Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).
26th September 2013
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October at Exeter's award-winning museum starts with poets and musicians and ends with the Tudors. In between there is a talk on architecture, talk about birds, a chance to enjoy a quiet evening at the museum, the start of October half term family activities and the chance to start courses on stone carving and on making musical instruments. In a triple bill of spoken word, Lemn Sissay MBE performs live at RAMM on Saturday 5 October along with Bristol-born rapper, poet and musician Dizraeli and afrobeat and electro-brass band Benin City. West Country to World's End, RAMM's landmark Tudor exhibition celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people with loans from many of the country's most prestigious collections, starts on Saturday 26 October. Exhibitions and events are listed below; the new Tudor exhibition is followed by activities and events in chronological order then on-going exhibitions and displays. New Exhibition West Country to World's End: the South West in the Tudor Age 26 October 2013 to 2 March 2014 RAMM Galleries 20 and 21 Celebrating the spirit of adventure and enterprise of South West people, this landmark exhibition explores the West Country in the age of the Tudors. Comprising loans from the Bodleian Library, British Library, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Trust, Royal Collection, Royal Museums Greenwich, Victoria & Albert Museum and private lenders, it presents a compelling account of the remarkable contributions of individuals from the South West from 1540 to 1620. During the Elizabethan âGolden Ageâ West Country folk were famed for their innovation and endeavour. Drake sailed to âWorldâs Endâ in pursuit of treasure and glory, while Raleigh took settlers to a New World. Exeter-born painter Nicholas Hilliard and scholar Thomas Bodley found fame beyond their native city which bustled with merchants made rich by overseas trade. Goldsmiths, plasterers, carpenters, masons and lacemakers were commissioned to provide luxury houses and goods. These local stories are told against the backdrop of historical events â the Reformation and religious turmoil, political unrest, conflict with Spain and intrigues in the Royal Court â that make for one of the most evocative periods of English history. The exhibition has been made possible through the support of Arts Council England and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. It is accompanied by a busy programme of events and a fully illustrated catalogue available from RAMM during the exhibition at the special price of £14.95. From time to time the galleries will be closed for special events; please check before travelling, phone: 01392 265858 ----- Activities and Events Live at RAMM: Lemn Sissay, with Dizraeli and Benin City Saturday 5 October, 7pm, £12 (early birds'£9) RAMM Gallery 20 - All standing and bar In a triple bill of spoken word, Lemn Sissay MBE performs live at RAMM. Author of five books of poetry spanning twenty five years, Lemn has read on stages throughout the world. He is an honorary Doctor of Letters and was awarded the 2010 travelling award scholarship from the Society of Authors. His play Something Dark is winner of a RIMA award and the story of his life was the subject of the BBC documentary Internal Flight. Taking on politics, love and supermarkets with a sidelong smile, Dizraeli is the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam Champion and charismatic frontman of The Small Gods. Benin City is one of the UK's most exciting new bands (Huffington Post), playing afrobeat and electro-brass fronted by the acclaimed poet Joshua Idehen. A partnership event with Cabaret Voltaire and Exeter Poetry Festival. Tickets available online at www.exeter.gov.uk/RAMM, www.undergroundtickets.net 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. ----- Inspired by RAMM: Stone Carving with Maria Moorhouse Wednesdays 16 October to 11 December, £80 from DACL RAMM Meeting Room A Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot This course starts with an introductory session at RAMM (2 to 4pm) with tutor Maria Moorhouse exploring the museum for inspiration and ideas. The following eight carving workshops will be held at the Passmore Edwards Centre (1 to 3pm). Course reference number CLEX4000X. Book your tickets from DACL: acl@devon.gov.uk, 0845 155 1014 or www.devon.gov.uk/adultlearning. Concessions available. Organised in association with Devon Adult and Community Education (DACL). ----- Inspired by RAMM: Musical Instrument Making with Roger Hitchcock Thursdays 17 October to 19 December, 1 to 3pm, £80 from DACL RAMM Meeting room A Using RAMMâs exhibitions and displays as inspiration, this course encourages participants to think creatively about making a basic musical instrument from reclaimed materials using refuse or old clutter. Course reference number CLEX4001X. Book your tickets from DACL: acl@devon.gov.uk, 0845 155 1014 or www.devon.gov.uk/adultlearning. Concessions available. Organised in association with Devon Adult and Community Education (DACL). ----- Lunchtime lecture: RAMMâs amazing architectural journey Wednesday 23 October, 1 to 2pm, £6 (£4) RAMM Meeting Room A Architect Richard White from Allies & Morrison describes the process of developing RAMM's multi-award winning architectural scheme. Tickets 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. ----- Chat about the Birds Thursday 24 October, 11am to 4pm, free, drop in. Wildlife tours 11am and 2pm. RAMMâs In Fine Feather gallery Meet and talk with local bird experts from the RSPB and join them for a 20-30 minute walk around RAMM to see the wildlife on display and hear news of wildlife conservation. ----- Thursday Night Late at RAMM Thursday 24 October, 5.30 to 7.30pm+, £5 or £17.50 with meal RAMM then Michael Caines Café Bar and Grill Enjoy an exclusive evening viewing RAMMâs displays and a glass of prosecco. If you wish to dine afterwards you can treat yourselves to a two course meal at Michael Caines Café Bar and Grill from 7.30pm. RAMM ticket includes entry to RAMM and a glass of prosecco. Combined ticket includes entry to RAMM, a glass of prosecco and a two course meal at Michael Caines Café Bar and Grill at ABode, Cathedral Yard, Exeter. Tickets 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. ----- Arts Award: Exhibition Reviewers Event Tuesday 29 October, 11am to 12.30pm, ticketed but free An opportunity for anyone undertaking Arts Award to visit and write a review for publication on RAMMâs website. RAMM staff will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets 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. ------ The Big Draw: The Age of Plastic? Tuesday 29 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, free, drop in. Courtyard, RAMM We talk about the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and even the Age of Reason. What is the legacy of our age? Explore, design and make key artefacts. 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. Part of the Family Arts Festival, 18 October to 3 November 2013, the first UK-wide festival of art events which are designed with families in mind. Supported by Guildhall Shopping Centre â Kingdon/Silver Business Club Member. Free workshop through Devon Artistsâ Network. ----- Family Activity: Crafty Tudors Wednesday 30 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, drop in, admission charged. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL In Tudor times there was increasing demand for expensive and beautifully crafted items. Exeter was renowned for its goldsmiths and the son of one of them, Nicholas Hilliard, became a famous painter of miniatures to the court of Elizabeth I. Emboss a âsilverâ goblet, paint a miniature or embroider a purse. 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. Part of the Family Arts Festival, 18 October to 3 November 2013, the first UK-wide festival of art events which are designed with families in mind. Supported by Guildhall Shopping Centre â Kingdon/Silver Business Club Member. ----- The Big Draw: Hung, Drawn and Quartered Thursday 31 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, drop in, admission charged. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL Not quite as gory as you might think! The Elizabethans were obsessed with their image and portraits indicate their wealth, achievements, interests and victories. Try on some of our replica clothes and make your own version or explore the wealth of pattern and how it was âquarteredâ or designed. 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. Part of the Family Arts Festival, 18 October to 3 November 2013, the first UK-wide festival of art events which are designed with families in mind. Supported by Guildhall Shopping Centre â Kingdon/Silver Business Club Member. ----- Ongoing Exhibitions & Displays Express & Echo Local Art Show 2013 24 September to 16 October RAMM Gallery 20 An exhibition showcasing the work of one local art society chosen by readers of the Express & Echo newspaper: Hive Art Group. Together with the Express & Echo, RAMM invited art groups and societies whose members are largely drawn from Exeter and the surrounding area to win the chance to show a selection of their work in RAMM. Rosie Denham, Exeter's Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture said Exeter City Council is pleased to be working with the Express & Echo to give local groups this opportunity to share their work with the people of Exeter and Devon. Our award-winning museum is a wonderful resource for us all and it is fantastic to see the best of local artwork alongside the cityâs stunning collections, touring exhibitions and loans from the nationâs foremost museums. The council is keen to promote excellence in all fields and I applaud all local artists for their work and offer special congratulations to the winners. A Hive Art Group has been exhibiting their work in Devon for two years. They love to move and delight their audiences, reminding everyone that, even in these difficult times, life is good. ----- Masters of the Moor: William and FJ Widgery 6 July to 27 October Gallery 20 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 (1826-1893) 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 ----- Exeter s Fine Art 6 April to 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. ----- Museum of Earthly Delights 9 July to 6 October More in Store Viewpoint Cob artworks inspired by RAMM's collections by artists AbeySmallcombe. ----- 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 27 April to 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.

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