and Jackson to the landscape of their times. What message did they wish to put across in their representation of landscape, and who was their art created for?

Changing Worlds: Exploring Young Adult Fiction through Drama
Saturday 22 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1 to 3pm, free
For 13 to 17 year olds - Led by Conor Magee and Lisa Hudson of Exeter Northcott Theatre, these creative and practical drama workshops are part of RAMM’s Naturally Inspired season. Drawing on the theme of the environment in a selection of Young Adult novels such as Lois Lowry’s The Giver quartet, participants will explore how the characters in the stories interact with the changing world around them and will examine how the fiction informs the real world in which they live.
The two workshops are the same, and each one lasts two hours. A partnership between Exeter Northcott Theatre and RAMM, this event is part of Exetreme Imagination, Exeter’s festival of writing by and for children and young people. Enjoy an exciting programme of author events, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions taking place at venues across the city from Monday 17 to Saturday 29 October.

Half term activities: Jack’s Journey
Sunday 23, 25, 26, 27 October, 10.15am to 1.45pm, Child £3, adults free.
For 5 to 8 year olds - Jack is a character specially created for exetreme imagination by children’s illustrator Victoria Byron. Join him as he goes on a journey full of adventures around the museum. Create your own adventure for Jack using art and drama in this fun and creative practical workshop.
There will be a short lunch break. Please bring food or purchase in The Pantry cafe at RAMM. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
A partnership between Exeter Northcott Theatre and RAMM, this event is part of Exetreme Imagination, Exeter’s festival of writing by and for children and young people. Exetreme Imagination is an exciting programme of author events, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions taking place at venues across the city from Monday 17 to Saturday 29 October.

Little Explorers
Tuesday 25 October, 10.30am to 11.30am, child £6, siblings £3.
A chance for under-fives to take a journey of discovery and take part in art and craft activities inspired by the museum’s collections. Parents, grandparents and carers can enjoy quality time with their little ones in a friendly, social environment.
Book in advance from creation station - Tel 0844 8244534, Mob: 07925 653942, https://v1.bookwhen.com/thecreationstationexeter,
Second World War handling session
Tuesday 25 October, 11am to 3pm, free drop-in.
Explore and handle authentic and replica Second World War objects in RAMM’s Making History gallery.

Family Activity: Mask making
Wednesday 26 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, children £2.50, adults free, drop-in.
Create your own Halloween Masks. We’ll provide the inspiration and materials, you just need to provide your imagination and artistic skills.
Photographer Jim Wileman will be taking photos of RAMM’s visitors enjoying the museum. The images will be used in RAMM publicity. If you’d like a copy, give us your email; if you’d rather not be involved, just let him know.

Roman Devon and Seaton Down Hoard Activities
Thursday 27 October 10.30am to 1.30pm and 12.30 to 3.30pm. Free drop-in.
Free tours 12noon and 2pm.
Learn about life in Roman Devon with short activities including designing your own Roman coin, laying out a mosaic floor to your own design, having a go at a Roman board game and examining real Roman coins under a microscope.

Family art workshop: My Favourite View
Friday 28 October, 10.15am to 1.15pm, children £5, adults free.
Make a collage of your favourite view inspired by the works of Kurt Jackson. We’ll be playing with the idea of what to leave out, what to change and what to add in to make your view ‘yours’. A workshop with local artist and South West Academician Tracy Whitbread for young people aged 11-17, all of whom need to be accompanied by an adult, and everyone will be joining in. Bring a postcard or photograph of your favourite view to work from if you wish.
Photographer Jim Wileman will be taking photos of RAMM’s visitors enjoying the museum. The images will be used in RAMM publicity. If you’d like a copy, give us your email address; if you’d rather not be involved, just let him know.
Supported by NADFAS.

Half term activity: Tiger! Tiger!
Friday 28 October, 10.30am to 12noon, free.
Have fun telling stories about tigers. A wonderful opportunity to take part in a British Sign Language (BSL) Storytelling Workshop, offered in both BSL and English. A workshop accessible to all, adults and children, whether you know sign language or not.
Led by Matt Jenkins, poet, performer and tutor of BSL, and Clare Seal, writer and BSL interpreter. This activity is free and everyone is welcome to join in. As always, donations are appreciated.
Part of Exetreme Imagination Exeter’s festival of writing by and for children and young people. Enjoy an exciting programme of author events, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions taking place at venues across the city from Monday 17 to Saturday 29 October.
Photographer Jim Wileman will be taking photos of RAMM’s visitors enjoying the museum. The images will be used in RAMM publicity. If you’d like a copy, give us your email address; if you’d rather not be involved, just let him know.

Don’t be Afraid of the Dark!
Friday 28 October, 7 to 9pm, £12, under 3’s free.
The lights are down for sparkly rocks, iridescent butterflies and fluorescent face painting. Explore the spooky corners on the giant spider walk and make a Roman-style lamp for the parade through the galleries. Wear your sparkliest outfit and receive a free glow-in-the-dark bracelet.
Particularly suitable for ages 5 to 11, everyone is welcome. There must be at least one child in each group and at least one adult for every six children. The cafe will be open all evening for drinks and light refreshment. Photographs will be taken for RAMM’s publicity. If you’d like a copy, give us your email address; if you’d rather not be involved, just let us know.
Part of national Big Draw, Museums at Night and Family Arts Festival. Supported by NADFAS and The Maynard School

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Activities
Saturday 29 October, 11am to 3pm, £3 per child.
Help with a re-enactment of the mummification of Shep en-Mut. Have a go at the addictive Ancient Egyptian game of Senet. Join the Scribe School and learn how to write hieroglyphs.

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Tours
Saturday 29 October, 12noon, 12.30 and 2pm, ticketed but free.
Join a 30-minute tour of the Ancient Egyptian collection. Visit the tomb of Shep en-Mut. Tours are limited to 8 people on a first-come-first-served basis. Meet in the Courtyard.

Exhibitions
Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism
10 September to 4 December.
Contemporary British artist Kurt Jackson visited 12 locations in Devon and Cornwall depicted in the work of J.M.W. Turner – one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters.
Kurt Jackson has worked within the landscape for over 30 years. Largely influenced by current concerns and seen with an environmental slant, he has become fascinated by the dynamic element of change through both our own pressure and the Earth’s natural processes. From Land’s End to Exeter he investigated and recorded the profound changes that have occurred between the 19th century and the present.
The exhibition showcases a diverse body of work in a variety of media with accompanying film, sketchbooks and other relevant material. Jackson’s new works will be shown together with the Turner engravings that inspired them.
Kurt Jackson is based in Cornwall and his practice has taken him throughout the country and Europe. He was given access to the University of Exeter’s collection of Turner engravings, produced to promote tourism through ‘the picturesque’.
Exhibition catalogue, Kurt Jackson: Revisiting Turner’s Tourism, available: £20.
Organised in collaboration with the University of Exeter.
Accompanying events
Thursday 20 October: Creative Responses to Landscape: a discussion between Sam Smiles and Kurt Jackson, 6.30 to 7.30pm, £15 (£12).
Friday 28 October: My Favourite View Family art workshop, 10.15am to 1.15pm, children £5, adults free.
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Michael Shaw: Sculpting the Museum
17 September to 13 November.
Artist Michael Shaw’s sculpture is original, dynamic and fun. He has created a massive, inflatable sculpture to inhabit RAMM’s gallery. Shaped by the gallery walls, high ceiling and annexe, and animated by cyclical inflation and deflation, it becomes a living, breathing object. Michael Shaw’s responses to artefacts from the museum collections are made in metals, plastics and natural materials, using laser cutting and rapid prototyping. They sit alongside the originals which are displayed as a 21st-century Cabinet of Curiosities.
Michael Shaw is best known as a sculptor who works with inflatable structures to express his interest in space, light, translucency and transparency. He has responded to other historic buildings including Burghley House in Lincolnshire; Bethesda Chapel in Stoke-on-Trent; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Varna Palace in Aarhus, Denmark.
He has also exhibited in Berlin, Florence, Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Tokyo and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize and the Lynn Chadwick award at the Royal West of England Academy.
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Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Seasons
To 20 October: Summer and Autumn.
25 October to 31 May: Winter and Spring.
This exhibition features a selection of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings from RAMM’s collection with a seasonal themes, as well as Devon Landscapes, Exeter and People. Devon Landscapes include 18th-century watercolours by John White Abbott and more recent works by Robert Organ and Alan Richards. There are also topographical drawings and watercolours of Exeter by Sidney Endacott and Francis Towne. Three recently acquired botanical watercolours by Reverend William Keble Martin are displayed. These were plates for his book The Concise British Flora in Colour (1965).
The Winter and Spring exhibition features William Henry Hunt’s exquisitely detailed Primroses and Bird’s Nest, along with Henry Hainsselin’s expressive work Friesland Boer Skating and botanical illustrations from The Concise British Flora by William Keble Martin.
Accompanying event
Wednesday 23 November: Fine Art Gallery Guided Tour, 1 to 2pm, £10 (£8).
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New Displays
Cafe exhibition: The Numinous by Jemma Cholawo
4 October to 8 January.
This exhibition of black and white photographs and paintings captures the great mystery that lies inside the forces of nature in landscapes touched by wild weather and overwhelming beauty.
Jemma Cholawo has completed commissions for artwork in the UK, Canada and America. The work in this exhibition is for sale.
What do you Collect? Rugby World Cup Memorabilia
Tuesday 4 October to 8 January.
Marc Astley started collecting during Rugby World Cup last year to ensure there was a legacy to remember this historic sporting event for Exeter.
If you have a collection that you would like to display, email ramm@exeter.gov.uk.
Forthcoming exhibitions
Hiroshige’s Japan: Stations of the TÅkaidÅ Road
29 Nov 2016 to 16 Apr 2017, £4 (£2).
This exhibition showcases a selection of Japanese woodblock prints from the series that made Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) one of the best known of all Japanese artists. His landscape prints are among the most frequently reproduced of all Japanese works of art and were hugely successful both in Japan and in the West.
He is particularly renowned for his landscape prints and his unusual compositions, humorous depictions of people involved in everyday activities and masterly expression of weather, light and seasons. His work influenced many leading European artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Whistler.
This exhibition of 21 prints selected from the Ashmolean Museum collection, celebrates the series that made Hiroshige’s name: Fifty-three Stations of the TÅkaidÅ Road. First published around 1833, the series depicts views along Japan’s major highway and is full of fascinating insights into the journey between the great Japanese cities of Edo and Kyoto.
Organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. The catalogue Hiroshige: Landscape, Cityscape is available, £15.
Accompanying event
Wednesday 1 March: Hiroshige’s Japan: 53 Stations of the TÅkaidÅ Road, 2pm to 4pm, £20 (£18). In association with Art Fund Devon Fundraising Committee.
Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection
17 December to 23 April.
This exhibition shows forty four watercolours of Queen Victoria’s remarkable visit to Paris in 1855. The historic 10-day visit was on the invitation of the Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie. The first time a reigning British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years, the visit ostensibly celebrated the military alliance between France and Britain against Russia in the Crimean War. It also cemented a great personal friendship that had developed between the two rulers, just 40 years after the Battle of Waterloo. Never before displayed in their entirety, the watercolours capture the magnificence of the occasion, showing dramatic illuminations, spectacular balls and exquisite Second Empire interiors.
All the works were commissioned by or for Queen Victoria and are generously loaned from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty the Queen. The catalogue Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection is available, £12.50.

 

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