Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).
2nd August 2013
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AUGUST EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS AT EXETERâS ROYAL ALBERT MEMORIAL MUSEUM (RAMM) Come rain or shine, thereâs always plenty to do at Exeterâs award-winning museum. This month visitors can enjoy an exhibition of Dartmoor scenes by W & FJ Widgery, two exhibitions of contemporary art, summer holiday family activities at RAMM and St Nicholas Priory, workshops for children, talks about art and gallery tours. For those who like seaside fun without the sand and seaweed, thereâs even a traditional seaside sideshow on Saturday 10 August. Activities and events are listed below in chronological order followed by exhibitions. Activities and Events Family activity: Dartmoor Dreaming Thursday 1 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2.50, drop in Meeting Room A Find out about some of the animals that live on Dartmoor.Paint or make your own view of the moor â it could be a birdâs eye view or perhaps that of a mouse. Call in when you like and stay as long as you like. 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. Family activity: Medieval Mystery Friday 2 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, ticketed, admission charged St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Another chance to take part in our popular mystery to discover what the crusaders brought back from the East. The activities form the clues that lead to the discovery of hidden treasure. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. Admission charged: adults £4, children £1.50, families £10, concessions available. Free tickets for the activity are available from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. Family activity: Dressed to Kill Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2.50, drop in RAMM Meeting Room A Most cultures have important, smart or ceremonial costume. Take inspiration from RAMMâs collection. Call in when you like and stay as long as you like. 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. Childrenâs holiday workshop: Theatre - A Creative Interpretation of Shakespeareâs Midsummer Nightâs Dream Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 August, 9.30am to 4pm, £60 for all 3 days. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Creative and stimulating activities for unaccompanied children aged 8 and over: three days of drama activities, costume and prop making plus a final performance on Friday for family and friends in this wonderful Tudor setting. Please book before 24 July. Bring a packed lunch. The Imaginarium Saturday 10 August, every hour on the hour from 11am to 4pm, free, drop in. RAMM Garden Visit the Imaginarium marquee in RAMMâs garden and be prepared for the unexpected with fun and nonsense for all the family. Experience a traditional seaside sideshow including flea circus and story telling and try your strength on the mighty âdom-tinkâ machine. Author, actor and director, Tony Liddington has researched popular entertainment from the past for your enjoyment in the present. Family activity: Ancient Bling Tuesday 13 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2.50, drop in RAMM Courtyard Many cultures throughout the ages have made wonderful objects out of precious metals and other special materials. Make some bling of your own. Call in when you like and stay as long as you like. 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. Family activity: Hair-Raising Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2.50, drop in RAMM Meeting Room A Inspired by the exhibition Wasted, explore what has been done, and what can be done, with hair. Call in when you like and stay as long as you like. 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. Demonstration: Exploring the Vertues of Herbes Thursday 15 August, 11am to 1pm, drop-in. Admission charged. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Mistresses Eleanor and Christina are skilled in the knowledge and the use of herbs. They will be preparing infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves for the benefit and wellbeing of the Hurst household using a variety of plants gathered from their physick garden. Join them in the Tudor kitchen to find out about the power of plants in 1602. Family activity: Merchant Adventurer Friday 16 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, ticketed, admission charged St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Merchants set sail from Exeter to trade all over the world. Follow their sailing orders to find out where they went and what goods they traded. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. Admission charged: adults £4, children £1.50, families £10, concessions available. Free tickets for the activity are available 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. Family activity: Ancient Bling Tuesday 20 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2.50, drop in RAMM Courtyard Many cultures throughout the ages have made wonderful objects out of precious metals and other special materials. Make some bling of your own. Call in when you like and stay as long as you like. 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. Gallery walk & talk: Exeterâs Fine Art Wednesday 21 August, 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm, £4.50 (£3) Gallery 5 Join RAMMâs Curator of Art Gallery John Madin for a conversation about our display of Exeterâs Fine Art. Tickets for the activity are available 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 about Bees Wednesday 21 August, 10.30am, 12noon and 2pm, £4.50 (£3) RAMM Garden Meeting Room Bees are essential to us all but they are in trouble. Meet local beekeeper Rob Paskell for an introduction to beekeeping and bee-haviour. Rob is a member of the British Beekeepers Association. Tickets for the activity are available 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. Childrenâs holiday workshop: Animation - Raiders of the Lost Artefact Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August, 9.30am to 4pm, £20 per child per day RAMM Meeting Room A Join an intrepid adventurer and explore landscapes of snow, desert and sea to uncover hidden treasures and defend them against the forces of evil. Please book before 14 August. Bring a packed lunch. Tickets for the activity are available 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. Family activity: Robert the Ratâs Treasure Friday 23 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, ticketed, admission charged St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Listen to the story of Robert the Ratâs treasure and explore this lovely building to help him find it. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. Admission charged: adults £4, children £1.50, families £10, concessions available. Free tickets for the activity are available from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. Chat about the Birds Friday 23 August, 11am to 4pm, free drop-in RAMM In Fine Feather Gallery Find out more about our feathered friends in RAMMâs birdsâ 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. Family activity: Beeâs Knees Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, £2.50, drop in RAMM Meeting Room A Discover the weird and wonderful world of insects and make a few of your own. Call in when you like and stay as long as you like. 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. Demonstration: Exploring the Vertues of Herbes Thursday 29 August, 11am to 1pm, drop-in. Admission charged. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Mistresses Eleanor and Christina are skilled in the knowledge and the use of herbs. They will be preparing infusions, tisanes, poultices and healing salves for the benefit and wellbeing of the Hurst household using a variety of plants gathered from their physick garden. Join them in the Tudor kitchen to find out about the power of plants in 1602. Family activity: Pots Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, ticketed, admission charged St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Pots are some of the most important remnants of ancient cultures but continue to be vital today. Look at some old ones, handle some replicas and make some new ones. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty. If an activity is busy there may be a short wait. Admission charged: adults £4, children £1.50, families £10, concessions available. Free tickets for the activity are available from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum reception in person or by phone using a credit or debit card on 01392 265858 during opening hours. Exhibitions & displays Masters of the Moor: William and FJ Widgery 6 July to 27 October The scenery of Dartmoor and South Devon as depicted by father and son landscape painters William and FJ Widgery. Both painters lived and worked in Devon throughout their careers. William Widgery (18261893) was entirely self-taught and developed an atmospheric style well suited to large-scale work. By contrast, his son, FJ (1861-1942), received formal art training at home and abroad. His more precise draughtsmanship was ideal for small-scale work and illustration. Though high-spirited and sociable, William seems to have been totally dedicated to painting. FJ, though a very productive artist, found time to be involved in Exeter politics and the running of RAMM. Both men drew life-long inspiration from the landscape of Devon and, above all, from Dartmoor. The exhibition supported by the Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery. The gallery interpretation is supported by RAMMâs volunteers. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 Accompanying event * Lunchtime lecture: An Introduction to Dartmoor National Park Wednesday 25 September, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3), Meeting Room A. Orlando Rutter, Senior Learning & Outreach Officer at Dartmoor National Park, will explore some of the natural and human influences that have shaped the landscape which provides inspiration for writers and artists. He will also describe some of the work of Dartmoor National Park Authority. Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Prints 1986 to 2011 Until 15 September RAMM Gallery 20 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 Ayresâ 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. Gallery interpretation is supported by RAMMâs volunteers. All the works are for sale and a full-colour soft-back publication accompanies the exhibition priced £20. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 Accompanying events * Art workshop Thursday 11 July, 10.30am to 3.30pm, £50, Meeting Room A. This practical art historical painting day is designed for adults, including secondary school art teachers attending with up to two pupils aged 14 to 18. Skills learned are designed to be cascaded back at school. Wasted Until 29 September RAMM Gallery 21 This exhibition explores the life-giving potential of âdiscardedâ 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. Gallery interpretation is supported by RAMMâs volunteers. Items from the exhibition are for sale and a softback publication charting the development of Gina Czarneckiâs career to date will be on sale, priced £15. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 Accompanying events: Saturday 7 September * Introductory talk 10.15 to 11.15am, £4.50 (£3) in Meeting Room A. Artist Gina Czarnecki and Professor Sara Rankin will discuss the special collaboration that created the Wasted exhibition. * Gallery tour 11.30am to 12.15pm, £4.50 (£3) in Gallery 21. An opportunity to tour Wasted with artist Gina Czarnecki and scientist Professor Sara Rankin whose collaboration created the exhibition. * Conversation: Wasted or Not? Stem Cell Research in the Spotlight 2 to 4pm, £4.50 (£3) in Gallery 20. A chance to question leading experts about stem cell research. The panel includes Jean Harrington of Kings College, London and Professor Sara Rankin of Imperial College, London, co-creator of the exhibition. The conversation will be chaired by John Bryant, Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter, and is supported by Exeter Café Scientifique. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please email ramm.educationbookings@exeter.gov.uk by 1 Sep with subject line âWastedâ. * Time for Teeth 2 to 4pm, free drop in, Gallery 21. Proud owners of lost baby teeth can have them added to the stunning artwork Palaces by its creator Gina Czarnecki. Exeter s Fine Art Until 24 November RAMM Gallery 5 A display of paintings including works by Robert Bevan, Charles Ginner and Samuel Palmer from RAMMâs fine art collection. 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 Palmerâs 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 * Gallery conversation with John Madin, Curator of Art Wednesday 21 August, 1 to 2pm and 3 to 4pm, £4.50 (£3), Gallery 5. Accompanying event Museum of Earthly Delights 9 July to 6 October More in Store Viewpoint Cob artworks inspired by RAMMâs collections by artists AbeySmallcombe. This City's Centre 23 July to 22 September Courtyard Art installation Exeter residents share their views: a contemporary portrait of an English rural city, this video installation is part of an exploration of the tensions between public, private and privatised public space that is happening in Exeter city centre this summer. The project has been organised by Devon-based artist collective Blind Ditch and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Exeter City Council and delivered in partnership with RAMM, Exeter City Council, Exeter Phoenix and Exeter College. Accompanying events * Private Views and Public Art Friday 13 September, 1 to 2pm, £4.50 (£3), Meeting Room A. Volkhardt Müller from Blind Ditch and John Wylie, Cultural Geographer from the University of Exeter, discuss the views and vistas of central Exeter as experienced through the lens of the public art project This Cityâs Centre. www.thiscityscentre.net What do you Collect? Welcome to Ingoldmells 30 July to 27 October RAMM Finders Keepers? gallery Plastic and kitsch is the passion of the latest collector whose collection of 1960s and 1970s melamine postcard trays is the latest What do you Collect? display. What do you Collect? Do you have a collection that you would like to exhibit? Email RAMM@exeter.gov.uk Coded Clothes Until 8 December RAMM World Cultures gallery This display shows a special selection of adornments from RAMMâs World Cultures collection. All over the world people strive to transform and beautify their bodies with permanent and temporary adornment. For many communities it is an integral expression of the traditions, nationality, status and spirituality through which people define their personal identity and place in society. For others, itâs to attain an ideal of beauty promoted by their society, or to deliberately reject that ideal in order to pursue individuality. Accompanying events * Costume handling session Wednesday 11 September, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£5), World Cultures Mezzanine. Meet Curator Tony Eccles to explore costume and personal adornment artefacts from RAMMâs world cultures handling collection.

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