Writing isn’t just a way of recording and communicating language. From ancient times, it has been used to make a statement visually. Join members of the Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) Project to explore the uses of writing in art, monuments and ideology in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.

This is a Cambridge Festival event. The talk will last 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions.

 

Li Yuan-chia (1929–1994) began making art in Taipei in 1950. From there, his life and career brought him to Bologna, London, and finally, Cumbria, where he made a mark as a community art leader in the 1970s and 1980s.

The development of ‘Cosmic Point’, a conceptual foundation of Li’s work, is crucial in understanding his art. This talk explores this idea, from close readings of his ink paintings to investigating the social and artistic environment that encouraged its formation and evolution.

Ever wanted to explore the coldest and windiest place on Earth?

Immersive Antarctica is your chance to discover the wonders of the South in virtual reality. Drive a dog sledge and delve into this unique world filled with historic sites and heritage treasures. Developed by Storylab, a research institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) through the use of immersive technologies and audio-visual archive.

Travelling back in time, you will learn about the dynamic borders of the tropical region, with a focus on the fossil record. You will then study current patterns of geographic distribution of plant diversity, discovering that it is not homogeneous but dramatically different between continents. You will fly over the tropical belt to understand which regions have the highest species richness, known as “biodiversity hotspots”, and face the strongest threats.

Join the Polar Museum team for a Touch Tour and explore a range of objects from different Arctic cultures.

Meet at Museum entrance. Guide dogs and companions are welcome. The Tour will last 90 minutes.

For bookings and queries please email us at info@museums.cam.ac.uk, or telephone Vanessa Dolphin (Programmes & Communications Assistant) on 01223 761067. You can also leave a message on this number.

Join Kettle's Yard staff for a special audio-described tour of the exhibition, Making New Worlds.

Discover the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-Chia (1929-1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery, which he hounded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian's Wall.

6 places are available plus a space for one companion each if you would like someone to come along with you.  Please indicate both your name and your companion's name when booking.

Join us for our museum wellbeing and making workshops for adults at the Polar Museum! Meet and Make at the Museum sessions are all about giving you a supportive and social space to be creative. Making new crafts, making space for yourself, and making new connections. A chance for you to explore working with different materials and learn new skills with others. This session we will be using and creating stencils to create blended glitter art. We will be discussing polar light phenomena.

Join us for our museum wellbeing and making workshops for adults at the Polar Museum! Meet and Make at the Museum sessions are all about giving you a supportive and social space to be creative. Making new crafts, making space for yourself, and making new connections. A chance for you to explore working with different materials and learn new skills with others. This session we will be making pop-up polar cards and talking about love in the polar regions.

For ages 16+

Discover some of the fascinating themes in the museum with our tea and talk programme for adults. Each session will have a 40-minute talk followed by a chance to chat with the experts and your fellow attendees over a cuppa. For this session our museum collections coordinator, Henrietta Hammant will be exploring the near misses of Antarctic explorers.

For ages 16+

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