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CHARACTERS AND COLLECTIONS EXHIBITION

Date: 1 July 2015 – 25 January 2016. | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

“A Petrie dig is a thing with a flavour of its own: tinned kidneys mingled with mummy-corpses and amulets in the soup…” T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) in 1912.

Meet the characters whose lives became caught up in the discovery, care and rediscovery of the collections in the Petrie Museum on its one-hundredth anniversary. Characters and Collections tells the story of famous archaeologists as well as those hardly known who helped excavate the objects in Egypt and then lovingly looked after them in London. Petrie influenced generations of archaeologists, such as Howard Carter:

“Petrie’s training transformed me, I believe, into something of the nature of an investigator, [teaching me] to dig and examine systematically” (Howard Carter 1892)

Personal stories are displayed with pertinent, and often surprising, objects to bring the formation of this world-class museum to life.

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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RODERICK TYE: THE HUMAN PRESENCE

Date: Monday 28 September - Friday 18 December 2015 | Time: Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: Parental guidance advised |

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence, is an exhibition featuring the work of Roderick Tye (1959-2009), celebrated sculptor and dedicated fisherman. Curated by former colleagues at the Slade School of Fine Art in collaboration with UCL Art Museum, UCL Pathology Collections and UCL Anatomy Department, the display will present Tye's figurative sculptures and drawings.

For more information please go to Roderick Tye: The Human Presence

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk


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GLASS DELUSIONS

Date: 1st October to 19th December | Time: 1pm to 5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica.

Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection of glass sponges, Eleanor has been exploring glass as a material, its cultural significance and how living and inorganic glass interact. Glass Delusions is an exhibition of her new work inspired by the Museum’s collection, the conversations she has had with biologists, chemists, geologists and engineers along the way, and the challenge of re-animating a museum of dead creatures.

The exhibition is free and there is no need to book

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk


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REVOLUTION UNDER A KING: FRENCH PRINTS 1789-92

Date: 11 January - 10 June 2016 | Time: Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL |

UCL Art Museum is pleased to announce the launch of Revolution under a King, an exhibition featuring prints from the early, highly volatile years of the French Revolution, when Louis XVI was still on the throne. The French Revolution marked a watershed in the political role of modern media. The exhibition focuses on an often-overlooked period following the Fall of the Bastille in which the king of France still nominally presided over the dissolution of the old feudal order. A collection of vividly coloured prints capture responses, to astonishing events that turned a society upside down, leaving very few people in Europe untouched. The prints produced in this period, using text and image, had a direct effect on the changing sentiments towards the Revolution as it took place, simplifying political issues of extraordinary complexity.

Curated by Emeritus Professor David Bindman and Dr Richard Taws, in a collaboration between UCL Art Museum and UCL History of Art, the exhibition is also accompanied by a series of talks and events that aim to place this period back into our understanding of the French Revolution.

For more information please go to Revolution under a King: French Prints 1789-92

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk


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REVOLUTION UNDER A KING: FRENCH PRINTS 1789-92

Date: 11 January - 10 June 2016 | Time: Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL |

UCL Art Museum is pleased to announce the launch of Revolution under a King, an exhibition featuring prints from the early, highly volatile years of the French Revolution, when Louis XVI was still on the throne. The French Revolution marked a watershed in the political role of modern media. The exhibition focuses on an often-overlooked period following the Fall of the Bastille in which the king of France still nominally presided over the dissolution of the old feudal order. A collection of vividly coloured prints capture responses, to astonishing events that turned a society upside down, leaving very few people in Europe untouched. The prints produced in this period, using text and image, had a direct effect on the changing sentiments towards the Revolution as it took place, simplifying political issues of extraordinary complexity.

Curated by Emeritus Professor David Bindman and Dr Richard Taws, in a collaboration between UCL Art Museum and UCL History of Art, the exhibition is also accompanied by a series of talks and events that aim to place this period back into our understanding of the French Revolution.

For more information please go to Revolution under a King: French Prints 1789-92

02076792540 | college.art@ucl.ac.uk


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SKULLPTURE AT THE GRANT MUSEUM

Date: Monday to Saturday, 26th May to 6th August | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

Sculpture students from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL have been invited to create works in response to the Museum’s collections, science and history. The brief is wide – they may place works among the Museum’s own objects, take over entire cabinets, or use other voids and spaces. Alongside the Museum’s historic skeletons, skulls and specimens preserved in jars, the new works will engage with animal/human encounters and transform the historic zoological museum.
Read more about it on the blog: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2016/05/26/skullpture-at-the-grant-museum-opens-today/

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk


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AKHENATEN: HERETIC, VISIONARY AND ICON

Date: 23 February – 30 June 2016 | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

A display highlighting the magnificent objects in the Petrie Museum’s collection from Amarna that also explores the ambiguous and contentious figure of Akhenaten. Considered by some as ‘deviant’, by others as a hero, can we ever know who Akhenaten really was or can we only creatively imagine him in opera, art and fiction?

A themed trail to Amarna material on display in the museum collection is available.

Displayed in conjunction with Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at the English National Opera (4-18 March 2016).

020 7679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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NATURAL CREATIVITY: SEX AND TRICKERY

Date: Wednesday 19 October to Friday 23 December (Museum opening hours) | Time: 1-5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

Why is the natural world so colourful and varied? This exhibition of drawings by Clara Lacy looks at the myriad of shapes, sizes and behavioural tactics some animals have evolved in order to survive, reproduce and pass on their genes.

It is commonly assumed that animals are born either male or female then reproduce as adults, but things can get much more interesting. Some species change sex over their lifetime, become a grandmother before giving birth, or trick others into thinking they belong to the opposite sex.

Clara Lacy is the Artist in Residence in the Mank Lab at University College London’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment. Working closely with the scientists based there, Lacy’s illustrations bring to life their research into the amazing variety of sexual and genetic survival strategies in the animal kingdom.

020 3108 2052 | d.veall@ucl.ac.uk


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ONE POT PER DAY EXHIBITION

Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Monday 30 January 2017 | Time: Tuesday - Saturday 1-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL |

“Every day, for 365 days, from January 1st to December 31st 2015, I produced one soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques. The project came out of the desire to find a manageable way of sustaining a commitment to my creative output during a period when extensive time in the studio was not going to be possible. The vessel-like shape emerged naturally out of freeform experiments in spiral and tubular forms. The notion of a ‘pot’ allowed for sufficient variety and flexibility in the making to keep my attention for twelve months, while still functioning as a coherent collection or family of objects.” Artist Kate Keara Pelen.

Join us to view Kate's work, One Pot Per Day, in-situ in our pottery gallery in the Petrie Museum from 29 November to 30 January.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk


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ARTEFACTS OF EXCAVATION EXHIBITION

Date: Tuesday 31 January - Saturday 29 April 2017 | Time: Tues-Sat, 1-5pm | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: FREE | Age group: ALL |

Artefacts of Excavation charts the politics of distribution of British Excavations from Egypt between the 1880 and the 1980s.

0207 679 4138 | events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk