Houghton Hall and Gardens, Norfolk
Thursday 24th September 11.00-16.00
Join us at Houghton Hall for a visit to the stunning Anish Kapoor exhibition, set against the backdrop of the most beautiful Palladian house in the country. Anish Kapoor is one of the leading sculptors of his generation, known for creating ambitious and ground breaking sculptures across vastly different scales and materials. His exhibition at Houghton is undoubtedly spectacular but also thoughtfully and carefully curated to complement and reflect its grand setting.
The most dramatic work is the enormous Sky Mirror 2018 - a five metre diameter mirror of stainless steel which dominates the main lawn, reflecting the continually changing Norfolk sky and transforming the space around it. Other works include carved marble, onyx and granite sculptures and the mesmerising Mirror Works in the Stone Hall, a series of jewel like discs which create magical illusions from William Kent's 18th century interior design.
Our day will start with a guided tour of the exhibition with Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglian Art Fund, who knows Houghton well. After a gourmet picnic lunch, we will then visit some of the other outdoor sculptures including works by Richard Long, Henry Moore and James Turrell and walk around the beautiful walled garden.
To ensure social distancing and safety we will meet at Houghton Hall at 11.00am.
The postcode is PE31 6TY and it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive there from Cambridge. Cost: £50 including coffee on arrival, guided tour of the exhibition and a gourmet picnic lunch.
National Horse Racing Museum, Newmarket
Thursday 15th October 10.00-13.00
The 'Good Companions' exhibition at the National Racing Museum in Newmarket brings together art and objects from public and private collections to explore the many roles of our canine friends. From sporting spaniels to pampered pooches, the exhibition includes works by Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, Alfred Munnings and Philip de László.
Our morning visit will begin with a guided tour of the exhibition with curator Katherine Field. We will then visit Palace House, originally built for Charles II and now home to a collection of works belonging to the British Sporting Art Trust. There we will be guided by Dr Stephen Parissien, the museum's CEO and a cultural historian who will bring the history of the building and the paintings to life. For those who want to stay longer, there is the option of booking for lunch at the The Tack Room restaurant and joining an afternoon Behind the Scenes tour with ex-racehorses.
To ensure social distancing and safety we will meet at Palace House at 10.00am.
The postcode is CB8 8EP and it is an approximately 30 minute drive from Cambridge. Cost: £35 including coffee on arrival, two guided tours and an annual pass to the National Horse Racing Museum.