Muse: The Lie of the Land

MUSE, our series of practical art workshops for adults has returned to the Museum in person! These workshops will take place in the gallery spaces, and in our Education studio making use of materials and techniques that can be safely used in these areas. Art supplies will be provided. Each workshop is 2 hours long.

Nature often provides an escape away from our everyday urban lives and a source of artistic inspiration. But is this a modern concept and does 'landscape' really exist as an artistic genre?

Zensation Student Wellbeing: The Quiet of the Land

Zensation is a friendly session for all University students, we look at the Museum collection to find improved wellbeing and enjoyment in this informal often practical session. No previous art skills necessary.

Find a place of quiet as you gaze across the landscapes in our exhibition 'True to Nature' compare this experience to David Hockney's reimagined landscapes where the dial is up to 10 for colour saturation. In our studio paint in acrylic on board, a landscape of your own.

This is a practical workshop please wear suitable clothes.

ONLINE | Hockney's Eye: Colour in the Mind of Hockney

Join Anya Hurlbert, Professor of Visual Neuroscience at Newcastle University, for a talk exploring visual perception, colour and light in Hockney's work.

This talk will be live streamed from the museum's Seminar Room. Please book one space per device you are viewing on. Link and joining instructions will be emailed on the morning of the talk (please note the talk will not be recorded).

Meet and Make at the Museum - Auroras

Join us for our new 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.

For ages 16+

Monday 23 May: Auroras

Science archives and special collections in Cambridge

Cambridge has a wealth of sources for those interested in the History of Science. Find out about the science archives and special collections across Cambridge, and how to access them. Discover more about the records that scientists leave behind, what they tell us about their work and life, and how they can be used for historical research.

Drop in to the event anytime over the day.

Access to the event is under the Sedgwick Museum main entrance

'The Art of Science' workshop series

Join us at the Polar Museum with artist Alice White, to explore where science and art collide and discover how the spirit of exploration is shared by artists and scientists alike. This exciting series of co-disciplinary workshops for 15-18 year olds combine practical art techniques with live science experiments and a chance to be inspired by the awe inspiring, icy worlds of the Polar Regions.

Reproducing the past: from plaster casts to digital books

How and why are copies different from the ‘real thing’? Physical replicas, plaster casts, digital reproductions and 3D prints are increasingly being used in our museums and libraries. What makes a replica different from a fake? Are they unique objects in their own right or just shadows of their originals? Should we call them copies, replicas or something else entirely?