'Women and Water'
Women's Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge
Friday 12th January 10.30-12.00
The exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences and includes works by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Eileen Cooper, Tracey Emin, Mary Fedden, Elisabeth Frink and Laura Knight, some of which are on loan from the Ingram Collection. We will be guided around the exhibition by associate curator Naomi Polonsky, who will also be telling us more about the Women's Art Collection as a whole which is now one of the largest collections of contemporary art by women in the world.
Cost: £35 including tea/coffee on arrival in the Fellows Drawing Room and a curator led tour of the exhibition and the permanent collection.
Cambridge Central Mosque - FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 20th February 10.30-12.00
The Cambridge Central Mosque is Europe's first eco-friendly mosque and the first purpose-built mosque within the city of Cambridge. Its striking architecture and sustainable design is the work of Marks Barfield, creators of the London Eye, and, since it opened in 2019, the building has received much critical acclaim. In 2021 it was featured in a documentary on Sky Arts and the same year shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for Architecture. During our visit, we will be given a tour by one of the mosque's guides who will explain how the design and structure of the building and garden reflect and symbolise ideas found in Islam and how the different parts of the building are used.
Cost: £30 including tea/coffee on arrival
'William Blake's Universe'
Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 IRB
Thursday 14th March - 2.00-4.00pm
Sometimes seen as an eccentric figure or lone genius, William Blake’s Universe is the first exhibition to explore Blake’s boundless imagination in the context of wider trends and themes in European art including romanticism, mysticism and ideas of spiritual regeneration. The exhibition brings together the largest-ever display of works by the radical British artist, printmaker and poet from the Fitzwilliam's own collection, alongside artworks by his European contemporaries such as the German romantic painters Philipp Otto Runge and Caspar David Friedrich, many of which have never been displayed publicly in the UK until now. Our visit will start with an illustrated introduction by Sarah Burles before we explore the exhibition together.
Cost: £35 including refreshments and introductory tour.