AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM - SuMMER 2018
Wednesday 25 April, 1.30-5.00pm
In the 13th century tulips were celebrated by Persian poets and during the Ottoman Empire they became a common motif on ceramics, textiles and illuminated manuscripts. They were introduced into Europe in the 16th century and grew in popularity amongst the burgeoning merchant classes, a fashion which finally led to the “Tulipmania” speculative frenzy of the 1630s. Our tulip tour will take us from art to nature. Starting at the Fitzwilliam Museum, we'll find images of tulips in paintings, ceramics and other works of art, explore symbolism and the fashion for rare varieties. We will also have special access to works rarely on public display, including a 17th century album of flower paintings by Abraham Bosschaert and work by other botanical artists.
From the Fitzwilliam we travel to Harston, a few miles from the centre of Cambridge, to enjoy some real tulips in the garden of a local grower, Charlotte Clarke. Charlotte will tell us more about the highs and lows of growing tulips and show us different varieties. The afternoon will end with a delicious homemade tea.
Cost: £40 including tea and homemade cakes
Meet at the Fitzwilliam Museum, own transport to Harston
THINGS OF BEAUTY GROWING: British Studio Pottery with LARS THARP
Wednesday 13 June 2.00-4.30pm
A very special afternoon with the ceramics expert, lecturer and well known broadcaster Lars Tharp. Lars will be giving us a private tour of the Fitzwilliam's exhibition "Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery" which includes historic and contemporary work by potters such as Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Edmund de Waal and Grayson Perry. The exhibition tells the story of studio pottery in Britain from the early 20th century to the present through the evolution of specific types of vessel and will be the largest exhibition of its kind in recent years.
Lars will be familiar to many of us from his appearances on the Antiques Roadshow and other television programmes. Recently he has been on the steering committee of York Museum’s Centre of Ceramic Art which focuses mainly on studio pottery and he is Honorary President of the International Ceramics Fair in Aberystwyth. He is a ceramics enthusiast and his tour promises to be enlightening, engaging and entertaining - definitely an afternoon not to be missed.
Cost: £40 including refreshments
Meet at the Fitzwilliam Museum