Art and politics in South Africa

Art and politics in South Africa

Friday 2 December 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5,Members/concessions £3

In recent years South African art has exploded to the forefront of contemporary art in Africa, as well as across the globe.This discussion investigates the rise of the artist as a political power in South Africa from the 20th century to the present, with reference to resistance art produced during the apartheid era, the ‘transformation’ of the nation into a democratic nation, and the work of contemporary artists today who are making sense of their past in ways that are shaping the nation’s cultural and political future. Chaired by Exhibition Curator Chris Spring, the panel includes Tamar Garb, UCL, Polly Savage, SOAS, and writer and performance artist Leeto Thale, as well as artists Candice Breitz and Gavin Jantjes with video links to Professor Raimi Gbadamosi and other artists in South Africa.Presented in collaboration with the British Academy. 


Chinese New Year: a musical celebration

Chinese New Year: a musical celebration

Friday 3 February 2017, 18.30
Room 2
free, booking required

In a special performance marking Chinese New Year 2017(the Year of the Rooster), students from the Department of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong present a repertoire of traditional music from across China, including Full Moon and Blooming Flower, In Celebration of Good Times and Rise Step by Step, as well as many other regional classics, played on traditional Chinese instruments. 


Group Booking

Group Booking

Every day
Enter through King Edward entrance on Montague Place
Free, booking essential

Due to the significant increase in tour group visitors and to make the visitor experience pleasant for all visitors, it has become necessary for all tour groups to book their visit to the museum at least seven days in advance.

If bookings are not made in advance, groups may be denied immediate entry to the museum.

All tour groups must enter the museum using the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This entrance provides space for group visits and dedicated coach parking.

Please be advised that if you wish to avoid the busiest times for tour group visits, you should not book for the 10:00, 14:00, or 15:00 time slots.

During the booking process please specify the number in your group and also if the majority of your visit will involve any one area of the Museum's collection. If you will be visiting many areas of the Museum but not one specific area in depth please put your group number in the 'General admission' category during the booking process.

If the people in your group are aged under 18, please use this ticket category regardless of area visited. If you are a UK school and are looking to make use of the Ford Centre for Young Visitors or book any of our workshops/galleries please do not book in via this link but visit the 'Learning' section of the website for further booking information

If any of your group have specific access needs please see the 'Visiting' section of the Museum's website for more information on all facilities available. This is also where you will find details of our full Visitor Regulations. 


Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11.30 and 14.00 Tours meet at the Information Desk £12 per person

Explore the British Museum’s most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute guided tour. Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the Museum’s collection.

This tour is designed for an adult audience and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a considerable amount of walking.  


Maggi Hambling in conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal

Maggi Hambling in conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal

Wednesday 7 December 2016,13.15
Room 90
Free, booking required

In this special gallery talk artist Maggi Hambling talks to curator Sir Norman Rosenthal. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - John Julius Norwich: Four princes that ruled the civilised world

Members' Exclusive Lecture - John Julius Norwich: Four princes that ruled the civilised world

Monday 13 February 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink
John Julius Norwich's latest book discusses Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. All were born within ten years of each other – in the final decade of the 15th century – and for the next 50 years or so the four of them held the civilised world in their hands. John Julius looks at each in turn, and discusses how they interacted with each other – not always in the ways one might have expected. Includes a complimentary drink.
 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The American Dream; pop to the present

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The American Dream; pop to the present

Monday 27 February 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink
The American Dream: pop to the present will be the first major exploration of American printmaking from the 1960s to the present to be staged in the UK.
The exhibition features work by some of the greatest artists of the period, including Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, which demonstrate the vital, creative importance and expansion of printmaking over six decades. In this exclusive lecture Exhibition Curator Stephen Coppel, British Museum, will explore the changing face of American art with varied movements such as pop, minimalism and photorealism, as well the different ways that prints have addressed issues of race, gender and power. Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Americas in a new age of discovery

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Americas in a new age of discovery

Monday 23 January 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Jago Cooper, Head of the Americas at the British Museum, reveals some of his latest discoveries made during fieldwork on Isla de Mona in the Caribbean.

Exploring a series of cave systems on this currently uninhabited island, Jago has revealed exciting evidence of previous human occupation and new insights into the first encounters between Europeans and the indigenous Taino population.

In this lecture, Jago will reflect upon the role that ‘discovery’ has played in the history of the Museum, and what role it should look to play in its future. Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The world beneath our feet

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The world beneath our feet

Monday 16 January 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Learn about research at the British Museum through a closer look at three archaeological projects.

Curator Nick Ashton will talk about the excavations at Happisburgh in Norfolk that have revealed the oldest evidence for humans in northern Europe.

Curator Julie Anderson will take you to Sudan and the late Kushite site of Dangeil where excavations have revealed a previously unknown temple of the first century AD.

Finally, Conservator Pippa Pearce will illuminate the little-known world of micro-excavations of treasure hoards. Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Memories of Mandela

Memories of Mandela

Friday 13 January 2017, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5,Members/concessions £3

Staged in the auditorium officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 2000, this discussion celebrates and explores the life, character and enduring legacy of the South African leader on his nation and the world. A panel of speakers whose lives and careers were influenced by the leader includes John Battersby, co-author of Mandela: A Life in Photographs (2011) and author of the Afterword in Mandela: the Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson (2011), Pumela Salela, Brand South Africa, and John Carlin, journalist and author of Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation (2008, adapted into the film Invictus).
Presented in collaboration with South African High Commission. 


Morning view of South Africa: the art of a nation exhibition with breakfast and curator talk

Morning view of South Africa: the art of a nation exhibition with breakfast and curator talk

Saturday 21 January 2017, 8.45am
British Museum
£20.00 (Times+ members only)

Join us for a morning view of the special exhibition South Africa: the art of a nation on Saturday 21 January. Discover the history of South Africa through 100,000 years of art in the British Museum’s special exhibition. From incredible examples of early rock art and ancient treasures to powerful contemporary works, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the diverse art created by the many people who have helped shape South Africa’s story.

Times+ members will enjoy an exclusive breakfast in the Great Court Restaurant with an introduction from the curator and the opportunity to enter the exhibition before it opens to the public.

The exhibition is sponsored by Betsy and Jack Ryan and the logistics partner is IAG Cargo. 


Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z list dead list

Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z list dead list

Thursday 09 February 2017, 19:30-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

After the side splitting success of the summer events we welcome back Iszi Lawrence and her unusual take on celebrating the past.

Take an irreverent and amusing look at the not-so- famous people who have been unfairly consigned to the dustbin of history. Comedian Iszi Lawrence (creator and host of The Z List Dead List podcast and show) is joined by four (currently) notable people who will highlight their unsung historical heroes.

You can’t pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes – the weird and wonderful characters that are a mere footnote in the annals of history? Hoping to snatch them from the jaws of obscurity, four advocates of these overlooked overachievers will plead their case to the assembled public (that’s you). At the end of the show, you’ll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, it’s a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (That’s dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell won’t be there. And there probably won’t be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, it’s nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).
£19 for Members and their guests. Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

Important information Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including a 30 -minute interval. Ticket holders may arrive from 18.45 through the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Ticket holders who are in the Museum at closing time (17.30) must leave and re-enter at 19.00. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 19.00 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first- served basis. The show begins at 19.30 and latecomers will not be permitted entry. A bar will be available in the Clore Centre for Education Foyer before the event and during the interval serving drinks and a selection of light snacks. Please note that only bottled water is permitted in the BP Lecture Theatre. If you wish to make any access arrangements, please contact the Membership Office before booking on friends@britishmuseum.org or 020 7323 8195. In the unlikely event performers change due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no refunds. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-refundable. 


The Crick Crack Club presents Where the Bear Sleeps - The Kalevala

The Crick Crack Club presents Where the Bear Sleeps - The Kalevala

Sunday 11 December 2016, 15.00-17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

In 2000 Nick Hennessey entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, to the Finns, in English – and won.

Join him in a performance that journeys into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far north, where the river of the underworld flows dark and fast, and the summer sun shines just a little too bright. In this world created from shards of eggshell, the sun and moon are fought over, magic is done and undone, and life is shot through with bizarre ordeals, misguided passions, magical battles and transformations. Expect a remarkable performance of elemental epic.

Suitable for ages 15+

‘Spellbinding’ SouthBank, London
‘Compelling’ The Times
‘He brings that rare combination of artistic adventure and absolute accessibility magical’ London Literature Festival
‘Captivating, powerful, perfect' The Oxford Culture Review

Nick Hennessey is a singer, songwriter and performance storyteller. He is a dynamic and passionate performer whose love for the traditional culture of northern Europe forges together the note, the song and the spoken word into a unique, engaging style. An international performer, he has worked extensively at folk, storytelling and literature festivals across the UK and toured to Estonia, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and Japan. In London Nick has performed at Southbank Centre, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall and at the Soho Theatre. Nick was commissioned in 2007 by the Plymouth Theatre Royal to write The Crossroads, a short play based on the ballad Tam Lin for the celebrated Playhouse Festival. The play has subsequently been performed at Plymouth Theatre Royal and London’s Polka Theatre. In 2000 Nick won the Finnish World Championship in epic-singing, performing the Kalevala in English for Finnish audiences. In 2009 he presented a programme on BBC Radio 4 on the relationship between Kalevala and Finnish national identity. A distinctive singer and harpist, Nick has published three solo albums, the most recent of which, A Rare Hunger, released on Harbourtown Records, received critical acclaim on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and numerous stations in the USA. Find out more at nickhennessey.co.uk 


Ubuntu: sharing South Africa

Ubuntu: sharing South Africa

Friday 20 January 2017,18.00
Clore Centre for Education
Free, booking required

‘Ubuntu’ is a phrase widely used in southern Africa, meaning the ‘universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity’.Come and celebrate the enduring soul of South Africa, and the shared connections its history inspires, through an evening of music, performance and workshops. Grab a drink at the bar, enjoy themed food, and discover more about contemporary South African culture.In collaboration with the South African High Commission.