The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, offers a great free day out for all the family over the summer. The full listings follow. Additional news and activity listings can be found online at www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk
A-Z A Hand Book - Exhibition
10 February - 9 August 2009
An exhibition of meaningful mosaic images by Cleo Mussi. A quiet moment of contemplation with any of these works and they begin to share some of their subtle secrets – themes of loss, love, divinity, fear and retribution – the world of fairy tale. This is why Cleo is probably the leading exponent of mosaic art and why you should spend some quiet time alone with her work.
All pieces are for sale.
Hidden Gems – 20th Century Faces - Exhibition
26 August 2009 – April 2010
An exhibition of some of the hidden gems from the museum’s collections, focusing on portraiture of the 20th Century. From the small to the large, and from the traditional to the contemporary, with a little bit of the bizarre thrown in, the exhibition will embrace different genres and medium exciting a range of tastes.
Try something! Be inspired by the 20th Century Faces and create your own portrait at the museum! Free entry.
Manga to Mural – the Japanese Sketches of John Thomas - Exhibition
17 February 2009 - April 2010
Exploring the work of John Thomas, the artist who created the breathtaking murals and hand-painted glass in the Russell-Cotes' museum-home. Thomas was inspired by the work of some of the great Japanese artists of the early 19th Century, such as Hokusai, Bairei, Zeshin.
(temporarily no access to this gallery 11-24 August 2009)
Try something! Create your own magnetic ‘Manga’ in the gallery. Free entry.
Family Explorer Travel Bags
Available daily during opening hours from the museum’s information desk
An exciting interactive way to discover more about the museum and its collections. Jam-packed full of objects, activities, sounds and even smells, with three themes to choose from! Young people take on the role of an explorer, with a special bag of activities and objects and clear instructions. They even get to wear a special explorer's hat!
Become a Wildlife Explorer and go ‘bird-watching’ in the Drawing Room and ‘animal hunting’ on the balcony! Worldwide Explorers will discover the tantalising aromas of the East and learn about the traditional treasures of New Zealand! Whilst the Museum Explorer will discover the hidden workings of a museum through activities such as measuring light levels!
Admission to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum and the exhibition is free, however donations are welcome. Open Tuesday - Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays at East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA T. +44 (0)1202 451 858. www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is a Registered Charity (no. 306288) administered by Bournemouth Borough Council.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth is a dramatic experience for many visitors.The exuberance and variety of styles found within the building creates a unique atmosphere that is a mixture of both private house and public museum.Created by two dedicated collectors, the Russell-Cotes is a museum of national importance.
The galleries display a regularly changing programme of significant art. Famous permanent artworks include Dante Gabriel Charles Rossetti’s Venus Verticordia (oil on canvas (1864-68)) which has toured the world as one of the UK’s most acclaimed works of art.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays (closed Good Friday & Christmas Day), from 10.00am – 5.00pm and is at East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA, UK, T. +44 (0)1202 451 858, www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk
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