Celebrate the wonder of words, alongside poets, singers, artists and authors and delight in an after-hours night of exploration and entertainment at RAMM Lates.
Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker will be bringing poems and stories from his 5-star sold out Edinburgh Fringe show to RAMM, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. He’s got 99 problems but maths ain’t one.
Join the current Bard of Exeter Tim King and a select group of local writers for a special edition of ‘Taking the Mic’ – Exeter’s longest-running regular spoken word open mic. More importantly, you are warmly encouraged to join in. If you would like to share a poem, some prose or any other words you have written yourself all you need to do is sign up with Tim on the night.
Enjoy beautiful and engaging harmonies from Indie Folk band Tors as well as pop-up musical encounters from RAMM’s very own choir and the wonderful acapella group Voicemale. As ever our resident DJ will be playing – Doctor John’s Japanese Listening Bar; an audio mash-up of Ambient Baroque, West-African Highlife and South Asian Gamelan.
Have you been watching BBC Strictly this season? Why not have a go yourself at learning some moves with the Exeter University Ballroom and Latin society; who will be performing some of the nation’s favourite Ballroom and Latin dances.
Dartmoor-based photographer Susan Derges’ will be talking with our Contemporary Art Curator, Lara Goodband, about her recent rock pool series which features in our new Sea Garden Exhibition and Bryony Gillard will be discussing her work ‘Unctuous between fingers’, commissioned by RAMM, which explores our seaweed collection and its connections with contemporary ideas and conversations.
Come and join a fast-but-relaxed writing class designed for budding, established and novice writers and for people who don’t consider themselves writers at all. Prize-winning author Virginia Baily will guide you through a dynamic series of exercises using RAMM art and artefacts as inspiration. These will be introduced by Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works, sponsor of the workshops and programmer of Quay Words*
If drawing is more your thing, join artist Lucy Runge for a relaxing and fun drawing session. Lucy will guide participants through a series of drawing exercises, with tips and techniques to free you up and immerse yourself in the act of drawing for pleasure. (Up to 15 people in each session for these courses. Sign up on arrival with RAMM Staff. All the materials you need for the session will be provided.)
Alongside our fantastic programme, local illustrators will be joining the night as part of the Association of Illustrators’ meet-up. They’ll be looking at how words fire creativity, and using the museum and its Lost Words Exhibition as inspiration for their work.
Exeter Library will be providing you with the unique chance to get up close and personal with some of Devon’s oldest and rarest books from their special collection. These books are normally available to view by appointment only! You’ll also have the chance to test your literary skills with Crediton Community Bookshop and Arvon Foundation’s word game.
Professor Andrew Mcrae from the University of Exeter will be talking about the Places in Poetry project and Dr Kevin Dixon will be discussing Torquay’s ‘Writers on the Riviera’ trail.
If you’re feeling creative on the evening, join artist Rachael Allain and see how she creates beautifully detailed images of local seaweeds using the historic camera-less contact process called cyanotype. Create your own blueprint artwork out of tiny off cuts from her prints to take home with you.
Gerald, our famous giraffe, will be celebrating 100 years since he arrived at RAMM this December. To help us celebrate, make your very own Gerald Christmas Tree decoration to take home.
And finally why not try a little seaweed? Keep your eyes out for our Sushi server during the evening. Shimizu Sushi, based on Well Street in Exeter, will be providing some tasty treats. Tony Coulson from Ebbtides will be offering the chance to try seaweed tasters and seasonal treats and hear about how they harvest local seaweeds around the coast of Devon from local tides.
Don’t forget you can also sit back and relax with friends over a drink or a bite to eat.
Start your weekend in style.
Over 18s only.