Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss
to Apr 28

Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss

Exhibition: Kiss And Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture

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When: 24th November 2018 - 28th April 2019
Venue: Christchurch Mansion: Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE, UK
Cost: Free
Suitable for: Families
What to expect: Arts and Craft, Exhibition

There is a story behind every kiss...

This winter, join us in Ipswich for what will be East Anglia's once in a lifetime exhibition. Discover the tale behind the lovers in Auguste Rodin's life-size marble sculpture The Kiss and the work of literature that inspired it. This monumental artwork, on loan from the Tate, is a significant piece in the history of sculpture.

Several of Rodin's sculptures on loan from the Tate and East Anglian museums and galleries will be displayed in this major exhibition, including portrait sculptures of French novelist Honoré de Balzac, and two more of Rodin's sculptures inspired by movement and dance.

Discover depictions of the body in its natural state and in movement, through sculptures and life drawings from the Ipswich collection, including works by Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner, Ellen Mary Rope, Maggi Hambling and Elisabeth Frink. On display together for the first time will be life drawings by John Constable, while artefacts from our World Cultures collection will show how bodies have been depicted across the world.

Explore the halls and galleries of Christchurch Mansion to uncover one of the most enduring themes in art - the human figure.

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100 Artworks by women
to May 5

100 Artworks by women

Women 100

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When: 8th December 2018 - 5th May 2019 Extended for Popular Demand
Venue: Ipswich Art Gallery
Cost: Free
Suitable for: Families
What to expect: Arts and Craft, Exhibition

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act that first gave some women the right to vote, we are showing 100 artworks by women from the Ipswich collections.

Discover works by artists from the 1700s to the present day, including the work of Suffolk suffragette Amy K Browning.

Other highlights will include paintings by Rose Mead, an active member of the Society of Women Artists, Anna Airy, the first President of the Ipswich Art Society, and sculptures by Ellen Mary Rope.

Come and view a unique collection of First World War pastel sketches by Blanche G Vulliamy that reveal London's streets. Contemporary artists Maggi Hambling, Jelly Green and more will also be on show.

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7:00 PM19:00


10th April, 2019 7pm for 7.30pm at Christchurch Mansion. Members are encouraged to attend to hear about our activities and hear how we have been supporting the Museums over the past year, and to help us shape our future. We will be unveiling some new acquisitions that have been supported by the Friends. These include items from the Packard bequest and the splendid Constable poster featured on the cover of the Spring Newsletter. Minutes of last year’s AGM can be found on the website. This year the Committee members are recommending the adoption of a new Constitution (see the website) so that we are better placed to face challenges and opportunities in the future. Frank Hargrave will share his insight with us, with special focus on the developments of the High Street Museum. Refreshments, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available, No booking is required for this free event.

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to May 4

An Honest Gentleman - theatre at the Mansion!

Little is known of Thomas Easter except that he was born in Aylsham in Norfolk in 1715 and was hanged at Tyburn 24 years later. However, his life was packed with adventure and intrigue. From Norfolk and Suffolk to Putney Heath Easter plied his trade as a Gentleman of the Road, ‘raising contributions upon the public’ and, from the little that is known, he was a dashing and charming rogue. ’I rob the rich to give to the poor’. Ultimately betrayed by an accomplice and comrade, he danced the hangman’s jig.

Join Stuff of Dreams at Christchurch Mansion where the theatre company will take you on a rollicking Georgian adventure delving into the life and times of the East Anglian Highwaymen of the 18th Century. There will be laughter, live folk music and song – and where facts are scarce there will be glorious embellishment!

The performance on Saturday 4 May will be a BSL signed performance.

Content suitable for ages 10+ | 7.30pm | £12 Adult ticket* | £10 concession* | Cash bar | Book online


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SUMMER PARTY and Quiz Night
6:30 PM18:30

SUMMER PARTY and Quiz Night

Friday 21st June 6.30pm for 7pm at Christchurch Mansion. £12 for members £15 for guests includes strawberries and cream and a glass of wine of Pimm’s. Booking is required for this event. We are hoping for fine weather for this event so we can enjoy the courtyard garden, good conversation and summer fare. We are delighted to be hpsting a lighthearted and culturally focussed Quiz from our Portfolio Holder, Cllr Carole Jones. Please contact or send an sae and cheque to her at 3 Holly road, Ipswich IP1 3QN or use the booking form in your Spring newsletter.

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11:15 AM11:15


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Following last year’s extremely successful London visit, we have a very special day planned for this summer: a chance to view the extraordinary collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace; lunch at the home of our President, Lady Deben; an exclusive lecture on Van Gogh and then a visit to Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain.

There are only 30 tickets available £65 for members £75 for non members which includes access to the exhibitions, the lecture, lunch with Lady Deben and wine. Members of the Tate or Art Pass Members are asked to contact Jean Attenborrow 01473 213025 before booking.

All travel will be organised independent of the Friends, but for information the first main off-peak Ipswich-London train arrives at Liverpool Street at 10.10am - the outline of the day is as follows:

11.15 am Assemble at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace to biew Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. This exhibition, the largest in over 65 years, marks the 500th Anniversary of teh Renaissance master’s death and brings together more than 20 0 of his greatest drawings, Aquired in 1519 during the reign of Charles II they provide an unparalleled insight into the working of Leonardo’s mind reflecting the true range of his interests including painting, architecture, sculpture, painting, engineering, cartogrophy, geology, anatomy and biology.

1.15 am: Gather at the home of Lord and Lady Deben for drinks on the terrace, if weather permits, and a sandwich lunch. Their home is a short walk from Bukingham Palace (details to be given on the day).

2.45 pm: Make your way on foot, by bus or taxi to Tate Britain.

3.30pm: An exclusive talk about Van Gogh’s relationship with Britain. did you know he was a teacher in Ramsgate, was strongly influenced by John Constable and was infatuatted with the works of Dickens? So much more about the artist’s love affair with Britain will become clear during the lecture.

4.30 pm - 6 pm: Enjoy Van Gogh’s works including Sunflowers, Self Portrait (from The National Gallery of Art Washington) Starry Night on the Rhone (Musee d’Orsay) plus his only image of London Prisoners Exercising (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow), plus works by Constable, Millais, Francis Bacon and others who inspired or were inspired by this great artist.

to book one or more of our 30 tickets please use the form in the summer Newsletter or send a cheque to Jean Attenborrow made out to FoIM with a stamped addressed envelope, 3 Holly Road, IP1 3QN stating the name of the event and how many tickets you require. or email to secure a place.

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Museum Half-term
10:15 AM10:15

Museum Half-term

Science Tricks And Treats

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Cost: 3.30
Suitable for: Families
What to expect: Arts and Craft, Events

Join our interactive science workshop to make your own 'volcanic' eruptions and create a slimy mess.

Session Times:

10.15am - 11am

11.15am - 12pm

2.15 - 3pm

This activity is best suited to children aged 5+

Book in advance to guarantee your place. Book tickets now.Tickets can be collected from The Regent in advance or at Ipswich Museum on the day of the event. Please note that advanced ticket sales are only available until the morning before the event.

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