Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss
Nov
24
to Apr 29

Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss

Exhibition: Kiss And Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture

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When: 24th November 2018 - 29th 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
Dec
8
to Apr 6

100 Artworks by women

Women 100

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When: 8th December 2018 - 6th April 2019
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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SEIZED BY LOVE stories of romance
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

SEIZED BY LOVE stories of romance

Thursday, 14 February – “Seized by Love”: Stories of romance from the Ipswich art collection An appropriately romantic presentation for Valentine’s Day from Emma Roodhouse, our Collections and Learning Curator (Art) 6.30pm for 7pm at Christchurch Mansion £6 for members, £8 for non-members, includes wine/soft drinks.

Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss is viewed as one of the iconic images of love. What other images of love, romance and passion can be found in the Ipswich art collections? Enjoy the chance to discover the story of a hunt for love in Greek mythology. Then find out where Cupid can be found in Christchurch Mansion. How was courtship depicted in nineteenth-century painting? Which Pre-Raphaelite sculpted a version of love, and wrote poetry on the subject? There could not be a more appropriate occasion than this Valentine’s evening to find out the answers, and to enjoy a visual delight rich in romance. 

When booking, please use a booking slip (p26 in the Friends’ recent newsletter), and enclose a cheque made out to “FoIM”. For confirmation, please provide your email address or enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. You can also pay by bank transfer to: Friends of the Ipswich Museums, Royal Bank of Scotland, Account Number 11557799, Sort Code 16-22-17. If you pay by this method please use your name as the reference and confirm your booking by emailingcontact@foim.org.uk For more information, email jattenborrow@hotmail.co.uk or send a stamped envelope to Jean Attenborrow, 3 Holly Road, Ipswich, Ipswich IP1 3QN

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and a Costume Store Tour - "Ruff Stuff"

Friday, 15 March 2019. Final timings to be confirmed but this is a LUNCHTIME EVENT– “Ruff stuff” Lunch at Arbor House and a guided tour of the Museum’s Costume Store. £28 for members, £35 for guests, to include a 2-course lunch, talk and tour. Join us for an exciting behind the scenes visit to the Museum’s collection of historic costumes in the company of Bob Entwistle, Senior Conservation Officer, and enjoy lunch at the Arbor House restaurant adjacent to the Museum.

Over coffee, sit back for a talk about the collection from one of the world’s foremost authorities on ruffs, Constance Mackenzie. Constance has been making historical costumes for over 15 years. She works regularly in film and television, and for the Globe Theatre, the V&A, London Children’s  Ballet and Glyndebourne Opera. Numbers are strictly limited to 20, however no more than 10 can visit the costume store at any one time. So we have devised an itinerary that will enable 10 to visit before lunch and 10 afterwards. Please see the booking form on page 26 of the Friends’ most recent newsletter.

When booking, please use a booking slip or send a cheque made out to “FoIM”. For  confirmation, please provide your email address or enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and details of the event and send to Jean Attenborrow below. You can also pay by bank transfer to: Friends of the Ipswich Museums, Royal Bank of Scotland,  Account Number 11557799, Sort Code 16-22-17. If you pay by this method please use your name as the reference and confirm your booking. For more information, email contact@foim.org.uk or send a stamped envelope to Jean Attenborrow, 3 Holly Road, Ipswich, IP1 3QN. 


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Museum Half-term
Oct
24
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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