Leonardo Da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection 30 July – 9 October 2016 Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see drawings by one of the world’s greatest artists, when they visit Nottingham Castle this summer, and enjoy a large selection of additional talks, lectures, performances and workshops whilst you are here. Why not take advantage of the new Nottingham Castle £7 annual visitor pass and see the exhibition as many times as you like, or take part in one of the following activities?


Gallery Tours

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply.

Gallery Tours with exhibition curator Martin Clayton

Saturday 30 July 2016, 11am, 1pm and 3pm Join Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, on an intimate 20-minute tour of the Leonardo drawings . Hear all about the fascinating life of the artist and why these drawings were selected for the exhibition. Book Here – 11am1pm3pm

Studies of an infant’s limbs, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Foreign Language Tours

Wednesdays (details and times will be regularly updated below). Art History students from the University of Nottingham will lead intimate tours of the exhibition in languages that will include Italian, Mandarin and Polish.

Polish Exhibition Tour | Polskie Tours 12pm, Wednesday 23 August, 2016

Artist and Lecturer Ewa Szypula will lead a foreign language tour in Polish.  No booking necessary, just turn up.  Meet on the ‘bridge’ area for a short walk-through the exhibition.

Italian Exhibition Tour| Italiano Tours 1pm, Wednesday 31 August, 2016

Ortenzia Di Domenico will lead a foreign language tour in Italian. No booking necessary, just turn up.  Meet on the ‘bridge’ area for a short walk-through the exhibition.

Italian Exhibition Tour| Italiano Tours 12pm, Wednesday 7 September, 2016

Marta Gallina will lead a foreign language tour in Italian. No booking necessary, just turn up.  Meet on the ‘bridge’ area for a short walk-through the exhibition.

Italian Exhibition Tour| Italiano Tours 12pm, Wednesday 14 September, 2016

Rosa Piazza will lead a foreign language tour in Italian. No booking necessary, just turn up.  Meet on the ‘bridge’ area for a short walk-through the exhibition.

Polish Exhibition Tour | Polskie Tours 12pm, Wednesday 21 September, 2016

Artist and Lecturer Ewa Szypula will lead a foreign language tour in Polish.  No booking necessary, just turn up.  Meet on the ‘bridge’ area for a short walk-through the exhibition.


Talks and Lectures

Places are strictly limited and booking is essential.  All talks are free, but normal entry charges apply.

Lute music at the time of Leonardo da Vinci by Stewart McCoy

Saturday 6 August, 2-3pm Amongst his many skills, Leonardo was also an accomplished – but not widely known – lutenist. In this talk and musical presentation, musicologist and professional lutenist Stewart McCoy will examine the sheet music that has survived from the Renaissance period, printed by Ottaviano Petrucci in 1507 and 1508. Book Here


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Leonardo in context: patrons and artists in Renaissance Italy by Gabriele Neher

Saturday 20 August, 2-3pm In order to understand more about why Leonardo has been celebrated for centuries as one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, he has to be considered within the context of his contemporaries. Dr Neher will provide an introduction to Renaissance Florence under Cosimo de’ Medici, where Leonardo first emerged as an artist, and then move on to discuss Leonardo’s work at the court of Ludovico il Moro Sforza at Milan, who commissioned the ‘Last Supper’. Dr Gabriele Neher is an Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Nottingham. Book Here

Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a man, c.1504-5, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a
man, c.1504-5, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015


 

The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle by BRICK (aka John Stuart Clark)

Saturday 3 September, 2-3pm Join cartoonist BRICK for an illustrated, factual and humorous talk as he discusses a hidden drawing discovered during the restoration of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus that revealed he ‘invented’ the bicycle! What is the truth behind this discovery; is it a hoax, a fraud or for real, and how does this controversy fit with Leonardo’s passion for horses? BRICK is the writer/cartoonist behind Depresso, To End All Wars and The Curious Case of Leonardo’s Bicycle, and is Hon. Assoc. Prof. of Comics at the University of Nottingham. Book Here

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The Curious Case of Leonardo’s © BRICK


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Leonardo and the Art of Invention by Dr Matthew Landrus

Saturday 10 September, 2-3pm Discussing Leonardo’s career as artist-engineer and the discoveries he made in his ‘book on useful inventions’, this illuminating talk will focus on mechanics and ingenuity. Dr Landrus will also examine a number of Leonardo’s approaches in the exhibition, including the impressive use of the metal stylus and other media that will encourage visitors to look more closely at the works on display. Dr Matthew Landrus is Research Fellow at Wolfson College & Faculty of History, University of Oxford. Book Here


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Leonardo and the Animated Universe by Prof Martin Kemp

Saturday 17 September, 2-3pm The exhibition highlights Leonardo’s remarkable vision of motion in continuous space and of the operation of dynamic force in Nature.  This lecture will highlight the way that Leonardo moved away from static modes of representation, using a wide variety of new visual techniques across the whole of his activities in art, science and technology. It will include actual animations of Leonardo’s drawings. Martin Kemp FBA is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, University of Oxford. Book Here

A deluge, c.1517-18, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

A deluge, c.1517-18, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015


 

Filarete’s Sforzinda and ‘citta’ Ideali’ of the Italian Renaissance by Dr Valeria Passetti

Saturday 24 September, 2-3pm Libro architettonico by Filarete (1400-1469) written in the 1460s represents one of the first examples of a modern architectural treatise dealing with the platonic and Vitruvian principle of classic architecture and ideal cities.  Sforzinda, the enigmatic ideal city dedicated to Francesco I Sforza, lord of Milan, was never built but is so vividly represented in the pages of the book that it inspired his contemporaries and continues to inspire today. Dr Valeria Passetti RIBA IHBC, Principal Architect is a conservation architect, broadcaster, lecturer and art historian. Book Here


 

Leonardo through his drawings with Martin Clayton

Saturday 1 October, 2-3pm Exhibition curator Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings , Royal Collection Trust, discusses the importance of drawing to Leonardo as artist and scientist throughout his career. Book Here


 

Water is the driving force of all nature with Anthony Keyworth

Saturday 8th October, 2-3pm All great civilisations controlled and exploited rivers.  Only when flooding could be avoided and irrigation was made available could populations move on to trade goods, acquire wealth and then nurture the development of art and culture. This talk will outline modern river management techniques and compare them with Leonardo’s hydraulic knowledge when he designed the works on the River Arno. Tony Keyworth is a retired civil engineer and former Severn Trent Engineering Manager who has spent most of his working life on water projects and has a passion for Italian history and culture. Book Here

A map of a weir on the Arno east of Florence, 1504, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

A map of a weir on the Arno east of Florence, 1504, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015


Events & Exhibitions

Leonardoodle da Vinci: 15 Tables by Jon Burgerman

29 July – 9 October 2016 Nottingham Castle Café New York-based British ‘doodler’ Jon Burgerman has thought about how Leonardo’s doodles might look if he was influenced by our contemporary surroundings, and has created a special artwork exclusively for our café. More Information  

Leonardooble da Vinci, Jon Burgerman, 2016

Leonardooble da Vinci, Jon Burgerman, 2016


 

Leonardo’s Workshop

30 July – 9 October 2016 Open 10-5pm daily except during public programme talks, which take place on Saturdays Illuminate, Nottingham Museums’ Young Arts Collective, take over the Project Lab at Nottingham Castle to create an experimental space inspired by the great man! Taking the drawings as their lead, they have devised fun activities for visitors of all ages to explore Leonardo’s techniques and ideas. Leonardo’s Workshop will also be the location for many of the talks and events in this programme.


 

‘Pop-up’ Choral Performance: The Petrus Singers
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance has now been cancelled*

Saturday 10 September, 12pm Long Gallery, as part of Heritage Open Weekend. In honour of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, The Petrus Singers – a group of young professional singers under the direction of Peter Siepmann (Director of Music at St Peter’s Church) – will perform the Missa Pange Lingua by Josquin des Prez.  Josquin was a direct contemporary of Leonardo, living from c.1450 to 1521, and the “Pange Lingua” Mass was one of his last compositions, written in c.1515, just three years before Leonardo died. MCS


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Feline Life Drawing at the Kitty Café, Nottingham

Thursday 22 September, 7-8pm £5 per person. Booking essential. *Please note – Tickets can only be purchased by the link below. Tickets will not be be available from the Kitty Cafe* Join pet-portrait artist Hannah Satchwell, in a feline ‘life drawing’ session at the Kitty Café – Nottingham’s unique ‘Café and Cat Rescue Centre’ located a short walk from the Castle on Friar Lane. Inspired by Leonardo’s drawings of cats, participants will take part in a one-off drawing workshop where the Kitty Café resident cats will roam free amongst the furniture and sofas.  Bring your own drawing materials, sketchbooks or drawing tablets and capture these wonderful (and ever moving!) little characters just as Leonardo did.  Hannah will be on hand to guide and encourage you through some techniques on the evening. Cake, snacks, and hot and cold drinks will be available to buy on the evening. No previous drawing experience necessary but you are required to bring your own drawing equipment. Book Here


 

Leonardo Life Drawing and Exhibition

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, 11am – 4pm Nottingham Society of Artists, 71/73 Friar Lane, Nottingham. FREE Using Leonardo’s male nude from the exhibition as source for inspiration, artists have been invited to participate in an exclusive life drawing session on the top floor studio of the NSA.  The results will be displayed in the main gallery for the rest of the Bank Holiday, alongside drawings from family-friendly workshops that will take place throughout the weekend. For further information, visit the Nottingham Society of Artists website.


 

Free Drop-in Drawing Workshops

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, 11-1 and 2-4pm. Project Lab, Nottingham Castle. Join Nottingham-based artist and drawing tutor Rosemary Wels for free drop-in drawing workshops.  Using the exhibition as a springboard for inspiration, Rosemary invites you to experiment with a variety of drawing techniques and media.  Suitable for all ages. Wels


 

Leonardo Schools Exhibition

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October Project Lab, Nottingham Castle In this weekend exhibition of work created by pupils from schools across Nottingham, visitors will see how the opportunity to get up close to Leonardo’s drawings and find out more about the man behind them, has inspired local children.


The Big Draw Festival 2016

Join us for free drawing workshops in the Long Gallery and the Project Lab, and contribute to the biggest public drawing event we have ever staged in the museum! The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival from The Campaign for Drawing. Its 2016 theme of STEAM Powered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths)   fits perfectly with the inventive imagination of Leonardo Da Vinci. BD


 

Inventions by Mik Godley

Saturday 1 and 2 October Project Lab, Nottingham Castle Artist Mik Godley invites you to contribute to a large, da Vinci-inspired, floor-based ‘sketchbook’ of scientific inventions.  Look at the exhibition for inspiration and let your imagination run free as you channel your inner artist-engineer or whacky inventor by sketching down your crazy concepts, or colouring-in the ideas left behind by others. Suitable for all ages.

Mik's studio at PRIMARY, courtesy of the artist.

Mik’s studio at PRIMARY, courtesy of the artist.


 

Fun Palaces meets The Big Draw!

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2016 Various locations, Nottingham Castle Everyone an artist, Everyone a scientist.  Two days to make, create, imagine and play! Bringing the wonders of art and science together, just like Leonardo Da Vinci.  Fun Palaces believe in the genius in everyone and that creativity in community can change the world for the better. So join us as we explore the HUMAN MACHINE! Inspired by the da Vinci exhibition, there will be Sci–Art activities throughout the museum for the whole family to take part in, led by artists and scientists.  This event is produced in collaboration with Ignite!, Nonsuch Theatre and Illuminate young arts collective.­ logo


 

ADA by Karina Smigla-Bobinski

6 to 23 October, 11am – 3pm daily Long Gallery, Nottingham Castle Inspired by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, ADA is an artwork with a soul, an automatic drawing machine that visitors are invited to push, pull and prod.  Contained within a temporary room in the Long Gallery, when put into action this large, charcoal studded, helium-filled membrane slowly makes a series of marks, flecks, lines and points that act as a record or memory of its own movements. ADA typifies Leonardo’s inventive approach to the world and is also presented at the Castle to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 18 October. ADA is suitable for all ages, but queues expected at busy times.

ADA, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, 2015

ADA, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, 2015