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Welcome to India Unboxed

To mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, join the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, as we celebrate a shared season on the theme of India - a programme of exhibitions, events, digital encounters, discussions, installations and more within the museums and the city of Cambridge.

Rooted in our collections, the programme will explore themes of identity and connectivity for audiences in both the UK and India, with support from Arts Council England. 

What's on (with more to follow...)

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia
8 March 2017 to 22 April 2018
Li Ka Shing Gallery, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Opening in 2017, the seventieth anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, Another India will explore the tangled histories of artefacts from minority populations in India and how they came to be in the collections in Cambridge. Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before, will be complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund.

Elephants, Deities and Ashoka's Pillar: Coins of India from antiquity to the present
16 May 2017 to 1 October 2017
Octagon Gallery, The Fitzwilliam Museum
As part of the commemoration in 2017 of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence - marked by the UK-India Year of Culture - this exhibition, drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s world-class numismatic collection, will explore the history of India through coins produced from the 4th century BC until recent times. Cultural, religious, economic and political developments are richly illustrated by the coins on show. They focus on representative periods of India’s history, ending with a display of banknotes and coins produced since India became independent in 1947.

From Kabul to Kolkata: Highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum
29 May 2017 to 3 September 2017
Shiba Gallery, The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam’s second exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, showcases a selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings, ranging in date from the 16th to 19th century. The exhibition will include works produced under the patronage of the Mughal dynasty and other princely rulers, as well as several acquired by early British patrons and collectors in India. The paintings and drawings represent some of the main themes that engaged patrons and artists in India in the early modern period, including religious epic and myth, history, royal portraiture, hunting, natural history, music and architecture.

Imagining India: Greeks, Romans and the End of the Earth 
26 June 2017 to 29 September 2017, Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology
For the ancient Greeks and Romans, India was at the very end of the known world. This temporary exhibition throughout the Cast Gallery explores the surprising connections between the ancient Mediterranean and the Indian subcontinent. Discover tales of gods, marvels and precious cargo, and voyage into the India of the Greek and Roman imagination. 

Freedom and Fragmentation: Images of Decolonisation and Partition from the Centre of South Asian Studies Archive 
1 August to 27 October 2017
Alison Richard Building
To recognise and commemorate the many meanings of freedom in South Asia in 1947, the Centre of South Asian Studies is holding the first ever public exhibition of its collections. Seventy years on, we look back to reflect on the lead-up to and the consequences of independence, partition, and decolonisation. The Centre of South Asian Studies has a unique archive of photographs, maps and films. Across the four floors of the Alison Richard Building, the exhibition will have on display some of the highlights of its collections, most of which are being shown publicly for the first time. These images illustrate the diversity of anti-colonial struggles and independence movements, as well as depicting British rule in the twilight of empire.

The People of India: Anthropology and Visual Culture, 1800-1947
1 August to 27 August 2017
Cambridge University Library, Entrance Hall
Explore the different visual representations of Indian people produced over the last two-hundred years, from the British Raj to Independence. This display features engravings, lithographs and photographs, following how anthropology was used by both colonial officials and Indians alike.

India Unboxed: Bronze Arts Award in a week! 
15 to 18 August 2017, 10.15 am - 3 pm; 11 - 14 years; Price £85 (4 day course)
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Explore arts from India in this creative four-day course. Take a tour of our Indian paintings exhibition, go behind the scenes with object handling opportunities, create your own artwork inspired by Indian patterns, and also write art reviews.
Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Stories on Indian Scrolls
23 August 2017, 10.30-12pm
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Find the scroll in the Another India exhibition, then add to the Museum's ever-growing storytelling scroll with your own incredible characters and adventures.
For children of all ages. Free. Drop in.

Family Film Screening: The Jungle Book (1967)
8 September 2017, 19:00-21:00, The Fitzwilliam Museum
Forget the back-to-school blues and enjoy an evening of classic cinema with the family. The Fitzwilliam Museum has joined forces with pop-up cinema company The Star and Mouse Picture Show to bring you Disney's classic animated version of The Jungle Book on the big screen. So bring a blanket, pack some snacks and join us on the Museum's lawn for some old-school entertainment. For all ages. Free. Prebook here. Booking opens at 11am on 14 August 2017.

Indian Spice Mixing
9 September 2017, 10am - 1pm, Price £40
Learn about the spices and herbs commonly used in Indian cuisine. Inder Bull of Inder’s Kitchen will introduce two dry spice blends which you will learn how to grind in a pestle and mortar and take home to try. She will then demonstrate how to use fresh herbs to make two simple chutneys that can easily be made at home in a blender. During the morning Flis Plent, our Head of Education will also introduce the plants that produce all these wonderful flavours and give you tips on how to grow some of them yourself at home.

 

Past Events

Journey to the End of the World
15 August 2017, 1pm - 4pm
The Museum of Classical Archaeology
Become a Roman merchant for the afternoon and set sail for India in search of treasures to bring back to ancient Rome. There'll be crafts and activities to enjoy along the way.
For children of all ages. Free. Drop-in.

Indian coins handling session
16 August 2017, 2 pm - 3 pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Inspired by the Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar exhibition.
Booking essential.To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Indian Animals
16 August 2017, 10.30-12pm
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Explore the textures, colours and patterns on display in the Another India exhibition. Then, use your ideas and inspiration from the Museum of Zoology handling collection to create a colourful animal to take away.
For children ages 6+. Free. Drop in.

Indian coins handling sessions
2 August 2017, 12 pm - 2 pm; 8 years +
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Join curators and staff from the Fitzwilliam Museum at his special pre-booked event for an exploratory handling session with a selection of beautiful coins from India as part of Family Art Week at the Fitzwilliam.                                                                                                                                                                           Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Discover in a day
4 August 2017, 10 am - 4 pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Pick up your Discover Arts Award challenge at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Hunt around the Museum and gather inspiration from the India Unboxed displays across Cambridge and try out different activities as part of Family Art Week. Hand in your completed booklet to achieve the Discover Arts Award in a day!

Indian Animals
9 August 2017, 10.30-12pm
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Explore the textures, colours and patterns on display in the Another India exhibition. Then, use your ideas and inspiration from the Museum of Zoology handling collection to create a colourful animal to take away.
For children ages 6+. Free. Drop in.

India Unboxed Family Festival
29 July 2017, 10:30–16:00, FREE, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge
Join the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) for a FREE day-long family festival both inside and outside the Museum this summer. Inspired by their latest exhibition, Another India, get hands-on with workshops, contribute to a large-scale art installation, explore the Museum trail and enjoy music and performances throughout the day. 

Garden History Session : Himalayan Plant Hunters 
17 July 2017, 10 am - 1 pm; Price £35
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Discover the stories of three great Himalayan Plant Hunters; John Forbes Royle (1798-1858), Joseph Hooker (1817-1911) and Frank Kingdon-Ward (1885-1958) in this session led by Christine Bartram of the University of Cambridge’s Herbarium. The morning will include a brief tour of the Garden’s glasshouse range to see some of the plants we are able to grow as a result of Plant Hunter discoveries. This will be followed with a visit to the Herbarium, housed in the Sainsbury Laboratory, to see displays of some of the actual preserved plants collected by them. You will also have a chance to see beautifully illustrated contemporary publications from both the Herbarium Library and the Cory Library.

MUSE
21 July 2017, 10.15 am - 12 pm; Price £10
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Explore the world of Indian miniatures and create your own Indian inspired painting in gouache.
Booking essential.To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Elephants and emperors: Elephants in Indian painting and culture
12 July 2017, 1.15 pm - 2 pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Talk with Marcus Fraser, Honorary Keeper of Islamic Manuscripts and Miniatures.
Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

Aazadi: Freedom
30 June 2017, 8pm, Price £10 Advance
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge
Drawing widely on her multiple heritages by extending and subverting traditional forms, Samia Malik’s ‘uncompromising’ yet ‘hauntingly beautiful’ work explores contemporary issues around identity, gender and race through powerful Urdu and English songs and visual art. A compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art, ask challenging and important questions about our common humanity and have enthralled audiences from the UK to India.

Family First Saturdays: Indian Miniatures 
1 July 2017, 2 pm - 4 pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of Indian miniatures.

Tours for blind and partially-sighted adults: Coins from India - Ancient to Present 
4 July 2017, 2.30 pm - 4.15 pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Join curators and staff from the Fitzwilliam Museum for an exploratory handling session with a selection of beautiful coins from India, and an introductory talk in the exhibition itself. Meet at the Courtyard Entrance. Tea and coffee break provided. Guide dogs and companions are welcome to all sessions.
Booking essential. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Silver, gold and copper for India's money: Ancient to Present
5 July 2017, 1.15 pm - 2 pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Talk with Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals.
Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

ReSource: ArtEast  
8 July 2017, 11 am - 1 pm; 13 - 18 years; Price £5
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Explore our special exhibition of Indian miniature paintings with artist Caroline Wendling, and make your own set of miniature paintings.
Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

MAKE! Indian animals in art
8 July 2017, 2 pm - 4 pm; 11 - 13 years; Price £5
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Explore our exhibition of Indian miniature paintings with elephants, tigers and horses, with artist Caroline Wendling, and create your own set of small paintings.
In partnership with Brookes Cambridge.
Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Children's Workshop: Animals of India 
17 June 2017, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm; Price £8 per child
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Search for animals in our Indian Miniatures show and sculpt your own India-inspired animal.
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the workshop.
Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk, unless otherwise stated. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Orchids 2017: Another India
12 February - 12 March 2017
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
An exploration of India's natural heritage. This year the Botanic Garden Glasshouse range will be transformed into a technicoloured tapestry of vibrant displays to celebrate the plants and culture of South Asia. Cultural art and artefacts will be set among plants from the tips of the Himalayas to the tropical wetlands and dry deserts of India.

 

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