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March at Holburne Museum

The Holburne introduces some new and exciting exhibitions this spring. The Holburne is the perfect destination for friends and family in 2023.


Alberta Whittle: Dipping below a waxing moon, the dance claims us for release

now – May 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Your General Entry ticket includes entry to all exhibitions and the collection


Fresh from representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale, Alberta Whittle (b.1980) will present a suite of newly commissioned sculptures across the Holburne Museum’s site and grounds, as well as a series of new text-based works on across Bath.

The exhibition, Whittle’s first in a public museum, will continue themes known in her practice including post-colonial healing, pleasure, and hospitality, each manifested through her prism of love, compassion, and kindness. Previous projects have looked to explore more recent historical events including the Windrush Scandal, and the challenges faced by healthcare workers during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. This, however, will be Whittle’s first commission to directly address 18th-century histories.

Illustrating the World: Woodcuts in the Age of Dürer
now – Apr 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm

This is a rare opportunity to view the complete set of woodcuts known as The Great Passion, produced by the most famed artist of the German Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). During the 15th-century the woodcut technique became highly practiced throughout Europe, mainly in the form of cheap and mass-produced decorative or devotional images, made in monastic workshops or by independent craftsmen, including playing-cards makers.

With  the spread of the movable-type press in the second half of the 15th-century, woodcuts became the preferred means of illustrating books. The vast variety of texts being printed required artists to create brand new iconographies. The publication of the lavishly illustrated Nuremberg Chronicle in 1493 set a new standard for illustrated books both for its quality and production process. Publishers started hiring renowned artists to devise iconographic programs. Young Dürer was an apprentice at the Nuremberg workshop while this masterpiece was being produced, possibly contributing to it.

Just three years later, Dürer started working on his Great Passion cycle. He was the first artist in history to devise, create and publish an illustrated book, pushing the limits of a quintessentially linear art to create vividly animated scenes. With its rise in status, the woodcut was soon recognized as a powerful tool to reach a wide public, and evolved into a medium used for civic promotion, political and religious propaganda, and the sharing of ideas and information.

King Henry VIII (detail) by Hans Holbein the Younger (c.1497–1543) Victoria Art Gallery, Bath & North East Somerset Council


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Making a Museum: Crafting a New V&A for East London - Dr Gus Casely-Hayford  

7pm 2 March £15

Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of V&A East, will talk about one of the world’s most significant new museum projects, comprising of two sister sites currently under construction in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. As a platform for new kinds of creative excellence, V&A East will strive to shift the canon and celebrate work that truly demonstrates the dynamism and complexity of global creativity, highlighting under-represented movements and voices by presenting a diverse range of perspectives to advance cultural conversations.  More than just a museum or collections store, it will be a creative campus and social space embedded within its local community, focusing on equipping young people with the interest, knowledge, and skills they need to flourish creatively.    

Dürer and the Power of the Printed Image
Eleanor Hutchinson  

1pm Thursday 16 March £7

Widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer was an artist of prodigious skill and ingenuity. As one of the leading printmakers during a time of great change, his images had an enduring influence on both artistic and religious thought. Join assistant curator Eleanor Hutchison for a talk that explores this period of dramatic social, political and religious upheaval in which Dürer carved his artistic legacy.   


Holburne Gardeners’ Questions 

6.30pm 23 March £10, including a glass of wine   

A rare opportunity to have your gardening issues solved - ask our panel of experts: Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, Derry Watkins and Anton Young. 

The Holburne welcomes gardeners to a special occasion: Gardeners’ Question Time. This will be a rare opportunity to pick the brains of our panel of three very experienced gardeners including accomplished garden designer and garden writer, and Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall; Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery; and Antony Young, an experienced gardener and designer.  The combined knowledge of our experts should be sufficient to give worthwhile advice on almost every horticultural question imaginable. It promises to be a highly informative and enjoyable evening and a glass of wine is included.  


An Englightened Heart
7.30pm 30 March £20

Doors open at 6:30pm, refreshments available in the Garden Café, concert starts at 7:30pm  

Galliarda’s An Enlightened Heart project highlights the music and performing traditions of women in the eighteenth-century. With the inclusion of new pieces for early instruments commissioned by group members from young female composers (Jenni Pinnock and Rebecca Rowe) connect with the developing tradition of female composers today. We aim to raise awareness of the music, and the difficult position women had as independent composers, multi-instrumentalists and singers in the age of the enlightenment. The quartet features the young recorder player Kate Allsop who recently completed her graduate studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire gaining a first and winning the course prize. Kate is joined by the seasoned performers Sara Stowe (harpsichordist and singer), Ibi Azziz (viol) and Matthew Spring (lutes and viols).   


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