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Colchester & Ipswich: New Exhibitions Unveiled

2012 is a very exciting year for exhibitions at Colchester and Ipswich Museums, here is just a small taste of what is to come!

The first new exhibition of the year is Starting from Scratch opening at Colchester Castle on 18th February (until 29th April). This thought provoking exhibition shows artworks by Brian Graham an intuitive artist. The resulting effect is atmospheric and evocative, which is the artists’ homage to the courage and determination of our earliest ancestors and to the landscape of the British Isles.

Colchester Castle is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Then opening on 24th March (until 30th September) you can see The Return of Saatchi at Ipswich Art School. This six month exhibition, from the world renowned Saatchi Collection, gives visitors unique access to pieces of work from international artists with a connection to East Anglia.

Ipswich Art School is open Tuesday until Sunday from 10am to 5pm and admission is free.
The blockbuster exhibition this year will be at Colchester Castle and it is definitely one that you won’t want to miss! This international world class exhibition Treasures of China opens on 30th June (until 7th January 2013)

This exciting exhibition will showcase seventy of the treasures in Nanjing Museum, the second largest museum in China. It will explore the rise of Imperial China from the earliest Stone Age tombs to the time of the last Emperor and take us on a journey across 8000 years of Chinese history.

Stunning objects include a 2000 year old, life size jade suit from the tombs of the Han Dynasty rulers, an exquisite gold cicada sitting on a jade leaf worn by a Ming Princess nearly 600 years ago and the luxury items and ornaments that adorned the palace of the last of the Imperial families as the tumult of the twentieth century changed China for ever.

Alongside this rich history will be a celebration of Chinese crafts and the enduring appeal of animals in Chinese culture. A delicate jade mouse will join an 8000 year old pottery pig and three wise monkeys immortalised on a lacquer plate amongst a host of other creatures who will delight and fascinate family audiences.

Colchester Castle is open Monday until Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
To keep up to date with all the changing exhibitions and the Museum’s year round programme of adults and family events please visit www.cimuseums.org.uk. Why not sign up to the monthly newsletter? You’ll be amazed at what you can discover over seven amazing sites!

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