September Exhibitions and Events at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
3rd September 2014
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This month visitors to Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum can enjoy the Detached and Timeless exhibition featuring works by some of the most significant figures in British art from the past sixty years and a new display of Exeter’s Fine Art featuring drawings from the First World War.

Displays include Fijian Art, You are here by artist Polly Morgan and radios. The wide range of events includes talks, tours and courses.

Exhibitions are listed below, followed by displays then special events.

 

Exhibitions

Detached and Timeless: contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place

12 July to 2 November

Galleries 21 and 22 Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

This exhibition explores how artists have been inspired by landscapes, nature and the seasons. Imaginary and mystical places have provided the stimulus for several of the exhibited artists; others have been inspired by Westcountry locations. Some touch on themes of spirituality and paganism. The results are pieces which are often abstract, sometimes representational and occasionally other-worldly.

The exhibition features David Bomberg, Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, George Shaw and Clare Woods. In addition to a core group of 20th-century paintings from RAMM’s collection, loaned works come to Exeter from the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre in London, the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art, and from Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, including several of that collection’s most significant modern paintings.

This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see Soaring Flight (1960) by Lanyon and Daddy Witch (2008) by Woods. Bomberg’s Self Portrait (1937), one of the earlier works in the Arts Council Collection, and Trendrine, Cornwall (1947) will hang alongside RAMM’s own Bideford, Devon (1946). In other media, the exhibition includes Fourteen Stones by Richard Long, Rachel Lowe’s video A Letter to an Unknown Person No.5 and photography by Keith Arnatt and Jem Southam.

Detached and Timeless has been curated by RAMM in collaboration with the Arts Council Collection, with loans from Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.

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

Accompanying event

Tickets from RAMM or online.

  • Wed 1 October, “We all make it again”: Ancient Landscapes, Modern Art - An illustrated talk by Michael Bird, 1 to 2pm £8 (£6).

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Exeter’s Fine Art

Gallery 20

29 August to 4 January 2015

Commemorating the outbreak of the First World War with works by Walter Bayes and Muirhead Bone, RAMM’s portrait collection will also be represented by two naval heroes of the Napoleonic era with Devon connections - Admiral Edward Pellew and Captain Charles Proby. Pellew rose to become commander of the Mediterranean fleet and a national celebrity after the Bombardment of Algiers whilst Proby also gave outstanding service in the seven years war and the American war of independence.

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

Accompanying event

  • Wed 10 September - Gallery conversation: Exeter’s Fine Art with John Madin, 1 to 2pm, £8 (£6). Tickets from RAMM or online.

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Displays

What Do You Collect? Radio Head

1 July to 21 September

Finders Keepers? gallery

One man’s passion for plastic, technology and design has led him to focus on collecting post-war radios. Drop in to RAMM to find out more.

Display your collection

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

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World Cultures Display: Fijian Art

17 June to December

World Cultures gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

A display of RAMM’s Fijian objects focusing on clubs, ceremonial items and gifts with new interpretation by the Fijian Art Research Project. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and developed with Pacific specialists based at the University of East Anglia.

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Artist Reflections: Polly Morgan

August 2014 to March 2015

More in Store viewpoint

The first of four artists’ responses to RAMM’s collections Polly Morgan’s You Are Here is on display from August. Polly studied with Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson, and over the past ten years she has played with taxidermy traditions, creating unsettling sculptures that question our often sentimentalised view of the natural world. Her art has caught the imagination of collectors, curators and audiences around the world and she has exhibited in Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the UK and US. For more information about Polly visit www.pollymorgan.co.uk.

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.

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We Will Remember 1914-18

29 August to 18 September

Courtyard

This embroidered hanging is the creation of artist and embroidery tutor Adrienne Howells. The six foot high black and white artwork depicts scenes from the trenches, with red silk poppies appliquéd onto banners either side, honouring those who died in the First World War.

Poppies are available for visitors to write the name of a family member who served; each poppy will be sewn around the main image. All donations will go to support the work of the British Legion.

First World War Centenary 2014-18. The First World War changed the way we live. RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities focuses on the 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. Part of First World War Centenary, the national partnership of commemorative events www.1914.org.

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Activities and Special Events

Gallery conversation: Exeter’s Fine Art

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

Gallery 20

Join RAMM’s art curator John Madin for a gallery tour.

Accompanying the exhibition Exeter’s Fine Art: 29 August to 4 January 2015. 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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Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 13 September, 10.30am to 4pm (with a break for lunch), £35 from Riptide

Meeting Room A

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced writer, come and explore RAMM’s collections to stretch your imagination and inspire you to write unexpected, exciting narratives in prose and poetry. This workshop is facilitated by Dr Sally Flint and Dr Ginny Baily, co-founders and editors of Riptide short story journal and Canto Poetry, based at the University of Exeter. For tickets and more information, contact editors@riptidejournal.co.uk or www.riptidejournal.co.uk.

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Heritage Open Day at St Nicholas Priory

Saturday 13 September, 10am to 5pm, free, drop in

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, Fore St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3BL

A perfect opportunity to bring the whole family and discover a hidden jewel just a short walk from the city centre: Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, St Nicholas Priory is now presented as a richly furnished Tudor home in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology.

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Pattern Design for Fashion, Art and Textiles

Tuesdays 16, 23, 30 September, 7, 21 and 28 October, 10am to 1pm, £77 from WEA

Each week tutor Nicci Wonnacott will look at a different area of RAMM’s collections to inform our understanding of pattern and design. Sketching

from the collections, participants will develop ideas through colour and form in the studio and build a portfolio of patterns and textiles designs from which to create new and exciting surfaces.

Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.

Course ref: C3525481

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Drawing from the Museum's Collections

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays 16, 23, 30 September 7, 21 and 28 October, 1.30 to 3.30pm, £52 from WEA

By examining some of the Museum’s collections, tutor Nicci Wonnacott will take a journey, whilst discussing and considering the historical, geographical and creative ideas that tell the story of the object. Participants will then respond through drawing to create a sketchbook and develop mixed media art works. A different area of RAMM’s collections will be featured each week.

Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.

Course ref: C3524782

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Developing Ideas in Pattern Design from the Museum’s Collections

Wednesdays 17, 24 September, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October, 10am to 1pm, £77 from WEA

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

This course will offer an exciting chance to develop sketches and designs into new creations, through design processes. Participants will work through large scale drawings and paintings and developing ideas for paintings, illustrations, fabrics and stitch to create interesting ideas and objects. Sketchbook development will be a key aspect to the success of the course. Tutor Nicci Wonnacott.

Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.

Course ref: C3525483

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Developing Ideas from Drawing from the Museum’s Collections

Wednesdays 17, 24 September, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October, 1.30 to 3.30pm, £52 from WEA

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

An opportunity to progress drawings and ideas into new work, through idea development, working on large scale drawings and paintings and developing ideas for illustration and art to create interesting and new creations. Tutor Nicci Wonnacott.

Free for those in receipt of means tested benefit. Advance bookings for WEA courses from W www.wea-sw.org.uk, T 01392 457300.

Course ref: C3525484

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Behind the Scenes Tour: More in Store

Thursday 18 September, 10.30am and noon, £7 (£5)

Meet in RAMM’s Courtyard

Take a 40-minute behind the scenes tour. See some of the reserve collections and find out more about the conservation, display and storage of objects.

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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Guided Tours of St Nicholas Priory

Tuesday 23 September, 11am to noon, £7 (£5)

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, Fore St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3BL

Discover a hidden jewel just a short walk from the city centre: Join a guide for extra insight into this splendid Grade 1 listed building. Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, St Nicholas Priory is presented as a richly furnished Tudor home in 1602 style based on evidence from inventories and archaeology.

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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Evening lecture: Paradise Found

Wednesday 24 September, 7.30pm, £12 (£10)

Gallery 20

Award-winning artist and pupil of Robert Lenkiewicz, Nahem Shoa will explore the work of a number of artists in Detached and Timeless, including Bomberg, Lanyon, Heron and Clough. Exploring the different approaches used by them in conveying the landscape of the Southwest, he will build bridges between their paintings and other masters of the history of art. He will also discuss why, for British artists, the Southwest has been seen as a kind of paradise. Followed by Q&A session with Nahem and exhibition curator Martin Thomas.

Accompanying the exhibition Detached and Timeless: contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place: 12 July to 2 November. 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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Chat about the Birds

Thursday 25 September, 11am to 4pm, free, drop in

In Fine Feather gallery

Meet local bird experts from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Discover underwater wonders around Devon’s shores, learn how bees are saving the UK millions of pounds a year, which piece of clothing inspired the RSPB’s origins and how everything from tigers to sparrows are being protected by local conservationists.

Wildlife Tours - 11am and 2pm

Join them for a 20 to 30 minute walk around the museum to see the wildlife on display.

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Lecture - The Dreaded War Cloud has Burst: the home front in Devon in 1914

Thursday 25 September, 1 to 2pm, £8 (£6)

Meeting Room A

From August to December 1914 Devon’s population witnessed the transformation from peacetime to wartime. The residents of Devon were encouraged to participate in the war effort which ranged from recruitment efforts to war charities. Dr Richard Batten, who researched Devon and the First World War at the University of Exeter, explores how Devonians responded to the circumstances of wartime on the Home Front in 1914.

First World War Centenary 2014-18. The First World War changed the way we live. RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities focuses on the 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. Part of First World War Centenary, the national partnership of commemorative events www.1914.org.

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