Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Five Arty Things in April: What's on in Cambridge

After a hiatus: the return of the 'What's On' post!

Here's my personal pick of five arty things to do in Cambridge in April:

1.  Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past
MAA (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)

I love the MAA.  In 2013, it was shortlisted in the final top ten for the Art Fund Prize of Museum of the Year.  In December, one of their curators won an award to build a collection of contemporary art works from indigenous communities in India (we wait for this exhibition with excitement; it will open in 2017).  And it is all round a fabulous place.

I look forward to seeing this exhibition.  It is free.  Opening times on the poster below.

2.  Generation Painting: British art 1955-1965
Heong Gallery, Downing College (just past the Porter's Lodge, to the left as you enter from Regent St)

The newest addition to Cambridge's art scene, and the only truly modernist and contemporary art gallery in town right now (while Kettle's Yard remains closed for refurbishing).  The present exhibition is brilliant and includes a wonderful painting by David Hockney.  The architecture and the setting are also really worth experiencing.  

Opening times:
Wednesdays: 10 – 8 pm
Weekends and bank holidays: 10 - 6 pm

It is free.
Ends 22 May 2016.

Coming up next: Ai Wei Wei!  Quentin Blake!

Follow the gallery on twitter:  @heonggallery

Watch out for my blog post on the gallery; it will soon appear here:

3. New Hall Art Collection: Feminism and Gender
Murray Edwards College (the college formerly known as New Hall, up on Castle Hill)

My favourite art collection in Cambridge so of course I will include it in my first What's On post in months.  I've blogged about this collection several times before.

It's free, it's amazing, and it's open nearly all the time.
Alexis Hunter, Fear of the Intellectual Wife, 1987; source:  NHAC

4.  Conflicted Seeds + Spirit
The new David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site (accessible via Downing Street and via Corn Exchange Street which is that weird street behind the Grand Arcade with entrances to the car park and to the cycle park)

An installation by the artist duo Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey.  I look forward to seeing this, and (bonus!) to sneaking a peak at the brand new David Attenborough Building which is the old Arup Building, refurbished by architect bureau Nicholas Hare.

Opening times:  Wed–Sun, 10am–5pm
Ends 17 April 2016.

Source:  © Ackroyd & Harvey

5.  Crawling with Life:  Flower Drawings at the Fitz

Watch out for my review of this exquisite exhibition; it'll be posted next week!

Fitzwilliam Museum; ends 8 May 2016.

Enjoy your April!

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