Cultural Visit

The Watercolour exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum has entered its final month. On display are paintings by Cezanne, Turner, Constable and others, complemented by an exhibition of John Ruskin’s collection of Turner watercolours.

The Fitzwilliam has one of the finest collections of watercolours in the country, but they are rarely shown because they are so delicate. Watercolour is a rapid medium, not far removed from sketches and drawings (which are in fact often done in combination with watercolour washes).

It is only a short hop from the school to the Fitzwilliam – you could walk it in fifteen minutes if you are brisk. Slightly further afield is another important gallery in the region, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Norwich is an hour by train from Cambridge, and the UAE campus is another twenty minutes by bus from the station.

But one of our students, Hiroyaki, made the trip last weekend, as part of the programme of cultural visits which his company, Toshiba, are enlightened enough to insist on. Hiro said that it is not only the permanent collection of the Sainsbury Centre which is impressive (housing as it does pieces by artists as noteworthy as Picasso, Modigliani, Francis Bacon, Giacometti, Degas and Henry Moore, as well as an extensive collection of World art spanning 5,000 years of human history); he was also particularly taken with the architecture of the building itself, an early design by Sir Norman Foster.

Next weekend, Hiro will be visiting Liverpool (which hosts one of the four Tate Galleries in England).